What are some cool tips for things to do in the Maldives?

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What are some cool tips for things to do in the Maldives?

There are two main ways to travel to the Maldives. The first is to go to the private island resorts. This is luxurious and expensive and is the more popular of the two. The other is to stay in the public islands, stay in cheaper hotels or Airbnb, and arrange day trips from there.

From your question I am assuming that you want something more than to go to a resort island and take a relaxing vacation. We went to the Maldives in 2015 and here are the things that attracted us (although could not do all of them).

  1. Stay in Male and go on daily excursions: There is a lot to choose from – snorkeling, scuba diving, dolphin watching, sunset cruising, big game fishing, visiting sandbanks, and water sports like kite surfing. You can check out Maldives Excursions to get an idea.
  2. Manta Rays: Maldives is an excellent place to see Manta Rays. Especially good places are Ari, Baa, and Raa Atolls. It is not necessary to be a diver to see these majestic creatures, as you can just snorkel, but early planning is necessary because going from one Atoll to another can be difficult. For example, you cannot reach any spots with Manta Rays by day-excursions from Male. If you are staying on a resort island, consider this Four Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru or any other resorts suitably positioned near known Manta points.
  3. Liveaboard: If you are a diver, or even if you are not, you can consider going on a 1-week liveaboard around the Maldives. This is quite costly but you get to see a lot more of Maldives (both above and below water) and is a once in a lifetime experience. It is one of the top things-to-do in my bucket list and the only reason I haven’t gone is the price. Check out Practical tips for Maldives liveaboard trips
  4. Rent a boat: I do not know anyone who has done this, but on our trip, we rented a full boat (used for liveaboard trips) for two days and did a mini-liveaboard of our own. Of course, this is only possible if you are going as a big group (we were 10), but from personal experience, it is definitely worth it.

This article was originally posted on quora by Hassan Ali Askari


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