A GUIDE TO THE BEST EXCURSIONS IN THE MALDIVES

A GUIDE TO THE BEST EXCURSIONS IN THE MALDIVES

Picture the Maldives and it’s likely you’ll imagine super-soft white sand beaches, azure waters, and a generally peaceful destination ideal for doing not much at all.

While no one would be criticized for choosing to spend a holiday in the Maldives sunbathing and swimming, there’s a bit more to get up to in this part of the world if you fancy exploring a little…

BEST EXCURSIONS IN THE MALDIVES

  • Visit an uninhabited island
  • Go night fishing
  • Go on a short cruise
  • Visit a local village
  • Head under the water


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Visit an uninhabited island


Not all of the Maldives’ many islands are occupied – in fact, most of them are devoid of human life. It’s therefore not at all difficult to hop on a boat to your very own island paradise from wherever you’re staying and enjoy a few hours (or even a whole day) of unadulterated peace and quiet in gorgeous surroundings.

Make enquiries at your accommodation to find out where’s good to go and which companies are best to book with if you’re unable to do your homework before leaving the UK.

Go night fishing


This might not seem like the most exciting of pursuits if you’ve never had a penchant for fishing before, but trust us – this is an experience well worth undertaking. Many resorts in the Maldives can help you find a night-time trip that will depart just before sunset to anchor up near a promising-looking reef.

You’ll then be shown how to use the onboard equipment before trying your hand at catching squirrelfish, snapper and other fish that you’ll then cook for your own supper. Aside from the fact you’ll pick up a new skill, this activity is especially rewarding simply for the unique experience of being out to sea just as the sun sets in spectacular fashion.


Go on a short cruise


Sailing is, unsurprisingly, a popular activity on breaks to the Maldives. Nothing beats the feeling of departing for a couple of hours or even a full day of exploration around the prettiest parts of the archipelago.

Depending on the cruise you pick, you could head to an uninhabited island as mentioned further up, sail to the perfect dive site or simply glide serenely between the islands, soaking up the sun as you go. Look out for early evening cruises that give you a great view of one of the Maldives’ most amazing sights – the sun setting over the ocean.

Visit a local village


A lot of the Maldives’ resorts organise regular trips to local villages, either on the same island as your accommodation or on a different one. This can be a great way to get a feel for Maldivian culture by meeting the people who get to live here all year round, the lucky so-and-sos.

You’re unlikely to have the chance to explore independently, but you should still be able to take in plenty of sights. If you’re on a budget, be warned: many village tours usually wind up at a souvenir shop!

Head under the water


It’s little surprise that diving is a key activity in the Maldives – the gorgeous coral reefs and abundant marine life make this a must-do on your holiday. You can go snorkeling if you’re not keen on full-on diving, but the latter is recommended because you get a better look at life under the waves. Plus, you can take lessons and/or go diving with someone more experienced.

The South Ari Atoll and Kuredu are home to some particularly great dive sites, although the former is probably best tackled by expert divers as a result of the strong currents. Your best bet to find the ideal diving spot is to ask a local diving instructor/school for their recommendations.

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