Top things to do in the Maldives

Follow our guide to know what to do in The Maldives during your stay in this tropical paradise.

The Maldives is a group of atolls nested in the Indian Ocean, a dream destination for a stay at the heart of idyllic landscapes with hues of blue, green and white.

Malé, a unique city

Just over 200 of the Maldives islands are inhabited including Malé, the capital of the country, which is nestled on turquoise waters and has a resolutely modern profile. A visit to the Maldives is an experience you must not miss because the people are hospitable and discreet. A visit to the national museum is great for holidaymakers who wish to know what to do in the Maldives in order to learn more about the history of this country which is spread over an incredible string of atolls. An outstanding collection of ancient objects will take you from the Buddhist era to the reign of Muslim monarchs.

Continue your tour of the Maldives by strolling between the colourful buildings of the city and admire the lovely reflections from the golden domes of the mosques. Stop by in a tea house after going through one of the traditional markets that have tall and colourful stalls. This Asian beverage is one of the favourite beverages on these atolls. Savour the local dishes at these choice destinations. Some of the delicacies that you can taste there include dried fish curry, spiced tuna pasta (rihaakuri), small balls of fish with ginger and coconut as well as raa, palm juice that is loved by Maldivians.

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Paradisal atolls

The famous beaches of the Maldives are the most beautiful in the world. The ocean water is sometimes turquoise and sometimes emerald, there is verdant vegetation and the coconut trees are surrounded by white sand: everywhere you go, the Maldivian atolls will give you a relaxing time in an idyllic environment. Do not hesitate to explore these paradisal places during excursions on the calm waters of the Indian Ocean.

On Veligandu atoll, there are palm trees stretching out as far as the eyes can see, there are expanses of white sand on the Ari atolls - which lie to the northeast of Malé, or from Kuramathi to the centre of the Maldives: calm and sunshine always meet. The beach has the same magical allure on Mudhdhoo Island. Ostracods - tiny bioluminescent crustaceans, make the waters scintillate with a bluish glow at night.

Leisure enthusiasts will enjoy an extraordinary playing arena in the Maldives. However, there is more to your stay on these paradisal atolls than sea baths and relaxing sunshine. Indeed, when you visit the Maldives, you can visit Malé to explore the culture, take part in aquatic sports or explore the exotic species in the paradisal waters during snorkelling or diving sessions: there are so many activities to give you a memorable stay.

Diving and aquatic sports

If you’re wondering what to do in The Maldives apart from sunbathing, snorkelling and diving are two activities that you will enjoy on all the atolls. To explore these reefs, all you need is a mask and

a snorkel. You will find hard and soft corals, queen wrasse or eagle ray and turtles there. During your diving excursions, you will have memorable encounters in caves and colourful waterfalls with dolphins, manta rays, octopuses and other morays.

When you return to the sand, try fishing at night, one of the landmark activities on the Maldivian atolls. Admire the sunset and spend the rest of the evening fishing by the waterside, the biggest reef species come out to feed at night. Take to the skies in a hydroplane to see a breathtaking view of the Maldives. You will be able to make out each of the atolls of the Indian Ocean in the deep blue waters, all encompassed by a turquoise lagoon. Finally, if you are an aquatic sports enthusiast, try to master the gentle winds of the Maldives during a kite-surfing session with the incredible flourishing life of the seabed under your feet. You can tour the Maldives and enjoy the unique view from the atolls as you hike in a transparent Kayak or while you do stand-up paddleboarding.

Did you know? The whale shark, the diving star of the Maldives

A true sea giant threatened with extinction due to fishing, the whale shark has found a safe haven in the waters of the Maldives. When you go diving, you can go close to this mammal which is totally harmless to man.

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