10 Best Things to Do in Maldives


What Not to Miss in the Maldives

10 Best Things to Do in Maldives

What Not to Miss in the Maldives


July, 2019

Our 10 Best Things to Do in Maldives take you straight to the ‘can't miss' marine treasures and an exciting activities found all around the magical islands of Maldives. There are luxury resorts, innumerable beaches, dive sites, and spots of natural beauty spread across all the area.

This narrowing-down of choices will get you discovering the best of Maldives in no time. From underwater world to cultural sights, there is something for everyone.

1 Discover the Capital of Malé

Maafushi - South Male Atoll

Manhattan of the Indian Ocean, Male city is the capital of the Republic of the Maldives, located in a short trip from Velana international airport (MLE). With a population of more than 130,000 people (one third of the country's population) on a tiny (1 square mile) island, Male is one of the most densely cities in the world. Although most people just look in capital's skyscrapers, being on the way to their choice, Male is worth a visit at least at the beginning or end of your holiday, when you have a few hours before boarding an airplane. In Male there are several monuments that reflect the noble past, in contrast to the cacophony of modern urban life. The main highlights are relics in the National Museum (in the former Sultan's Palace), Old Friday Mosque or Hukuru Miskiiy (XVII c.), And the colorful, with sounds and smells the local fish market. Some of the ancient coral and wooden mosques in Male - with their magnificent carvings and grandiose designs - are now being considered by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. READ MORE

2 Seaplane Jorney

Maafushi - South Male Atoll

For most travelers, the iconic image of the Maldives is a deep blue ocean dotted with tiny palm islands surrounded by crystal clear lagoons and sugar-white beaches. The only way to see this spectacular view of 50 shades of blue is from the air and although you catch a some shots while landing at Male airport, you will be offered the best viewpoint for spectacular panoramic views - on seaplane board. Indeed, while all hotels in the North and South Male Atolls use speedboats to / from the airport for guest transfers, more distant (and often more luxurious) resorts require a seaplane transfer with a flight duration from 20 minutes to one hour. Most of seaplane services in the Maldives are provided by Trans Maldivian Airways. A seaplane trip in the Maldives and admiration of a paradise archipelago from a bird's eye view is one of the most impressive experience that this destination can offer. READ MORE

3 Stay at Water Villa

Water Villa

Almost all water villas in the world are located in French Polynesia (the South Pacific) and in the Maldives, although there are some alternatives that can be found outside these unrivaled Bounty islands. Currently, there are about 8,000 overwater bungalows / villas in the world, and about two thirds of them are in the Maldives. Staying in a luxury villa, standing on stilts over a beautiful stretch of turquoise lagoon, is highly appreciated by the most discerning travelers and for a certain reason. Indeed, it is difficult to overcome the desire to stay on a paradise island in a bungalow-style room, perched above the untouched waters, where immersion in the warm sea waters of the Indian Ocean is literally beyond your doorstep. The most exclusive Maldives' resorts offer a luxurious accomodation that will surpass your wildest dreams, with stunning amenities and views: from outdoor terraces and infinity pools to glass floor panels and retractable roofs, allowing guests to admire the fish schools below or look higher into the tropical starry sky. READ MORE

4 Relaxation on the Magnificent Beaches

Maafushi - South Male Atoll

Maldives is a paradise and one of the best beach destinations in the world, and it is very difficult to argue with this fact. More than 1000 islands are decorated with white sandy beaches and are surrounded by the most turquoise water. The only thing you hear on the beach is the whisper of palm trees swaying in the wind, and the hiss of Indian ocean's warm waters licking powdery soft sands. If you like spending your lazy days on your own stretch of white beach, while the golden rays of the sun caress your body, then you should book a beach villa where there is nothing but sand and the blue sea. While most of the beaches in the Maldives are amazing, the quality of sand differs from island to island, since, unfortunately, some resorts use sandbags, sea walls and breakwaters to preserve the condition of their idyllic beaches. The following luxury resorts include the cleanest, white, talcum sand, widely embracing their idyllic islands: Top 10 best beaches in the Maldives. READ MORE

5 Book a Luxury Hotel

Luxury Hotel

Maldives has become the main luxury play ground in the world for newlyweds, surfers, divers, spa enthusiasts, sunbathers and even occasional celebrities. Synonyms for unsurpassed luxury, the Maldives have the most expensive hotels on the planet, with rooms that match the archipelago's reputation. Those who have the opportunity to shell out - often more than $ 5,000 a night - for some of the most decadent luxury resort entertainment in the world will be spoiled for choice. Each resort is built on a private tropical island, providing exclusivity, tranquility and full privacy. Guests can choose between villas built on dazzling white sand on the beach or in bungalows located on stilts over the shimmering blue lagoons. The ultra-luxury spa, restaurants with Michelin stars, unsurpassed butler service and impressive wine cellars. To help you choose the right resort for your upcoming Maldivian rendezvous, we published a list of the 10 most preferred hotels in the Maldives, each with its own choice of luxury that made the Maldives so famous. READ MORE

