The Maldives has a lot to offer and every traveler can find something they love here. Now you can imagine what all Maldives has in store for you. But just to make your life easy, we will share the best things one can do when they enter the Maldives.
As the Maldives is home to one of the best aquatic life and crystal clear water, you can go snorkeling and explore the underwater aquatic life. Most resorts here organize trips via a dhoni (boat) so their guests can enjoy the deep waters and reefs.
One of the best thrills for every adventure lover is scuba diving. Not only can you go diving here but you can learn under the guidance of a trained professional and become a certified diver too. "LiveAboards" in the Maldives are popular with divers across the islands. You can also opt for Night Diving as the corals open up at late hours and extend their colorful flower-like tentacles while lionfish, lobster, shrimps, and other nocturnal species leave their holes to look for food. Isn't it spectacular?
How about looking for a treasure on the beach? No, we are not kidding. You can walk down the beach early morning. Here you can find many things that the sea has splashed on the beach. Right from dead corals and shells to arrow-shaped footprints of sea birds, and turtle trails, you will find a lot while beachcombing!
If you love cooking and are always on the hunt for new recipes and cuisines, then the Maldives will be heavenly for you. Most resorts and family-run guesthouses will organize weekly cooking classes, where you can learn authentic island cuisine by conjuring homegrown herbs merged with the best home cooking techniques.
Let's talk about some fun activities for the children. Most resorts in the Maldives have a children's exclusive club and also provide babysitters to watch over the young ones while the parents can indulge in some of the adult-only based activities.
Crab Racing is legit an amazing experience one must experience in the Maldives. It's organized as an entertainment event. A track will be marked out on the sand for the racing crustaceans (crabs, lobsters, shrimp, crayfish, etc). Guests are invited to participate as walk-along jockeys behind their allocated crab. Isn't that cool?
21 species of whales and dolphins can be frequently sighted in the Maldives. Yes, this is something a marine lover can never miss. Most resorts will organize dolphin cruises onboard a dhoni. Some submarines are known to visit shipwrecks or exciting places like a shark feeding area. Now, try this if you like such thrills. (it's completely safe).
Imagine a picnic on a private island where it's just you and your loved one. Yes, that can be arranged here too. All you have to do is grab a picnic basket, hop on board a dhoni/private boat, and land in a sandbank with your partner. There will be a private butler assigned who will serve and withdraw discreetly when not needed. Enjoy your picnic gazing at the stars, a flute of champagnes in hand, and you're beloved in your arms. That's one amazing date, don't you think?
Dhoni is the name of local Maldivian boats. You will be surprised to know that a typical dhoni can be used for fishing excursions, snorkeling, searching dolphins and to reach another island.
This is one mesmerizing trip one should absolutely partake in the Photo Flight. You can opt to fly high in a seaplane and capture stunning pictures through a bird’s-eye view of the islands below. Not only that, but you can also view the underwater world through a transparent deck of a piloted glass-bottom boat. Highly recommended that you try this if you love photography.
Let's list down the various cuisines you can get in Maldives - Chinese, French, Fusion, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Thai fine dining. If that's not all, then how about a buffet, barbecue set, or maybe an all-glass undersea restaurant where you can gaze at colorful fishes swimming by while dining. If that's not all, then there's an underwater wine cellar as well. Impressed already no?
Here's what you can expect in resorts when it comes to sports - beach volleyball, basketball, baseball, netball, tennis, Table tennis, billiards, and a nine-hole golf course. Indeed, you will be spoiled for choices.
When in the Maldives, you can opt for Canoeing and Catamaran sailing around the lagoon. It's a peaceful and fun experience.
Fishing has always been one of the most attractive experiences for any traveler visiting the Maldives. Fly-boarding on the other hand enables the participant to shoot up into the air and zoom over the waves. The fly-board is strapped to the feet of the user and is connected to a jet ski by a hose. If you always wished to be a superhero who would fly above the water, then this is something you absolutely cannot miss.
Freediving is one of the extreme sports without breathing equipment for expert divers. Here you can go as deep as scuba divers but the time spent underwater is limited to your breath-holding ability. Inflated tubes of various shapes are bloated such as ringo, banana, and fun tube, and are tied behind a speedboat. The rides will end with everyone splashing into the water with safety vests on. We only recommend this for seasoned swimmers.
How can we forget Jet Ski? You can zoom across the waters on your Jet skis splashing and racing. Apart from that you can try Kayaking where you paddle through the calm waters on a kayak and enjoy the serene waters.
These two activities are a lot of fun. The kite-surfer harnesses the power of the wind by hanging on to a large, controllable kite that sweeps across the water according to the wind’s force. While when we discuss paddle surfing, all you need is a board on which you stand and paddle, a pole with a broad blade at one end, to steer the board, and you, through the water.
When you try Parasailing, as the boat gains speed, the wind catches the parasail and you will soar above the waves. Surfing can be tried on most beaches and it's fun.
Water skiing is a popular and fun sport. It's best tried when the waters are calmer. Beginners can enjoy windsurfing at any time of the year while advanced windsurfers would probably prefer the strong monsoon winds of May to October.
Underwater scooters are fun for all as it can be tried by both non-divers and non-swimmers. The scooters have a self-contained breathing environment that makes it natural and comfortable to breathe as it travels underwater at a depth of 5m and with a speed of about 2kph. So feel like a fish and have a good time under-water.
As we mentioned at the start, there are so many islands in the Maldives. You will be surprised to know that some islands are inhabited. You can start island-hopping via a dhoni. Check out different islands to experience the vivid cultures of island life.
One of the best parts of the Maldives is their handicrafts. The locals take immense pride in their work and handicrafts that are generally made from locally sourced materials. If you get an opportunity, do buy something as a memory of your trip.
The Maldives is known to have a rich history of heritage sites that reflect a noble past in contrast to the cacophony of modern city life. So do not miss out on exploring these sites.
You can learn a lot about the Maldives by visiting The National Museum of the Maldives. Learn about their islands, the culture, and also an introduction to their history.
We did mention a humongous amount of cuisines that the Maldives has to offer. But when you visit the Maldives, it would be best to once try the local cuisine. You can find the local cuisines in almost every resort.
The Maldives is rich in culture and you can watch the Bodu Beru dance that's most enjoyed by spectators. Other dance forms, such as Dhandi Jehun, Bolimalaafath Neshun, Bandiyaa Jehun, Maafathi Neshun, Kadhaa Maali, Thaara, and Gaa Odi Lava also can be checked out. Most of the resorts arrange occasional cultural performances of local dances from across the islands. So do check with your resort!