They are many things to do in Maldives, that are perfect for all kinds of travelers. Whether looking for a relaxing holiday or for a bit of adventure, the Maldives are an incredible place to visit.
I had been dreaming to go to the Maldives for years. As a sea lover, I was clearly attracted by the pictures of white sand beaches, palm trees, clear waters and incredible sunsets. Call it the power of internet!
Known to be the perfect holiday and honeymoon spot, relaxing is certainly what to do in Maldives. I surely did a lot of that when I visited. I know most people don’t realize, but the life of a travel blogger can be quite stressful, and it is hard for me to relax. In my time in the Maldives, I have realized that this paradise on earth has a lot more to offer, and that it really is suitable to any kind of traveler. There, I have managed to relax and at the same time to do some of my favorite things.
In this post, I summarize all the things to do in Maldives that can be enjoyed by all kind of travelers: adventure seekers and honeymooners will find plenty of inspiration for their trip here.
10 Things To Do In Maldives For All Kinds of Travelers
One of the reasons I love swimming is that there’s no talking to be done. It’s just me, and the noise of water in my ears, its taste in my mouth. Besides, I grew up by the sea, in Sardinia, and not a weekend in the summer goes by without going to the beach. Snorkeling is one of my favorite things to do, and rumor had it that it reaches a whole different level in the Maldives.
I guess that rumor was right. One of the biggest Maldives attractions is its marine life, and one of the nicest things to do in Maldives is snorkeling. Within moments of getting in the water, I spotted an incredible variety of colored fish and corals. It couldn’t get any better than that.
I had seen people doing water flying in Sardinia, and it never occurred to me to try that. Then I saw it was on offer at Adaaran Hudhuranfushi, one of the splendid resorts where I stayed in Maldives, and decided to give it a try. It was one of the most fun things to do in Maldives that I got to experience, though I admit that I could hardly stand (the most I stood was 15 seconds).
Water flying requires a lot of strength in the legs and abs, which I thought I had. I guess I need to train more for that, but either way, every time I was pushed back in the water I laughed it off. It was a blast. It definitely is what to do in Maldives for a good laugh.
One of the coolest things to do in Maldives. I had tried it in Eilat in March, and wanted to do it again. When JJ, another one of the bloggers who had been invited to the conference, said it was available at our resort and asked others to join on the experience, I had no doubts.
It was an intense 8 minutes of laughter and screaming. Fun tubing has to be one of the craziest things to do in the Maldives. It’s a million miles away from the romantic picture that most people have of this paradise archipelago, and yet so much part of it!
I am not afraid of heights. I promise! I have done zip lining in Argentina, and it was meant to be super scary but I was ok. With this in mind, I decided to give parasailing a try. After all, this is what to do in Maldives to see it from above, right?
Thinking it is a must do in Maldives, I went parasailing. A quick boat ride and the sail was spread for me, and up I was, going in the air. It was a breathtaking 15 minutes for me. Literally. I spent the first minute thinking it was rather cool. Then realized the boat down there was way too small. Then I started screaming I wanted to go down. Then closed my eyes for a few moments to take some very deep breaths.
Eventually I calmed down, and enjoyed the time I spent in the air, admiring the gorgeous sea around me. It really is one of the nicest things to do in Maldives.
My ex is an avid diver, and he said that diving is what to do in Maldives to fully appreciate its beauty. He never omitted to say that, with the love for the sea that I feel, there was no excuse for me not to dive. So when I learned that Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, the second resort I stayed at, offered diving from the shore and that I wouldn’t have to put up with my epic sea sickness, I thought it was my chance.
Besides, I really wanted to check whether diving really is one of the greatest things to do in Maldives. All I have to say is a massive YES, it is. Absolutely fantastic. In the 41 minutes I spent under water, at a depth of 12 meters, I admired a huge variety of fish, including sharks and an eagle ray. The only regret I have is that I haven’t started diving sooner. Now I am hooked and I want to do it more often!
It’s possible to do a PADI open water scuba dive course and get certified. You can book it here.
Surfing and SUP
One thing I hadn’t realized before going, is that the Maldives have some of the best waves in the world. I didn’t try surfing myself, because apparently the waves are for quite advanced surfers. But I have seen several people surf and I concluded that surfing has to be one of the top things to do in Maldives.
I did try stand up paddle (SUP) though, and it was fun. The water was very smooth, and I could see the corals and fish below! SUP is what to do in Maldives for a fun, chilled and easy (well, sort of!) sport and great water views.
