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Top 5 attractions in the Maldives - Sensational Experiences in Abundance!

The Maldives is often heralded as a paradise location with so many different experiences and opportunities. Let's look at some of the very best.

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Snorkelling

If you plan on going snorkelling in the Maldives, most diving schools around the area will supply you with the fins, snorkel and mask for any house reef snorkelling excursions. You'll find a few standard excursions offered by every resort. They take their guests to their own house reefs and if they are inaccessible, to another reef nearby. They usually offer these once or twice a day but not all of them are great. If you're on the lookout, always double check to see who runs these. Dive schools rather than the management usually know and take you to the best spots.

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Sunset fishing and dolphin watching

Another great thing to do in the Maldives is to go sunset fishing and dolphin watching. Guests are usually taken across in a dhoni where they are allowed to let down hooked lines over a reef. This is extremely simple and effective as the dhoni deck is often found to be half covered in snappers, groupers, rock cod and other varieties of fish. Only a few of the catches here are barbecued with most of the rest thrown away. This has led to some criticism with some resorts now discontinuing this excursion. As an alternative, sunset dolphin watching is offered. This activity is extremely popular amongst most visitors, however, while you aren't guaranteed to see as many dolphins as you would catch fish, the sights are spectacular nonetheless.

3

Entertainment

Many bars in the country which are all within resorts feature staples such as pool, snooker and table football. The speciality here is that you'll also find the main evening entertainment as well. These include cultural nights that feature amazing traditional Maldivian musical forms such as the bodu beru or big drum, a crab race, a karaoke night and even a live band. Some other exciting functions include a sarong competition night, staff shows and even discos. Holidays in Maldives are only as great as the place you stay in, and the country has a great many options to choose from such as Kurumba Maldives for example.

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Special Dinners

Most resorts also generally offer special dinners that guests can partake in for an extra charge. These dinners are held a couple of times a week and are held in separate settings to its main restaurant, sometimes even on the beach itself. You'll be offered impeccable service alongside personalized options such as a candlelit dinner on your veranda, a dinner on a nearby beach, on the jetty, at the end of a groyne in the lagoon or even in some cases on a completely different island altogether.

5

Sports

The water sports centre generally will offer activities such as canoeing, catamaran sailing or even windsurfing as a minimum. Another great sport that is currently gaining immense popularity is kite surfing which is a non-powered sport. For motored sports, you'll be able to test out banana boat rides, tubes or the exciting adventurous options like waterskiing, jet skiing and paragliding. Most Resorts also include special indoor sports such as table tennis, and some will even host a friendly competition night.