What to do in Maldives
The Maldives is perfection personified; it’s a magical holiday oasis that looks as if it has come straight out of the most envy-inducing postcard. With white powder-fine sand, lush, tropical gardens and luxury resort islands with villas that lead into the waters of the glittering emerald-blue waters of the Indian Ocean, it’s a dream destination for many.
The attraction of this destination for many is the opportunity to do nothing but embrace the tranquil beaches, seemingly endless hours of sunshine and tropical cocktails for a lazy holiday with the most sensational surrounds. But what many people don’t actually realise is how much there is to do here.
If you’re not sure what to do in the Maldives (other than relax) you’ll probably be surprised to find out that the list of activities is practically endless and your carefree holiday in the sun might just turn into an adventure getaway in paradise. One thing is for sure, there’s something here for every type of traveller.
Wondering what to do in the Maldives? Here are some the best days to spend your days:
With crystalline waters that teem with vivid marine life, there’s little wonder that when guests wonder what to do in the Maldives, the answer is often to go diving. The Maldives is touted as a prime diving destination for divers of all abilities and divers are often spoilt for choice of diving sites. What’s more, is that many of the resort islands have their very own PADI dive centres, where beginners can try a discovery dive or those who are already certified can upskill. The turquoise Indian Ocean waters here are known to be home to whale sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, sting rays as well as a huge array of other pelagic fish, smaller creatures and gorgeous corals. The ultimate in wetsuit-free diving, a dive here is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Make sure you choose when to travel carefully to ensure the dive conditions are perfect for your dream dive experience.
Those that aren’t already certified divers and would rather choose not to dive for whatever reason, the expansive and pristine reef-protected lagoons here are absolutely sensational for snorkelling, another one of the best things to do in the Maldives. Because of the incredible ecosystem, wonderful conditions and crystalline waters, snorkellers can have an unforgettable experience exploring the natural aquarium of the Maldives (as can those in overwater villas who only have to peek over their balconies to glimpse the magic of the lagoons here).
Embark on a dolphin excursion
For nature enthusiasts and animal lovers, one of the best things to do in the Maldives is undoubtedly to go dolphin watching. Embark on a magical trip in the deep blue in search of pods of these highly-intelligent creatures that love to play in and around the boats at sunset for a truly memorable experience in the Maldives. While sightings are not guaranteed, the dolphins are very often spotted putting on an incredible show and the sight is enjoyed respectfully
See more of the destination by island hopping
If you are not sure what to do in the Maldives, another fabulous option is to go island hopping. This allows guests greater insight into this fascinating destination as a whole and the local communities and villages. Depending on where you are staying you might be able to find island hopping day trips or immersive excursions that last for a number of days.
Try out a few of the water sports
For those who love to be in the water, there are few things to do in the Maldives better than indulging in the water sports, and many of the resorts offer the non-motorised options on a complimentary basis. From kayaking, SUP and windsurfing to water skiing, kiteboarding, banana boat rides and jet skiing, practically every water sport you could think to enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Maldives is catered for here.
The Maldives is also a sensational surfing destination, but keep in mind that given the location of some of the islands, there are those that boast better surfing conditions than others.
Treat yourself to a spa day
If luxury indulgence at a gorgeous spa sounds like your idea of a day in paradise well spent, then one of the ultimate things to do in the Maldives is to enjoy some serious pamper time at an exclusive spa. Many of the world-class spas at the resorts have extensive spa menus with signature experiences perfectly created to ease away any stress, allowing you to enjoy your holiday to the full. Treat your loved one to a couples massage or simply take some time for yourself and then embrace the post-spa relaxation—this is what island holidays are made for.
Indulge in novel dining experiences
The unbelievable luxury resorts in the Maldives are known for their exceptional culinary offerings, especially enjoyed by those who decide to opt for the all-inclusive packages. Apart from magnificent food (both local and international), many of the resorts also allow guests to indulge in phenomenal private meals that are served in novel—and utterly breathtaking—surrounds. Enjoy fresh seafood while you watch the sunset on the beach (or under the stars) or relish a special tasting menu in a secret garden—a romantic evening spent like this is sure to stay with you for the rest of time.
Stay in an overwater villa and make the most of paradise
The Maldives is known for its picture-perfect overwater villas that allow guests phenomenal views and oftentimes direct access to the cerulean waters of the Indian Ocean below. While other types of accommodation are often available, the Maldives is the type of once-in-a-lifetime destination that makes booking a room of this calibre a must. If you do, then by far one of the best things to do in the Maldives is to enjoy your phenomenal villa to the maximum (when you are not taking advantage of the gorgeous lagoon waters and sublime beaches, of course), by making use of the in-room dining service, relaxing on the villa’s balcony and heading into the lagoon straight from your room, it’s sure to be magical.
You are probably no longer wondering what to do in the Maldives, the question now is probably how do you choose? But no matter which activities you decide on, you are bound to have an exceptional holiday in paradise.