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List of things to do in Maldives – Discovering Paradise

As one of Asia's most popular holiday destinations Maldives is an archipelago full of exciting possibilities. From scuba diving to sunset cruises here are the county's must-experience activities.

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Snorkelling Expeditions

With some of the world's most breathtaking underwater landscapes at one's disposal, vacationers based in the Maldives have the unique opportunity of exploring a submerged universe unlike any other. Available through a variety of resorts, engaging in snorkelling activities is as simple as stepping over to the verdant lagoons and house reefs surrounding the resort. Those who wish to take up snorkelling while on vacation can also enjoy lessons through local operators and resort coaches. Home to the world's largest variety of coral species, visitors can experience local marine life from a unique perspective on a snorkelling expedition in the Maldives.

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Visit the Glowing Beach

Featured in Academy Award nominated films such as the Life of Pi and countless other documentaries the Sea of Stars or the glowing beachfront of the Vadoo Island is another must-experience highlight in Maldives. Witnessing this glittering natural phenomenon is as simple as taking a boat ride to Vadoo Island at dusk when the bioluminescent phytoplankton washes up on the shores to create the daily spectacle.

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Take a Sunset Cruise

Often described as one of the most memorable experiences one can indulge in on a tour of the Maldives, sunset cruises are also deemed to be a romantic getaway for couples holidaying in the archipelago. Setting off in the early hours of the evening visitors can witness a glorious sunset in the middle of the vast blue ocean where nothing greets the eye except the ocean and the sky above. Participants can also enjoy a glass of champagne while they experience the sunset while dolphins swim past the catamaran or yacht in large numbers.

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Hit the Spa

Home to spa resorts such as Maafushivaru Maldives enjoying a massage session or a luxurious facial is another must-have experience for travellers vacationing in Maldives. Available through a variety of resorts in Maldives spa treatments in the country employs Swiss, Thai, Balinese and ayurvedic techniques to perform healing therapies that rejuvenates both the mind and body.

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Visit Cultural Highlights

No tour of the Maldivian capital would be complete without a stopover at its most coveted cultural sites. Home to the archipelago's most intriguing cultural hotspots visitors touring Male should step inside the National Museum to discover the historic legacy of this Asian nation. Other points of interest in the capital include Hukuru Miskiiy, Utheemu Ganduvaru and the Republic Square also known as Jumhooree Maidan.

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Dive

Scuba divers the world over flock to the Maldivian islands for one reason and one reason alone- to experience the wealth of marine life occupying its waters. A popular haunt for wreck diving as well as live board diving, some of the country's top diving venues include HP Reef and Banana Reef. Ari Atoll's diving hubs are also known to be inhabited by sharks, black-tail barracudas, manta rays, eagle rays and napoleon wrasses while Fotteyo Kandu is known to house schools of tuna, snappers, unicorn fish, groupers, trigger fish and trevallies.

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Shop

Retail therapy in Male is another fantastic way to spend a day in the holiday Mecca as the nation's capital is home to the finest boutiques the archipelago has on offer. Shopping districts in Male include Majeedhee Magu where shops selling clothing, jewellery and cosmetics are located while quirky souvenirs and exquisite collectibles are available at Chaandanee Magu.