The Maldives build idyllic pictures of overwater bungalows and unique beaches. However, tourists are always shocked to learn that the Maldives has more to do than they expected. Everybody has something, whether you want an active or inactive holiday. It’s a very popular destination in the Maldives! Read on to find out what is common with activities.
1. Go for a snorkel
In the Maldives, there are more than 1,000 coral islands. Deep-sea diving is also clearly spectacular! The activities are provided by all resorts in the Maldives. But hopefully, you will be able to go snorkeling from the beach (or the over-water villa!) rather than by boat on an island with a reef in-house.
The reefs are of different quality. Angsana Ihuru is considered by many to be the best indoor reef in the Maldives in the north of the Male Atoll and the resort is easily accessible by speedboat from Male. Fihalhohi Island Resort is great in the same location.
The Diamonds Athuruga, Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa, and Lily Beach resort are also luxurious resorts with excellent in-house reefs and snorkeling. Both of these are in the southern atoll of Ari. Kandolhu is excellent in North Ari Atoll. Remote facilities within northern Huvadhoo, a deep atoll in the Maldives, are Park Hyatt Hadahaa and Robinson Club.
2. Dive into the sea creatures and meet them.
The Maldives is known to be one of the world’s finest scuba divers. With plenty of creatures like turtles, Mantra-rays, moray eels, and rare whale sharks you are able to get up close and personally. Various coral systems and deep canals provide thrilling opportunities for diving.
The perfect way to book a live-boat trip when you are super serious about scuba diving. These luxury cruise ships visit some of the farthest reefs and will allow you to discover places beyond Maldives resorts. The best time is January through April to go scuba divers. However, from November through May most liveaboards run. Carpe Diem and Maldive Mosaique are top choices.
3. Dolphins Spot
The Maldives is not only renowned for its snorkeling and diving. It is also a top dolphin destination in the world. In the Maldives, there are dolphins everywhere. They are very sweet and also known for swimming on tourist boats. You can even swim past your villa across the water!
As part of your regular guest experience, several tourist resorts in the Maldives offer dolphin watching tours. Yet there is no guarantee of sightings. Take the unknown Meemu Atoll and its Muli Channel to increase your chances of meeting anyone (a success rate of 85 percent is alleged). There are only two resorts in the area — Hakuraa Hura and Medhufushi Island Resort.
Luxury COMO Cocoa Island is located in the vicinity of a dolphin spot in the South Male Atoll, near the Male-Male. Cruises are sold for dolphin sunset. The Dolphin watching trip at the neighboring Biyadoo Island Resort will yield good reports if your budget does not stretch this far.
4. Enjoy the sport of water
In the Maldives, there is all manner of water sports. Kayaking, paddling, jet-skiing, windsurfing, wake-boarding, kitesurfing … you call it! You’re known for it! Many resorts offer these activities free of charge.
The Four Seasons Resort of Landaa Giraavar and Lily Beach Resort is two Maldive resorts with jet blades to propel you away from the ocean, for a rare adrenaline rush.
The extreme Maldives offers a range of water sports and is well managed in the Sheraton Maldives full moon resort & spa in Furanafushi Island. In addition, on inhabited islands close to Male, independent water sports companies, such as Maafushi, exist.
5. Wave Grab
In the Maldives, you can even catch a breeze! The majority of the popular surf breaks are in Male. The surfing season takes place from June to August, from March to October.
On Farukolhufushi Island in the North Male Atoll, Atoll Adventures offers surf packages to Cinnamon Dhonveli, with exclusive access to the resort’s surf break Pasta Point. The resort has a special surfing program and only 30 surfers are permitted at a time.
If you’re trying to run away from the crowd, go south. There are secluded surf breaks for mid and advanced surfers. Two of the biggest waves in the Maldives are Beacons and Tiger Stripes at Huvadhoo.
That and Laamu atolls are also more central and begin to draw surfers from the north. However, you will have to take a surf charter to hit the breaks. The accommodations are minimal.
6. The Maldives Cruise
Wouldn’t you want to spend all your time in Maldives resorts? Boat cruises are a common activity, from local dhoni sunset cruises to longer overnight and luxury yacht cruises for several days.
Many resorts have their own boats for their customers. One such boat that acts as a floating resort is the Four Seasons Explorer. Yacht Maldives also runs private charters. G Adventures offers a 7 days Dhoni Small Group Cruise from Male to Male if you prefer to join a group. There are also several boat rental options for Airbnb.
7. Find out Male
On an island of around two square kilometers (1,25 square miles), Male the Maldive’s capital is densely compact. This is one of the world’s smallest cities! The majority of tourists circumvent it in favor of the idyllic uninhabited islands of the world. It is, however, a fascinating place to explore cultural vultures. Mosques, museums, and markets are open. And the compact size of males means that only a few hours are required to walk around it.
The National Museum offers insights into the patrimony of the country. It includes royal antiquities, objects, coins, photographs, and other souvenirs from the Sultanate’s times. Highlights are thrones, palanquins, and statues. The Sultan Park museum was part of the Sultan Palace. The museum is situated. Also in the complex is the National Art Gallery.
8. Local Villages Island Hop and Explore
As the law has changed, tourism on the inhabited islands of the Maldives is now allowed. Many resorts offer boat trips to these fishing islands and villages, where you can connect and enjoy local dishes with local communities.
And, if you assume it’s costly and probably inaccessible to visit the Maldives, think again! Tourists can stay in village hostels and experience the easy local lifestyle (some of which are very attractive and shopping). Most of them are near Male, Hulhumale, Maafushi, and Guraidhoo Islands as well.
Guests at the Resort and Spa Shangri-La Villingili can either bike or walk around 5 neighboring islands.
Hulhumale Island Hidden Paradise provides hopping tours during the entire day and a half, as well as events such as cooking courses and meals with the local family. Also recommended are S&Y Tours and Male Travel.
9. Get a spa treatment or massage
Will you need to relax? You could not find a better spa than the Maldives, with the calming ocean as a backdrop. There are several spas in the Maldives. But, with its unique environment, some people really stand out.
The Huvafen Fushi spa has two glass-walled treatment rooms and the first underwater spa worldwide. Kuda Huraa spa is located on a separate island of Four Seasons Resort Maldives, to which guests are transported by ferry. Its characteristic is its Night Spa with four special beach lunar rituals. Don’t miss the Six Senses Laamu Spa if you’re a nature lover. Its treatment rooms in cocoon form consist of twigs and branches twined together! Drift Spa is also in a very intimate atmosphere at Niyama Private Island Resort.
10. Yoga Practice
Yoga retreats in the Maldives are increasingly common. Hidden Paradise offers a moderately priced, twice regular seven day yoga holiday. There are a number of yoga forms.
Some resorts offer yoga courses in-house, including beach yoga in the morning and sunset and pranayama and meditation. All known to have decent yoga classes are Kurumba Maldives, Baros, Landaa Giraavaru, COMO Cocoa Island, and Jumeirah Vittavel.
11. Relax just!
You can not miss the chance to spend some time in a hammock strategically positioned with a view of this kind (or several times). You won’t want to move, it’s certain!