Discover paradise above and below the water in the Maldives with these perfect activities for every trip itinerary.
Talk a walk down one of the pristine white sand beaches, explore the diverse marine life, participate in water sports or indulge at a resort in your private bungalow over the water.
The Maldives isn’t just for couples; it’s also for surfers, families and anyone ready for adventure or relaxation. Learn about the things that you simply can’t miss on your holiday.
Things to do in the Maldives
Surf the extreme waves
The Maldives is where you can find some prime surfing waves that are generally consistent through the surfing season of March to mid-November.
One of the best spots is Malé Atolls. The Central Atolls have bigger waves during the peak season of June to September while the South Atolls are the most consistent year round.
Surfing in the Maldives is great for intermediate to advanced surfers.
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Hit up those beaches
White sand seems to stretch on forever on many of the Maldivian Islands.
For a beach to yourself, visit Fulhadhoo as it’s not lined with resorts. Finolhu Kanifushi has a strip of sand that makes it possible to walk to three uninhabited islands. Amilla Fushi offers beaches with bushes or palm trees and Dhigurah is perfect for those looking to have fewer people around.
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Dine in an underwater restaurant
Dine in this unique restaurant where you’re served 5.8 metres below the water’s surface. 5.8 Undersea Restaurant is the world’s largest underwater dining venue and serves fine dining dishes that change based on the season and the chef’s inspiration.
Take that Insta-worthy photo at the glow beach
There is an island in the Maldives that literally glows at night. On Vaadhoo Island, there are marine microbes that are bioluminescent and give off a blue glow.
The water looks like it’s reflecting the stars, but really it’s the glowing plankton.
Have that ultimate honeymoon
Bungalows that overlook the crystal clear waters surrounding the many islands of the Maldives paired with luxurious resorts along white sand beaches make for the perfect honeymoon destination. Relax at spas or on a private terrace over the water.
Or take a more adventurous honeymoon that includes diving, snorkelling and water sports. Some of the best honeymoon resorts are Cocoa Water Island Resort, Baros Resort Maldives and Mirihi Island Resort.
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Diving the amazing coral reefs
Diving in the Maldives is an incredible experience as it accounts for 5% of the world’s coral reefs.
The reefs are home to unique marine life and visibility is great all year round.
The Southern Atolls is where you can spot some of the best coral, sharks and barracudas.
Banana Reef is popular for colourful fish and Manta Point is for lovers of manta rays.
Fishing is extremely popular in the Maldives because of the diverse amount of fish in the area.
There are five types of fishing: shore, jigging and popping, bottom, night and big game fishing.
Many resorts protect the reef and don’t allow fishing though some will have boat tours to take you out to fishing spots farther away. The best fishing is done with the locals.
If you don't dive, try your hand (or flippers) at snorkelling
Immerse yourself among the diverse marine life in the Maldives on a snorkelling tour.
Spot some of the area's well-known critters including reef sharks, turtles, stingrays, eagle rays, stunning coral and dolphins.
Some of the best islands for snorkelling are Bandos Island, Baros Island, Moofushi, Fihalholi and Mandhoo.