September 11th, 2017
When people think about visiting the Maldives, they often think that you go these to lay on a white sandy beach – which is one of the things you can do while you are there. However for those who like an adventure, the Maldives offers some really exciting activities and tours for all.
Our aim at Go To The Maldives is to show people how you can make your own vacation package using bed and breakfasts and small accommodation providers at a fraction of the cost and then create your own tours and activities.
We have listed just some of the things you can do there and have found some links to companies offering these services. Kindly note we are not directly affiliated with these companies, our blog is for information purposes and ask you to research each business more before deciding to purchase or book. A fantastic referral is Trip Advisor.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling.
The Water around the Maldivian Islands are usually 26-30°C/80-86°F year-round.
Featured Creatures – In the open ocean near the reefs, pelagic animals – including manta rays, eagle rays, tuna and a variety of sharks (including whale sharks) frequent the Maldives. In shallow dives, the clear, bright water hosts a massive amount of sweet lips, parrotfish, groupers, snappers as well as turtles and moray eels.
The Water is very clear in the Maldives all year round and ideal for underwater Photography.
Snorkelling is very popular as there are shallow coral gardens in front of most resorts. It is suitable for young and old alike.
Suggested Company: Atoll Scuba
Old Friday Mosque
Dating from 1656, this heritage site holds the oldest mosque in the country. It’s a beautiful structure made from coral stone into which intricate decoration and Quranic script have been chiselled. A popular historic site among both locals and tourists in the Maldives.
Male fish market
One major tourist attraction in the Maldives is the Male fish market. Stocked with a number of products such as fresh fruit and vegetables as well as fish, which is laid out on a clean ground for consumers to choose from, this market offers a wide variety of different foods from different parts of the country.
Grand Friday Mosque
The golden dome of this impressive modern mosque dominates the skyline of Male and has become something of a symbol for the city. Built in 1984 with the help of neighbouring countries, set back off the main square, Jumhooree Maidan, and opposite the National Security Service Headquarters, it is the biggest mosque in the country.
Experience the Maldives as the locals do, travel by public ferry, explore uninhabited islands, relax with a coffee, learn to cook Maldivian food, Visit the fish market and local market, Presidents Palace, Sultan Park, Friday Mosque, Tsunami monument and artificial beach area.
Suggested Company: Secret Paradise Maldives
The Maldivian Islands are perfect for taking a boat trip around the islands to view the clear blue waters and spectacular sea life. You can take a boat trip to and from the airport to the islands also.
Suggested Company Website: http://icomtours.com
With the purpose of preserving history and instilling patriotism among the people of the Maldives, the museum has a large collection of historical artefacts, ranging from stone objects to fragments of royal antiquities from the Buddhist era to the rule of Islamic monarchs.
Male Local Market
This is a market located in the capital city, Male, where locals come to sell souvenirs, local food, produce and clothing; however, specialising in fruits and vegetables. Well organised and clean, it is a great place to visit on your morning travels around the capital. Situated near the beach, it’s a few minutes’ walk from Male Ferry Terminal station.
Banana reef diving
This is a protected reef famous for its diving and marine life. Divers can expect to see some magnificent corals and some areas are well suited to snorkelling.
Suggested Company: SousLocean
About 1km long, Manta point is a gathering point for manta rays during the north east monsoon season. The best time to see the mantas for which Manta Point is famous is from May to November. The reef top is at 15 meters and on the western side of the Thila but rises to around 10 meters on the Eastern side.
Suggested Company: Dive the world
Speed boat tours
Speed boat tours are an attractive tourist activity especially around the beautiful islands of the Maldives.
For many centuries the Maldivian economy was entirely dependent on fishing and other marine products. Fishing remains the main occupation of the people and the government gives priority to the fisheries sectors. To get a sense of the local life, look no further than some recreational fishing trips.
Suggested Company: Maakeyolhu Fishing Charters
Dolphin and Whale watching
Maldives ranks among the top five places on Earth for watching whales and dolphins. Over 20 different species (a quarter of the world’s total) call the Maldives home. These range from the mighty Blue Whale (the largest animal alive) to the diminutive but highly acrobatic Spinner Dolphin.
Suggested Company: Oasis Dive Club Maldives
Maldives has the most advanced passenger submarine in the world. The most comfortable and exciting way to explore the underwater treasures of the Maldives is by embarking on a submarine dive. You can explore the depths of the sea and witness the marvellous life beneath the surface during the submerged adventure.
Whale Sharks are all year round residents of the Maldives. There are only a handful of places in the world where you can see sharks.
Suggested Company: Maafushi Scuba
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