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6 Excursions That You Have to Take in The Maldives – Experience this island paradise like never before!

There is more to the Maldives than chilling on a beach! Here are some jaunts to add to your itinerary if you want to get some adventure and fun on your island getaway.

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Explore Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve

With over 250 types of corals and 1,200 types of fish, Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve is UNESCO-recognised and is home to the largest known population of manta rays in the world. The reserve is visited by endangered species like hawksbill turtles, green turtles, and nurse sharks and has a flourishing biodiversity of mangroves. It is also home to other non-marine creatures like lizards, herons, and fruit bats.

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Discover Male

See how the Maldivians live in Male, the most populated island in the Maldives, with quite a few attractions given its size. The Grand Mosque, National Museum, and Fish Market are popular attractions, along with Newport, a trendy spot with restaurants on the busy beachside road. Majeedhee Magu is where you will find a street filled with an abundance of shops with a range of Maldivian treats, clothing, and handicrafts. The street is down the main road and is open from 9 am to 11 pm.

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An island excursion

The Maldives has over 200 islands – some are private, while others belong to the state. These islands are great for water activities such as snorkelling and diving. These isolated islands are filled with luxuriant vegetation, sparkling blue waters, and stretches of coral beds, for the ultimate island experience! Most resorts like Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences, for instance, can arrange island-hopping excursions for their guests.

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Explore bioluminescent beaches

Initially, bioluminescent beaches were said to be the result of a type of light-emitting plankton; however, it was later discovered that these tiny organisms emitting the glow are none other than 'ostracod crustaceans'. The chemicals emitted by the plankton into the seawater result in this phenomenon. It is a common misconception to refer to these organisms as phytoplankton. Located on the Raa Atoll, Vaadhoo Island is famous for this natural spectacle.

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Hanifaru Bay

Also known as 'Vandumaafaru Adi', Hanifaru Bay is found in the Baa atoll Reserve. It is a significant feeding spot for manta rays and whale sharks. While snorkelling is allowed, diving is restricted within the bay. The most suitable time to witness manta rays is from May to November, while whale sharks are visible all year round. It is among the most regulated snorkelling locations on the planet; with only 80 people allowed on any given occasion. Also, each snorkeler gets 45 minutes of snorkelling time! Tickets for this can be purchased from accommodations affiliated with the Manta Trust.

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Dolphin watching

Dolphin watching is one of the best things to do in Maldives and a favourite activity for many travellers! You get to see enormous whales and adorable dolphins at a safe distance. Dolphin sighting, alongside a sunset cruise, is an excursion to cherish for a lifetime!
The best time for Dolphin Watching is from January to April, and the ideal time to encounter them is between 9 am - 10:30 am and 3:30 pm - 5 pm. The afternoon cruise will coincide with a breathtaking sunset over the Indian Ocean.