Active or relaxing, the Maldives has an array of activities to suit all.
Diving and snorkelling
The Maldives is one of the best locations on earth in which to dive or snorkel. Turquoise waters brimming with tropical fish, sea turtles and rays add shards of colour and life to the crystal clear waters. In fact, over 1,200 species of sea life exists around the enchanting coral reefs of the islands. Regardless of your level; experienced, passionate instructors will ensure that you get the most out of your Maldives diving experience.
You’ll find a breadth of luxury resorts with fantastic diving facilities in this corner of the world. The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is placed across two islands, connected by a footbridge. The diving facilities are hosted by Sub Aqua, whose expert instructors will take you to the most dramatic coral reefs and tranquil lagoons.
When it comes to superior diving locations in the Maldives, the Ari Atoll is known as one of the best for consistently getting up close with a great variety of marine life, with many of the sites regarded as world class. You can discover more about this area on Dive Happy – experts on life beneath the ocean. If you’re keen to explore for yourself, the W Retreat and Spa offers the perfect base for heading out to these waters.
The world-famous Manta Point is another great position for meeting diverse underwater life, particularly (as the name suggests), manta rays. Plunge into waters around 15 metres deep as the rays circle around you. To be close to this coveted diving area, stay at the Soneva Gili Resort and Spa, or the Paradise Island Resort & Spa. You can unearth more useful facts about Manta Point and other diving locations in the Maldives on Scuba Travel.
Fishing in the Maldives
If you count fishing as the perfect means of relaxation, you’re in luck. The surroundings here are ideal for a peaceful fishing session, and the potential for landing a great catch is huge. Fly fishing has also become increasingly popular, and there are plenty of places in the Maldives to try it out. Fishing is a way of life in the Maldives, and it’s worth remembering that the use of nets is forbidden. Locals use hand lines and raw fish as bait – a skill handed down from generation to generation. You can discover more useful information about fishing customs from trusted online fishing community, FishingBooker.
A large spit of land reaches from the top of Kanifushi island to another island which lies around a mile away, and it’s possible to wade out and fish along it. You’ll meet everything from giant and blue fin trevally to bonefish and lemon sharks on these sand flats. Head out during high tide to increase your chances. The gorgeous nearbyAtmosphere resort is the perfect place to base yourself.
For a truly magical marine experience, stay at theKuredu Island Resort and book a night fishing excursion. Meet spellbinding nocturnal creatures under the stars and see traditional Maldivian fishing in action. If you’re lucky enough to reel in a great catch, you can even have the fish cooked to perfection for you the next day.
Makaira Maldives, located in Malé, offers a more competitive fishing session. Hussein, the owner of this fishing charter, aims to provide his clients with an exceptional fishing experience. Techniques include trolling, popping and jigging. The Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, and the Adaaran Club Rannalhiare elegant resorts that are both located nearby.
Vistas of sprawling powder-white beaches, cloudless skies and still, sapphire waters are all better enjoyed from the luxurious comfort of a relaxing spa. As a place to rejuvenate and escape the stresses of daily life, the Maldives are truly accommodating.
The Duniye Spa at the Kuredu Island Resort in Lhaviyani boasts overwater spa suites, so you can watch the sea life swirling beneath you as you indulge in a variety of treatments. Another overwater spa is the W Retreat and Spa in Fesdu– home to four plush treatment villas.
There’s also the One&Only Reethi Rah. The views are spectacular, and the service and treatments will help you switch off completely and leave on cloud nine. In fact, this spa was voted number one in the Condé Nast Readers’ Travel Awards 2014.
Water sports adventures
One of the main draws for many visitors to the Maldives has to be the incomparable plant life and paradisiacal beaches. However, aside from the classic beach scenes conjured up in your imagination (which do of course exist here), there is a place that seems to have been plucked straight from the pages of a fantasy novel.
Stay at the Dusit Thani on Mudhdhoo Island, and when night falls, you may be lucky enough to experience a magical light show on the shore. Thousands of specks of light illuminate the sands whenever there’s a mass mortality of organisms known as ostracod crustaceans, and it really is a sight to behold.
Of course, this is only a taste of the astounding wildlife that can be discovered in the Maldives. AtShangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, you can embark upon a nature trail to learn more about the things that live on the land – both animals and plants. The resort itself is raised above the ocean on stilts, and surrounded by beautiful coral reef.
Now, if it’s pure, unadulterated relaxation and natural wonder that you seek, the beaches near the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru will not disappoint. This resort is based within the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO world biosphere reserve, and according to the experts at A Luxury Travel Blog, the beaches here are among the best in the world. Need we say more?
Beaches and nature
There’s more water than land in the Maldives, so why not get active and try out some water sports during your holiday? The Malé Atoll is the ideal location to explore, as it’s known as the best place in the area for surfing.
The Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraaboasts an in-house surfing school, where the aim is to get you standing on the board after just one lesson. Jet skiing, waterskiing, wind surfing, and even banana rides are also available.
The Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort and Spais also a great choice for seeking thrills in the water, with everything from parasailing and wind surfing to canoeing and wake boarding on offer. Trust us, once you get a taste of water sports in the Maldives, you won’t want to sit still.
Take a day trip to Malé
If you’d like to hit the shops during your holiday, don’t be fooled into thinking that the Maldives can’t fit your needs. Malé is the capital of the Maldives, and the most populous city. From antique souvenirs and distinctive jewellery to a great range of textiles and gorgeous clothing, there’s something to suit all shopaholics.
If you love beauty products, be sure to pay a visit to Le Cute, where sampling the latest products is truly an experience. If electronics are more your thing, pay a visit to Reefside, where you’ll find some great items to take home; including computers, cameras and watches.
The fish market is also a must-see. Hundreds of fresh fish are on sale, all caught locally. You can see the fish being prepared, and then take your pick from an array of species. For some great photos of the famous fish market, visit Today I… – an inspiring travel blog from Bee Higg.
When you’ve finished collecting souvenirs, visit the National Museum in Sultan Park for an in-depth glimpse into the islands’ history, or stop by the Grand Friday Mosque to appreciate the magnificent architecture. You can find out more about the city’s mosques on the riveting travel blog, Nomadic Samuel. Later, take a wander around the city for a real taste of local life. More mosques, art galleries and colourful picture-postcard residential areas await.