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40 Best Things to do in The Maldives for a Memorable Experience

The Maldives with its turquoise waters, serene beaches and the luxurious stay options has more to offer to keep one’s vacation fun-filled and exciting. There is a multitude of things to do in Maldives for an unforgettable experience. A little group of beautiful islands, situated in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are a fantasy vacation for every traveller who claims to be a water baby. Besides, its lush surroundings offer some of the best things to do in Maldives. The cerulean waters of this island country provide opportunities for a mixture of water sports in the Maldives like surfing, snorkelling, cruising, scuba diving and many more. Some of the favourites include couple spa, fishing, dinner on the beach and going for long beach walks.

We have listed a few suggestions from our side on things to do in Maldives. Put on your best beach attire, get some sunscreen handy, off we go to the magical land of the Maldives.

40 Best things to do in Maldives

1. Nightlife in Maldives

2. Snorkelling in Maldives

3. Underwater Spa

4. Scuba Diving in Maldives

5. Artificial Beach

6. Bodu Beru Show

7. Dhoni Cruise

8. Seaplane Tours

9. Submarine Rides

10. Underwater Restaurants

11. Diving at Manta Point

12. Swimming with Manta Rays

13. Surfing in the Maldives

14. Water Sports

15. Attend a Beach Party

16. Plan a Romantic Candlelight Dinner

17. Whale & Shark Watching Tour

18. Glass Bottom Boat Trip

19. Explore the streets of Male

20. Visit China Maldives Friendship Bridge

21. Explore Friday Mosque of Maldives

22. Local Food Tour

23. Dinner at Ithaa, an Aquarium Restaurant

24. Maldives National Museum

25. Helicopter Ride Over Islands of Maldives

26. Visit a spa and get relaxed

27. Dolphin Watching

28. Underwater Treasure Hunting

29. Glowing Beach

30. Island Hopping Day Tour

31. Subsix Underwater Restaurant

32. Hydrofoil Experiences

33. The Wine Cellar

34. Hanifaru Bay

35. Ba’theli by the Reef

36. Vinum Bar-Underground Wine Cellar

37. Art Studio and Gallery

38. Piano Deck

39. Treehouse Magic

40. Sky Observatory

1. Nightlife in the Maldives

There are several pubs in Maldives to make the evening exhilarating. Silent disco party, White Night Party at Kuredu, Underwater Party at Subsix, and live bands and Jazz nights at Kurumba are some of the exciting things to explore at Maldives in the night.

Kandima Maldives Silent Disco Party
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2. Snorkeling in Maldives

The country is hands-down one of the best places in the world to have a mind-blowing snorkelling experience. Some of the best resorts for snorkelling in Maldives are Baros Maldives, W Maldives, Dhevanafushi Maldives, and Soneva Fushi. Guests get to explore the vibrant coral life and marine environment.

Snorkelling in Maldives
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3. Underwater Spa

Adding a feather to the cap of the resort – the first spa to be built underwater is at The Huvafen Fushi Maldives. The perfect way to rejuvenate both mind and body – getting the spa while gazing at the calm marine life. The resort also offers luxurious overwater villas and beachfront bungalows.

Underwater Spa experience at Maldives
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Also Read: How to Get Maldives Tourist Visa

4. Scuba Diving in the Maldives

Scuba diving at Maldives is part of the bucket list for most of the folks who are passionate about diving. The best time to scuba dive is after the south-west monsoon season (ie) between May and November. Diving around Ari Atoll is a dream come true for guests looking for a variety of fish, shark, coral reefs and more. This is also one of the very few places in the world where you can spot whale sharks.

Scuba Diving at Maldives
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5. Artificial Beach

This is a man-made stretch of sand situated in the east of the Male Island. The Artificial beach is famous for its entertainment and cultural activities like carnival and live music. This not-so-crowded beach has food joints like Oxygen cafe and Dine more for people to indulge in after a swim on the beach.

Male Artificial Beach
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6. Bodu Beru Show

Performed across many resorts, this energetic form of music invites the spectators and clap and dance to the tune. An important part in the Maldivian Culture, Bodu Beru is played across resorts every night to display the rich Maldivian heritage. Watching the show is a must-do as understanding other cultures is an important part of travel. 

Bodu Beru Cultural Show
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7. Dhoni Cruise

Crystal-clear waters, white sand and blue skies— traditional dhoni boat takes you through the remarkable islands of the Maldives. Experience the excellent beaches and beautiful lagoons that make these islands popular. Snorkel amongst the magnificent corals of the Indian Ocean. Dhoni Cruise in Maldives starts and ends in Male. This has facilities like an expert tour guide, meals, accommodation and transport.

Fishing on Dhoni Cruise
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8. Seaplane Tours 

Taking a ride on a seaplane allows the best bird’s-eye view of this lovely archipelago. A seaplane excursion in Maldives is a visual treat for tourists and they get to watch the beautiful Hulhumale Island and Male Island from a different point of view.

