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Best Things to Do in the Maldives - Maldives bucket list

The Maldives is the holiday paradise for tropical island lovers with the most beautiful setting of white sand beaches, sparkling blue waters, and the most luxurious resorts.


Diving with the sharks

The Maldivian dive sites are home to many different shark species. The magnificent whale sharks are the favourites out of the lot. A whale shark can be as big as 10 meters in length and it is truly a marvellous experience to dive alongside such a huge and beautiful creature. They can be spotted on the western side of Maldives during the northwest monsoon season falling through May to December, and on the eastern side during the months from December to April, which is the southeast monsoon season. Including the whale sharks 26 shark species have been identified swimming close to the Maldivian dive sites. You need to be on alert when you are swimming with hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks, and oceanic whitetip sharks, as they can be dangerous. There are also smaller reef shark species like blacktip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, and nurse sharks.


Go snorkelling

The warm and clear waters surrounding the 26 atolls scattered like pieces of jewels in the Indian Ocean are perfect for a snorkelling trip. There are many vibrant coral reefs rich in marine life that can make your snorkelling experience worthwhile. You can book a snorkelling liveaboard trip or choose to stay at a resort with a good in-house reef. Most of the resorts have their own Maldives attractions like coral reefs and offer facilities for guided snorkelling trips and private lessons for beginners. You are most likely to spot an array of beautiful marine creatures like colourful reef fish, manta rays, sea turtles, and even sharks. Night snorkelling is also a unique experience for the more challenging minds looking to unravel the mysteries of the ocean in the dark.


Relax on the beach

Last but not least, your vacation will not be complete until you treat yourself to a fully relaxed day on a secluded peaceful beach, basking in the sun and sipping a cold drink. Some resorts focus mainly on water sports and activities while some are specialized for relaxing and privacy. The best option is to choose one of the resorts that offer both luxuries such as Milaidhoo Island Maldives. You can also try out a private picnic or romantic dinner on the beach.


Try out the water sports

Water sports are the main activity in the Maldives for the adventure-seeking tourist. The list of options runs very long, including kayaking, parasailing, paddle boating, sailing, kite surfing, and jet skiing. These sports are open to experts and beginners alike. There are also more recreational activities like riding on a banana boat, walking underwater, and riding in dinghies or the glass-bottomed boats.


Pay a visit to the local fish market

If you need to get the real flavour of Maldivian life, the best way to do so is by paying a visit to the local fish market. There you will have the opportunity to mingle with locals and see how they carry out their daily business. The local fish market offers the best of their fresh catch including tuna, barracuda, trevally, and groupers. If you are tactful enough, you can even ask for a chance to fillet your own fish.