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Leisure Activities to Do in Maldives – A Sunny Paradise on Water

The Gorgeous Maldivian archipelago is all about enjoying the golden sunshine, powdery white sand beaches and treasures of the of warm Indian Ocean. Read on and find out just what's in store you.

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Diving and Snorkelling

Some of the world's best dive sites are located around the beautiful Maldivian Atolls. Banana Reef is one the most favoured spots while the coral atolls offer even amateurs a chance to enjoy a snorkelling tour. Shark Thila is another spot not to be missed for diving amongst grey reef sharks and the amazing giant snappers. Admire the colourful fish and lush vegetation that thrive within the warm waters of the Indian Ocean whilst divers will be rewarded with sights of manta rays, barracuda and even the elusive whale sharks that favour the waters around the Maldives. Remember the extremely clear waters of the Maldives offer sights to depths of over 50 meters.

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Dive to the Victory Wreck

Taking your diving experience to a higher level is a dive to the Victory wreck just off Hulhule Island. This ship which sank in 1981 is best explored by experienced divers.

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Fishing Expeditions

Now here is a treat for the whole family, hire a boat and set off on a deep sea fishing expedition that will reel in loads of squirrel fish, barracuda, snapper, swordfish and more. Ideal for amateur or professional anglers the waters around the Maldives are teeming with all kind of marine life.

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Night Fishing

Foremost of Maldives attractions, night fishing is favoured for its adventure and romance. Set off into the setting sun on your private dhoni and start fishing under a velvety sky of twinkling stars. The night gets better as your tour operator will provide the services of an excellent chef who will grill your catch to perfection on the romantic settings of a private beach. Tourists who opt to stay at a luxury Maldivian resort can book a night fishing expedition in-house quite easily.

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Swimming

If lazy days on the beach are what holidays are all about for you, look out for a luxury beach hotel in the Maldives. Many Maldivian beachside resorts boast expansive gardens on a private island. You will be given the option of choosing on-water villas, beachside villas or even rooms at sea – which is a room aboard a luxury dhoni. At these resorts you may swim in the warm waters and soak up the sun to your hearts content and look forward to the best in-house cuisine. A wise choice would be the Huvafen Fushi Maldives.

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Swim with the Dolphins

Charter a private boat and set off to a spot favoured by these gentle mammals and you will be astonished by just how 'up-close and personal the dolphins get. Enjoy a mind blowing experience as you swim beside the creatures in the crystal clear waters of the Maldives. Hiring an experienced guide is a definite plus point.

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Shopping in Male

Male the capital is generally about 30 minutes from many of the other islands. Well established as a centre for shopping Male will not disappoint. Shopaholics enjoy the best in retail therapy here as you browse high-end designer boutiques and scour the colourful flea markets for great bargains. Souvenir hunting is a breeze at the many handicraft outlets that proudly display beautiful artefacts created from natural elements such as coconut, palm leaves and wood. You could also check with your hotel tour desk for tours to local atolls where the inhabitants offer a range of hand-crafted artefacts.

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Enjoy the Seafood and local fare

All foodies will love browsing the many food stalls and fine restaurants scattered around the archipelago. Male offers an excellent collection of beachside cafes and classy restaurants. Seafood is of course the freshest and foremost ingredient in many dishes. Romantics may find the cocktail bars are quite an experience for enjoying the gorgeous sunsets and best tropical drinks. Do try the local dishes, especially the sweets for a taste of traditional local culture.