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You think the Maldives is only about honeymoons and villas on the water? You might be wrong. These beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean are home to more water-based culture and activities than you might realize.
The Maldives is a tropical paradise with its idyllic overwater bungalows, soft sands, and emerald water. It is almost impossible to imagine the Maldives without thinking of its turquoise waters and soft sandy beaches. Here are 8 amazing things to do in Maldives.
There are many activities that will keep you busy while you’re here, including learning about the locals and hanging out on the waves. These amazing experiences are not available anywhere else, and some of them are exclusive to the Maldives.
Tip: Be sure to choose your resort wisely as transport within the Maldives is often expensive or nonexistent. Some of these incredible experiences are not available to resort guests or can only be reached from nearby resorts.
Have an Underwater Meal
Conrad Rangali’s Ithaa may not be the only underwater restaurant in the world, but it is the first all-glass restaurant. It also houses the Maldives’ largest wine cellar, as well as a European-inspired gourmet menu that serves set meals for lunch and dinner.
The only-in the-Maldives experience offers diners a view of the swimming sea life beneath a glass arch. For those who are just looking to indulge their thirst, there are also mid-morning cocktails.
Swim With Mammoth Manta Rays and Whale Sharks
You can have an unforgettable underwater experience that is both more intimate and almost indefinable if you don’t mind wearing scuba gear or snorkeling gear. The Maldives has a number of protected marine areas that are rich in plankton.
This includes Manta Point (just off Hanifaru Bay) and other whale shark and ray hangouts. Although it can be surreal to get lost among massive manta Rays, the experience of sharing space with whale sharks, the largest mammal in the world, is sure to make you feel humble and breathless.
Enjoy Florescent Nighttime Diving or Snorkeling
You can sign up to a fluorescent night diving or snorkel if you are looking for something different. The guide will provide a UV light and a mask that makes corals and other organisms glow like they are under a blacklight.
It is a surreal experience to see the underwater world in neon colors.
Snorkel or Dive Under an Island
Many islands are built from below the seafloor, so you can only snorkel and dive around the tops of island reefs. There is an island in the Maldives that has a very unique shape, and you can explore what lies beneath it.
Ellaidhoo Island’s concave shape is an absolute treat. It should be on every underwater-lover’s bucket list. Don’t worry if your first dive was not yet a success. The resort has a PADI-certified school that will have you ready to go in no time.
Scuba Dive a Shipwreck
It is obvious that the Maldives has a rich and diverse marine ecosystem. This makes it a great place to dive. Expert divers as well as beginners can enjoy beautiful coral and a variety of fish. Nearly every resort has a PADI-certified diving school. You can also try your hand at scuba dive in a shipwreck, or looking for the Big Five: sea turtles and manta rays as well as whale sharks and dolphins.
If you’re a beginner, choose a hotel that has a great house reef or stays near the best diving spots. The Maldives has the best visibility and coral structure in the world, so if scuba diving is not your thing, you can still enjoy great views from shallower depths.
Watch the Beach Light Up
Many marine species are found in the Maldives, including curious stingrays that can be seen around resorts. Although you might not want to swim or move in shallow water, it is possible to catch casual feedings. Nightly stingray feedings are held in shallow waters near a jetty.
You can learn more about the native species, such as sharks and sea turtles, and listen to lectures.
Rent Your Own Private Island
It seems like the ultimate dream to own your own island — ask Johnny Depp, Julia Roberts or Steven Spielberg who all have their own islands on the ocean.
The Maldives is your dream vehicle. This is the land of screensavers. Some islands even offer the possibility to rent an island for a few hours.
Enjoy The Sunset by Sailing in a Maldivian Dhoni Boat
A trip to the Maldives is incomplete without a dhoni tour to remote islands.
It boasts a beautiful Maldivian sailing vessel and organizes romantic dinners on the shore.
Pamper Yourself in the World’s First Underwater Spa
You can pamper yourself under the waves while you’re in the Maldives. The LIME Spa at Huvafen Fushi, with its innovative therapies and award-winning design is unique in the world.
It’s surrounded by vibrant marine life and features an exclusive underwater treatment room.
Lounge in a Hammock
Although many people travel to the Maldives for the unrivalled luxury and exceptional experiences, sometimes the most memorable aspects of a vacation are the simple things.
You can simply relax in a hammock and enjoy the endless blue ocean.
Surfing in the Maldives
The Maldives is an international surfing destination. Top surfers travel to enjoy its amazing break, which is free of crowds.
Surfing is a great activity for adrenaline junkies.
FAQs about Maldives
What things are not allowed in Maldives?
Importing the following items into Maldives is an offense: explosives and weapons, firearms and ammunition, as well as pornographic material and materials deemed to be contrary to Islam, including bibles and idols for worship, and pork and other pork products. Only resort islands have alcohol.
Why is the Maldives so famous?
The Maldives are ranked as one of the top recreational diving destinations in the world due to its beautiful underwater scenery and clean waters. There are over 60 dive sites on the islands. According to Agoda.com, it was also voted the most popular honeymoon destination in the world.