Many people dream of visiting the Maldives, and rightly so. The crystal clear waters, golden sand beaches, vast coral lagoons - the list of reasons why this idyllic island nation is at the top of travellers lists is seemingly endless. With resorts sat atop their own private islands in the middle of the vast Indian Ocean, this is the perfect place to get away from everything. Before you go, however, make sure you take in our list of top experiences that you simply must have while soaking it up in the Maldives.
1. See a Glow in the Dark Beach
One of our favourite resorts in the country, Dusit Thani Maldives, has a hidden secret. It’s stunning glow in the dark beach! The phenomenon occurs due to a type of tiny crustacean called Ostracods. It is best witnessed up close, however, can be equally spectacular from neighbouring islands. It doesn’t happen all the year round though, and usually occurs between September and November.
2. Have an underwater meal
There are several resorts in the country, Conrad Rangaali and Hurawalhi Island Resort for starters, that have beautiful underwater restaurants. With glass ceilings and floors, they give you a perfect 360 view of the stunning wildlife that surrounds you. Plus, they are just really cool!
3. Stand up Paddle Boarding
The calm, clear waters of the Maldives are just the place to try out stand up paddle boarding for the first time if you never have before! Just make sure to relax, stay calm and you'll have a great time. It can provide a calming feeling of being one with the vast ocean.
4. Dolphin Spotting
Of course, this can never be guaranteed but ask your hotel to book you on a dolphin spotting cruise in the Maldives and you have an 85% chance of spotting these beautiful creatures in their natural environment. It’s a great way to experience nature while not getting too close to them and causing them any distress!
5. Visit a Local Island
The Maldives is not just about the luxury resorts! If you head to one of the countries inhabited islands you will see that the lifestyle is incredibly different. The communities are often quite poor, a far cry from the five star luxury of the resort islands. But you will find groups of people who are incredibly tight-knit, friendly and welcoming to guests. Make sure you adhere to the strict religious rules that govern these islands though.
6. Diving & Snorkelling
While this may seem to be the most obvious on the list, it is certainly the best! The Maldives is home to an incredible array or opportunities for diving and snorkelling that are unrivalled anywhere in the world. There are several shipwrecks dotted around the country too that are able to explored by the more experienced divers. However, if you’re a first timer, that’s okay too. There are plenty of dive schools and shallow reefs to explore that are perfect for beginners.