The Maldives is a collection of 1,200 of the most perfect islands and beaches on earth. Its beautiful white sand beaches and pristine blue water make it a truly exotic destination for tourists everywhere and since it is such a popular tourist destination, there are several things you can only do here that you would dream about doing elsewhere in such unrivalled luxury.
It has resorts with their own private islands, and clear waters that are always balmy. This is the premier glamorous getaway for honeymooning couples, families and people looking for a close to nature experience with its tourist friendly local population and industry.
So, when you’re there…
1. Stay in a water bungalow or even one that is underwater!
When you are located just above the tranquil sea, you will understand the magic of a water bungalow as you can embrace the spirit of these remarkable islands. They offer a sense of seclusion and privacy that make these hideaways perfect for when you want to take in the beautiful horizon uninterrupted. With spectacular views of the sunsets and sunrises, and your own personal space, if you have the money, these bungalows are a real treat! If you are even more adventurous and want to really make it a night to remember, you can even stay the night underwater at the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant where, after a night of revelry, the restaurant space can be converted into a bedroom with champagne served at breakfast!
2. Get a massages available only in the Maldives
Passed on by generations of hakeembe or healing experts, spas in the Maldives take your experience to a whole new level with a day at the spa including their traditional healing methods, oils and herbs, and unimaginable luxury. While here, try out a massage in native virgin coconut oil and take in a breathtaking view of the glistening waters as well.
3. Get exotic
Almost 99% sea, the cuisine is naturally predominantly seafood. Cuisine here is a mixture of Arabic, Indian, Sri Lankan and Oriental influences. Visit local cafes, the hotau and try out the Garudhiya, a fish broth, or the Fihunu Mas if you are looking for a spicy barbecued fish. When it comes to drinks, the locally brewed beverage is Raa, a toddy brewed from palm trees. Have some Hedhika or snacks while you are having a drink.
4. Spend an evening on a glowing beach
If you are with someone special and really want the experience to stand out, visit the glowing beach of the Vaadhoo Island for an experience that is impossible to forget. The bioluminescent beach is one of the best places to visit in Maldives, especially if you are a honeymooner. Stroll past the glowing tides as the beach lights up from the sea and the stars at night in this natural wonder.
5. Sail into the sunset with champagne
Sunsets are beautiful wherever you are but are an experience like no other when you are on a boat surrounded by water that turns gold at dusk. This is a fun experience and a great change from conventional resorts. Living on these cruise ships allows you to travel to remote islands and deserted beaches, making your holiday intimate and special. You can also visit the best diving and fishing spots that the islands have to offer. Safari boats help you explore deserted islands and stare into the mysterious depths of the ocean.
6. Dive in the water world – scuba diving and snorkeling
With such brilliant natural aquatic wildlife and open expanses of water, the Maldives offers many opportunities for tourists to take in its underwater beauty. It has crystal clear water and stunning coral reefs and offers tourists the opportunity to swim with colourful fish, mantas, turtles and dolphins with a marine biologist as a guide. Nearly every resort in the Maldives offers Scuba Diving facilities with special classes to train tourists for the underwater activities. If you want to swim among the fish and view the brilliant reefs underwater, snorkeling is a great option that will fill you will a sense of wonder.
7. Take a submarine ride
The Whale Submarine is a popular excursion for those who want to observe life on the reef as it offers a fascinating ride to those who are kids or too old or otherwise unable to dive in amongst the fishes. It is truly wonderful to breathe underwater and observe the exciting creatures that inhabit the reefs while you enjoy the wonderful sensation of diving in a submarine.
8. Go fishing
Fishing is the lifeblood of the Maldives where the waters teem with fish. You can enjoy a relaxed and satisfying excursion of fishing the way a local would in the traditional dhoni, a coconut palm timber boat, and then barbecue your catch for a beautiful starlit dinner on a night reef fishing trip. If you are up for bigger game, hire a speedboat to get to the deeper parts of the sea and catch swordfish, marlin at morning or snappers and barracuda at night for a unique fishing experience.
9. Panoramic views from the sky
If panoramic views are what you are after, there is no better way to get them than from a Twin Otter Seaplane. These planes are a great way to travel to the more remote resorts and are the most luxurious with flights ranging from ten minutes to an hour for the most far away resorts.
10. Explore the islands
With 200 of 1,200 islands inhabited, exploring the Maldives is one of the most exotic things you can do as you visit a new island each day and discover what is special about them with some islands being famous for their deep sea fish while others have bright coral reefs so you can go out and discover your personal paradise.