The Maldives is a country of pleasant surprises. Most of the activities are water-related since the country is 99% water and only 1% land. You are more than welcome to stay at your resort and just lounge under the sun and work on your tan, but there is a whole world waiting for you to be explored. You are in the perfect place to discover something new, rediscover something old, and everything in between.
Below you will find possible excursions and tours that can be arranged for you by our travel counsellors before your arrival at your chosen resort, or can be arranged directly with the resort’s concierge upon arrival. Please do ask your travel counsellor for details and availability.
WATER SAFARIS/CRUISE BOATS
Due to its topography, the best way to explore the most out of the Maldives would be on board a yacht or a cruise boat. There are 1,190 islands to be visited, some inhabited, some not. It is also the most accessible way to check out the best diving and snorkeling sites in the world to see some of the best underwater playground this side of the planet. These safari boats are manned by highly experienced and professional staff, they vary depending on size and facilities on board – from modest to luxurious, based on what you prefer.
Safari boats can also take you to different surfing points if you are an experienced surfer as this sport is still quite new in the country.
Not your typical island hopping in the sense that you are taken from one resort to another to break the monotony of being in one resort especially for those staying longer; from your resort to a local island to see how the residents go about their daily lives, see some of the local sites, and maybe buy some of their handmade souvenirs; from your resort to a nearby sandbank to dine by design, swim, or just sunbathe. A very unique way to get to know more about this paradise country without breaking a sweat!
It isn’t a surprise that the Maldives offers some of the best fishing in the world as well. Home to over 700 species of fish, there’s a bounty that waits under its turquoise waters for fishing enthusiasts. Big-game fishing is a favorite among the more serious and experienced guests. For novices, sunset and night fishing are more preferred so it’s not sweltering hot and they get to enjoy the cold ocean air during these times. So go get your lines, drop them off the side of the “dhoni” and enjoy the scenery surrounding you as you wait for a nibble. Don’t forget to ask the staff if they can prepare and cook the fish you caught for your next meal!
Take your experience to a whole new height – literally! See a bird’s eye view of the country’s coral islands and take photos that will wow your friends and family. Not only is being on a seaplane an adventure in itself, but the picturesque scenes that you will see from above will take your breath away and will leave you in awe of the beauty this country has to offer. Make sure to bring your best camera to capture the wonderful sights!
Be like Nemo and explore the underwater world safely inside a submarine! A couple of resorts have their private submarine that you can rent to explore the nearby reefs. There is also one in Male where you are taken to a depth of 120ft below the surface to see the reefs up close and personal without getting wet! If you’re lucky, you might just see some big fishes as well while you’re down and under.
A trip to the country’s little city will complement any holiday to the Maldives. It is a tiny urban jungle with cobblestoned streets, small shops left and right, and hundreds of motorbikes lining up the narrow winding streets. The lifestyle and pace is quite different from the resort and island life – it’s sort of like a typical metropolitan but squeezed into a smaller space and a paradise just outside your window for when you get tired of your workload. There are a few historical landmarks that are a must to visit due to its history and architecture but the best and most well-known would have to be the Friday mosque – one of the biggest and finest in South East Asia, which can accommodate up to 5,000 worshippers, is decorated with beautiful coral carvings and lacquer work that shows how talented the local Maldivians are. Be respectful and make sure women are dressed modestly and appropriately when in the area and do not wear your slippers/shoes if you want to go on the steps.
There are lots of businesses, souvenir shops, restaurants, and unique boutiques in this small city to feast your eyes on. It is a great alternative to buying your souvenirs from the resorts since the products will probably be the same exact thing at half the price. Make sure to ask your guide to take you to the cheapest places where you can negotiate on prices. If you are feeling adventurous, you can visit the fish market near the Presidential Jetty to see the locals up close and the fishing vessels with their fresh catch of the day, you can also try the small family restaurants that make authentic Maldivian delicacies and cuisine but take note, these are served extra, extra spicy so it’s definitely not for the faint of stomach!