Overwhelmed with the fact that you are going on that long-planned Maldives vacation but haven’t figured out what to do when you are actually there? Here are the 10 things you shouldn’t miss out on your Maldives vacation.
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10. Drift away on a Dhoni
A great way to explore the tropical island of Maldives is by riding on a cruise. While there are multiple cruise options that you can choose from, the best way to go explore Maldives is on a dhoni. Handcrafted by the locals to help them in getting around Maldives, Dhoni – the multi-purpose sailing boat offers splendid views of the island and catching a mesmerizing sunset onboard with your loved one will make your holiday come alive.
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9. Ride on the whale submarine with your family
If you are in Maldives with your family and kids, then you must be wondering how to keep everybody entertained. The answer is, take them on an exciting ride on the whale submarine. Immensely popular among the tourists, whale submarine is a great way to gaze at the underwater life while staying safely tucked.
The 45-minute dive first starts with the submarine stopping at 25 meters from where you can see colourful corals and reef fish. Whale Submarine then descends to 40 meters beneath the surface, from where you can ogle at the coral garden and the different types of fish that take shelter inside the cave. Whale submarine goes diving 6 times a day, 5 times a week.
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8. Visit the gem of an attraction of Malé Friday Mosque
Built using coral boulders from the archipelago of Maldives, Malé Friday Mosque also referred to as Malé Hukuru Miskiy is one of the oldest and most decorated mosques in Maldives. An essential stop in your Maldives vacation, the Old Friday mosque with its intricate decorations, elaborate woodcarvings, and carved tombstones is a great place to visit for the art and the history lovers.
Make sure you dress modestly before visiting the historical attraction. The mosque was also a part of the tentative UNESCO world heritage cultural list in 2008 for its exemplary sea-culture architecture.
7. Understand history better at National Museum
So you are in Maldives and want to understand its rich history? National Museum is where you need to go. Established in 1952, the National Museum of Maldives which is also the first national museum of the country was opened with the intention of preserving and instilling patriotism among the public. But sadly, most of the precious items in the museum were destroyed in 2012 by a mob of religious extremists.
Nevertheless, the National Museum is worth the visit even now with artefacts ranging from thrones to furniture to ceremonial dresses to parts of antique technology adorning the insides.
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6. Go shopping for local produce in Malé
Not known to many, Malé in Maldives is actually well known for its local produce. Be it the fresh fruits & vegetables or the fish, everything on offer is so fresh and interesting. And what’s, even more, fun is that the shop vendors offer you a chance to taste them before you buy which is a great bonus.
If you have stocked your bags with enough fish, then head to the Maldives spice market directly opposite. They serve freshly ground chilli and curry powder which will make you a superstar cook. Other than the fresh produce, the local markets also showcase beautiful artefacts handcrafted by local artisans. End your shopping with a bite of proto golden roughs (coconut & palm sugar rolled up in dry leaves)
5. Experience a sensuous awakening underwater
Drawn away from the world submerged in the water, the underwater sanctuary of Huvafen Fushi Spa is where ancient wisdom meets modern tonics. As you see the currents ebb and flow inside, you will feel the sensual environment of Huvafen Fushi blowing life into your otherwise preoccupied life.
The soothing massage which lasts for 180 minutes will rejuvenate every bit of your body and you will be reborn. Panoramic reef views, along with the sensual decor inspired by the colours and the texture of the sea add to the surrealistic ambience.
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4. Savour the taste of traditional Maldivian Cuisine
Maldives vacation is incomplete without you tasting the authentic Maldivian cuisine. While almost all the resorts come with a lot of food options, take some time off to taste the local cuisine. Maldivian cuisine generally revolves around fish, especially tuna and draws inspiration from Sri Lanka and Kerala. A typical meal in Maldives consists of rice, fish broth, roshi, and papadhu.
Some of the dishes that you should definitely taste in Maldives include mas huni, fihunu mas, hedhikaa, bajiya, gulha, kulhi borkibaa, and theluli mas.
3. Try your hands at water sports
Abundant with dazzling coral water reefs and pristine beaches, Maldives is a paradise for water sports lovers. From snorkelling to scuba diving to surfing to paddleboarding to kayaking, the number of water sports in Maldives will make your heads spin. Luckily, you can find most of these water sports at your resort. So, you don’t have to go wandering.
2. Volunteering in a marine conservation program
Yes, we know for a fact that most of us go on a Maldives vacation to just relax and not do anything else, but trust me this will work. As a volunteer in the marine conservation program, you will – work closely with the ocean enthusiasts, help to protect & actively involve in sea turtle rehabilitation, repairing the coral reefs, conduct surveys, and indulge in Marine awareness sessions.
Working closely with the marine biologists will be a whole new level of experience and you can volunteer for a minimum of 2 weeks to 12.
1. Dine at the Ithaa undersea restaurant
Set 16 feet below the sea level, the world’s first undersea restaurant of Ithaa is one of the must-visit places in Maldives, regardless of your period of stay. And, if you think you can grab a seat whenever you want, then you are wrong. The restaurant has only a limited seating of 14 guests so you have to be a little proactive if you want to dine at the ‘most beautiful restaurant in the world’ as reported by New York Daily news in 2014.
Fitted with a transparent, acrylic window offering a 180-degree view of the buzzing underwater life, the experience at Ithaa is truly a memorable one. Not to forget the delicious contemporary European cuisine on offer. Ithaa is open on all days from 11 am to midnight.
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