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Top 10 Things to do in the Maldives – The Fun Times to be had in Paradise

The Maldives is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Asia these days. From white sand beaches to pristine coral reefs, it isn't hard to figure out why people are drawn to these islands every year. So, if you're planning a trip here, here're 10 things you should do in the Maldives.


Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is among the most popular water sports to try out here in the Maldives. In fact, if you're staying at any reputed beach resort or Maldives pool villa – for example, the Heritance Aarah – it's almost a given that scuba diving is included in the establishment's itinerary. There are many fantastic diving spots to choose from as well, from vibrant coral shelves to haunting shipwrecks that capsized many decades ago. Scuba diving also allows you to get up-close and personal with some of the larger marine life that inhabit the Maldives' waters such as the whale shark and manta ray.



If diving underwater seems like a fun escapade but you don't really want to invest the in the time and equipment required to go diving, snorkelling is the next best choice. This is ideal for exploring the many reefs that surround the Maldives' atolls. Coral reefs are some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, and the ones here are no exception. As you snorkel, you'll come across vibrant varieties of reef fish, menacing moray eels and even the rare sea turtle.


Island Hopping

There are well over 1000 islands in the cluster that makes up the Maldives. Chances are, you're either staying at one of the major settlements or at one of the many private islands the country has on offer. Whatever the case is, be sure to go exploring other islands as well during your stay. Some of these are even deserted and can make for some excellent adventure and excitement.



Surfing is, and has been, one of the most popular water sports all over the world. Few things can beat the rush of riding the perfect wave as you cut through the sea breeze. There are many locations to choose from if you're up for a bit of surfing, regardless of whether you're still a beginner or are a professional. You can even hire yourself a surf instructor to get the hang of it before attempting to catch your first wave.


Scenic Flights

One of the best ways to appreciate the full extent of the Maldives' natural beauty is to witness it up from the sky. By booking a scenic flight over the atolls, you'll have an unbeatable view of the islands and all the amazing scenery that comes along with it.


White Sand Beaches

It wouldn't be a Maldivian vacation without spending some quality time over at the beach, now would it? Wile away the time by relaxing along the coast, drink in hand and enjoy the rhythmic movements of the waves and the gentle sea breeze. Be sure to stick around till evening to catch a view of the magnificent oceanic sunset.