Maldives – Things to do
If you want perfect relaxation in gorgeous surroundings with beautiful weather, then the Maldives is definitely for you. That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of things to do in the Maldives. You’ll find lots of activities to keep you occupied, many of them water-based.
If you’re not going to be content simply reading a book on the beach, then you can burn lots of calories by surfing. Or try snorkelling or diving to get closer to all that amazing sea life. It’s not hard to find Nemo among the colourful clownfish, or you can also swim among schools of parrotfish, blue stripe snapper, angelfish and blue-toothed triggers. And if you’re hoping for something bigger, watch out for Napoleon wrasse, turtles, giant clams, manta rays and even sharks.
If you’re excited to try out some watersports, you’ll find everything from water skiing to kitesurfing and kayaking to parasailing. You can also cycle round some of the islands or even fly over the sea with jetpacks. After using up all that energy, you’ll want to refuel with the islands’ delicious food.
1.Diving in the Maldives
Some say that snorkelling is better in the northern half of the atolls and diving is better in the south, but you can’t go too wrong anywhere in the Maldives as all resorts have dive facilities. You’ll discover the landscape under the water is just as beautiful as that on shore, with pinnacles of rock rising up from the seabed and caverns, overhangs and swim-throughs to explore. You’ll find some of the best dive sites at the accessible and popular Ari and North Malé Atolls.
If you’re unsure about diving or fancy a simpler and less expensive alternative, then snorkelling could be for you and the Maldives is probably the best place in the world to do it. You’ll find it very relaxing, drifting along with the current with your head in the water, and kids will feel safe in the sheltered lagoons. You can breathe through the snorkel tube while your face mask lets you see the fish up close. You will even spot creatures further away, like sharks, in the crystal clear waters.
Get your surfboard out because the Maldives is a world-class surfing destination. You’ll discover easy and sheltered or more challenging breaks and ride them free from crowds. You can watch the experts at Cinnamon Dhonveli, a stop on the world pro surfer circuit, but there are plenty of other places you can learn to surf. Find the best waves from April to October. And if standing up on a board moving quickly is too tricky, try paddle boarding in calm shallow waters.