Scream “honeymoon paradise” and you’ll hear the place Maldives echoing back. This place is a top magnet amongst sun-kissed lovers and newly-wedded couples who are looking for the ultimate honeymoon getaway. Like them, you can also discover its crystal clear waters, soft white sandy beaches, different astonishing ventures, and the underwater world experiences. Here at The Wedding Vow, we share with you 19 unbelievable experiences to prove that Maldives is a perfect honeymoon paradise.
19 Things to Do in Maldives for your Honeymoon in Paradise
1. Walk on a seabed full of stars
Here in Maldives, it’s not only the stars that glow at night. Spotted at Vaadhoo Island and Mudhdhoo Island, the seas light up in sparkles at night. Thanks to the phytoplanktons/ostracod crustaceans that emit light when reacting to tension caused by the waves, your night stroll is redefined. One can only imagine how romantic it must be walking on a seabed of stars.
How to get there: From the Male airport, you can take the Motor Dhoni going to the island of Vaadhoo which is just eight km away.
2. Swim with the gentle giants of the sea
In Maldives, the underwater world is as magical as it gets. With 26 atolls harbouring 1,192 islands, you can only imagine how many fascinating sites there are for snorkelling and diving. Every year, thousands of tourists come to Maldives just to explore the oceans. You can swim alongside whale sharks, manta rays, sea turtles and dolphins. Life doesn’t get any more “The Little Mermaid” than that.
You can also learn diving on a local island such as Maafushi for a fraction of the price (as compared to the resorts). Biyadoo and Elaidoo are well known for their incredible coral reefs. Maafushi Dive and Meridis offer great diving services too. Don’t forget to pack your waterproof camera or GoPro to capture all the magical moments.
3. Get massaged right by the sea
Want to get a spa but don’t want to leave the sea view behind? In Maldives, you can opt for total relaxation right by the sea. The gentle waves swooshing on the shore bed gives you the most natural spa music you can find on this planet. Kurumba Maldives and Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Resort have great spa options for your choice. Opt for Maldivian or Balinese style for a more traditional approach to your pampering.
For a different experience, head to LIME Spa at Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi for an indoor underwater spa. It is a resort that has 43 underwater luxurious cottages where you can chill out in either a splash or a rejuvenating spa in a sea-walled room.
4. Live in the most luxurious resorts on the planet
Resorts in Maldives seem to have been created as havens for honeymooners. In Maldives, you can truly step into paradise. Huvafen Fushi and W Retreat & Spa have been well known to be one of the most luxurious resorts in Maldives, so be sure to check them out if you are looking to stay in a piece of heaven for your honeymoon. Fair warning though, the water bungalows are absolutely breathtaking.
5. Hop to a new paradise every day – Go Resort Hopping
Café hopping is so 2015. As Singaporeans, we’re suckers for new trends and one not to miss is resort hopping in Maldives. Maldives houses some of the best resorts in the world, and there is absolutely no reason to stay in one place when you can visit many.
Park yourself at a local island like Maafushi, and discover a new resort every day. You also get to save on accommodation, as staying on a local island starts from US$100/day as compared to resorts from US$1000/day! The ticket of resort hopping starts from US$50 to 150/pax exclusive of a ferry (depending on how many people go). The best part about resort hopping is that you spend the entire day just enjoying the resort facilities and amenties. Get to snorkel in new lagoon waters.
If you’re a huge fan of the sea, opt for a cruise that will have you visiting different islands and atolls. But if you want to discover more paradise in Maldives, we recommend checking out the Four Seasons Maldives Explorer and Kerudu Island Resort.
6. Go underwater treasure hunting
Level up your diving adventures by unleashing treasure hunter in you! In Maldives, there are several underwater wrecks that have become popular diving spots for the adventurous few.
The most famous wreck would be MV Maldives Victory, that lies 35 metres below the ocean. The ship sunk in 1981 after hitting a reef, and the tragic voyage now is the home of thriving corals and marine life. Divers from all around the world are flocking to see this spectacular wreck. There is no actual chest of gold, but the underwater beauty is worth more than riches!
How to get there: The wreckage of MV Maldives lies on the Hulhule House Reef and stretches between Male and Hulhule. A boat ride will take you here.
7. Ride the Maldivian Waves, or under it in a submarine
There are so many ways to enjoy the waves in Maldives. Try windsurfing at Lhohifushi and Cinnamon Dhonveli resorts from March to October. For an even more unique experience, check out the Whale Submarine Tour in Malé. For those who are non scuba divers, this is your best chance to explore the depths of the ocean.
8. Sleep and dine with fishes
Conrad Rangali will throw you an experience like no other. Dine 16 feet (4.9metres) below sea level and have 180-degree views of the reef and marine life. Make friends with stingrays, fishes and even sharks!
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas also offers a spectacular underwater wine and dine experience at the SEA resturant, where the ocean becomes your walls.
