The Maldives islands are a hub for numerous activities, excursions and lazed-out pursuits. Starting from scrumptious delectable to in-resort underground wine cellars. From snorkelling, diving to banana boats and underwater scooter rides. From whale submarines to underwater shipwreck explorations. There is ideally nothing that the isles does not offer to any of its guests.
Snorkel to your heart’s content and explore a myriad of underwater aquamarine life. Many resorts and guesthouses organise trips by boat (a dhoni) to take snorkellers beyond an island’s lagoon to deeper waters and reefs.
Dive in shallow waters under the guidance of a trained professional and splurge in various coral reefs and crystal clear lagoons. LiveAboards are also quite popular with divers who seek a new diving destination, every time and can experience lots of dives every day. Another popular diving option is Night Diving. Corals open up at night and extend their colourful flower-like tentacles while lionfish, lobster, shrimps and other nocturnal species leave their holes to look for food.
Walk down the beach early morning only to find moments and memories of the sea splashed on the beach. From dead corals and shells to arrow-shaped footprints of sea birds and tyre-like trails of a turtle.
Many Maldivian resorts organise weekly cooking classes, led by the Chefs. Some of the family-run guesthouses also offer to teach authentic island cuisine by conjuring home grown herbs merged with an intricate detail of home cooking.
Most of the Maldives resorts house a kiddies’ club and provide babysitters to watch over the young ones while the parents can indulge in some of the adult-based activities.
Crab Racing is organised as occasional evening entertainment. Where a track is marked out on the sand for the racing crustaceans. Guests are invited to participate as walk-along jockeys behind their allocated crab.
The Maldives is home to 21 species of whales and dolphins and are frequently sighted, as they cross in the channels. Many resorts organise dolphin cruises onboard a dhoni. Guests can also book for whale submarines to enjoy the underwater world without getting wet. Some submarines also visit shipwrecks or exciting places like a shark feeding area.
Grab a picnic basket, hop on board a dhoni or a private boat and land in a sandbank with your loved one. A butler would serve and withdraw discreetly when not needed. Have a romantic time, gazing at the stars, flute of champagnes in hand and your beloved in your arms.
The local Maldivian boats called dhoni is an ideal vessel for leisure cruising on Indian Ocean waters. Some of the fishing excursions, snorkelling, searching dolphins and to reach another island are also taken onboard the Dhoni.
A mesmerising trip one should absolutely partake in the Photo Flight. Fly high in a seaplane and capture stunning pictures through a bird’s-eye view of the islands below. View the underwater world through a transparent deck of a piloted glass bottom boat.
While most resorts feature self-service meals from a buffet display or a barbecue, some resorts have world-class restaurants featuring superb seafood platters and Chinese, French, Fusion, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Thai fine dining. The best of the experience is the all-glass undersea restaurant where guests can gaze at vivid colourful fishes swimming by while dining. There is an underwater wine cellar as well in the Maldives.
Guests are welcome to join a resort’s staff (or island inhabitants) in sports like beach volleyball, basketball, baseball and netball. Several of the larger resorts have facilities for tennis, some with floodlit courts for playing when it’s not so hot. Table tennis and billiards are available at most resorts. There is also a nine-hole golf course in the Maldives.
Enjoy Canoeing and Catamaran sailing for an energetic paddling or gracefully sailing around the lagoon.
Various kind of fishing is one of the most attractive experience for guests travelling to the Maldives. Flyboarding enables the participant to shoot up into the air and zoom over the waves. The flyboard itself is strapped to the feet of the user and is connected to a jet ski by a hose.
Free diving is an extreme sport without breathing equipment for expert divers to go as deep as scuba divers but the time spent underwater is limited to their breath-holding ability. Inflated tubes of various shapes are bloated such as, ringo, banana and fun tube and is tied behind a speedboat. The rides end with everyone splashing into the water with safety vests on.
Roar across the water on the Jet skis splashing waters everywhere. Paddle through the calm waters on a kayak and enjoy the crystal clarity of the oceanic waters.
The kitesurfer harnesses the power of the wind by hanging on to a large, controllable kite that sweeps across the water according the wind’s force. For 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.
As the boat gains speed, the wind catches the parasail and it, and the participant, soar above the waves.
Water skiing is a fun sport and is well suited to the calmer waters of resort lagoons. Beginners can enjoy windsurfing at any time of the year while advanced windsurfers would probably prefer the strong monsoon winds of May to October.
These underwater scooters are apt for 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.
Maldives is splashed with islands both habited and inhabited. Guests love hopping from one island to another via dhoni. This experience provides an outlook to the vivid cultures of island life.
The Maldivians take pride in their artisans and handicrafts that are generally made from locally sourced materials.
Maldives has a rich history of heritage sites that reflect a noble past in contrast to the cacophony of modern city life.
A visit to The National Museum of the Maldives is not just a chance to find serenity but also a gentle introduction to the noble past and depth of identity of the country.
One of the greatest pleasures in the Maldives is the local cuisine that is ideally offered in all the resorts apart from the international cuisine and gargantuan buffets.
The most frequently witnessed dance that both participants and spectators enjoy is Bodu Beru. There are many other dance forms, such as, Dhandi Jehun, Bolimalaafath Neshun, Bandiyaa Jehun, Maafathi Neshun, Kadhaa Maali, Thaara and Gaa Odi Lava. Most of the resorts arrange occasional cultural performances of such and more local dances from across the islands.