More than Romance
Things to do in the Maldives
The Maldives is a tropical paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean known for its scattered coral islands and vibrant reefs, white sand beaches and azure lagoons. The isolation and exoticism can lend a romantic atmosphere, but there are loads of things to do in the Maldives for everyone! For lovers of natural beauty, fun, and tranquillity: this is your new favourite destination.
When picturing the Maldives, one of the first images that comes to mind may be the dreamy overwater bungalows that decorate ring-shaped coral atolls, surrounded by bluer-than-blue water. Did you know there’s a whole other world waiting just under the surface? These islands make for some of the best scuba diving in the world, where you can get up close and personal with curious marine life including sea turtles, giant rays and the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. The crystal clear visibility and year-round warm water temperatures make diving accessible for everyone, as do the number of accredited PADI centres scattered across the islands.
You don’t have to go deep to see the amazing diversity of these reefs! Try snorkelling to experience underwater coral gardens populated with starfish, seahorses, eels and schools of colourful fish. You’ll be surprised at just how much you can see in the shallows! If you’d rather keep your head above water, there’s also some world-class surf breaks, stand-up paddle boarding and organised boat trips where you can spot dolphins or orca pods playing in the warm Maldivian waters.
Shake the salt out of your hair and hop on a boat, ferry, or plane from your resort to visit the thriving heart of the Maldives—the compact and vibrant capital of Malé. It’s a stark contrast to laidback island life, though the brightly-coloured skyscrapers are still surrounded by turquoise water. You could stroll around this quirky island in a few hours, finishing off with a cool drink and ‘short eat’ in one of the cafés or teashops. The islands have been blessed with a rich cultural heritage and all of that comes to play in Malé, from the amazing handicrafts to the fresh local produce and fusion cuisine.
No adventure to the capital is complete without a visit to Old Friday Mosque, Hukuru Miskiy. Dating back to 1656, this marvel is made of white coral stone, carved with intricate decorations and Quranic script. You’ll need permission from the officials to enter the mosque—dress appropriately and act respectfully and you shouldn’t have a problem.
Bring mind, body, and spirit together with a session at the spa. Maldivian therapists have taken the best techniques from the melting-pot of culture that surrounds them (from Ayurveda to Thai massage). Soak up the peace and tranquillity of your surrounds and give in to the natural rhythm. Many resort spas often have kids clubs and fitness centres attached, offering recreation and relaxation for all—simply the cherry on top for Maldives Family holidays!
Post by Alana Eising
Alana is a writer and a wanderer who almost always wishes she were somewhere else. That’s why she writes about the fabulous places she’s been, and all the destinations left on her bucket list.