see + do
The Maldives see + do
Because of how spread out lodging tends to be, activities all revolve around the resorts. Spa appointments, marine-life lectures, scuba diving, and even off-island excursions are essentially monopolized by your resort, so it's best to interpret your Maldivian dreams before booking. Underwater enthusiasts won't need much written guidancejust dive in to swim among a kaleidoscopic universe of sea creatures with quirky names like Oriental sweetlips, titan triggerfish, and Napoleon wrasse, along with well-known characters like starfish, turtles, and manta rays. Those with less experience will enjoy exploring each resort's marine-filled house reefs with Technicolor live coral and can avail themselves of the excellent, multilingual dive instructors found here. Philanthropic-minded vacationers can join local marine biologists to help rescue turtles, support new coral harvesting, and monitor mantas. Or skim the sea instead on board some of the world's finest seafaring crafts, including some modeled on the wooden dhonis sailed here by the ancient Phoenicians.
Cultural travelers won't find as much here as in, say, nearby Sri Lanka or India, but those prone to island fever should schedule a day trip to the capital, Male, where the National Museum displays 11th-century sunken treasures and a city tour takes in the centuries-old mosques that remain the religious center of the predominantly Muslim population.