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Things to do with friends in Maldives

After months of lockdown and travel restrictions, if you are still wondering where to hang out with your friends, this article is for you. Maldives is often seen as a honeymoon’s paradise. However, it can offer more than a romantic setting. It is ideal for groups who wish to get the best out of both worlds – peace and adventure. Though there might be a number of popular tropical destinations that deem to be perfect for you and your friends, try out something different this summer. Here’s a list of a few things to do with friends in the Maldives.

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Things to do with friends in Maldives

1. Scuba Diving

The Maldives is one of the prime locations for scuba diving. If there’s a place on earth you need to give scuba diving a try, it’s here. There are many affordable PADI dive centers in and around the resorts where you can take a discovery dive even if you are not certified. 

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The Maldives is bestowed with an abundance of marine life. It is known for its stingrays, whale shark migration, reef sharks and sea turtles. The crystal clear blue waters of these beautiful islands offer incredible visibility. Most importantly there’s no need for a wetsuit here. The water is warm and inviting. This will definitely be one of your favourite things to do with friends in Maldives.

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2. Snorkeling Trips

If you do not prefer Diving, then snorkelling is the next best option. The reefs in the Maldives are very pristine that you don’t have to go deep to see a lot! Jump into the water and enjoy snorkelling with sea turtles. You are sure to see a dozen sea turtles munching their lunch at the reef. Snorkelling is truly one of the best things to do with your friends in the Maldives.

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3. Dolphin Watching

Ask anyone what they think is one of the best things to do with friends in the Maldives, they are sure to say this. “Dolphin Watching!” Set out on an adventure trip just before sunset in search of pods of dolphins. It will not take you long to spot the first one. You might have seen dolphins in other destinations, trust me the ones in Maldives are some of the most active and playful ones you’ll ever see!

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4. Island Hopping

Believe it or not, Maldives is a large settlement and many locals live and work on these islands. If you have planned to stay at a private island in the Maldives, make sure to take a tour and visit the nearby local islands and communities. This will be a great day trip around the islands.

The Maldives are predominantly muslims and they follow a strict Muslim culture. Ensure to dress appropriately in long skirts/shorts and strictly no spaghetti strap sleeves. If you prefer wearing shorts, take a sarong along with you and put them on when you land in the islands. 

5. Surfing 

The Maldives is a destination that takes surfing to a world-class level. If you and your friends are adventure junkies, then this is a must-do thing with friends in the Maldives. Worried that you are not a pro at surfing? Worry not! Maldives also offers surfing lessons in few of its islands. You can visit these centres and start your surfing journey. 

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6. Paddle Boarding

If you or friends aren’t into surfing, paddleboarding is another great option. You can paddle in safe bays. The water is so clear here that you will even see fish swimming right below your boards. The islands provide a great atmosphere for paddle boarding. It is considered one of the ideal places to paddleboard or surf since most of its islands are surrounded by calm shallow waters that only ebb and flow with the rising tides. 

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7. Visit the Spa

Though Maldives was made for adventure and while in this island paradise, you must take some time to pamper yourself. It is highly recommended that you take a massage in one of the spas and relax yourself. As soothing music plays, a skilled masseuse will rub away the aches and pains from your long flight or your day out in the sun. Make sure you do not plan anything for the rest of the day. It’s important to take a break and relax.

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8. Fishing

How about going fishing with friends? Sounds exciting right! If you are really into fishing then you must definitely give it a try in the Maldives. The tuna fish is the most popular catch and you can either fish the Maldives way (you go with spearfishing with a local) or you can go out on a regular fishing expedition.

9. Parasailing

A great way to see the beautiful atolls of the Maldives with friends is to go parasailing. There is no better way to appreciate the beauty of the Maldives than from above. As you soar high above your boat taking in the beautiful scenery around you, it is an exhilarating feeling to feel the wind in your hair. This is definitely one of the coolest things to do with friends in the Maldives

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10. Explore Male

It is worth spending a day or two exploring Male, the capital city of Maldives. Male is completely different from the tranquillity of the other atolls. The capital city is actually a small island with a population of more than 227,000. It is important to note that it is one of the most populous cities on earth. Few places you can visit here include the Male fish market, National museum and Old Mosque. The Male Fish Market is the heartbeat of the city with hectic energy. The National Museum in male is worth a stop to see the history and artefacts from the Maldives’ past. The Old Friday Mosque is the oldest mosque in the Maldives dating back to 1656. Do not forget to visit Sultan Park. Visiting Male is definitely one of the best things to do with friends in the Maldives.

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