The blissful islands of Maldives are known for being among the best coastal tourist destinations in the world. Its combination of pristine white sandy beaches, idyllic coconut palms and greenery, and warm tropical weather makes it a great location for spending an amazing outdoor vacation. There are many things to do in Maldives, such as visiting cultural landmarks, engaging in water sports, and exploring stunning coral and marine life, further enhance the mesmerizing experience offered by Maldives. A great choice of accommodation in the islands is the Kurumba Maldives.

Apart from its natural beauty and exciting attractions, Maldives is a great place to shop for an array of unique and exotic items. The island is famous for its local handicrafts and specialized items, which are known for being great souvenirs. Maldivian fashion, influenced by South Asian tradition, incorporates beautiful and stunning colors and designs, making them very popular amongst tourists. Apart from these, one can also find goods such as jewelry, cosmetics, perfumes, footwear, and many other gadgets and items.

Most people go shopping in Maldives to purchase some of its renowned handicrafts to take back home as souvenirs. The skills and designs of these handcrafts are handed from generation to generation of craftsman in Maldives, ensuring high quality and authentic items. Majeedhee Magu and Chaandanee Magu, located in Male, are two of the best places to visit if you are looking for handicrafts, as these streets are dotted with many fancy shops which sell a range of goods, including authentic Maldivian wood carvings of boats called dhonis, traditionally woven mats called thudu kuna, and many other trinkets. You could also visit the Local Market, which offers a wide of range of locally manufactured garments, footwear, and jewelry which are known for their exotic beauty and relatively cheap prices. You can even buy some of the signature dried Maldives fish, or canned fish to take back home. Many resorts in Maldives have Mobile Markets which offer these items and many more, so keep a look out for them as well.

Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+