True, overwater villas are a stunning sight, and those photographs are what initially lured us to the Maldives. However, is there anything more to do in the Maldives besides relax? Definitely! The Maldives is a paradise for adventurers, water sports enthusiasts, and lovers. Below are the best things to do in Maldives!
We have organised the BEST activities in the Maldives to help maximise and enhance your experience with an itinerary that flows from one bucket list item to another.
Whale Shark Excursion: Included
The whale shark is a gentle and beautiful sea creature that lives in the ocean's depths and the worlds largest fish. These gentle giants can be spotted swimming in the ocean's currents in the Maldives, most frequently in South Ari Atoll. We will set off after breakfast and spend the day on a traditional Dhoni boat, sailing between the Islands of Dhigurah and Maamagili in search of the majestic giants.
Unfortunately, the industry is unregulated and numerous island resorts and guest houses organise their own Maldives tour for this thrilling adventure, so we team up with the Maldives Whale Shark Research Program to ensure that our guests enjoy the experience in an informed and environmentally conscious manner.
Manta Ray Excursion: $55 USD
Swimming with a Manta Ray is a truely majestic experience. Commonly confused with a Stingrays, which spend most of their time scavenging the sandy ocean floor for a snack, Mantas are much larger and prefer to spend time in the open oceans of the tropics. It is not until you get in the water with a Manta that you realise how huge these mesmerising and playful creature really are. Some interesting fact about Mantas is that they must constantly swim to stay alive and that origins of the word 'Manta' actually stem from the Spanish word for 'blanket' or 'cloak'. We will spend the morning around a Manta Cleaning station on the lagoon side of Dhigurah.
Sunset Cocktails on a Super Yacht: $30 USD (Seasonal)
Tonight we organise an incredible little surprise for you! We will get picked up on the bikini beach just before sunset and make our way out to a spectacular boat that is located in the lagoon. Our evening starts with a popular local artist playing acoustic guitar and singing, whilst our team can buy drinks over the bar. Guest will have the chance to have a sunset swim and snorkel before jumping back onward for a huge buffet dinner and some Karaoke.
Resort Visit - Amaya Kuda Rah: $92 USD (Seasonal)
You cannot go to the Maldives and not visit a resort! Although, navigating the locals islands offers and an amazing opportunity to travel this beautiful country at an affordable price, we still highly recommend a day trip to a resort and basking in the exclusivity of the Maldives. Luckily, we will have the opportunity to spend the day at the beautiful Amaya Resort in South Ari Atoll. Entry is $75 USD plus taxed and service charges which amount to $92 USD in total, the price includes up to $92 of value at the bar and restaurants - The way that we look at it is, it's free entry if you spend $92 at the resort! Beers are around $7 - $8 USD, cocktails are between $10 - 20 USD and bottles of wine are from $15 - $100 USD. Food from the A La Carte Menu range from $15 - 30odd USD and buffet lunches and dinners are available for around $55 USD.
Vaavu Atoll is home to one of the most iconic and instagramable monuments in the country. This semi submerged wreck is believe to be an Indonesian Vessel which got lots in the shallows and never made it out. We will have the chance to climb on the boat and jump off into the water, then also head down below and swim though the stern. This is one of our favourite stops on our Maldives Island Hopping Tour and one where you will get some fantastic photos.
Sand Bank Excursion: Included
Would a trip to the Maldives be complete without stopping off for lunch at a secluded sandbank in the middle of the Indian Ocean. We will set up umbrellas and have the opportunity to enjoy lunch on a secluded sandbank. Whilst here, we're will be able to have some fun with the drone and take some incredible photos and videos for all of our guests.
