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What are the best things to do in the Maldives?

We know, as we have visited every atoll personally. The Maldives, with its crystal clear waters, serene landscapes and prime Indian Ocean location, is paradisiacal in its approach to offering unforgettable experiences. From a private dinner on a sandbank in the middle of the ocean, to escorted shark snorkeling sessions, sea plane safaris and Maldivian dhoni rides, our experts recommend the best things to do during your visit. Below, you’ll find a curated collection of the best activities that the Maldives has to offer.

Meet the ocean’s residents

The iridescent blue waters surrounding the Maldives are home to some of the Earth’s most mesmerising wildlife. Get acquainted with blue whales, spinner dolphins, whale rays and many more captivating creatures by taking a blissful ocean dip alongside them. With diving and snorkelling trips available, it’s the perfect way to get to know the Indian Ocean’s guests.

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Stay on a private island

Nothing exudes paradisiacal life like a private island experience. Delight in a gourmet dinner on the beach with only the therapeutic lull of the ocean waves for company, and fall in love with true luxury. A favourite private island hotel of ours is the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru because of its stargazing lounge and four exceptional restaurants. 

Hop aboard a dhoni

Set sail across the glittering blue waters on a traditional Maldivian boat, the dhoni. With delicious meals freshly prepared on board to indulge in amid the gentle waves, floating along in these age-old boats is the ideal way to enjoy the tranquillity of the Maldives.

Help preserve coral

The ocean surrounding the Maldives is home to beautiful coral that feeds and protects various sea creatures. To produce more coral reefs, teams undertake coral propagation and plantation, which you can assist with to help marine conservation. At the Baros Maldives hotel, you can even help to create coral nursery areas.

Visit the capital, Malé

Adorned with colourful buildings and eclectic architecture, Malé is a vision against the Maldives’ trademark turquoise waters. Boasting a bustling atmosphere that contrasts with the typical serenity of the country, it is the best place to get to know the local’s culture. And if you’re visiting on July 26th, you can celebrate Maldivian Independence Day with the islanders and experience the magical evening parade.

Top ten things to do in the Maldives

  1. Enjoy a romantic dinner or sundowner cocktails on a sandbank in the middle of the Indian Ocean
  2. Charter a seaplane for panoramic views of these paradisiacal islands
  3. Embrace the pristine waters with some of the best snorkelling, diving and surfing spots
  4. For the ultimate indulgence, experience a massage in an underwater spa
  5. Assist with marine conservation by participating in a coral propagation and plantation project
  6. Sway to the percussive rhythm of a Bodu Beru troupe, and be enchanted by Bandiyaa Jehun - a form of dance performed by young women
  7. Head out to sea on a traditional 'dhoni' - the building of these vessels is an age-old craft
  8. Encounter some of the most fascinating creatures on Earth with once in a lifetime sights of blue whales, spinner dolphins, whale sharks and manta rays
  9. Celebrate Maldivian Independence Day with the islanders in the capital Malé - the highlight is the evening parade held in Republic Square performed by hundreds of schoolchildren and featuring colourful floats
  10. Visit a local village to observe the way of life and buy authentic handicrafts for souvenirs - wooden lacquer ware and woven reed mats are popular keepsakes

Unwind in the spa

Offering an array of different spa treatments, visiting the Maldives is the perfect way to recuperate and fully unwind. Many of our hotels feature spas with personalised therapies, underwater spas and night-time rituals underneath star-flocked skies. Relaxing and romantic, our hotels’ spa experiences are ideal for couples and honeymooners alike.

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