With an abundance of Maldives activities on offer, many visitors are surprised that this part of the world offers far more than a place to sit back and unwind on a beach. Although there is no doubt that the Maldives excels at leisure, there are many fun things to do on, off and under the water. In this guide, we share some of the top Maldives activities that everyone should try during a holiday or honeymoon.
Top Maldives Activities
Over and beyond relaxing and enjoying a taste of true tropical paradise, there are many Maldives activities to enjoy. Here are some of our top picks.
Scuba diving and snorkelling
It goes without saying that Maldives scuba diving is a must for anyone wanting to explore some of the best underwater wonders imaginable. Try a resort course if you are new to scuba – most resorts will be able to assist. If you are a qualified diver, there are many excellent dive spots across the Maldives islands. Things you will see on a dive or snorkel adventure include underwater canyons, swim-throughs, caverns and overhangs, shrimp, manta rays, stingrays, reef sharks, tuna, eagle rays, barracuda, bannerfish, fan corals, Napoleon wrasse, turtles, scorpion fish, moray eels and plenty more besides.
What makes the Maldives unique is its huge variety of islands that can be found across its various atolls. Try a boat trip to visit nearby islands, taking in the rich culture and history of each island you visit. On the way to each island, you can also spot dolphin in the water, which will add even more magic to your island hopping adventures.
Surfing is very popular in this part of the world, with a number of surf spots to be found. The Cinnamon Dhonveli is especially sought-after by surfers – including pros. For beginners, there are many other spots to try. Other water sports to try include kayaking (ideal for leisurely trips around your resort island), stand up paddle (plenty of fun, and also a great way to spot dolphin) and many others besides.
You don’t have to stay on land or water to enjoy the sights, either. Scenic flights offer a rewarding way to appreciate the staggering beauty of this island nation. Some resorts can only be accessed by seaplane, while others are accessed by boat. Taking a scenic flight is highly recommended if you enter your island by boat. The photographic opportunities are truly out of this world!
These are just a few of the things you may find yourself doing during your stay. With so many other Maldives activities on offer, your resort is sure to help you plan the holiday of a lifetime in this beautiful destination.