Seaplane excursions in Maldives
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9. Submarine Rides 

Experience the depth of over 100 feet beneath the Indian Ocean in the submarine tours, which allow you to watch the marine life through glass windows in the cabin. Enjoy the lifetime experience being on one of the deepest and largest diving passenger submarines. These rides are equipped to explore up to 150 meters below sea level. Now that’s an experience that you cannot miss.

Whale Submarine Tours in Maldives
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10. Underwater Restaurants

Visit some mind-blowing underwater restaurants in Maldives where you treat your taste buds to a meal that’s not only sumptuous but also an experience in itself. You get to watch the fishes swim around while you dine at one of the most luxurious restaurants in the world.

Underwater Restaurant in Maldives
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11. Diving at Manta Point 

Generally known as the ‘Lankan Manta Point’, this is one of the best places for a surreal diving experience. It takes its name from the manta cleaning stations that are located on the island called Lankanfinolhu (meaning: paradise). Manta Ray night diving experience is also available for folks who like the extra adrenaline kick. The abundance of the place is extensive and that will be more evident when you find lobster, moray eels, shrimp, octopus and other beautiful jewels of the Indian Ocean in the cuts and crevices of the ocean.

Manta Point Diving
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12. Swimming with Manta Rays 

The best months to see manta rays is from September to October and December to May. Hanifaru Bay is one of the most sought after places in Maldives to swim with Manta rays. The bay is known to attract more than a 100 manta rays on full moon days.  The world’s largest feeding station for Manta ray is at Hanifaru Bay. No excuse is big enough for folks to experience this during their visit to the Maldives.

Swim with Manta Ray Experience
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13. Surfing in Maldives 

April to October is generally the months suggested to surf in the beautiful waters of Maldives. Maldives surf is equipped with gorgeous corals and is suitable for surfers at any point of the learning curve. The thing to note is that different Atolls have different recommended surfing seasons and one needs to check for this before booking the resort for surfing.

Maldives Surfing
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14. Water sports 

All private island resorts in Maldives offer one-stop solutions to a multitude of water sports in addition to luxurious stay options. Depending on the comfort level the guests may choose the water sport activity.  Most resorts offer water sports that are targeted for kids as well. This is the right place that offers activities catering to all age groups. One may also take up surfing or scuba diving lessons to get certifications by passing levels of tests.

15. Attend a Beach Party

To have a pleasant and delightful experience, attend a beach party in the Maldives. Enjoy under the starlit sky with your partner and make moments that you will relish forever. Forget about the stress and chaos of everyday life and dance till your last breath. All the renowned DJ visits and makes the party bang.

16. Plan a Romantic Candlelight Dinner

To have a private, romantic candlelight dinner, Maldives is the place! Have a charming and elegant private barbeque on a quiet, calm beach. Spend some quality time together and enjoy this precious time. It is one of the most beautiful things to do in the Maldives and you definitely need to add it to your Maldives honeymoon package.

17. Whale & Shark Watching Tour

Whale and shark watching is pure bliss in the Maldives and undoubtedly an amazing experience one could ever have. Explore the magical and untouched underwater world with the one you love and save all these memories for your entire life.

18. Glass Bottom Boat Trip to View Corals of Maldives

Watch marine life closely without bothering anything. Glass-bottom boat and marine life, what else do you need in the Maldives?. Observe these magical creatures and enjoy these moments with your loved ones. You can ride the glass bottom boat from Kuramathi Island, Maldives and it will cost around INR 2100.

19. Explore the streets of Male

Male have a lot to explore, from vast markets to absolutely vivid and tempting food. Buy souvenirs including local pickles, miniature boats, palm sleepers, home decors and packaged sweetmeats. Inhabitants here are very friendly and helpful but still, remember to follow all the basic rules and regulations of the place.

20. Visit China Maldives Friendship Bridge

The bridge is funded by the Chinese government and is 2.1 km long. It has separate lanes for pedestrians, cars and bikes. This incredible bridge offers you views of the beautiful sea and is one of the major attractions in the Maldives. It connects Male to the international airport of Hulhule.

21. Explore Friday Mosque of Maldives

Friday mosque is one of the oldest and the most beautiful mosques in the Maldives. It is made from coral stone and is absolutely captivating. The interiors of the mosque are a sight to behold and a must explore.

22. Local Food Tour

To explore a place, start with a local food tour! Classic food includes Mas huni and roti, the traditional Maldivian breakfast which is a must-try in the Maldives. Also, try lip-smacking delicious foods like Hedhika, Garudhiya, Rihaakuru, basic yet something that will tickle your taste buds.

23. Dinner at Ithaa, an Aquarium Restaurant

Have food while being underneath the water and explore aquatic life. Book a romantic getaway from the world with your partner. Munch on the Maldivian delicacies with stingrays, turtles, or sharks.

  • Location: Rangali Island of Southern Ari Atoll at Alifu Atoll.
  • Price: INR 10700 to INR 16400.

