As one of the world's leading honeymoon destinations, the Maldives is a popular choice for loved up couples looking to relax, unwind and enjoy the paradise on earth. But there's more to do than laze around on the beach. Here are some of the best things to do in the Maldives.
1- Go Snorkelling
There's no way you can come to the Maldives without jumping to the crystal clear waters and admiring the marine life. No matter where you are in Maldives, you are sure to be surrounded by ample opportunities to float around a reef and left the spectacle begin! You can expect to see plenty of colourful fish, Turtles and huge Stingrays amongst others.
2- Jetski Safari
While snorkelling is a lot of fun as it is, what is even better is jumping on a jet ski to a remote sand bar for incredible marine watching. Or just to enjoy the thrill of high speed Jet-ski riding.
3- Visit Male' City, the world's smallest capital
Male' Island is the capital of the Maldives and its world's smallest capital. Male' City consist almost of half of Maldives population and its one of the most dense city's in the world. Male' City is 10 minutes car ride away from Velana International Airport. Tours to Male' can arranged through your hotel / resort. If you have few hours to spare before your flight check-in, you can visit Male' City on your own from the airport. Male' City offers tourist site seeing places such as Republic Square, National Museum, Sultan Park, Islamic Centre, Presidents Palace, Muli-aage, Local Fruit Market and Fish Market and souvenir shops.
If you are looking for an adrenaline rush there are plenty of water sports / activities available in the Maldives. One of the most popular activities is parasailing, which offers a great opportunity to see Maldivian islands from above.
5- Visit a local Island
The Maldives is made of a total of 1192 islands. Only 200 of those islands are inhabited by locals and another 132 islands are home to resorts and operated solely for tourism. If you have time and are interested to see more of the local life; lifestyle and culture of Maldivians, be sure to ask your hotel / resort to arrange for a visit to a nearby local island.
6- Sip on & Enjoy colourful cocktails
If you envisaged yourself kicking back on the beach with a colourful cocktail in hand, you will certainly have plenty of opportunity to do so in The Maldives. Although Maldives is entirely Muslim country, all the resort islands serve alcohol and they have mastered the art of making colourful and refreshing cocktails.
7- Sunset Cruise
One of the most romantic activity which you can enjoy while in the Maldives will be an evening sunset cruise. Most resorts and hotels in Maldives offers sunset cruises in both group and private, where you can kick back and enjoy sunset in the background. Its a truly a bliss!
8- Take a Seaplane Ride
While speedboats are the mode of transport for islands closer to Velana International Airport, islands further afield often require a seaplane transfer. This is the best way to see islands from above and capture create arial shots of atolls of islands scattered around. The Maldives is as impressive from above!
9- Splurge on a Private Pool Water Villa
Staying in a Water Villa in Maldives is a must have experience, even if its for few nights. Waking up each morning to the sounds of waves and smell of fresh ocean air is something to live for. To top that, a private pool in the Water Villa where you can enjoy daily sunrises and sunsets and capture amazing moments with full privacy is something which you must experience.
10- Swing in the Ocean
Most of the resorts in the Maldives and some local islands have swings in their lagoon which is a great choice for some insta worthy pictures. Sitting on the swing, legs in the lagoon or mid air, swinging slowly during the sunsets are feeling which you can get out of your vacation.
Kayaking is a great water sports that is offered at most of the resorts and hotels for free of charge. It is a great way to start your day before indulging in all the incredible cuisine. Even its a great way to enjoy the colourful sunsets of Maldives
12- Enjoy Maldivian Cuisine
No holiday is complete without trying our the country's local food. Like most countries, Maldives also has its own distinct cuisine, which is filled with Arabic, Sri Lankan and Indian flavours combined with lots of sea / ocean love. Tuna dishes are the lights of the Maldivian table, particularly Skipjack Tuna, Yellow Fin Tuna. Wahoo and Mahi-Mahi are also part of Maldivian gastronomical journey.
More famous dining option of Maldives include Garudiya (Fish Broth served with Rice, Lime, Chili & Onions), Mas Huni (Shredded smoked Tuna served with grated coconuts, lemon, Chili, Onion - This is undoubtedly the most popular breakfast item in Maldives and eaten with flat bread called Roshi).
Another famous part of Maldivian cuisine would be "Sai" or evening Tea Time. Maldivian's follow British tea tradition, Kale Sai (Black Tea) or Kiru Sai (Milk Tea) are enjoyed with assorted sweet bites and salty snacks which are mostly home made. This is one thing all visiting to Maldives must try.
13- Last but not the least, doing Absolutely Nothing!
While it is all good and a must to try all the activities and all the heavenly food, its also also good to just kick back and take it all in. Just sit back and enjoy the beautiful view with all shades of blues and mesmerising sound of the ocean and wave!