Scuba Diving: $55 - $75 USD
The Maldives is one of the best scuba diving location in the world, with crystal blue water, incredible visibility, vibrant marine life and no currents, there is no better or safer place to give it a go than here. There are numerous reasonably priced We link up with a certified PADI/SSI dive facilities where you may take a discovery dive if you are not qualified, or just sign up for several dives to one of the numerous reefs or unique dive sites. Certified dives are $55 USD per dive and Intro Dives are $75 USD per dive. The Maldives is known for its extensive variety of marine life, including manta rays, whale shark migration, reef sharks, and sea turtles. The pure blue seas provide excellent visibility, calm waters and no wetsuit is required here; the water is warm and pleasant.
Fishing Trip: $30 USD
One of our group favourites, at 5pm we will depart for our Sunset Cruise and head towards a local reef, where you will spend the early evening listening to music, playing games and fishing with hand reels before heading back to the island at around 8pm. One thing to bear in mind, is that after our adventure, the crew cook up everything that you catch for dinner!
Boat Party: Included
Alcohol is certainly not the be all and end all of meeting people, but sometimes it sure does help! Although drinking alcohol in the Maldives is illegal on the local islands, the government have issued licences to the liveaboard boats who dock offshore and operate as floating bars, you just need to know where to find them! Fortunately for us, we are here to help you out and show you where to have some fun in the evenings.
Resort Visit - Centara Ras Fushi: $150 USD (All Inclusive Package)
This is truely paradise! We will have another opportunity to spend the day at an incredible resort, the only difference is that today, we have an all inclusive package. This means that the entry price includes return transfers, entry, unlimited beer, wine, cocktails and a delicious international buffet lunch. We will spend the afternoon exploring the island then end up in the pool at the swim up bar where we will watch the sunset together. The best thing about this is that you will finally have an opportunity to get up close to the amazing overwater bungalows!
Sunset Parasailing, Jet Ski and Stand up paddleboard: $150 USD (Package)
The Maldives, is a paradise on Earth. With turquoise lagoons, white sandy beaches and palm tree lined islands, there is no better place on the planet to enjoy the view from up above and take in the countries exceptional natural beauty.
Take the chance to fly way up high in the air with a parachute whilst being slowly pulled through the archipelago via a speed boat. You will take in some of the best perspectives in the country and no doubt see a range of resorts and local islands from afar. This is one of the most popular experiences among the tourists and one of the most exciting and the best thing is that the price is for two people, so it is only $75 each for two people.
Water Sports: From $30 USD
When in Rome, do as the Romans do, so when in the Maldives, do as the Maldivians. When the favourite local pass time in the country is water sport, you will have no choice but to jump in the water and go for a calm sea kayak, cruise around on a stand-up paddleboard, try wakeboarding or skiing, jump on a jetski or if your looking for something a little more wild, then have a crack at a Jetpack! Most fun things to do in the Maldives are waterbed so pack your bathers and don't be afraid to explore the waters and try something new!
Snorkelling Day Trips
If diving is not for you, snorkelling is an excellent alternative for an exciting day trip! The Maldives' reefs are so immaculate that you don't need to go deep to see a lot! Most snorkelling stops will give you the opportunity to see reefs with vibrant colours and an abundance of marine life. Snorkelling in the calm crystal blue waters, is unquestionably one of the top activities in the Maldives.
Food & Drinks
Local Islands: Meals are between $7 - $15 USD, ice creams, snacks and soft drinks are around $2 - $3 USD and alcoholic drinks at the floating bar (beer, wine, cocktails) are between $7 - $15 USD or you can buy a bottle of spirits (vodka, whiskey, etc) for around $100 USD.
Resorts: Meals are between $15 - $30 USD and alcoholic drinks (beer, wine, cocktails) are between $7 - $15 USD.
We truely believe that the best way to explore this amazing places is with a group. The Maldives is full of Bucket List Experiences like swimming with Whale Sharks, Manta Ray and Turtles, explore a sunken shipwreck or sandbank, join a boat party or drink cocktails in an infinity pool at a five star resort, so why would you want to travel the Maldives alone? Our Maldives Island Hopping experience is the ultimate adventure and best way to meet people in the Maldives.