24. Revisit History at Maldives National Museum

Maldives National Museum reveals the stories of old Maldives, unveiling the history. It has a collection of historical artefacts including weapons, costumes and ornaments of the royalty, which you must explore. Visiting this museum is one of the best things to do in the Maldives, so make sure you add it to your Maldives tour package.

  • Location: Chaandhanee Magu, Malé.

25. Helicopter Ride Over Islands of Maldives

A helicopter ride over the islands of Maldives gives you stunning views and a memory for your life. Come across the magnificent settings of islands while flying in the air. Enjoy the ride with your loved ones. Explore the unique patterns of the Deep Ocean along with sandbars and coral reefs.

26. Visit a Spa and Relax

Maldivian spa massage is one of the best things to do in the Maldives and one must add it in their Maldives package. You have plenty of choices of massages, out of which couples therapy is a must-try. Take time out for yourself and melt down your stress.

27. Go for Dolphin Watching near Dhiggaru

Dolphins are one of the most playful and active creatures underwater and you definitely will enjoy this stunning ride. Observe them flipping and twirling around the pristine waters and capture them in your mobile phones.

  • Location: Mulaku Atoll or Meemu Atoll, near Dhiggaru.
  • Price: Approximately INR 2400 to INR 4500

28. Underwater Treasure Hunting

To have adventure, excitement and adrenaline rush, participate in underwater treasure hunting. This activity is offered by multiple resorts in the Maldives. Have a unique and thrilling experience and dive in under the sea to find the treasure following various clues given to you. Expect some unexpected surprises and rejoice in the moments.

  • Location: Multiple resorts in the Maldives.

29. Visit Glowing Beach

The glowing beach is located on Vaadhoo Island in Raa Atoll. This is one of the most visited beaches in the Maldives and the best place for couples. This phenomenon is due to bioluminescence, which emits bright vibrant blue light in the water and creates an ethereal effect. June and October are the best times to visit this place.

30. Island Hopping Day Tour

Explore the diverse culture of Maldives, take a tour of Maldivian exotic islands and explore different scenic views, marine life, rituals, and much more. Reach these islands by boats, ferries, yachts, and seaplanes.

  • Location: Start the island-hopping tour from the capital – Male
  • Price: Approx. INR 1300 to INR 2000

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31. Subsix Underwater Restaurant

Subsix Underwater Restaurant is located on the  Niyama Private Islands, Maldives. Explore the wonderful aquatic shows as it is built 20 feet underwater. It is the worlds first underwater nightclub where you can grove with the music while sipping some of the best drinks available. It is a luxury on an exotic level!

32. Hydrofoil Experiences

Enjoy this amazing water sport, since 2019 at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. It makes your dream come true and provides an amazing experience. Indulge in Kite Foiling, Wake Foiling, Lift Foiling and Naish Wing-Surfer.

33. The Wine Cellar

The Wine Cellar in Conrad Maldives Rangali Island and is a very unique place. It is descended 2 meters underground with the storage of around 15,000 bottles of wine and up to 950 labels. All wines lovers must visit this place. 

34. Hanifaru Bay

It is a manta feeding site in Baa Atoll and is very famous to watch these jaw dropping marine creatures. The best time to visit and explore it is between May to November. Do remember, you can not dive in here.

35. Ba’theli by the Reef

Ba’theli by the reef is located at Milaidhoo. It is the first and only Maldivian gourmet restaurant in the whole country. It is uniquely designed in the shape of the ancient ba’theli sailing vessel. It is inspired by history and you definitely should explore it. 

36. Vinum Bar-Underground Wine Cellar

The Vinum Bar in Huvafen Fushi and offers a great collection of impressive international wine.  It is constructed 8 meters down the surface where you can enjoy the views and wine.

37. Art Studio and Gallery

It is the first art immersive hotel in the Maldives. The stunning island resort has its very own art studio and gallery. The guests here are very impressed by the art and with its hospitality. 

38. Piano Deck

The Piano Deck is located at Baros Maldives. It is a unique dining experience on a stand-alone deck isolated in the middle of the beautiful, turquoise lagoon. It is all about fine cuisine with fine location! Experience it with your loved one and make a memory forever!

39. Treehouse Magic

Enjoy the high above the tropical canopy and delicious seven-course menu. Have romantic evenings and intimate celebrations with your loved ones. Explore the spectacular settings to watch the sunset.

40. Sky Observatory

Watch constellations and alignment of the stars in the observatory that connects with the SKY bar. Have a variety of cocktails drinks while enjoying stargazing. It is the first and only observatory in the Maldives.

Points to remember

  • Most of the water sports can be booked on spot at the resort upon check-in only. 
  • Any sport requires an adult to accompany if you are less than 18 years of age.
  • Check the weather reports to plan your perfect day in Maldives involving a variety of water-related activities.  
  • People suffering from Claustrophobia are recommended not to take the submarine experience. 
  • Always listen to your safety instructor to ensure security. 
  • Make a rough outline of things you want to explore in Maldives and plan your budget on land previously. This will help you to not miss out on any activity because of budget constraints.

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