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Some Activities to do in the Maldives - make the most of this tropical paradise

The Maldives is a tropical paradise best known for its islands and beaches. But it does have more to unique activities to offer if you look a little closer. Here are just a few of them.


Have a go at night fishing

Fishing is a great experience for anyone to try, and fishing in the clear waters of the Maldives is awesome. But night fishing in the Maldives takes the experience to a whole new level. Using only hand lines and live bait, a talented skill practised by local fishermen for decades; tourists can now try their luck at using these traditional methods to catch large snappers and garoupas under the starry skies. Even if you don't catch anything, the nocturnal sea life is an amazing sight to see, as many of them can't be viewed clearly during the day.


Explore the coral reefs

The colourful reefs that form the Maldives archipelagos are part of an extensive network set around the border of an ancient volcano. Stretching across great distances, the reefs have created massive formations that are now home to hundreds of tropical fish and marine life. If you happen to be staying at a Maldives water villa, then you only need look out over the water to spot the reefs encircling you. If not, grab some snorkelling gear and explore the reefs with a guide who can point out all the interesting species.


Cruise with dolphins

The marine creatures that live around the Maldives archipelagos cover a diverse list of species, including over 20 recorded species of dolphins. Thanks to the calm weather and clear seas, this is one of the best spots in the Indian Ocean for dolphin watching. To cruise alongside these amazing creatures, visitors can easily book seats on dolphin cruisers with a reliable tour operator. Additionally, most resorts like Adaaran Prestige Water Villas, for example, organise their own dolphin watching tours for guests. Most tours head out to sea early morning and provide some form of snack. Keep an eye out for Bottlenose dolphins, Risso Dolphins and the acrobatic Spinner Dolphins. If you're lucky you may catch sight of the Spotted Uninhabited Island Dolphins.


Visit the locals

Most visitors spend all their time on private islands with barely a moment away from their resorts. But, if you can tear yourself away from the resort islands and stunning reefs, try and visit one of the islands where the Maldivian communities live. Unlike the commonly seen tourist-oriented islands, the local islands exude its special atmosphere. Take a walk among the little shops that line the roads and watch locals going about their day. Keep an eye out for local artisans who create delicate handcrafted jewellery and ornaments out of dried corals and seashells. Do note when visiting local islands that visitors are required to dress modestly in keeping with the conservative Muslim culture of the country.


Try Maldivian Food

You can't visit the Maldives and leave without trying any of the local cuisines. Seafood is a staple in all Maldivian dishes and is generally quite spicy. Local favourites include a rich fish broth, and Roshi (a local version of the Indian roti) served with spicy seafood curry.