The Maldives are known for their sun, sand, and crystal-clear waters, but travelers may consider trying something new on their vacation.

The Maldives are the perfect place to enjoy the sun, sand and all kinds of water sports like diving, snorkeling, parasailing and surfing. It is also known as a prime tourist destination for the ultimate relaxing vacation: basking in your chic resort or on one of the beautiful beaches for a relaxed, sunny and cool trip.

But there is more than meets the eye at this beautiful Indian Ocean vacation spot. An archipelago made up of over 1,100 islands (although less than a fifth are inhabited), the Maldives has plenty of fun things to see and do beyond relaxing on the beach, thanks to its unique and vibrant culture. ; breathtaking landscapes and geography; and indescribable island landscapes. Below are some of the best things to do in the Maldives for the adventurous traveler looking for experiences that are a bit off the beaten path.

  • Advice: The Maldives is a Muslim country, so be sure to dress accordingly when visiting public places. Be sure to find out in advance about tourist beaches, restaurants that serve alcohol, and attractions that cater to non-Muslim visitors.

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6 See the capital of Male

Male is the capital of the Maldives and one of the smallest capitals in the world, at just over three square kilometers. However, there is still a lot to do in this vibrant and colorful city.

Things To Do In Male

  • Visit Republic Square, a beautiful green space bordered by palm trees north of the city
  • Discover the local flavor at Male local market and the Male fish market
  • Head to the national museum
  • Stop at Tsunami monument and the Victory monument
  • Go shopping at Island bazaar

5 Discover a sandbank (or two)

There is a plethora of beautiful sandbanks across the islands – which constantly disappear and reappear due to water currents, they are constantly changing and being reshaped by the elements. However, one thing remains the same: They are still adorable. Travelers will need to book a trip in advance to get to these beautiful barren sandbanks. Many excursions include things like a picnic and fishing trips. Companies like Samoudra Maldives offers a variety of packages so vacationers are spoiled for choice.

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4 Live a gourmet adventure

Maldivian cuisine is fresh, eclectic, and influenced by neighboring Sri Lanka. However, it is definitely worth stepping out and exploring the food scene as there is always something good on the table, from delicious international cuisine to local delicacies that focus on fresh fish and tropical fruits.

Where to eat in the Maldives

  • Dine under the sea at Ithaa Underwater Restaurant
  • Tourists and locals love the Jazz Cafe, whose fun vibes often include music from local artists
  • For more breathtaking views, check out Muraka, a trendy place that emphasizes local cuisine
  • Stop at Restaurant Reethi for delicious fusion flavors

3 Spend a day at the spa

The Maldives are renowned for their relaxing vibes, and this includes high-end spas that are the epitome of luxury and pampered pleasures. While many resorts in the area offer on-site spas, visitors should try to venture out to try something fun and unique. Spa Huvafen is the world’s first underwater spa and offers a totally relaxing full-service spa experience that will rejuvenate any weary traveler. Scuba diving is another option for vacationers who want something a little different; Scubaspa is the complete package with everything from luxury spa treatments to visits to local attractions and, of course, scuba diving.

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2 Try a new hosting

Of course, the Maldives are known for their stunning overwater villas and massive all-inclusive luxury resorts. But why not try something a little different: The local islands are fun places to visit that are a bit off the beaten track, so why not stay there instead? Many places now offer guesthouse and AirBnB options for travelers who want to get away from the traditional resort experience. Another option is to go for a beach villa rather than an overwater villa. Located a short walk from the beach, many of these villas are also more affordable options than their more luxurious cousins, though they remain top-notch accommodations. The Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi offers beach villas with stunning views; fun tropical decor; and many amenities.

1 We all live in a semi-submarine

Want to explore the underwater world of the Maldives without setting foot in a wetsuit? Then semi-submarine exploration may be exactly what you are looking for. Several places have excursions available that give visitors the chance to observe the beautiful coral reefs and colorful wildlife, while staying comfortable and dry. Choose a night or day excursion to see the underwater utopia as you see fit. Two excursions to try are the Ozen Bolifushi Excursions and the semi-submarine trips of the Lily Beach Resort & Spa at Huvahendhoo. Whichever one you choose, you will be sure to see sites to remember.

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