Explore the Maldives Adventurous Side

The Best Outdoor Activities in Maldives

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June, 2024

The word “Maldives” probably bring to mind scenes of paradise islands set against natural beaches and crystal clear blue waters, or luxury resorts whose water villas meld into seascapes that literally, if momentarily, steal one’s breath. You might envision private romantic dinners, luxurious beach suites with pools and days infused with a delicious sense of timelessness, where whims rather than itineraries are the things to follow. And those mental pictures absolutely do reflect the real-life blend of tropical beauty, windswept romance and thoroughly unplugged respite travelers can find in this exceptionally gorgeous, Indian Ocean destination.

But there’s another side to Maldives you may not know yet — an adventurous side — and it’s just as easily tapped into as the destination’s mellow alter ego. This reefs formed paradise teems with opportunities to get out of the ordinary, from dolphin watching, to water sports, to dives into otherworldly marine ecosystems. And there are adventures of the sensuous kind as well, like salt chamber experience, aromatheraphy baths and culinary escapades.

Water-based Thrilling Experiences

The house reef 2024

Maldives waters are so utterly gorgeous, one could easily be content to simply stare at them meditatively from the beach, a private pool at the island resort or from the deck of a sunset cruise. But for those who feel driven to go deeper, the warm waters promise much more than an ordinary swimming. These adventure sports are sure to satisfy cravings to spend time in the great outdoors — and gain a major adrenaline rush.

Swim with turtles, manta rays and whale sharks on a cnorkeling adventure in Maldives! Indeed, countless snorkel and dive sites can be found all around Maldives. The house reef, located in front of the beach and resort, is the easiest way to enjoy underwater wonders, and it can easily be accessed from shore. Starting at depths of 5 feet, the reef is home to sharks, turtles and rays, among others. At the end of the reef's shallow-water plateau, you'll find a drop-off which falls away to deep blue, inviting divers of all skill levels to explore.

Liveaboard experience is an other side diving adventures in the Maldives. The list of reasons to try liveaboard diving in the Maldives is almost endless, so here are the 10 to whet your appetite for a real safari adventure while staying in pure comfort and luxury of the boat.

Test Your Bravery on a Tiger Sharks diving! If you’re looking for a unique adventure and fear of toothy beasts isn’t a factor, head to Fuvahmulah. 5-star dive center Pelagic Divers Fuvahmulah is introducing a Tiger Shark Specialty Course, designed specifically for divers who want to safely and responsibly dive with tiger sharks in the unique waters of Fuvahmulah, Maldives.

Ocean Pearl submarine offers an exceptional guest experience for snorkelers in Maldives who'd like to take the adventure to the next level but don't have time for a certification PADI course. As well as deepening the resort experience through next-level exploration and adventure, Ocean Pearl will make significant contributions to environmental protection and marine biology projects across the Maldives and the surrounding region. Those looking to try the experience can book it at Patina Maldives resort.

Want to play on the water instead? Surfing is an exhilarating way to glide and jump across the Maldives waves, with ample swells reaching the island nine months out of the year (April through October). The north and south Male Atolls are the best spots to maximize your ride time, and for those new to the sport, multiple water sports centers offer lessons and equipment rentals.

Kitesurfing is a worthy adventure in Maldives, ideal for all skill levels, and an array of schools and operators offer lessons and equipment to visitors.

As the Maldives is known for its breathtaking beaches, there isn't a better place to try a new watersport or one you already enjoy. For adrenaline junkie we can recommend Siyam World with a new fleet of custom Mini Mokes; adrenaline-pumping Seabreachers; Jetpack CudaJet and “the world’s first water bike”, Manta5’s Hydrofoiler XE-1, providing guests with three more eyepopping ways to motor away from the Maldives mainstream.

Maldives experience is rarely done without fishing, and many an angler aspires to charter a boat with a dream to catch a big fish that should literally budge you! There are plenty of world-class flats and blue water fishing groungs around Hideaway Beach Resort to fly fish.

Explore the surrounds on your own pace and tailor your jet ski safari with all your favourite moments: private dining on a deserted sandbank, admiring the sunset colour palette, or simply feasting your eyes on the numerous blues that inevitably recharge your batteries and have you appreciate the luxury of living in the now.Have your butler arrange an interary of thrill and adventure. At Kudadoo, the choice is yours!