9. Be surrounded by manta rays
Make the most out of the underwater wonders as you witness manta rays glide swiftly under the sea. Obvious on its name, Manta Point is a haven for manta rays which peaks from May to November. When we say peak, it’s not just one or two mantas, but more than your fingers can count!
How to get there: Get off at Baros Island or just take a 30-minute boat ride from Male.
10. Meet schools of dolphins
Photo via Wonder Sand Tourism
Everyone knows that dolphins are the friendliest and smartest creatures of the ocean. Watch them glide playfully in the waters on a sunset dolphin cruise. Though you can’t swim with dolphins in Maldives, you will be taken away by the huge school of dolphins that swim past you in the oceans.
11. Get that body you’ve always wanted
A beach paradise often leaves you with a healthy sun-kissed look (don’t forget the sun block!). Go the extra mile and try stand-up paddle boarding to get that hot bod you’ve always dreamed of! Apart from that new look, you are going to have so much fun standing up in the glittering crystal waters of the lagoon.
12. Have romantic dinners under the stars
Maldives is one of the most romantic places on the planet for a honeymoon. Here you can dine under the starlit sky, have a candlelight dinner on the beach, or enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on a Dhoni. Here in Maldives, the sky is your limit.
13. Watch baby turtles hatch right in front of your eyes!
Maldives is also home to many eco and marine life conversation projects. One of which in Kuredu, they pave the way for little wonders of nature to make it to sea. More often than not, baby turtles do not successfully make it out to sea, but with the help of the resort staff and tourists, they are guided to the waters! During your Maldives honeymoon, opt to be part of the programme at Kuredu, or at Landaa Giraavaru Rehabilitation Centre. Other resorts are also hosting to a variety of conservation programs, such as coral reef seeding. If you are interested, do email your resort to check in before heading down.
14. Adopt your very own coral reef
At The Beach House at Iruveli Maldives, not only can you indulge in their luxurious villas, but you can do your part to protect the earth and adopt a coral reef of your own.
Guests would pay US$150 per coral reef frame which will be submerged underwater. Printed names of those who will adopt will be attached to the frame. Participants will be updated through emailed photos of their artificial coral reef. This is part of a coral restoration programme of Beach House Iruveli and resident biologist Alexia Pihier. Here’s your chance to have a meaningful honeymoon in Maldives.
15. Visit an uninhabited island
In Maldives, islands pop up out of nowhere. Snowy sand beds surrounded by crystal clear waters, the sight is incredible. Go Robin Cruscoe, take a day trip out and spend the day on an uninhabited island. Packed lunch or BBQ is usually provided in the package. Some islands are forested, so do not leave your mosquito repellent behind.
16. Get your adrenaline pumped with water sports
Apart from the more calming water activities like kayaking, there are tons more that will get your adrenaline pumped! Jet skiing, banana boating, parasailing, even jetpacking! The list goes on. If you are not into water sports, have your fair share on the bumpy seas taking a speed boat to nearby islands. The thrill is real.
17. Ride a seaplane for the first time!
Some resorts are reached faster via a seaplane, and in here you hover over the many islands with a bird’s eye view. How incredible! You can also opt for SeaPlane excursions by Fly Me in South Ari Atoll for around 20 minutes. Book in advance for a longer flight. Savour this azure paradise from the skies!
18. Go deep sea fishing (at night!)
Most resorts have fishing trips out at sea. For any wannabe Hemingway, this is a great experience! Head out during the day for tuna and sail fish, or at night to catch grouper, snapper, squirrelfish or barracuda. End off the day with a barbercue feast of your day’s catch.
19. Discover the capital city, Malé
Malé, the capital city of Maldives is a buzzing place. The fish market for one is bustling with local energy. Here you can see Maldivians live their daily life and observe their culture. You can also check out the nearby reclaimed island of Hulhumalé, just a short drive away. This 100% man made island might soon be a tourist hub, and currently makes great for a 1 night stay if your flight comes in too late to catch the public ferry. Maldivians are very friendly, so feel free to make conversation and friends!
Best time to travel to Maldives
November would be your best bet.
Though Maldives experiences relatively good weather all year round and rain does not last long, best weather is experienced between November and April. Note that peak season begins in December to March, and the monsoon runs from May to October. Maldives is a very outdoors destination, so it might be worth paying slightly higher prices to stick to the dry season, as rainy days often leave you with nothing much to do (except relax in your resort room, which ain’t too bad either).
How to get to Maldives from Singapore
Previously, Maldives was tagged as unreachable due to the lofty prices of flights and resorts. A round trip by Singapore Airlines used to start from $700 at low season, and other airlines present transit stops which are troublesome and time-consuming.
Tiger Airways now have launched direct flights to Malé, the capital city of Maldives! You can start flying there from just S$119! Check out my round trip fare of just S$288!
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