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7 Activities to do in Maldives for Leisure – Island Adventures

A true slice of paradise on earth, the Maldives has something for everyone be it those in search of romance or family fun. Here are some must do activities for an unforgettable holiday.



With its crystal clear waters, vibrant corals and countless marine species, the Maldives is one of the premier destinations in the world for snorkelling. One can most often find reefs teeming with fish close to the shore giving you ample opportunities to swim out and witness this amazing world beneath the waves. No experience is required to try snorkelling and it is an activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family.


Sunset Cruise

The country offers some truly breathtaking backdrops which are made even more magical when on a sunset cruise. A quintessential part of a luxury holiday in Maldives, such cruises which can be organised either on a traditional dhoni or private boat are perfect for couples. Some sunset cruises also include an intimate dinner as part of the experience which adds to its allure.


Take a Cooking Class

Taking a cooking class is not only fun but is an activity that will help you learn some of the secrets of cooking local dishes as well. Resorts like Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas even provide the flexibility of organising lessons depending on what you want to learn. Be it learning how to make a traditional Maldivian curry to turning the fish you caught out at sea into a delectable dish, such classes are well worth trying.


Dolphin and Whale Watching

The Maldives is also a great destination for enjoying some dolphin and whale watching. Those taking part in this activity have a chance to see spinner, Risso's, common bottlenose and Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins swimming wild and free in the seas surrounding the islands. On your excursion, you also may spot species such as Bryde's, dwarf sperm, killer and sperm whales which make for an unforgettable outing.



A water sport that takes you high above the ground, parasailing doesn't require any experience or you to actually "do" anything. Once strapped in your harness which has a parachute attached to it, the speed boat that builds up velocity on the water will soon have you soaring in the sky!


Island Hopping

The Maldives has countless islands to explore and while quite a few of them are part of private resorts, you do get others, both inhabited and uninhabited, that one can visit. Heading to one of the local islands will give you a chance to experience local life and see more traditional livelihoods, while uninhabited islands let you experience some secluded beachside bliss and fun adventures.


Yoga & Meditation

The amazing coastal settings of the Maldives provide the ideal backdrops in which to practice yoga and meditation. Be it early morning as the sun comes out or in the evening amidst a gorgeous sunset, find a secluded stretch of beach and enjoy these activities like never before!