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List of Things to Do with Kids in the Maldives - Top Activities to Experience with Kids in Paradise Archipelago Maldives

As one of Asia's best holiday destinations for travellers with children, the Maldives offers families a plethora of exciting activity options. From water sports to engaging excursions, here are some of the top things to do with kids during a Maldivian getaway.


Dolphin Cruises

A dolphin cruise is tipped to be one of the best things to do with kids on a beach holiday. What family wouldn't want to spend time witnessing the world's friendliest mammals in their natural habitat? Dolphin and whale watching cruises are a rewarding way to enjoy a one-of-a-kind excursion with the family and those who visit the Maldives from November to April will be able to sign up for such a tour with ease.



Whether one's children are marine life enthusiasts or just curious souls, the chances that they will love spending time snorkelling and diving is a given when one is based in one of the globe's top destinations for both activities. Snorkelling requires no prior training, special skills, or even the ability to swim although those who wish to dive with the children will need to complete a PADI course beforehand. Children as young as 8 can learn to dive in a Bubblemaker course to explore the coral gardens and the colourful fish species occupying the Maldivian sea bed.


Island Hopping

As a fun-filling adventure all families can enjoy during a stay in the Maldives, an island-hopping tour will give both children and adults a new appreciation for the beauty of the country's geography. Cruising from one uninhabited island to another while splashing around on its secluded waters and beaches, island-hopping tours can also include other group activities such as snorkelling sessions or similar water sports.


Crab Racing

While this activity does require adult supervision, it can be a great deal of fun for children who love to interact with insects and other harmless creatures in their natural environment. Pitting the speedy running skills of crabs against one another, watching one's chosen crab race to the finish line is a rare pleasure awaiting families with holiday plans in the Maldives.


Sunset Cruises

Setting off during the late afternoon, sunset cruises are perhaps the best way to witness the sunset during a holiday in the archipelago. Catching a glimpse of the daily spectacle from the ocean is quite different from the views available to those onshore while dolphins and other fish species are also frequently spotted during these types of outings as well. Families can enjoy refreshments and snacks onboard the vessel while observing the sun dipping its head on the horizon for the last time for the day.


Sandbank Swimming

Whether one is based at the Saii Lagoon Maldives or any other accommodation hub, most holidaymakers are not too far from a sandbank swimming hotspot. Providing children with a safe and calm environment in which to swim, the wave-free waters of the sandbanks make for ideal playgrounds for the young and old.


Kids Club Fun

Maldives kids club activities not only include spending time in the ocean doing water activities but also attending food prep demonstrations in the hotel kitchen. This is why staying in a hotel with its own kid's club is so important for families.