Island Adventures: 11 Thrilling Experiences in the Maldives(2023 Updated List)

Island Adventures: 11 Thrilling Experiences in the Maldives(2023 Updated List)

The Maldives officially the Republic of Maldives is an archipelagic country in the Indian subcontinent of Asia, situated in the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 750 kilometres (470 miles; 400 nautical miles) from the Asian continent’s mainland. The Maldives is a group of beautiful islands in the middle of the ocean. Experience pure ocean life, beautiful sunsets, peace from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Below is a list of all the things to do in Maldives and places to visit in 2023.

  1. Scuba Diving 
  2. Snorkeling
  3. Flyboarding in Maldives
  4. Stand up paddle boarding
  5. Stay in Overwater Bungalow
  6. Explore the capital Island Male
  7. Visit Maldives National Museum
  8. Dolphin Watching
  9. Glowing Beach Vaadhoo Island 
  10. Sunset Dinner
  11. Dinner at Undersea Restaurant

#1 Scuba Diving

The Maldives is host to a variety of diverse dive environments, including reef dives, drift dives and wrecks that provide opportunities for divers at any skill level.

Maldives is one the premier scuba diving destinations on earth protected by the Marine Conservation Law. The crystal clear blue water offers incredible visibility. Water temperature is consistent in the Maldives, hence larger marine animals such as turtles, reef sharks, mantas and whale sharks can be found throughout the year.

Divers will also find Snappers, Angelfish, Tunas Due to the consistent water temperatures, larger marine animals such as turtles, reef sharks, mantas and whale sharks can be found throughout the year. In fact, spotting many of these (somewhat) elusive creatures is usually more dependent on factors like the tide, sunrise and sunset.

The best time for a scuba trip is between the months of January and April when the weather is dry and warm and visibility is best.

Here is the list of best Diving Sites

1.Ari Atoll
2.Baa Atoll
3.Fuvahmulah Atoll
4.Male Atoll
5.Vaavu Atoll

The best Maldives resorts for diving

Popular resorts with dive packages include properties like Oblu by Atmosphere at Helengeli, the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa and Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru. The good news is there are accommodations to fit nearly any budget,

Scuba diving in the Maldives is mostly included in the package and generally, it costs between ₹ 5000 – ₹ 7000 per dive. Scuba diving is considered one of the best things to do in the Maldives.

Scuba Diving in Maldives, things to do in Maldives

#2 Snorkelling

Snorkelling is the practice of swimming on or through a body of water while equipped with a diving mask, a shaped breathing tube called a snorkel, and usually swim fins. Snorkelling is a popular recreational activity, particularly at tropical resort locations.

If diving is not your thing, then Snorkeling through the shallow waters of the island, you can also experience swimming with whitetip sharks, grey reef sharks and beautiful whale sharks that are specifically found in this geographic area. Two solid hours of snorkelling is one of the best things to do in the Maldives. 

Price: ₹ 1400 – ₹ 1600 

Snorkeling in Maldives,  best things to do in maldives

#3 Flyboarding in Maldives

A Flyboard is a brand of hydroflighting device which supplies propulsion to drive the Flyboard into the air to perform a sport known as hydro flying. A Flyboard rider stands on a board connected by a long hose to a watercraft.

Flyboarding lets you experience the thrill of flying using jet propulsion powered by a watercraft. The Maldives is one of the best and preferred locations for Flyboarding and other water sports activities. There are few resorts that offer flyboarding tours across the archipelago, one of these luxury resorts are Jumeirah Vittaveli, Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, Kuredu, Holiday Inn Kandooma, LUX* and Hurawalhi. If you want to fly like a superhero then Flyboarding is one of the best things to do in the Maldives.

Price: ₹ 4000 – ₹ 4500


#4 Stand up paddle boarding

Stand Up paddleboarding is a water sport born from surfing with modern roots in Hawaii. Stand up paddle boarders stand on boards that are floating on the water and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water. Variations include flat water paddling, racing, surfing, whitewater SUP, yoga, and fishing

Standup paddleboarding is one of the unique things to do in the Maldives, you can paddleboard in the calm waters of the Indian Ocean while balancing yourself in a cathartic standing up position. Paddleboarding helps you prepare for surfing. Paddleboarding is one of the best things to do in the Maldives.

Price: ₹ 2000 – ₹ 2500 

Stand up paddle boarding

#5 Stay in Overwater Bungalow

Overwater bungalows are, as the name implies, standalone bungalows positioned over the water. Usually, over-water bungalows are located close to shore, allowing for easy access to the main resort building, its beaches and amenities. The bungalows are linked to the mainland via long plank walkways. The bungalows themselves are hoisted above the water on sturdy pillars and sit on large platforms.

Here are 10 best water villas you can choose from

Soneva Fushi
LUX* North Malé Atoll Resort & Villas
AYADA Maldives
Angsana Velavaru
Soneva Jani
Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences
COMO Maalifushi
Gili Lankanfushi
Lily Beach Resort & Spa
W Maldives

You can choose from a wide range of overwater accommodation options like Water Villa, Ocean Water Villa, Ocean Water Villa with Pool and many more. During your leisure stay, you can pamper yourself at Spas amidst the serene blue waters, alongside reconnecting with nature. Enjoy the sunset or sunrise from your chosen accommodation. Staying in an overwater bungalow is a must thing to do in the Maldives.

