Some of the most iconic images of the Maldives are of beautiful blue waters and overwater villas. While this is a real treat, there is much more that you can do to get the most out of your Maldivian holiday. Here are some ideas of what you can do on and around the beautiful atolls that make up this tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean.
Activities on and below the water’s surface
With fascinating coral reefs and marine species, you can only imagine how many ways there are to explore below the water’s surface. For an adventure just below the surface, try snorkelling – you will see coral reefs, various fish species, and enjoy the warm waters. If you’d like to head a bit deeper and see more marine life, a scuba dive is a great option. In fact, if you feel up to it, you can even dive deep and see hammerhead sharks at the well-known Hammerhead Point.
In keeping with the idea of diving with marine animals, one of the most amazing things to do in the Maldives is to experience Hanifaru Bay. Here, you can see and swim with manta rays and whale sharks. If you love marine life, this is one is definitely a must-try.
Take a magical submarine ride to dive deeper than you would on a snorkelling or scuba diving adventure to see even more of the abundant marine life living in this region. You can expect to see coral reefs and multi-coloured species of fish such as butterflyfish, clownfish (you will have found Nemo), angelfish, lionfish, and many more.
For adventures on the surface of these blue, crystal clear waters, get your adrenalin pumping by jet skiing, water skiing, wakeboarding, or surfing through the waves. To test your balance, try stand up paddleboarding or kayaking. You can even try your hand at navigating the winds by sailing. If you’re lucky, you may even see some playful dolphins in the waters ahead of you.
Whatever your fitness level, there are plenty of fun, active things for you to try in the Maldives.
While the major attractions of the Maldives are water-based, there are some other fun activities that give you a taste of Maldivian culture. With influences from Arabia, India, and Sri Lanka, the cultural history of the Maldives is rich. If you are a culture buff, you should definitely visit the National Museum on Malé island – the capital. It was in the Maldives that the world’s first underwater cabinet meeting was held and you can find the minutes of this meeting at the museum, along with many other interesting artefacts.
An iconic mosque is the Hukuru Miskiiy mosque, also known as the Old Friday Mosque, on Malé. It was built from coral stone making it an amazing architectural site as well as a religious place. For architecture lovers, this is a must-visit.
While in the Maldives, you simply must-try some local cuisine. You will taste coconut in most dishes and, of course, there are plenty of fish dishes to sample. These dishes include Masroshi – a Maldivian snack made with tuna, coconut, and dough; and a delicious Maldivian fish or vegetarian curry. You can visit a local restaurant to try some local cuisine or your holiday resort may offer some local dishes.
Where to stay
When you travel sometimes the biggest hassle can be deciding where to stay. If you are looking for a luxury holiday in one of those well-known overwater villas, we recommend the Club Med Finolhu Villas on Gasfinolhu island. Here, you can slip into your private pool or take your private staircase into the sea after enjoying a sumptuous breakfast in your villa. If you’d prefer more land, choose a sunset or sunrise beach villa. You can still enjoy private meals and your own private pool…among other many luxuries. Be sure to ask the Club Med team about what Maldivian dishes are on the menu if you are interested in trying local food.
The Club Med Kani village (or resort), located along a beautiful stretch of beach, offers superior accommodation. Choose from rooms with garden views, furnished balconies, or furnished terraces. If you are travelling with your family you can request interconnecting rooms. The village offers a wide selection of food at its three restaurants and the excursions team can help you plan a great day trip or diving experience.
Both Club Med villages offer All-Inclusive packages; your package price is inclusive of accommodation, food, drinks (including alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails), entertainment, in-resort activities, Club Med parties, and more. You can go snorkelling, stand-up paddleboarding, scuba diving, and more all through the Club Med village.
Book your travel with the Travel Agency by Club Med so you can book your flights, transfers, and accommodation through one skilled professional.