5 Must try activities for active couples in the Maldives

Posted on 7 November 2023 By Tsoku Maela

The Maldives is famous for its pristine waters, stunning coral reefs and rich marine life. Couples are loving the island as a holiday destination, and active ones are even more so. From snorkelling and scuba diving to cycling, fishing, walking, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, the Maldives has so much to offer!

Here are our top activities you must try on your next island holiday.

1. Snorkelling and Diving

5 Must do things in the Maldives

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The Maldives is home to some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world, and snorkelling or diving is the best way to experience the incredibly diverse array of marine life that includes colourful fish, sea turtles and manta rays. Many resorts in the Maldives, like the all-inclusive Club Med Kani, are the perfect launchpad for snorkelling and diving excursions and unlimited access to a range of other water sports like sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, and so much more. Whether you’re an experienced diver or a beginner snorkelled, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience exploring the underwater world of the Maldives.

2. Walking tours

When you arrive in the Maldives, you’ll likely fly into its capital, Male. Instead of jetting off straight away to one of the atolls, you can spend the entire day strolling around the sights of the city—including the local fish market, the President’s Palace, the Friday Mosque (which dates back to 1656), the National Museum, and Sultan Park. You’ll also get to shop for souvenirs or enjoy local culture by having tea at a local cafe. Exploring the hustle and bustle of Male on foot gives you a truly authentic local experience completely different from the tranquillity of the atolls.

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3. Fishing

Fishing trips are organised by resorts and local islands, usually around sunset, allowing you to experience the thrill of catching your own dinner while admiring the most incredible views from the water. You can use the traditional handline fishing technique to catch some fish, which your guide will barbecue for you and serve alongside rice and salads for a fresh and delicious dinner. Don’t worry; the waters are teeming with fish, so you won’t go hungry.

4. Explore the islands by bicycle

When discussing exploring The Maldives islands, one often thinks of boat rides or a leisurely stroll. However, biking is the latest trend changing how travellers discover this island nation. The Maldives prides itself on being bike-friendly, and most guests abandon the motorized buggies in favour of the solid Indian bikes provided by most resorts. A set of trails on the various islands allows you to cycle through dense tropical rainforests, past lagoons, and local villages. The public island of Addu City offers plenty of cycling paths strewn with crushed corals, but the rows of coconut trees that line the way make it worth the extra pedalling effort.

5. Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding is a fun and exciting activity that appeals to adrenaline junkies and adventure seekers and involves being towed behind a speedboat while standing on a wakeboard. It is a great way to enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Maldives and experience the islands’ beauty from a different perspective, gliding across the waters. The archipelago has many lagoons and bays sheltered from the open sea, providing calm, flat waters ideal for wakeboarding. The Finolhu Villas in the Maldives offer wakeboarding as part of their water sports activities. The activity is included in its all-inclusive packages, making it an accessible and affordable option for tourists.

Whether you’re looking for an exciting adventure or a peaceful escape, the Maldives has something for everyone.


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