Water Bungalow Maldives
Water Villa in Maldives

#6 Explore the capital Island Male

Male, also spelt Male’ or Malé, island and atoll, capital of Maldives, in the Indian Ocean. It lies on Male Atoll, about 400 miles (645 km) southwest of Sri Lanka. It is a trade and tourist centre and is connected with Sri Lanka and India by steamship lines. Male International Airport handles both domestic and international flights.

In Male explore the heritage buildings, intriguing museums, breathtaking parks, and pristine beaches and shop your favourite souvenirs from the colourful and lively open markets. The top attractions to explore on your tour to Male include the Old Friday Mosque, the National Museum, the Male Local Market, Sultan Park, Artificial Beach, and the Tsunami Monument.

Sea Plane in Maldives

#7 Visit Maldives National Museum

Established on the National Day of the Maldives, the first National Museum of the country was opened on 11 November 1952, by the Prime Minister at the time, Mohamed Amin Didi, the museum has a large collection of historical artefacts, ranging from stone objects to fragments of royal antiquities from the Buddhist era to the rule of Islamic monarchs.

The three-story museum (old building) is located in Sultan Park in Malé, which is part of the site of the Maldivian Royal Palace compound dating back to the 17th century. The two-storey Us-gēkolhu is the only remaining structure of the palace demolished by fire in 1968. Taking a walk through the rich history preserved at the National Museum is one of the favourite things to do in the Maldives

You can choose public transport which includes buses and taxis to reach the Museum. Sultan Park Bus Station is the nearest Bus Stop to this preserver of history.

The national museum opens at 10 am and closes at 4 pm and the entry fee is USD 7.

#8 Dolphin Watching

The Maldives is home to several species of dolphins, which can be seen gracing the waters of the surrounding area. While nothing with wildlife can be absolutely guaranteed, you will never have a better chance to watch wild dolphins playing in their natural environment than right here in the Maldives.

When in the Maldives don’t miss witnessing one of the most intelligent and beautiful creatures in the ocean, you’ll be transferred to a boat for dolphin watching, capturing these amazing creatures from your camera lenses jumping and diving across. The duration of Dolphin watching is a one-hour duration trip and would cost approx between ₹ 5000 – ₹6000.

Dolphin Watching in Maldives

#9 Glowing Beach Vaadhoo Island

The Maldives Glowing Beach is situated at the Mudhdhoo Island, also known as the Vaadhoo Island in Raa Atoll. Beach is one of the most visited tourist destinations in these islands, mostly known for its phenomenal fluorescent, glowing waves. This natural phenomenon occurs due to the presence of millions of marine microbes known as phytoplankton in the water.

The best time to visit Glowing Beach is between June and October when the sea remains comparatively warmer due to the summer season. Due to the bioluminescence phenomena of the sea, the water appears blue and shining. Since the blue light emitted is cool and no heat is generated, the water is absolutely safe for you to play with.

Glowing planktons in Maldives

#10 Sunset Dinner

If you are visiting the Maldives with your loved one you can have a romantic candle dinner surrounded by spectacular beaches, blooming marine life, and lush vegetation, enjoy the supremely delicious and flavoursome meals prepared by elite chefs and served in style will also add to the romance this place will seem to be oozing out.

One can enjoy the sunset dinner with their loved ones, it can be arranged by the resorts you have chosen to stay in.

Sunset dinner in maldives

#11 Dinner at Undersea Restaurant

Seeking an out-of-the-box dining experience? Take your soulmate for a romantic dinner at an underwater restaurant, you can relish tempting and exotic culinary preparations at a depth of the sea. Built feet below the ocean, offering gorgeous views of marine life through glass ceilings, these restaurants truly redefine the experience of underwater diving in the Maldives. Take a look at the list of the 5 best underwater restaurants in the Maldives

  • Ithaa Undersea Restaurant – Surreal Experience Undersea

    Cuisine: European
    Cost: INR 13929/- for lunch, and INR 22859/- for dinner per person (including a glass of champagne)
    Timings: 11 AM to 12 AM every day
    Location: Conrad Rangali Island 20077, Maldives
  • Subsix – Enjoy A Lavish Dinner 
    Cost: INR 5143/- for two
    Timings: 12 PM to 2:30 PM for lunch every day, and 9 PM onwards for Underwater Glow Party on every Wednesday and Saturday
    Location: Niyama Private Islands Maldives, Huluwalu, Dhaalu Atoll 00000, Maldives
  • SEA – One Of Its Kind Experience

    Cost: INR 14287/- per meal
    Timings: 12 PM to 2 PM for lunch, and 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM for dinner
    Location: Kihavah Huravalhi Island, 20215, Maldives

  • 5.8 Undersea Restaurant – Enjoy The Delicious Food Underwater 

    Cuisine: Seafood, European, International, Fusion
    Cost: INR 17143/- for a 4-course lunch, INR 23571/- for a 7-course lunch and dinner respectively for one person
    Timings: 12:30 PM onwards for lunch, 6:15 PM onwards for sunset dinner, and 9:15 PM onwards for moonlit dinner
    Location: Hurawalhi Island Resort, Lhaviyani Atoll, Hurawalhi Island, Maldives
  • Minus Six Meters – Not The Usual Dinner 

    Cuisine: European, Seafood
    Cost: US $100 to US $300 (approximately)
    Timings: 12 PM to 2 PM for lunch, and 7 PM to 10 PM for dinner
    Location: OZEN by Atmosphere, Maadhoo Island, South Mal- Atoll, Maadhoo Island 20094, Maldives
Undersea restaurant

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