It is essential that you have some idea of the top things to do in Maldives before you buy a ticket. That way, you can hit the ground running the second you land, as there are a wealth of amazing activities to enjoy.
An island nation found in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives receives as many as 900,000 tourists per year. And with its rich culture and amazing sceneries, it’s no hard to find a number of fun activities to do when you are in this magical place. Now, just a quick primer for first timers. The majority of the Malidives’ history has been a hodge podge of different occupations, with short colonization intervals in the 15th (Portuguese), 17th (Dutch) and 19th (British) centuries. As such, much of its heritage has been preserved. If you are wondering what this might come off as, neighbors like Sri Lanka and India should give you some idea.
Of course, with the prospect of making the country a summer destination, it is important to first establish what the top things to do in Maldives are that is coordinated with the season. The Maldives is famous for its natural beauty, blue oceans and white sand beaches. So you can expect to engage in all sorts of water sports from swimming to fishing, snorkeling, water-skiing, windsurfng, kite boarding, and scuba diving. Kanuhura Beach provides a luxurious setting for tourists who would like to enjoy all of these without any compromises on the sights they get to see. There are lagoons that could be perfectly enjoyed by kids and offshore, adults can pursue more challenging activities. As a bonus, dolphins and pilot whales also frequent this spot and the nearby Llaviyani Atoll. Reethi Beach has a more laid-back atmosphere, with badminton courts, gyms and different facilities all the way around, while Filitheyo boasts more budget-friendly options.
Male serves is the capital of the Maldives and has the most number of full-service resorts. So if you have to start anywhere, it would probably be here. But don’t be surprised if its beaches are not as stunning as other parts of the country, like at the Adaaran Club Rannalhi, since it is also the most densely populated and overly developed. But this does serve a tourism advantage given that guests enjoy a different pursuit during their stay. Another one of the top things to do in Maldives, especially Male, is to tour the Friday Mosque, Republic Square, and Maldives Naional Defense Force Headquarters. Then, add the Sultan Park and National Museum and you’d have some historical and cultural references crossed of your list. Just so you know though, the Friday Mosque does not admit non-Muslim guests. So your only choice is to admire its intricate and gorgeous designs from outside. If you have the budget, you might want to go for a helicopter ride around the area to enjoy the Maldives from another perspective.