6 Try Scuba Diving

Maafushi - South Male Atoll

Statistically, almost half of the guests in the Maldives come with the intention to go with snorkeling or diving or, once they see the crystal clear waters and colorful fish and corals, can not resist trying. Indeed, the hypnotic beauty of the majestic underwater world surrounding the paradise islands is beyond imagination. Deep channels divide 26 atolls, starting from Haa Alifu atoll in the north more than 800 kilometers to Addu Atoll in the south and concentrating nutrient-rich ocean currents. The latter supports the abundance of marine life, turning the Maldives into one of the world's best places for scuba diving, as well as the best place on the globe for diving or snorkeling with giant whale sharks, harmless reef sharks and impressive manta rays. Most resorts have their own certified diving center PADI and offer easy access to world-class dive sites suitable for divers of all levels of experience; Diving schools also host courses to teach a new comers how to dive themselves in the colorful underwater world. READ MORE

7 House Reef Snorkeling

House Reef Snorkeling

If diving for you sounds too difficult, you will be pleased to learn that the Maldives stand head and shoulders above any other destination in the world when it comes to snorkeling. Swimming with a mask and snorkel is open to anyone who knows how to swim and does not require much experience. At all the resorts, around the island there is a so-called "house reef", where a small lagoon drop off into deeper ocean waters. A home reef is an area close to a vertical wall, where corals begin to gather in the form of gardens that abound in marine life and colorful fish. The shallow waters surrounding the house reef is also a large natural pool and protects swimmers from ocean waves and strong currents outside the reef. Snorkeling in the Maldives can give you close contact with everything from fish-surgeons, tuna and parrot fish, to eagles, turtles and even sharks. The quality of the house reef is different from the resort to the resort, and the best house reefs are located in Anantara Kihavah Villas, Angsana Ihuru, Bandos Island Resort, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, Filitheyo Island Resort, Kandolhu Island Maldives, among others. Check our top 10 snorkeling resorts with best house reef. READ MORE

8 Rejuvenation in the Luxury Spa

Rejuvenation in the Luxury Spa

The mind, body and spirit benefit from a relaxing holiday in the Maldives, especially when it is enhanced by relaxing and rejuvenating treatment sessions at the spa. It is estimated that there are approximately 110 top-class spa in the resorts, as well as several spa in Male and even one in Male Airport + unofficial spas servicing guests staying on inhabited islands. In Maldives, the spa is much more than the traditional sense of a commercial institution offering health and beauty treatments. Resorts not only meet the luxurious standard of accommodation, but also go beyond its design and layout. In the lagoon there are overwater spas that enjoy panoramic sea views; Spas in the garden surrounded by lush tropical vegetation; Spas on its own islands; Spas on the beach and in temple sanctuaries; Spas is caressed by serenades of bubbling waters and phenomenal underwater spas. Each spa aims to convey an exciting atmosphere of tranquility, where exotic therapy challenges the imagination. READ MORE

9 Romantic Underwater Dinner

Romantic Underwater Dinner

Today we can say with confidence that Ithaa in Conrad Rangali is not the only underwater restaurant in the world. The newest addition to the underwater gastronomic scene is "5.8" Undersea restaurant in Hurawalhi Island resort is the largest panoramic restaurant in the world. Just like in Conrad, here you will find the largest wine cellar in the Maldives and a set menu for the most discerning gourmets. READ MORE

10 Honeymoon

Maafushi - South Male Atoll

Maldives is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful romantic destinations in the world, and for known reasons. What never fails to please with its iconic sunsets, white beaches, world class spa, fantastic snorkeling and diving, restaurants marked with Michelin stars, endless kinds of turquoise lagoons and stunning water villas. It's no wonder that the newlyweds are flocking here from all over... Enjoying a fabulous reputation for privacy, the Maldives really deliver honeymoon's dream with most resorts offer rituals with candles and rose petals and romantic bedding for newlyweds. How much more romantic can it look like? Thanks to the reputation of one of the world's most popular luxury honeymoon destinations, Maldives is also a popular honeymoon destination for the rich and famous. Katy Perry and Russell Brand, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are just two of the top-ranking (former) couples who spent their honeymoons in the Maldives. However, do not limit these beautiful islands only to your honeymoon. They are also ideal for family holidays or relaxing with friends. READ MORE

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