10 Things To Do In Maldives That Aren’t Necessarily For Couples
They say that the best things to do in Maldives all evolve around being a couple. I am single. I traveled to Maldives by myself and for work reasons (such is the life of a travel blogger). The only romance I had there was with my food. And I promise there’s way more things to do in Maldives that aren’t necessarily for couples.
I had been dreaming to go to the Maldives for years. As a sea lover, I was clearly attracted by the pictures of white sand beaches, palm trees, clear waters and incredible sunsets. Call it the power of internet!
But I have been single for who knows how long now (more about this in an upcoming post), and all of Maldives attractions appeared to be for couples, with a strong focus on romance and honeymoons. What would I do there as a solo female traveler?
Eventually, I decided I didn’t care. I wanted to go, and I would. I am not the kind of person who just waits around for things to happen. Quite the opposite, indeed. I told myself I would find things to do in Maldives even as a solo traveler and I picked November as a good month to visit. I had the perfect plan for the next few months. I would spend the whole summer at home in Sardinia (speaking of beautiful beaches!), work on my blog, save some money and then go on a well deserved holiday.
I was pretty happy with this plan.
But I am a travel blogger, my plans change all the time, at the last minute, and eventually I decided to travel to Sri Lanka in August and September. Dreams of all of Maldives attractions and clear waters would have to wait a little longer to come true, since I was spending my money for yet another last minute trip. But I would go there, eventually – single or with a boyfriend in tow.
Dreams Are Meant To Come True
At times, things (or trips) are just meant to happen. Only two weeks before flying to Sri Lanka, I got an invitation to travel to Maldives for the World Travel Writers Conference that was going to be held on 17 September. My heart skipped a bit when I saw that email in my inbox.
It looked like my dream was meant to come true sooner than I thought of, after all. I would finally have a chance to see if all the things to do in Maldives were meant for couples or not, and to enjoy all the Maldives attractions I had been drooling over. I would take endless pictures of gorgeous sunsets, sip a chilled champagne, and bake in the sun.
I ended up spending six absolutely fantastic days in the Maldives, and came to the conclusion that never was a place more misunderstood. The Maldives are not just for couples. And sure enough they are not all about relaxing. Quite the opposite, indeed! My days there were a perfect mixture of relaxing and adventures.
During my time there, the weather was just perfect: sunny, warm and with just that touch of wind that made it incredibly pleasant. I could enjoy all the things to do in Maldives, some of which I had tried in the past in other places, others which I did there for the first time, and ended up having an incredible time. And most importantly, I never felt that being single was limiting the choice of things I could do.
So, here’s a number of things to do in Maldives that can be enjoyed regardless of one’s relationship status.
10 Things To Do In Maldives That Aren’t Necessarily For Couples
One of the reasons I love swimming is that there’s no talking to be done. It’s just me, and the noise of water in my ears, its taste in my mouth. Besides, I grew up by the sea, in Sardinia, and not a weekend in the summer goes by without going to the beach. Snorkeling is one of my favorite things to do, and rumor had it that it reaches a whole different level in the Maldives.
I guess that rumor was right. One of the biggest Maldives attractions is its marine life, and one of the nicest things to do in Maldives is snorkeling. Within moments of getting in the water, I spotted an incredible variety of colored fish and corals. And guess what? It didn’t matter that I was alone, because there’s no talking to be done under water anyways.
I had seen people doing water flying in Sardinia, and it never occurred to me to try that. Then I saw it was on offer at Adaaran Hudhuranfushi, one of the splendid resorts where I stayed in Maldives, and decided to give it a try. It was one of the most fun things to do in Maldives that I got to experience, though I admit that I could hardly stand (the most I stood was 15 seconds).
Water flying requires a lot of strength in the legs and abs, which I thought I had. I guess I need to train more for that, but either way, every time I was pushed back in the water I laughed it off. It was a blast. And it is designed to be done alone. A partner would at most have filmed my complete debacle!
One of the coolest Maldives attractions is fun tubing. I had tried it in Eilat in March, and wanted to do it again. When JJ, another one of the bloggers who had been invited to the conference, said it was available at our resort and asked others to join on the experience, I had no doubts.
It was an intense 8 minutes of laughter and screaming. Fun tubing has to be one of the craziest things to do in Maldives. And there is nothing romantic about it – unless screaming for help, getting the hair a total mess, and looking ridiculous can be seen as romantic.
I am not afraid of heights. I promise! I have done zip lining in Argentina, and it was meant to be super scary but I was ok. With this in mind, I decided to give parasailing a try. After all, the sea is the biggest among Maldives attractions and what’s better than admiring it from above?
