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Best Things to do in Maldives - Adventures above and under the Water

The Maldives offers something for everyone, from the adventurers to the luxury seekers. As expected, some of the best things to do in Maldives are below or above its crystal waters.



Plunging beneath the Maldives' crystal clear waters, divers get the opportunity to enjoy the marvelous biodiversity of the waters surrounding the atolls. Diving in the open ocean offers the opportunity to get up close and personal with manta rays, tuna and several species of sharks. The clear waters make for an excellent experience but even if they get a bit murkier due to plankton, it is a good sign as whale sharks are bound to appear. For those who want to dive in Maldives' shallower waters, there is still a large variety of marine animals to observe. This generally includes moray eels, colourful fish and turtles. Most hotels in the Maldives have diving centres, such as the Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, which means you can explore the watery depths with the comforting presence of professionals by your side.


Luxury cruises

Should you wish to venture out of your luxury resort, Maldives offers a wide variety of luxury cruises suitable for any schedule. Visitors can choose between the enchantment and romance of a sunset cruise, the adventures promised by half day and full day journeys and wonderfully exclusive overnight journeys. Half or full day cruise journeys would take visitors to hidden lagoons and secluded islands out of the reach of the rest of the world. If you want to enjoy the experience for longer, then an overnight stay is in order. Falling asleep to the sounds of the ocean and waking up to the prospect of breakfast on the sandy beach of an uninhabited island; life rarely gets better than this.


Explore Male

Male, the capital of Maldives, has much to offer in terms of history and culture. The city can be conquered by yourself or with a guide. Popular stops are Male's lively fish market and its bustling local market. It is an excellent opportunity to gain insight into the daily activities of Male's inhabitants and taste some of the island's street food. Another point of interest is Hukuru Miskiy, also known as the Old Friday Mosque, built from coral and limestone which earned it the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hailed as the oldest mosque in Male, it contains breathtaking coral stone carvings and it is one of the largest coral based mosques in the world.


Submarine Tour

Taking a submarine tour in the Maldives gives visitors the chance to come face to face with marine animals without having to get their feet wet. The submarine will submerge to about 70 feet, bringing you closer to the wonders of the seabed. Visitors are often given a fish guide to help identify the fish swimming before them and this is great entertainment for the kids! A submarine tour offers a fantastic chance to explore the underwater world for those who do not and cannot dive.


Hand Line Fishing

Maldive's hand line fishing method is a traditional and sustainable fishing technique long practiced by the island's fishermen. A large spool, a weighted fish line and bait are the only implements used and visitors are welcome to try their hand at this traditional technique. If you catch a fish, the fishermen will carry your catch back to the hotel kitchen so you can enjoy it for your next meal. Even if the fishing expedition is unsuccessful, visitors would still take home some unforgettable memories.

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