When you start planning your vacation in the Maldives, you often hear, “You’ll get bored if you’re there for longer than just a few nights.” However, there are countless activities to do — some involve donning your wetsuit, while others won’t even get your toes wet. There’s something for everyone on this archipelago of 1,192 islands in the heart of the Indian Ocean. Here are five uniquely Maldivian things to do on your next trip:
Mental images of the Maldives normally conjure scenes of smooth ocean vistas, with not a wave in sight. But there is a surf season, and it runs from mid February to November. The consistency of swells around the atolls vary throughout the season, from March to May’s clean conditions, June to August’s bigger swells and September to October’s consistent swells with variable wind conditions. Surf in 14 different locations in the Baa and Noonu Atolls, with the conditions suited to all levels of surfers, including beginners all year round. Most resorts, like Soneva Fushi, will let you borrow a surfboard if you’re just starting out. So pack your boardshorts and go catch some waves.
Snorkel with Manta Rays
Have you ever wanted to watch as a manta ray glides past you, their 3.5 to 4 meter wing span inspiring awe? The Maldives is well-known for its larger pelagic species, with Hanifaru Bay in the Baa Atoll being one of the best places in the world to see these gentle giants for yourself from May until November. What makes this destination truly stand out is the number of mantas you’ll get to see. While in most locations you’ll only see a dozen mantas, in Hanifaru Bay they flock in the hundreds to feed on zooplankton, making this destination incredibly unusual. The Biosphere’s guidelines do not permit diving in Hanifaru Bay, but you can snorkel to your heart’s content. You might also spot hawksbill turtles and the elusive whale shark during your trips.
The Liveaboard Experience of a Lifetime
Is a luxury yacht charter on your Bucket List? If the answer is yes, why not do it in one of the most Instagram-able places on the planet? A number of resorts in the Maldives offer yacht charters, but Soneva in Aqua is one of the most luxurious. Choose from 1, 3, 5 or 7 night itineraries to discover the best the Maldives has to offer. Dive and snorkel around the Baa Atoll, or take the most popular Tri-Atoll Adventure, visiting three of the most beautiful atolls in the country. The yacht combines Soneva’s iconic barefoot philosophy with a sense of freedom and adventure. Soneva in Aqua has a maximum occupancy of six (four adults, two children) with a dedicated crew including a Captain, Sous Chef, Mr. Friday (butler), Dive Master, a Massage Therapist and an Astronomer (on request). Our favourite feature? The master suite has a glass-bottomed spa tub from which you can take in the Maldivian marine life while enjoying a much-deserved soak.
Desert Island Hopping
What’s the one thing you would take if you were stranded on a desert island? In the Maldives you can definitely take more than one item, so spend the day as a castaway, surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters. Have an uninhabited island all to yourself for snorkeling and sunbathing in complete privacy, followed by a picnic or BBQ. Or enjoy an entire night alone, with just the stars and your loved ones or friends as company. Most resorts in the Maldives can arrange this little adventure for you, with meals tailored to your liking.
The powerful Eleos telescope at Soneva Jani. A glimmering starlit sky awaits. For those looking for a unique stargazing experience, look no further than the Maldives. Its location, right by the Equator, means it is perfectly positioned to view constellations in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. See the North Star and the Southern Cross in one sky, and hear stories from local sailors of how they used them to navigate. The Maldives’ low population density ensures it has little to no light pollution, so the Milky Way really has a chance to shine. Some resorts offer on-site Observatories and resident Astronomers to ensure guests get the ultimate stargazing experience, including experiences such as Astronomical Dinner Cruises and
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