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Top 7 Things to Do in the Maldives

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Couple biking at Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa on Fasmendhoo Island, Maldives

The Maldives is a destination that overflows with romance and beauty, excitement, and discovery. Seductive nature meets a historic culture that easily lures in with pristine white sands, crystalline waters, and elegant seclusion. The islands celebrate uniqueness and help you experience distinction with the following list acting as a guide to some of the essential things to do during your Maldives trip.

  1. 1. Embrace the Romance
  2. 2. Dive into the Crystal-Clear Waters
  3. 3. Experience the Maldives’s Diverse Flavors
  4. 4. Embrace the Thrills of Local Adventures
  5. 5. Explore the Past and Present Across the Islands
  6. 6. Embrace Nature’s Splendor
  7. 7. Search for the Inspiring Wildlife
  8. We can help you plan your perfect itinerary

1. Embrace the Romance

Couple on private island and secluded beach in the Maldives

Romantic activities are never in short supply in the Maldives. As a popular honeymoon destination or the setting for a passionate escape, the Maldives can steep almost any activity with romance. Turn dinner into a secluded meal beneath the stars. Enjoy a private snorkeling excursion at an isolated atoll. Revel in the sands of a private beach or indulge in the soothing touch of a couple’s massage. With so many opportunities for unique excursions and activities, the Maldives is the ultimate destination for romance.

Best Places to Romance:  Emboodhu Finolhu | Fihalhohi | Halaveli | Mudhdhoo

2. Dive into the Crystal-Clear Waters

Woman snorkeling in the Maldives

Snorkeling in the Maldives

The Maldives is a paradise for scuba diving. With more than 1,200 islands and fabulously clear waters, it is easy to enjoy a scuba diving excursion across the various atolls. A scuba adventure can unveil the captivating colors of the coral reefs or bring you into contact with sharks patrolling the edges of an atoll. Whether searching for grazing turtles or sweeping manta rays, elusive whale sharks, or intimidating hammerheads, the Maldives will promise you majesty and deliver awe.

Best Places to Visit for Snorkeling/Scuba: Rasdhoo | Addu | Male | Fihalhohi

3. Experience the Maldives’s Diverse Flavors

Romantic seaside dining in the Maldives

From dining underwater to basking under the stars, embracing a view from the tree canopy to enjoying an intimate meal on secluded sands, the cuisine captures the essential spirit of the archipelago while the experience highlights the majesty.

Dining in the Maldives is an experience in itself with the atolls, white-sand beaches, and crystal-clear lagoons only adding to the gorgeous ambiance. The cuisine of the Maldives represents a unique blend of luxury and locality as from the ice cream to the seafood, every dish is fresh with every restaurant offering a touch of unparalleled beauty.

Best Places to Visit for Food: Maafushi | Dhigu | Fuvahmulah | Veligandu

4. Embrace the Thrills of Local Adventures

Catamaran in North Male Atoll, Maldives

The Maldives often looks like a singular destination for romantic couples but is also a remarkable place for adventure and active exploration. Whether on a honeymoon or traveling with your family, the Maldives offers both picturesque beaches and sensational discovery. Snorkeling over a colorful reef, surfing the classic wave break, lifting over the Indian Ocean while parasailing, and walking through the active culture of Male only scratch the surface of your possible adventures.

Best Places to Visit for Active Tours: Maafushi | Rangali | Gan | Thulusdhoo

5. Explore the Past and Present Across the Islands

Surfing in the Maldives

Surfing in the Maldives

Genuine culture thrives in the paradise of the Maldives. It is easy to immerse yourself in the heritage spread across the 26 atolls of the archipelago as you explore the local traditions and international influences. From local markets to customary afternoon tea, island history to distinctive museums, dancing to surfing, the islands possess a remarkable diversity that can take you beyond the white sands and turquoise waters.

Best Places to Visit for Cultural Heritage: Kudahuvadhoo | Huraa | Male

6. Embrace Nature’s Splendor

Beach in the Maldives

Saafu Point on Fuvahmulah island in the Maldives

The beauty of the Maldives is famous and enchanting. With more than 1,200 islands, only 200 of which are inhabited, you can discover the rare splendor of the preserved natural world. Wildlife is diverse and exotic across the land and sea, scattered across the dynamic geographical features. From palm trees to snow-white beaches, lush forests to coral forests, the Maldives showcase the wonders of the natural world above and below the waterline.

Best Places to Visit for National Parks: Fushi Kandu | Kuda Huraa | Dhigali Haa | Mendhoo Region

7. Search for the Inspiring Wildlife

Snorkeling in the Maldives

The Maldives is a surprising and fascinating destination for wildlife. The chain of islands rises out of the Indian Ocean, giving it a rich and distinctive ecosystem for animals on land and in the sea. The tropical climate shapes the foliage and the wildlife, the coral reefs, and marine life. With over 2,000 species in the water and a litany of exotic land-based wildlife, the Maldives is a fabulous destination to explore and experience geckos and flying foxes to passing Blue whales and eagle rays.

Best Places to Visit for Wildlife: Bandos | Fulhadoo | Hanifaru Bay | South Ari Atoll

We can help you plan your perfect itinerary

Woman lounging in a hanging chair watching the sunset in the Maldives

The Maldives is a fantasy of fascinating things to do and compelling natural beauty. You can relax in romance or embrace the marine life’s diverse splendor. The archipelago’s enduring charms can stretch through the year featured in our Best Time to Visit. You can also find inspiration on more specific islands for couples with Zicasso’s Best Romantic Islands to Visit guide with tips for making your trip perfect. If you are planning a trip, you can speak with a Maldives travel expert for free by filling out a Trip Request Form or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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