Maldives Travel Guide: A Day On This Sunny Paradise
With its ivory white sand and unclouded aquamarine water, Maldives makes for a perfect romantic getaway spot. Given its natural untouched beaches, it is understandable if you would like to kick back and sunbathe all day. However, this breathtaking island offers so much more than just that. In this Maldives travel guide, you will learn of some of the top things to eat and do on this sunny paradise.
When surrounded by such pristine waters, don’t be surprised that bulk of the activities here have to do with the ocean is some way or another. With these sea activities, you are sure to get an experience like no other, only in Maldives.
Start off your day with a must-do sea activity in Maldives – snorkelling. With 26 atolls and over a thousand islands to offer, snorkelling in Maldives will never get boring. Maldivian waters are also at an optimal temperature all year round, often fluctuating between 20°C – 30°C, making all seasons a perfect time to visit Maldives. As the waters in Maldives are so clear and unpolluted, it benefits not only the tourists but also the marine life.
If you are lucky, you will be able to spot rays, turtles, and even sharks from a distance. Don’t fret if you have never been the lucky type as there are always coral plates, schools of multi-coloured fish, and squids to be caught too.
This Maldives travel guide will not be complete without mentioning dolphin spotting. Break for lunch on a private boat as you try to spot some dolphins with a cocktail in your hand. Some say that the dolphins in Maldives are the most playful and energetic, and the only way to find out is to experience it for yourself! Expect to see these intelligent aquatic mammals twirling and flipping out of the water while you watch from a safe distance on your boat.
The post-lunch snooze is very real but if you don’t want to miss out on diving in Maldives, you will have to venture deeper into the ocean. As the weather is hot and humid all year in this tropical country, it always makes for a great diving experience. Depending on which atoll you decide to dive at, you will be treated to different species of sharks. For rare sharks such as the tiger shark and the oceanic whitetip shark, check out Fuvahmulah Atoll. Or, if you are more into hammerhead sharks and whale sharks, Vaavu Atoll may be more suited for you.
After working up an appetite being up close with the sharks, enjoy a relaxing dinner under the stars. If you are a fan of seafood and fruits, you will be sure to enjoy the food in Maldives.
Because of this island’s close proximity to the ocean, majority of the Maldivian diet consists of fish. Being a tropical country, Maldives also utilises a large amount of coconuts in their dishes. This fish and coconut duo is seen in a lot of traditional Maldivian dishes such as Kandu Kukulhu, which is a special tuna curry. The name is as such as it is normally only served during special occasions and celebrations.
The star of this dish is definitely the tuna fish, which is first marinated with a variety of spices and later rolled and tied up with coconut leaves. It is then simmered in a coconut broth and later served with coconut rice. The succulence and spiciness of this dish will definitely leave you wanting more.
If you have more of a sweet tooth, try out this rice pudding dessert instead. While the Bondibai pictured above is made using rice, it is also not uncommon for it to be made with sago or barley instead. This Maldivian dish is usually prepared for special occasions such as Eid or the birth of a child. Sweet and chewy in texture, the Bondibai is a crowd pleaser with both the young and the old. At times, it is also served with spicy chicken or fish to cut through the sweetness of this traditional dessert. Now, we hope that it sounds like a treat for you and your loved ones!
Maldives is a perfect weekend getaway as it is only slightly more than 4 hours away from Singapore and Malaysia. If you have always wondered about the things to do Maldives, hopefully this Maldives travel guide provided you with some answers. Although the capital of Maldives, Malé, isn’t big per se, walking to each destination can prove to be tiring for some. Instead, book a private hire car so that you can rest and relax while the driver chauffeurs you around. The Travel141 International Car Rental service will be launching soon so do subscribe to our newsletter below in order to receive regular updates.
Flight time: Singapore – Malé 4 h 25 mins | Kuala Lumpur – Malé 4 h 15 mins