The Maldives are one of the most luxurious, beautiful destinations in the world, but many think it’s just the beach life that makes up the country’s allure. In actual fact, there’s a rich culture on these hundreds of islands, offering much more than just sun and sand. These things to do in the Maldives will help you to get in touch with what this paradise is all about.
1. Explore the mosques
There are hundreds of mosques in the Maldives, many of which are often praised for their outstanding beauty and displays of expert craftsmanship. These mosques were built across the ages, and are a good touch-point for you to take a look back on what the Maldives may have been like before the resorts took over.
One of the most beautiful mosque interiors is Hukuru Miskiiy (“Old Friday Mosque”) in Malé. Non-Muslims must receive permission to enter.
2. Visit Malé
Malé is one of the smallest capital cities in the world, and the most lively, thriving place in the Maldives. Here you’ll find a world-renowned fish market, which is well worth visiting if you’re looking for something a little more exciting than soaking up some sun on the beach. Come in the afternoon to watch the fishermen arrive with their catch.
The National Museum in Malé is also a top sight, and one of the best places to discover the Maldives of times gone by, with artefacts dating all the way back to ancient eras up to present day.
3. Go snorkelling and diving
The pristine beaches of the Maldives are lapped by crystal clear waters, which makes them perfect for snorkelling and diving. Get in amongst the thriving marine life that can be spotted in the shallows and further out to sea, in particular among the beautiful coral reefs that light up the waters. There are plenty of diving companies on the Maldives islands that will take you out and show you the best spots to be explored underwater.
4. Explore Utheemu
Small but perfectly formed, Utheemu is one of the most interesting islands in the Maldives. It was the birthplace of one of the most treasured figures in the country’s history, Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, who drove out the Portuguese in the 16th century. There is a memorial in his name here and a museum where you can learn more, although no hotel or guest house. Day trips are available from many other surrounding islands.
5. Dine on the beach
All across the Maldives, there are restaurants and resorts that set up private tables right on the beach so that you can dine in style. These gorgeous settings are ideal for a romantic evening with a loved one, and there’s nothing quite like enjoying dinner with your feet in the sand. Look out for beach dining options when you’re booking your hotel to find something suited to you.
6. Bathe in the sun
Okay okay, we know we said there’s much more to the Maldives than the beach, but we can’t deny that this country has some of the most beautiful in the world. It would be rather futile listing the best beaches for you to find, as almost every resort in the country is fringed with white sands. Grab your flight to the Maldives, sit back, relax, and let the relaxed way of life wash over you.