Pristine white sand beaches, crystal clear blue waters, idyllic islands and luxurious resorts. What else could you ask for when going to the Maldives for vacation? To change it up a bit from the usual activates you see, here are some of the best non-touristy places and things to do in the Maldives.
Sea of stars
If you’re visiting the Maldives, Vaadhoo Island is one to visit for sure. Be mesmerized at night by the shining water on the island’s beaches that reflects the sparkling stars above. The secret behind this magical scenery? Phytoplankton, a marine microbe. They are bioluminescent and bring out the blue glow in the dark on the beach. It is truly fairytale like to see.
Love going to the spa? How about going to an underwater spa? Amazing we’d say! Enjoy “hot rocks, cold ice, couture facials, Champagne and truffles for the skin” at the first and only underwater spa in Huvafen Fushi. Not only get to literally submerge underwater but also get to dip into into the an ethereal realm of serenity.
If you also enjoy discovering culture and heritage when traveling, Thulhaadhoo is the place to go. Visit the only island in the Maldives that does lacquer work, or “Laajehun” in Maldivian language. They have highly impressive designs with vibrant colors that are wood imprinted on objects such as vases, jewelry boxes, pen and so much more that can make the perfect gift to bring back home.
The Piano Deck at Baros
The Piano Deck, just like what it sounds like, is a piano look alike platform in the heart of the Indian Ocean. It is the ideal spot if you want to be completely alone with the serene breeze and the extraordinary view. Enjoy breakfast, sunset cocktails or even a spa treatment there. It is ridiculously romantic and should definitely be on your bucket list.
Fine dine underwater
Earlier we mentioned an underwater spa, how about an underwater restaurant? Subsix is an uber fancy restaurant in Niyama resort in the Maldives. The restaurant is about 6 meters beneath the surface of the Indian Ocean, hence the name. To get to the restaurant, you’ll have to take a speedboat to a mysterious door atop a short deck that will allow descend three stories below the water.
Visit shark park
The Maldives became a shark sanctuary in 2010 after all shark fishing was banned. Now you can get to night dive with gray reef sharks, whale watching, or even go swimming with them. For better chances to spot them, check out the snorkeling trips in the South Ari Atoll!