Magical Maldives

Experience life like a local – head to a residential island

Go beyond the ‘resort bubble’ on a daytrip to a neighbouring residential island to gain an insight into authentic Maldivian life; or arrange to spend a few days at a local guesthouse – an authentic and affordable way to see a different side of the Maldives. Many local islands such as Thulhaadhoo and Dhigurah have lively markets, handicrafts to purchase – often made from coral – and friendly locals who love to chat or play a game of volleyball. Remember the Maldives is a Muslim country, so dress conservatively in public areas and take cash if you want to buy local arts, crafts and cuisine.

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Spoil yourself on Scubaspa

It’s easily as indulgent as staying in an over-water bungalow, but as a floating luxury resort, Scubaspa lets you experience island hopping of an entirely different kind. The unique concept provides exceptional spa experiences with unforgettable scuba diving. Designed for divers who travel with non-diving partners and guests with a keen interest in spas, Scubaspa’s purpose-built yachts explore the picture-perfect islands and reefs in the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean.

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Take a walking tour of Male

The bustling capital of Male has a rich, diverse culture and offers plenty to explore on foot. From the local fish markets and the National Art Gallery in leafy Sultan Park, to the nation’s largest modern mosque, Grand Friday Mosque and the Old Friday Mosque – built in 1656 from local coral stone. Local tour group provider, Secret Maldives provides unique day trips around Male and other residential islands that fully immerse their clients into the Maldivian way of life in the most ethical, environmentally friendly and sustainable ways.

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Sample local cuisine

If you ask a local what Maldivian cuisine is like, they will answer with the following three words: tuna, coconut and chilli. Traditional Maldivian cuisine a wonderful variety of tastes and flavours, ranging from crunchy snacks and street foods combined with wood-fired chapati bread, to complex and deliciously spicy curries. Be sure to sample dishes such as the breakfast favourite Mas Huni, made from chopped tuna, onion, chilli and coconut served with baked rosti bread – you’ll never want cereal again!  

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