Comfortable idleness and lying lazily on the beach are perfect Maldives activities. But for those seeking to quench their thirst, multiple unusual excursions are awaiting them in the heavenly islands. Keep reading to know 5 unique things to do in the Maldives for your upcoming trip.
Have dinner under the sea
Hop on a plane at Malé airport and head to Ithaa Undersea Restaurant. Five meters below sea level at the Hilton Maldives Resort, the restaurant offers a 270-degree panoramic view to its customers. Accommodating 14 of them only should give you the hint how special you are to be there! The menu is pricey ($280/person), but the experience and food are worth every penny. You don’t get to eat out surrounded by coral reefs and sharks every day. And you’ll be glad to know the chefs will go above and beyond to prepare dishes you could eat if you happen to not like seafood. Such a once in a lifetime experience worth the 1-hour flight.
Play in the mud 🙂
See how things have changed as you’ve grown up. You probably weren’t allowed to play in the mud back when you were a kid, but now mud has become the new miracle cure to any and everything! Proved to be rich in probiotics (the good bacteria) and beneficial for muscle and bone pain, jumping in (Kodakilhi) in the Island of (Fuvahmulah) has been popular with tourists and locals alike. And to add to the fun, the mud bath is for FREE! But before you get all messed up with mud, try to take a boat tour around (Lake Bandaara kilhi) which is pretty near the mud pool. It is the largest lake in the Maldives and bounded by dense vegetation which you’ll absolutely like.
Spend a day on an uninhabited island
Yes, not all islands are inhabited. There are some facts you should know so bear with us; the Maldives comprises 2000 islands only 200 of which are inhabited by people, in addition to 80 islands with tourist resorts. The rest (you do the math) is unpopulated! The populated islands are home to the locals who make a living out of farming and fishing. As for the uninhabited, they’re used for industry, agriculture, or as picnic destinations. You may finally make your dream come true and spend a day and/or night on an uninhabited island, enjoy your privacy, and have a nice meal by the beach.
Snorkel with whale sharks
Hanifaru Bay is the world’s largest feeding station known to exist. It’s where a hundred mantas and whale sharks feed off the coral reef. If you plan on visiting the bay, first you should go to Hanifaru Visitor Centre in Dharavandhoo Island where you can buy visitor tokens. But know that only snorkeling is allowed as diving is banned for causing a drop in the manta and whale shark population. Be sure to keep a minimum distance of 3-4 meters from the sharks’ head and tail, and don’t approach them from the front or cross their path. Don’t use a flash camera either because you don’t want to disturb the sea creatures. Remember water is their home, not yours!
Take pictures by a flying object
Despite the tens of resort islands providing guests with everything they want or need, drone photography isn’t allowed in all of them. Most resorts prohibit flying mechanical objects for security reasons. But there’s a way out. Always ask the resort before you confirm your reservation. If you happen to be lucky and the resort policy allows drone photography, you can buy yours before traveling. You’ll undoubtedly capture some of the most beautiful pictures ever. But again, be sure it’s allowed. You don’t want to get into trouble!
See how the Maldives caters to all tourists! How would you spend your vacation there?
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