A romantic sunset cruise on a gorgeous dhoni boat or an exclusive Private Island experience – a perfect end to a thrilling day.

Tropical flavors and heart-pumping scenic routes

Ifuru Island Maldives: sky diving experience 2024

Experience Maldives from above! Few activities rival experiencing a destination while airborne, and Maldives one-of-a-kind location and contrasting landscapes of the Indian Ocean and its island jewels are like nowhere else on earth. For thrill-seekers and adrenaline enthusiasts, an exhilarating experience awaits at Ifuru Island Maldives resort. Home to the Maldives’ only permanent skydiving dropzone as well as its own private airport, Ifuru Island offers unforgettable skydiving escapades in a tropical paradise setting. Daredevils will ascend to the heavens before leaping into the blue, witnessing the magnificence of the Maldives in 360 degrees, from the endless expanse of the Indian Ocean and its island jewels to the vibrant reefs peering from its depths.

Put Some Zip in Your Vacation. The first-ever zipline in the Maldives takes your to a completely different world with unforgettable ocean views and jungle vistas. At a height of 5 to 10 metres and overseen by Soneva Fushi's professional Zipline Rangers using world-class safety practices, the 200-metre zipline route takes a scenic area through the forest near a majestic water villas. This experience can either be done as a stand-alone experience or accompanied by a gourmet breakfast or dinner at Flying Sauces.

Experience the night sky adventure at SKY, Anantara Kihavah’s overwater observatory combined with a luxury cocktail bar, the far reaches of the universe are brought into crystal clear focus as guests sip Champagne or cocktails and gaze through one of the most powerful telescopes in the region while the resort’s two resident SKY Gurus regale them with fascinating stories of the night sky.

If you stay near Male (Central Atolls) take a one-day tour to the capital of the Maldives to immerse yourself in Maldivian culture, and discover the island way of life at local markets, museums and parks. The remote resorts offer excursions to local islands where you can engage with the friendly Maldivians, buy crafts and souvenirs and experience their traditional way of life.

Explore the island on the complimentary beach cruisers. Amilla is one of the only resorts in the Maldives to boast a 3k around the island loop for running, walking & cycling under the shadow of trees canopy.

Can’t Sit Still? A well-equipped horse ranch at Siyam World Maldives allows you to take guided horse trips led by top-notch instructors and is one of the most adventurous things to do for couples. Expect on a sunset ride along the coast as you take in the beautiful island's sites. You’ll be sure to work up an appetite as you ride your way through the island.

Sensory explorations

Scuba diving in the Maldives to see whale sharks, manta rays

Maldives is literally a feast for the senses, and beyond the great views, sun, a fresh breeze in your hair and the warmth of the water, there's more to soak in.

Take your taste buds on the ultimate culinary adventure, Maldives style. Enticing aromas, seductive flavours and intimate dining options: dine experiences in the Maldives are almost as famous as its beaches. Discover the finest food, to enjoy culinary freedom as you explore a multitude of international dining options, where Maldives as your base.

Maldives Luxury Spas take the bathing experience to the next level by offering luxe bath rituals ranging from steam rooms, jacuzzis, fragrant aromatherapy retreats to spa services dripped in everything from chocolate to gold. Bathing combines the art of stillness with scent and heat to create the ultimate vacation de-stress moment that appeals to multiple senses.

Lined with mineral-rich Himalayan salt that’s more than 1,000 years old which is renowned for its healing qualities, Lonu Cave at Kudadoo Private Island is the first of its kind in the Maldives. Spending time in the salt chamber is a natural way to rejuvenate, before surrendering to the Himalayan salt stone therapy, ensuring you feel completely cleansed and relaxed.

If you're more apt to use salt when cooking, there's a sensory adventure for you as well — a hands-on culinary classes taught by a talented local chefs. Students learn to make traditional Maldivian specialties like Maldivian fish curry with local vegetables, banana flower salad, all using traditional techniques and with plenty of tasting along the way. The best part? You get to feast on all your culinary creations at the end of the lesson — and take your delicious new knowledge into your home kitchen after your trip.

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