Maldives can be considered a picture of paradise. With sandy beaches and luxurious bungalows that extend across turquoise waters which warmly invites you to jump in for a relaxing swim, there’s no denying that the Maldives is a magical place, especially when it comes to taking a much-needed vacation. Visitors might think that they will arrive and simply bask in the sun while enjoying an assortment of cocktails. However, there are plenty of things to do besides soaking up the sun.
The Maldives is regarded as the ultimate destination when it comes to scuba diving and it is definitely worth considering when you out and about. There are loads of affordable dive centres spread across the Maldives and even if you are not certified, you can still enjoy a discovery dive. The Maldives is renowned for its sea turtles, whale shark migration, and stingrays. You’ll have incredible visibility thanks to the crystal clear waters and you don’t even need a wetsuit as the water is quite inviting and warm.
If you are not interested in scuba diving, you will be pleased to know that snorkelling is also a fantastic alternative. The reefs in the Maldives are so pristine that you don’t have to go deep to see a plethora of underwater wildlife. You will witness tons of sea turtles having their lunch and will be treated to schools of vibrant fish along with plenty of corals which truly provides a magnificent and unforgettable experience.
This is another fantastic adventure you can do towards the late afternoons as you search for pods of glorious dolphins while cruising around on a boat. The dolphins swimming around the Maldives are quite impressive and the boat ride will usually last between 1 or 2 hours, depending if you see any or not. The captain will also keep a relatively safe distance from the dolphins but will still get close enough so you can marvel at their beauty.
This might come as a surprise, but there is a large settlement in the heart of the Maldives featuring plenty of locals that work and live on the islands. If you are going to stay on a private island, ensure you book an excursion to see the nearby communities. As the islands follow a strict Muslim culture, be sure to dress in long shorts or skirts and avoid any spaghetti strap sleeves.
The Maldives is also considered a world-renowned surfing destination. Top surfers from across the globe are attracted to the Cinnamon Dhonveli where you’ll find an endless supply of incredible breaks which is also far away from crowds which usually tend to get in the way.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
If you don’t have the skills to surf a few waves every morning, we highly recommend paddle boarding which is quite easy to do. You’ll be able to flow across the turquoise waters and witness everything the Maldives has to offer at your own pace.