Although the Maldives has been voted one of the most romantic places on the planet, you would be hard-pressed to believe that it could also be a place where adventurers will feel at home. Although the Maldives is known for its luxury resorts, which offer intimate settings, it also has incredible dive sites, deserted islands, shipwrecks, and other hidden gems you may not have heard of.
Secret 1: Submarine diving
Male, the capital of Maldivian, has a multitude of multi-colored skyscrapers dominating its skyline. But it’s under the sea that the most breathtaking sights are found. You can enjoy the underwater beauty while staying dry and also experience something normally reserved for people wearing wet suits.
The submarine “Whale” can reach depths of 150m. This is a great way for people who don’t like to dive to see the amazing creatures that live in the Indian Ocean. You can breathe normally in the cabins, as they are air-conditioned.
Secret 2 – Underwater bedroom
There are many stunning hotels in the Maldives, some with luxurious settings. But the one that stands out is the underwater bedroom located on remote Rangali Island. You can sleep below the water’s surface and spend the night “sleeping with fishes” at 5m.
You can only reach the spiral staircase to see one of the most amazing views on Earth. The underwater bedroom, which is currently a restaurant called “Ithaa”, can be reached by a spiral staircase. It seats 12 people. If you don’t want to sleep underwater and pay PS8,000, then perhaps some gourmet fusion Maldives cuisine could be an alternative.
Secrets 3 – Deserted islands
With over 800 islands deserted it isn’t difficult to find a private paradise. Bodu Hajara is located in Addu City. Here you can create your own Robinson Crusoe experience. Although Mr. Crusoe did not have a butler or a menu of gourmet food, being surrounded only by the Indian Ocean will make you feel like the only one in the world.
Secret 4: True experience dive sites
While the Maldives offers some of the most beautiful dive spots anywhere, the majority of people will choose to visit Ari Atoll. South Male Atoll is a more romantic and rewarding option for those looking for something more intimate. This remote area offers a more intimate diving spot in an area that maintains a Maldivian lifestyle.
South Male Atoll’s unique dive spots not only have beautiful coral gardens but also offer plenty of shipwrecks and caves for exploration – great for divers who want to see more than just exotic sea creatures.
Secret 5 – Whale shark diving
Swimming with sharks involves being dropped into the water and having a cage around you. This is not the case in the Maldives. In the South Ari Atoll region, you will find an unforgettable experience with the whale shark, one of the most stunning animals on the planet. This striking species can grow up to 40ft long and weighs up to 21.5 metric tons. Although the statistics are impressive, whale sharks are not aggressive and are known to be playful and docile.
Secret 6 – Seaplane airport
Ok, the seaplane may not be so secret after all, but you won’t know how much fun there is until you get there. The seaplane transfer is an amazing experience, but it’s the little things that make it worth the effort. You can enjoy panoramic views of the Indian Ocean lagoons and islands with champagne or spa treatments.