So I went parasailing. A quick boat ride and the sail was spread for me, and up I was, going in the air. It was a breathtaking 15 minutes for me. Literally. I spent the first minute thinking it was rather cool. Then realized the boat down there was way too small. Then I started screaming I wanted to go down. Then closed my eyes for a few moments to take some very deep breaths.
Eventually I calmed down, and enjoyed the time I spent in the air, admiring the gorgeous sea around me. It really is one of the best things to do in Maldives.
My ex is an avid diver, and he said that diving is what to do in Maldives to fully appreciate its beauty. He never omitted to say that, with the love for the sea that I feel, there was no excuse for me not to dive. So when I learned that Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, the second resort I stayed at, offered diving from the shore and that I wouldn’t have to put up with my epic sea sickness, I thought it was my chance.
Besides, I really wanted to check whether diving really is one of the greatest things to do in Maldives. All I have to say is a massive YES, it is. Absolutely fantastic. In the 41 minutes I spent under water, at a depth of 12 meters, I admired a huge variety of fish, including sharks and an eagle ray.
And not for a moment I felt sorry for myself for not having a boyfriend (I was too busy with the fish anyways!). The only regret I have is that I haven’t started diving sooner. Now I am hooked and I want to do it more often!
Surfing and SUP
One thing I hadn’t realized before going, is that the Maldives have some of the best waves in the world. I didn’t try surfing myself, because apparently the waves are for quite advanced surfers. But I have seen several people surf and I concluded that surfing has to be one of the top things to do in Maldives.
I did try stand up paddle (SUP) though, and it was fun. The water was very smooth, and I could see the corals and fish below!
Doing a SPA treatment
I am tremendously busy, all the time. When I travel, I move from one place to the other. When I am at home, I spend my days sitting at my desk, creating content for this blog and managing my online business. I hardly have time for beauty treatments. Yet I feel I owe them to myself – I am my toughest judge!
When the manager of Adaaran Prestige Vadoo mentioned the presence of a SPA at the resort and suggested that one of the top things to do in Maldives is going for a Balinese massage, I had to check it out. I just did it so that I could confirm what he said, and for good measure I also booked myself in for a facial and a manicure.
The manager was right: doing a SPA treatment is what to do in Maldives.
Admiring a splendid sunset (or sunrise)
Nothing sounds more quintessentially romantic than watching the sunset or the sunrise. And it is well known that one of the nicest things to do in Maldives is admiring that special light towards the end of the day.
But who said that only couples should enjoy that? I made sure to pamper myself, jumping into my plunge pool and cracking open a bottle of Cava. Just because I deserve it.
Eating (and drinking)
I was starved before arriving in the Maldives. I had spent 3 full weeks in Sri Lanka, where I wasn’t a real fan of the local cuisine. Forgive me, but I can’t stand curries and the overpowering taste of garlic. I was relieved to see that the choice of food in the Maldives is incredible. And the quality outstanding.
If there’s one thing that is not missing in the Maldives, that is good food. From fresh tropical fruit to delicious fish; from barbecued meat to Japanese or Italian cuisine; one of the greatest things to do in Maldives is eating. I made sure to complete the experience with a good cocktail.
Enjoying a gorgeous villa
Among the things the Maldives are known for are the overwater villas that have direct access to the sea. All I can say is that staying in one is an incredible experience, and definitely one of the top things to do in Maldives.
Rooms are incredibly large, with the most comfortable beds; there’s a plunge pool and a deck for sunbathing; as well as a jacuzzi at the back. The only noise one can hear is that of the breeze and of the sea. And the view is simply spectacular.
In my years of travel, I have seen many amazing hotels but I have hardly had the opportunity to enjoy the comforts offered. Finally, in the Maldives, I was able to actually make use of my beautiful room. All I can say is that I didn’t want to leave!
My conclusion is that there’s really no reason to wait to go to the Maldives. There are many things to do there that don’t necessarily involve being in a relationship. Besides, even us single girls deserve a bit of pampering anyways! And the good news is that slowly but steadily Maldives is expanding its targets and it will soon be possible to visit Maldives on a budget. Find out more about that here.
Are you thinking of going to the Maldives? What are the things to do in Maldives that you are most looking forward to?
Legal Disclaimer: I was a guest of Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi, Adaaran Prestige Vadoo and Maldives TV during my stay in Maldives. All the views and opinions expressed are my own and based on my personal experience. The views expressed are honest and factual without any bias.
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