8 Extraordinary Things to Do in the Maldives

The Maldives is a country dedicated to the enjoyment of one of the most extraordinary sights of the natural world—an archipelago of more than a thousand shallow, sandy islands and turquoise waters rich with marine life. From its luxurious resort spa getaways and unique island lifestyle to the hidden treasures above and below the surface, the Maldives is a must-experience paradise destination.

What better way is there to get away than to set your own pace? A yacht charter in the Maldives offers the added benefit of navigating between sparsely populated or remote isles.

Vaavu atoll in the Maldives

Live at the Beach

Spend your days soaking up the sights and sounds of each sandy isle and take a swim to immerse yourself in the crown gem of the Indian Ocean. Every beach feels like your very own private isle when in the Maldives, and some of the best beaches include Cocoa Island, just off the coast of Malé, or Mirihi Island for spotting bioluminescent marine life by night from summer to winter.

Relax at the Spa

A spa day in the Maldives rivals that of top resort destinations around the world. The islands thrive on hospitality and welcoming visitors to their shores, so it’s no wonder a day of pampering feels like heaven. Choose from top spas like the Ayurvedic luxury spa Six Senses Lamuu, an eco-friendly luxury option spread across thatch huts next to turquoise water views, or Calm Spa & Salon, a 35-acre private island resort spa with Maldivian massages and Relaxation Garden.

Dive the Reefs

World-famous dives draw most visitors to the Maldives. The coral reefs and marine habitats of this archipelago are some of the best-preserved in the world. Not to mention, the corals are still very much alive and flourishing, while underwater landscapes and an abundance of marine species make the Maldives a premier diving destination. Among some of the most famous dives are Banana Reef and Maaya Thila.

Swim with Sharks

It’s not uncommon to spot several shark species throughout the many atolls of the Maldives. Fish Head, also known as Shark Point, is a hotspot for grey reef sharks. Beyond this location, the Kuredu Express offers another opportunity to spot grey reef sharks, while Alimatha Jetty is also known to play host to nurse sharks.

See the Old Sites

Malé is the capital city of the Maldives and opens visitors up to the “big city” in an island nation. Here you’ll find historic sites like Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), The National Museum, or Sultan Park. When exploring the island, it’s important to keep in mind the local customs for dress or entering mosques.

Mingle with the Locals

Get swept up in the islander lifestyle at the markets, unforgettable restaurants, and local “underwater” establishments. During your typical visit to the Maldives, getting to know the locals is one of the top ways to enrich the experience. The island markets are a great place to get acquainted, while some of the freshest ingredients and interesting dinner settings—spas and restaurants with underwater views—can be found across the islands.

Island Hop for Days

The Maldives is made up of more than 1100 islands which leaves it open for an entire lifetime of island hopping. You could visit three a day for an entire year and would still have more to see! Island hopping the Maldives is worth the vacation–so don’t be surprised if you find yourself playing out your very own version of castaway on these desert isles, of course with all the luxuries one could need to enjoy the escape.

An island hopping adventure is also made much easier with a private yacht charter in the Maldives. The yacht crew can often point you to the best local spots or help you chart a course to unforgettable islands and natural features.

Snorkel Underwater Caves

Another unique features that can be found throughout the seascapes of the Maldives are the underwater caves. Vaadhoo Caves in South Malé Atoll host stunning small caves, and one you can swim through, for thrilling snorkeling or diving excursions, while the Kuredu Caves, also known as the “Turtle Airport,” is an amazing place to spot the sea turtles.

Whether you’re experiencing the wonders of nature, living your days in luxury, or setting off for the next remote island, the Maldives is a destination to be discovered each day of your visit.