The Maldives is famous for a number of reasons, including its vibrant culture, pristine beaches, sprawling greenery, and fascinating landmarks. Apart from the numerous enchanting landmarks, Maldives is also famous for water sports and other adventure activities.
Fun things to do at the Maldives
Low waters Maldives snorkelling is enough to entice even the advanced snorkelers. With little waves and strong current, you can still see many small fishes as well as baby reef sharks or rays, although it very much depends on your luck and time of year.
If you are someone who is gutsy to try something that not everyone else is doing and that does involve risk (TBH), then flyboarding is for you. It is an extreme sport and was invented only recently. Flyboarding involves getting on a flyboard which is attached to a jet ski by a hose and sends it up in the air, which is why it is one of the most popular water activities in Maldives.
3. Fun tubing
We think the name is suggestive enough, isn’t it? The very name of this activity has fun and we don’t think anyone needs any more reason to revel in it. Basically, fun tubing involves getting on an inflatable and unpowered tube which will take you over water at a very high speed, unlike many other water sports in Maldives. The best thing is the bumpy ride that you will get over water. Believe us, it’s worth it.
One of the best water sports in Maldives that lets you fly away and break free and forget all your worries for a while, parasailing offers you a bird’s eye view of the beautiful country and as you are up above in the sky you will have the time of your life. We know being in the air with a parachute as you are tied and are being towed by a motorboat can be dangerous but what is life if you don’t take risks?
Diving, especially Scuba diving in Maldives and wreck diving, is the most enjoyable watersport which allures a lot of tourists to this place. Many resorts offer this as a part of their packages since it is one of the most famous water sports in Maldives.
6. Surfing and SUP
The Maldives have some of the best waves in the world. I didn’t try surfing myself, because apparently the waves are for quite advanced surfers. But a lot of people go there specifically in search of waves.
If surfing is not your thing, you can still try stand up paddle (SUP) though: it’s fun. The water is very smooth, and you get to see the corals and fish below! SUP is what to do in Maldives for a fun, chilled and easy sport and great water views.
Fishing trips are organized by resorts and local islands usually around sunset time. You will head out a bit before the sun is about to set and will admire the most incredible views from the water. You will then be provided all the necessary equipment to fish, and it’s a great experience as the waters are packed with fish and you are bound to capture a lot.
8. Going to a sand bank
Sand banks are scattered everywhere in the Maldives. They are truly unique places – literally a tiny island entirely made of the whitest sand you can imagine, surrounded by pristine, clear waters and coral reefs.
You need to get a boat ride there – captains usually know where to find them. They are fun places to spend a few hours. You really can’t stand longer than that as the sun is fierce and there is hardly anything to protect yourself from it.
If there’s one thing that is not missing in the Maldives, that is good food. Cuisine in the Maldives tends to be quite similar to that of Sri Lanka, but you will also have an incredible variety of international food. Local cuisine tends to have a high focus on fish, which is literally served also for breakfast. There are lots of mild curries too. From fresh tropical fruit to delicious fish; from barbecued meat to Japanese or Italian cuisine; one of the greatest things to do in Maldives is eating.
10. Visiting a local island
Not many people who venture to the Maldives visit the islands where the locals live. It’s a shame, really. These are lovely places to explore, with nice beaches (often separate for tourists and locals, who are Muslim and won’t wear swimsuits); small local cafés; mosques; schools and friendly people hanging around. Make it a point to go!
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