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10 things to Do in the Maldives with Kids - Top 10 Activities to Enjoy During a Maldivian Getaway with Kids

Tipped to be one of the most child-friendly beach holiday destinations on the planet, the Maldives is a dream destination for families. Here are ten activities every family can enjoy during a getaway to the paradise archipelago.



Blessed with some of the shallowest oceans with excellent visibility, one could hardly conceive of a better location for snorkelling activities. With its sea bed teeming with tropical fish and coral species, this fun and engaging activity is one of the best ways to get the kids involved in underwater adventures.


Sign Up for a Dolphin Cruise

No trip to the Maldives would be complete without witnessing the friendliest mammals on the planet in the wild. Sign up for a dolphin-watching cruise and catch a glimpse of the 4 species of dolphins occupying the waters off the coast of the Maldives – and don't be surprised if you spot a blue whale or a whale shark or two.


Crab Racing

Hermit crabs are omnipresent on Maldivian beaches and those who are based at Finolhu Maldives or any similar Maldives luxury resort in the archipelago can catch hold of a few and see how fast each crab can run. This harmless activity must be supervised by parents so that no harm comes to the creatures or the little ones.


Sandbank Swimming

Sandbanks are ideal for swimming activities all year round as these shallow pools of water surrounding most Maldivian resort isles provide the perfect kiddies pools for those with average swimming skills. One can simply enjoy a dip or splash around in these relatively calmer waters that provide a wave-free environment for children.



The Maldives is a dream location for all manner of boating and sailing activities as one can rent a yacht, a kayak, or sail across the islands with a captain and crew when holidaying in this part of the world.


Learning to Dive

A holiday in the Maldives also offers families with children the chance to learn how to dive and secure a PADI certification. Available through water sports centres and diving schools, the Bubblemaker certificate can be earned by divers as young as 8 years old.


Day Tour of Male

Sultan Park, Republic Square, and the National Museum are just some of the many family-friendly highlights located in the nation's capital. Often ignored in favour of the resort islands, Male is also home to some of the best restaurants in the country.


Shopping Spree

Chaandhanee Magu and countless other fashion boutiques in Male are the best retail hubs the country has to offer families. Spend an afternoon perusing the unique souvenirs, trendy clothing items, and other curios available at Maldives' leading shopping hotspots.


Sunset Cruises

Enjoy the sunset from the ocean by signing up for a sunset cruise. Onboard snacks and beverages are also part of the experience.


Beach Volleyball

Entertain the kids and the adults of your travel group with a game of beach volleyball on one of the sandiest beaches in Asia.

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