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6 Fun Things To Do in the Maldives

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The view of the turquoise ocean in the Maldives

The Maldives, a chain of nearly 1200 islands, is a stunning tropical getaway in the Indian Ocean. Consisting of inhabited and uninhabited islands, it is a paradise that offers activities for all ages, be it snorkeling in its clear blue waters or having fairytale-like culinary evenings that transport you to a completely different world.

Go Scuba Diving and Snorkelling

A colorful fan coral in the Indian Ocean, Maldives

The Maldives is amongst the world’s top destinations for scuba diving. The best time to visit the island chain for diving is from November to May. That is when you have excellent underwater visibility and the possibility to swim along with whale sharks, rays, and plenty of colorful marine life. Snorkeling enthusiasts will come across vibrant sea creatures close to their resorts or can take day tours to explore nearby reefs. Hanifaru Bay in Baa Atoll is a world-famous spot to swim with Manta Rays, who come here in the hundreds to feed between May to October.

Eat at an Underwater Restaurant

Underwater Restaurant in the Maldives.

What can be more enticing than decadent food served in a dramatic setting? The Maldives has six underwater restaurants, which have been a high-point for gourmands visiting the archipelago. Enclosed in a glass bubble, food lovers can witness the diversity of marine life in the Maldives from an inimitable vantage point. At the same time, they can savor delicious local and international preparations created by famous chefs. All of the restaurants are part of different resorts, but outside guests can reserve a table. Ithaa and 5.8 are two undersea restaurants in the Maldives worth a visit.

Lounge and Play on a Beach

A beach at the Maldives.

No vacation in the Maldives is complete without time spent on its soft sandy beaches. Whether taking a long walk with your loved one or making castles with your family, a day on the beach is the quintessential Maldivian outing. Although one cannot go topless on Maldivian beaches, it is possible to dress down into a bikini when staying at a resort. Public beaches in cities are more conservative, but still full of life where visitors can mingle with locals and have a lovely time. Thoondu in Fuvahmulah is a popular destination known for its polished and shiny white pebbles that make most of the beach.

Take a Cruise on a Dhoni

Isolated traditional Maldivian boat called “Dhoni” (Ari Atoll, Maldives)

Dhoni is a traditional Maldivian boat used by locals on an everyday basis for transportation. Visitors either can book a short cruise that takes them island hopping or choose a day-long trip to either go diving or visit some of the more secluded areas and sandbanks near their resort. A dhoni cruise is a wonderful way for the entire family to spend time together while swimming in the open sea. If traveling in a group, resorts can also arrange for a private dhoni charter.

Spend a Day on a Deserted Island

With beauty and harmony all around, it’s easy for romance to becomes an integral part of every Maldivian holiday. However, to further enhance that special feeling, opt for an excursion that lets you spend time on a deserted island. A typical trip involves a ride to a secluded island where your resort’s staff leaves you alone with food and drinks and comes back later for pickup. Some outings involve an overnight stay that has temporary bedding and a personal butler on hand to make your desert island stay comfortable.

Ride a Seaplane

Seaplane flying above Maldives islands, Raa atol

The best way to see the Maldives in all its glory is from high up in the air. Floating through the open skies, one can view both big and small inhabited and uninhabited islands as they make for a magnificent visual show. Most resorts can book you a trip, which lasts 20-30 minutes, with the seaplane taking five to seven passengers. You may also plan for a one-way transfer to your resort from the airport upon arrival via a seaplane to avoid taking a separate excursion. Seaplane trips in the Maldives are expensive, but it is a novel experience you will remember forever.

When planning a holiday, check to see all the things you can do in the Maldives and then select a place to stay based on what it offers. As a result, you can save on transportation and enjoy an exciting vacation full of surprises.

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