The truth is that although one of the best things to do in Maldives is to relax, those who come here tend to forget this when they are faced with the cerulean waters of the Indian Ocean, fringed with palm trees that make it a tropical paradise the likes of which you would have seen only in photos. This beautiful group of atolls glitter in the waters of the ocean, while the friendly islanders welcome you with their delicious food and wide smiles. But what sort of Maldives sightseeing can you enjoy here? Is Maldives only for honeymooners who are on a romantic holiday? Not really.
There’s much to see and do in Maldives. If you have a craving for adventure, maybe you’ll get to swim with sharks. Or if that’s too much adventure for your, one of the popular things to do in Maldives is to go parasailing and enjoy a view of the islands from above. Surfers too have discovered Maldives as a great spot for surfing. Here are some of the top things to do in Maldives.
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For those who don’t want to get into something as intense as scuba diving, snorkelling is a good enough alternative. The reefs here in Maldives are pristine and clear and without going too deep you can see everything. Spend some time below water with the sea turtles and enjoy looking at the numerous colourful fishes as they swim around you.
An amazing Maldives sightseeing option is to go dolphin spotting. The dolphin excursion usually begins just before sunset as you get on to a boat where you go looking for pods of dolphins. Once you spot them, you’ll be amazed at how gracefully they leap and frolic all around the boat. It’s a sight that you will remember for the rest of your life.
One of the things to do in Maldives is to try the underwater spa in the Huvafen Fushi resort. The only one of its kind in the world, this spa offers all the usual spa treatments that you come to expect but in a sumptuous surrounding with stunning reef views. Rejuvenate and refresh both mind and body as you step into this amazing spa which uses the indigenous island coconut oil for massages. You’ll emerge feeling like a new person.
Get on a traditional Dhoni boat for a cruise where you go hopping through islands. The long sailing boats were originally used by Maldivian fisherman. But now, you can get one to visit uninhabited islands and enjoy the beauty of reefs or explore nearby fishing villages.
This small island in the Baa Atoll is a great place to go shopping for souvenirs. Check out the local shops where artisans, who are really skilled at making lacquer work pieces, craft delightful artworks for you to take back home. You can reach the island from Male by speedboat or ferry.
What can be more amazing than soaring up into the sky and looking down below at the different shades of blue that surround the Maldivian islands? Parasailing in the Maldives will fill you with an adrenaline rush like no other. Don’t forget to take your camera along for the ride!
If you have always wanted to do scuba diving, then Maldives is the best place to begin, especially if you have never done it before in your life. There are several PADI-certified (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) dive centres here which allow you to go on a discovery dive especially if you are not certified. Head underwater and check out the glorious marine life – stingrays, sea turtles, and whale sharks – and you’ll be surprised at how clearly everything can be seen. Get up close and personal with eels, seahorses, crabs and lobsters. This is certainly one of the best things to do in Maldives.
There are as many as six underwater restaurants in Maldives, where you can enjoy delicious meals while surrounded by the ocean life doing its own thing in a tranquil and quiet manner. Most of these restaurants tend to be quite expensive but it’s worth the experience as you watch turtles and sharks pass by while you nibble on your starter.
Often considered to be the world’s most romantic destination, the Maldives is a wonderful place to rekindle your relationship or to strengthen your love as you settle down after a long day for a sunset dinner. Words won’t need to be spoken as you indulge in the beauty of the moment and enjoy a delicious meal that is often accompanied with champagne and attentive waiters who ensure you have exactly what you need.
Clubbing can’t be far behind after a restaurant and a spa. For those with young blood in their veins and who want to enjoy a night out with a difference, do check out Subsix at Niyama. The interiors are done up gorgeously in a marine theme, so the seating resembles sea anemones while the chandeliers seem to be inspired by corals. There’s a fabulous glow party on Wednesdays and Saturdays where you can see parrotfish and turtles swim by while you party the night away.