What you must do in the Maldives
What must-do things to do in the Maldives so that vivid memories don’t leave you until your next visit to the islands. We’ve compiled a whole list of things you should definitely try.
Snorkelling and scuba diving
The underwater world of the Maldives is the main attraction of the islands. Therefore, snorkeling is an integral part of the program. Once you’ve dived among the amazing fauna of the Maldives reef, you’ll snorkel regularly. You’ll find an amazing marine ecosystem, from corals and fancy fish to enormous whale sharks. Snorkeling in the Maldives is a must!
Meet the mantas
Read where and how to do it here . Meeting manta rays will leave a lot of impressions. These incredible animals are completely harmless, although a bit frightening for their impressive size. In the Maldives, they are fairly common, especially during the plankton blooming season – from May to November. If you go on a snorkeling safari, the likelihood of meeting will be greater, because the sea guides know where to look. The best place in the Maldives to meet mantas is Hanifaru Bay on Baa Atoll.
Hurawalhi Island Resort
Learn to scuba dive
Diving is a whole science in the world of aquatic entertainment. In the Maldives, scuba diving is taught to all comers in the dive centers, which are open at each resort. Even if you have never thought about diving in the Maldives, you can learn all the basics, get a certificate and get a new and exciting hobby. Spend time diving in the Maldives and discover the stunning underwater world of the Indian Ocean.
Mercure Maldives Kooddoo
See dolphins at sunset
The variety of marine excursions in the Maldives is well worth a visit. Sunset on tropical islands is a special, very beautiful phenomenon of nature. When the rich colors of the sky rushes over the horizon, the heat dies down and it is the perfect time for sailing. The dolphins also love sunset time as they frolic around the pleasure boats. Plan a yacht or dinghy cruise in the evening to be out on the open sea between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.
You And Me By Cocoon Maldives
Visit a local village
Villages in the Maldives are local islands where locals live and farm. Such an excursion has its charms. You can learn about island culture and everyday life by interacting with the Maldivians and observing their way of life. This is quite fascinating if you like to study the country you are visiting from the inside. In addition, you can always buy something special to remember the islands in the village souvenir shops.
Stay in a bungalow over the water
Beachfront room options have their advantages. And overwater bungalows in the Maldives are a gimmick for the average person. Wake up and fall asleep to the sound of the waves, away from the usual hustle and bustle. Around you just the ocean, the blue lagoon and coral reef. The sheer luxury of isolation in the bosom of marine nature, so villas on stilts over the water are included in the list of mast-do in the Maldives.
Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives
Swim on a magical beach
There are many stunning beaches in the Maldivian archipelago. But the local island of Vaadu is considered unique in its own way. At night, its shores sparkle like the sky in a planetarium. With the rolling of the waves on the sand, it seems that someone scattered on it real stars. This extraordinarily beautiful natural phenomenon happens here thanks to the bioluminescent phytoplankton, which is found in the local water. The best time to visit is from June to October.
Getting from Male to Vaadu is quite difficult, the islands are far apart. But the good news is that the glowing beach, if you are lucky, can be seen in many islands of the Maldives. The main thing is to choose the period from June to October and dark skies – so you’ll have an easier time seeing the glowing plankton.
Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa Maldives
Get to know the capital
Male is the capital, cultural and economic center of the island republic. It’s bustling with life, bustling with commerce and home to most of Maldives’ attractions. One of the most extraordinary capitals in the world, which stands directly on the ocean. If you are staying in a hotel near Male , be sure to visit the city as part of your excursion. It will be interesting.
Fly over islands
Will your transfer from the airport to the hotel take only a short trip by boat? Then you will miss the most incredible sight. Although no, you won’t. You can also fly over the Maldives on an excursion. From a bird’s eye view, the beauty of the islands in the ocean is simply breathtaking. The trip in a helicopter will be cheaper. Unlike a seaplane flight, it is a short excursion over several islands.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
Visit a Spa
Spas in the Maldives, as we know, are not uncommon. When else but during vacation to pay attention to health and appearance. Various kinds of massages, spa rituals, facial and body treatments, and more pleasures. In addition to a high level of service, Maldivian spas offer their philosophy based on the achievement of harmony of body and soul. Every condition is created for this, including the welcoming atmosphere of the authentic salons. But it is the nature of the islands that makes all the difference.
Indulge in a Maldivian feast
The Maldives hosts many national and religious events. These are always colorful events that are accompanied by street parades, festivals, dancing to bodubera and traditions. Maldivian festivals are the best way to showcase the culture of the local people. They are held both on local islands, and in private resorts. Although the first have a better chance to experience the flavor of events. Christmas and New Year in the Maldives have a special charm, and therefore are very popular among tourists.
Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa Maldives
Take a ride on a dhoni
A traditional dhoni tour is a great alternative to a beach holiday. A leisurely ride will allow you to fully enjoy the beauty of the islands from the sea. The dhoni was the only sailing craft in the Maldives back in the days when modern water transport was not invented. Today you can often see the motor-driven dhoni on the islands, but its long up-curved stern still distinguishes it from other boats.
Diving on a submarine
The most incredible adventure in the Maldives can be a submarine dive in the Indian Ocean. This would be a great opportunity to see the underwater world if there is no time for snorkeling or diving. Available such pleasure in Male, where organized excursions on an exclusive submarine Whale Submarine. Many resorts offer tours that include this trip. For 45 minutes you will find yourself at a submerged reef at a depth of 45 meters. Through the portholes you can see underwater caves, rare corals, turtles, and about a hundred species of fish.
For fans of fishing in the Maldives has its own entertainment program, which is worth doing. Morning, evening boat fishing, night fishing and deep sea fishing will bring their trophies. Traditional fishing in the company of Maldivian fishermen will also give a lot of experience and impressions. Underwater hunting is not allowed in the Maldives. Therefore, underwater hunting equipment is on the list of things that are not allowed to be taken through Maldives customs. Hotels offer all conditions for a first-class fishing in the Maldives. Worth a try!
Hurawalhi Island Resort
Get surfing skills
From March to November, which means most of the year, the Maldives catches the best natural conditions for surfing. North and South Male, as well as the central and southern atolls of the archipelago, have plenty of spots where conquering the waves will be a lot of fun. Some resorts like Niyama Private Islands Maldives , Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives , Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi , Four Seasons Resort Maldives give a lot of attention to surfing.
If surfing in the Maldives is your main goal, you can choose an appropriate package when you book. When you book your villa, let the WIOTTO manager know that you want to go surfing. We’ll be happy to help make the arrangements.
Visit a desert island
There are 1200 islands in the Maldives archipelago. Of these, only 200 are considered permanently inhabited. Just over a hundred occupied by private resorts. The other islands are uninhabited. Only the white sandy shoals, surrounded by blue waters and coasts with green tropics. The Maldivians call such places of wilderness “picnic island” and go there for family weekend vacations. Resorts often offer guests to spend time at one with nature on the nearby deserted shores.
A desert island excursion usually includes snorkeling on an island reef, a barbecue, or a picnic on a wild beach. You’ll spend a day in the tropical wilderness, and you’ll capture stunning photos and memories.
Asad Photo Maldives
Plant your own coral
After exposure to the warm El Niño current, the Maldives has created a whole reef restoration program. Corals are artificially grown on special skeletons set in shallow water. Attracting tourists to this process has its success. The ecosystem of the Maldives is considered unique, and to take part in its development is a very curious thing. Marine biologists accompany guests to the place where they can plant their own coral and feel themselves part of a massive program to save the reef islands.
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi
Book a Photo Shoot
The services of a professional photographer are available in every Maldivian resort. There is also a beauty salon and boutiques where you can prepare for the process. You will be helped to choose images and outfits, get acquainted with all possible ideas for the perfect photos and create the right mood. As for the wedding photo shoot, there’s no better than in the Maldives. Photos in Maldives will noticeably enrich your portfolio with the best pictures against a background of tropical nature of islands and luxurious hotels.
Kuredu Resort & Spa
Underwater Restaurant Reservations
Exactly book in advance. Spontaneous visits are almost impossible because of the huge demand. Today the Maldives can boast six underwater restaurants . These are unique establishments, which became available to man only in the 21st century. In an underwater restaurant, you can enjoy your meal and simultaneously observe the sea creatures, like in an aquarium. Only behind the glass are the people, and the fish swim by in their natural habitat.
Tell your WIOTTO manager when booking your villa that you would like to visit the underwater restaurant. We’ll be happy to make a reservation for you.
Conradd Maldives Rangali Island
Indulge in Maldivian food
In the Maldives you can eat your fill of fish and seafood. Usually freshly caught. Tuna is the head of everything on the Indian Ocean islands. It is the basis of many traditional dishes that are worth trying. The Maldivians like to spice up their food liberally. The spicy flavors were most likely brought to the islands from India. If you don’t want to experiment, there are plenty of European and international restaurants in the resorts. But still, be sure to try a few of the national Maldivian dishes.
Dining on the coast
The most romantic evening in the Maldives will, of course, be at a table with a lovely dinner, barefoot on the sand and in the company of a loved one. A private dinner on the ocean is a treat you should afford at least once in the Maldives. The amazing atmosphere of the evening will be complemented by the sunset, delicious food and drinks, and the famous Maldivian service.
That, of course, is not all. The Maldives has so much more to offer. Head to the islands and see for yourself. The most important thing you need to do in the Maldives is to relax mind and body.
Kudadoo Maldives Private Island