10 Things To Do in The Maldives
The number one thing that draws people to the Maldives are the over the water bungalows and pristine beaches. But there are more things to do in the Maldives than relaxing on a hammock sipping cocktails by the beach all day. The Maldives is such a versatile destination as there’s something to do for everyone, regardless of whether you prefer an adventure-filled or relaxed holiday.
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1. Private Sandbank Picnic
A private sandbank picnic in the Maldives is something you won’t be able to do in a hotel. The picnic is pre-ordered and they take care of everything for you. All you need to do is relax and have a good time. The pre-ordered picnic hamper is filled with an array of Maldivian delicacies from lobster, cheese and champagne. This picnic is unlike any others as you enjoy the Maldivian delicacies surrounded by clear waters and white sand.
2. Go on a Cruise
Boat cruises in the Maldives is a popular way to get out of the resort and see more of the crystal clear water and maybe even spot some dolphins. There are various options from sunset cruises to overnight trips in luxury yachts. It is not uncommon for resorts to have their own boats for guests to use. However if your resort doesn’t offer this, you can always rent a yacht on Airbnb or other private boat tour companies.
3. Fish like a Local
As the Maldivian’s mostly fish for Tuna, they use spears. Although most of the fishing trips offer the regular way of fishing, this is a great opportunity to try a non-conventional way of fishing that isn’t offered in other fishing expeditions around the world. Also, it is a gratifying feeling when you catch your own dinner!
4. Go to a Beach Party
Baa Atoll hosts an annual three-day summer festival where internationally-acclaimed DJs perform. Don’t worry if you can’t get tickets to this popular festival, they also host other beach parties throughout the year.
5. Go Snorkeling
The 1,000 coral islands in the Maldives makes it an amazing way to get up-close with sea creatures. All resorts in the Maldives offer snorkelling as an activity. Whilst snorkelling, you’ll see tortoises, coral reefs, schools of tropical fish and maybe a ray if you get lucky.
6. Dive Into the Deep Blue Sea
For the more daring, you may see a shark or whale when you dive deeper into the ocean. The Maldives is highly regarded as the best scuba diving destination in the world and the Unesco protected Hanifaru bay is the largest feeding station in the world. There is an abundance of marine life such as mantra rays, eels and whale sharks. These sea creatures are attracted by the vast amount of plankton in the bay.
7. Underwater Spa Day
Have a once in a lifetime unique underwater spa experience. The underwater spa at Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi is the first of its kind. As you enjoy facials, massages and champagne, you are surrounded by glass walls that let you see out into the marine life-filled ocean.
8. Visit Male
The capital of the Maldives, Male, is one of the smallest capitals in the world. It is an interesting place to explore for those who want to get up close with the local culture. There are cafés, museums, fruit and vegetable markets, and mosques. There are guided tours that will take you to the must-see places or you can wander around and explore wherever y0u want to go. Do keep in mind that the Maldives is a Muslim country that follow strict Islamic practices. So, make sure you dress appropriately with your legs and shoulders covered for women, and a headscarf if entering a mosque. Men are not allowed to wear t-shirts or shorts and must wear a shirt and trousers.
9. Sunrise or Sunset Yoga
The yoga industry has been growing in the Maldives with visitors going to the Maldives for a yoga retreat. Visitors can opt for a full-on multi-day yoga retreat or attend in-house yoga classes in the morning or at sunset.
With all the fun-filled activities, it would be essential for you to have a rest day where you do absolutely nothing. Lie on one of the hammocks on the beach and listen to the sounds of the waves crashing.
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