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7 of the best things to do in Maldives – To make the most of your trip

As the Maldives is a nation surrounded by the sea, one might get the impression that there's nothing to do in the Maldives but relax on the beach, but nothing could be further from the truth.



The Maldives is a major diving destination in the world, and your trip is an opportunity to try some diving. If you are an expert at diving, needless to say, you are going to enjoy your time in the Maldives. But if you are new to diving, don't let your inexperience put you off, there are places in the Maldives where you can take diving lessons and get certified. The Maldives is known for its enchanting underwater world, and if you don't take this chance to see it for yourself, you are missing out on the best part of your tour. Stingrays and whale sharks will be your companions while diving, you will also see crabs, sea horses and lobsters.



If you are not much into diving, you can do some snorkelling. You don't have to go too deep into the ocean to experience its magic; the reefs are magical enough. You will see turtles and at least a dozen other marine creatures nibbling at the reefs. If you can brave a two-hour snorkelling session, you will come into contact with absolutely sublime aspects of the ocean, and schools of colourful fish are the least of it. If you are a guest at Niyama Maldives, you can ask their help in arranging a snorkelling session.


Dolphin spotting

One of the attractions in Maldives is dolphins. Dolphin spotting is inarguably the best thing to do in the Maldives, tourists who have already been to the country will testify to this. Your best bet at seeing them is just before sunset; on a dolphin-spotting excursion, presumably arranged by your hotel, you will set out into the ocean in the evening. The dolphins you see in the Maldives are used to tourists, and they are well aware that you are looking at them. They love all the attention, so they put on a display of playful tantrums to entertain their admirers.


Island hopping

The Maldives is more touristy that any other country in Asia, but you'll be surprised to know that there's a large population on the islands. If you want to see the real Maldivian life, you need to go on an island-hopping excursion. If you are staying on a private island, you most likely will be, make sure you get your hotel to arrange an excursion to nearby communities. The islanders are very friendly, so you might be able to engage in some small talk with them. But don't forget the fact that the country has a culture influenced by Islam, so make sure that you don't wear anything too revealing or too unconventional.



The Maldives is a world-class surfing destination. The country attracts top surfers from around the world. You can try the sport yourself; if not, you can watch professionals go about displaying their skills.


Sunset romantic dinner

If you are a nature lover, this is something you must do. There's nothing that can better a romantic dinner in the view of the setting sun. This is your opportunity to treat your loved one to a delicious dinner by the sea. Most of the dinner option you get in the Maldives are buffet style, but you can get your hotel to make preparations for a romantic dinner, but be warned, it is going to be a little expensive.


Lounge on the beach

The country has no shortage of sunlight, so, spend some time laying on the soft sand of the Maldives beaches enjoying the tropical sun.