A visit to the Maldives isn’t complete without experiencing these top attractions and things to do. From snorkelling to Dolphin watching, your holiday can be as active or laid-back as you like.
EXPLORE SULTAN PARK
Opposite the Islamic Centre in Malé, Sultan Park is a peaceful public park that has been newly designed. Although there is an entry fee for visitors (free for locals), the park has a playground, concert stage, seating areas and pretty fountains. It’s the perfect place for a picnic or to simply chill out for a couple of hours.
VISIT THE MARKETS IN MALÉ
Sample the abundance of local fruits, vegetables, sweet cakes and fresh coconut milk at the market in Malé. You can also pick up handmade craft items, jewellery and accessories from Majeedhee Magu – the one-stop shopping destination in Malé.
GO DOLPHIN WATCHING
The Maldives is ranked as one of the top places to see Dolphin’s roaming in the ocean. Spinner, Bottlenose and Risso’s are common species found here. Some hotels offer organised boat trips, or you can book through independent companies, so you can witness these majestic creatures first-hand.
TRY STAND UP PADDLBOARDING
While surfing and snorkelling are both popular watersports in the Maldives, SUP has also become trendy. This unique sport allows you to stand up on your board and paddle through the waters at your own pace, while taking in the best views. It’s a great family activity that everyone can have a go at with several watersports centres teaching sessions.
DIVE TO CORAL REEFS
Scuba diving is a top activity in the Maldives, where you can get up close and personal with soft coral, mantra rays, turtles, reef sharks and schools of rare fish. Clear waters mean you’ll have excellent visibility. Some of the popular places to dive include Banana Reef in North Male Atoll, Broken Rock in South Ari Atoll and Fotteyo Kandu in Vaavu Atoll.