Doing a SPA treatment
Among the things to do in Maldives, there’s having a spa treatment. I surely appreciate that! I am tremendously busy, all the time. When I travel, I move from one place to the other. When I am at home, I spend my days sitting at my desk, creating content for this blog and managing my online business. I hardly have time for beauty treatments. Yet I feel I owe them to myself – I am my toughest judge!
When the manager of Adaaran Prestige Vadoo mentioned the presence of a SPA at the resort and suggested that one of the top things to do in Maldives is going for a Balinese massage, I had to check it out. I just did it so that I could confirm what he said, and for good measure I also booked myself in for a facial and a manicure.
The manager was right: doing a SPA treatment is what to do in Maldives.
Admiring a splendid sunset (or sunrise)
Nothing sounds more quintessentially romantic than watching the sunset or the sunrise. And it is well known that one of the nicest things to do in Maldives is admiring that special light towards the end of the day.
For perfect results, I suggest doing so from the plunge pool of an overwater bungalow – most resorts in Maldives have them. The effect is fantastic. This is what to do in Maldives for a quintessential local experience.
Eating (and drinking)
I was starved before arriving in the Maldives. I had spent 3 full weeks in Sri Lanka, where I wasn’t a real fan of the local cuisine. Forgive me, but I can’t stand curries and the overpowering taste of garlic. I was relieved to see that the choice of food in the Maldives is incredible. And the quality outstanding.
If there’s one thing that is not missing in the Maldives, that is good food. From fresh tropical fruit to delicious fish; from barbecued meat to Japanese or Italian cuisine; one of the greatest things to do in Maldives is eating. I made sure to complete the experience with a good cocktail.
Enjoying a gorgeous villa
Among the things the Maldives are known for are the overwater villas that have direct access to the sea. All I can say is that staying in one is an incredible experience, and definitely one of the top things to do in Maldives.
Rooms are incredibly large, with the most comfortable beds; there’s a plunge pool and a deck for sunbathing; as well as a jacuzzi at the back. The only noise one can hear is that of the breeze and of the sea. And the view is simply spectacular. It is so relaxing that I concluded that staying in an overwater bungalow is definitely what to do in Maldives.
But there’s more. In my years of travel, I have seen many amazing hotels but I have hardly had the opportunity to enjoy the comforts offered. Finally I was able to actually make use of my beautiful room. I’d say that relaxing in a gorgeous room is one of the nicest things to do in Maldives. All I can say is that I didn’t want to leave!
The best resorts in Maldives
As I mentioned staying in overwater bungalows and beautiful rooms as one of the things to do in Maldives, I suppose it is good to point out the best resorts in Maldives.
Here’s a selection of the nicest places to stay:
- Adaaran Select Huduranfushi is suitable for all sorts of budgets and also for sports junkies, as it offer cheaper packages and is located on an island that gets excellent waves. Click here for the best rates and here for reviews.
- Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is located on a tiny island, and perfect for a romantic or relaxing getaway. There is a spa and a diving center that offers dives directly from the shore. Click here for the best rates and here for reviews.
- Bandos is located in Kaafu Atoll and offers all the nicest things to do in Maldives at really competitive prices. Click here for the best rates and here for reviews.
- Constance Halaveli is possibly the most luxurious all all the best resorts in Maldives. Click here for the best rates and here for reviews.
- Zest Cabana, in Maafushi, is a lovely place suitable for people traveling on a budget. Staying is what to do in Maldives for those who want a bit more of a local experience. Click here for the best rates.
Best time to visit Maldives
The weather in the Maldives is hot and sunny throughout the year. The best time to visit is between November and April, with December being the peak season. The monsoon goes from May to October. I went in September, and I can say the weather was absolutely perfect: hot, with a touch of breeze that made it actually pleasant and never suffocating, and good enough to enjoy all the things to do in Maldives.
How to get to the Maldives
Being a major tourist destination, the Maldives are very well connected to the rest of the world. There’s direct flights from Sri Lanka, Dubai, Qatar and Abu Dhabi. Once there, moving around by boat is what to do in Maldives. Resorts are typically able to take around their guests offering water taxi services.
There are many more things to do in Maldives than I had expected, and any kind of traveler can have a good time there: singles and couples are both bound to relax; those looking for adventures and those looking to relax will enjoy it. Those who have the budget to splurge will love it. And even those who don’t will be able to, as staying in a local community is what to do in Maldives to visit them on a budget. Find out more about that here.
Are you thinking of going to the Maldives? What are the things to do in Maldives that you are most looking forward to?
Legal Disclaimer: I was a guest of Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi, Adaaran Prestige Vadoo and Maldives TV during my stay in Maldives. All the views and opinions expressed are my own and based on my personal experience. The views expressed are honest and factual without any bias.
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