Top 10 things to do in the Maldives

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The Maldives is a destination on many travellers’ bucket lists. We’ve all seen pictures of dreamy turquoise water, silky white sand and gently swaying palms… but what else do these stunning islands have to offer?


These islands are truly special

Dive deeper into this paradise, discovering vibrant coral reefs, luxurious overwater bungalows, world-class diving, exquisite local cuisine, and unique cultural experiences, making it a multifaceted haven for travellers seeking more than just postcard-perfect landscapes. 

We’ve compiled our top 10 things to do in the Maldives to help you make the most of your stay in this island paradise. Get ready for the adventure!

1. Stargazing in paradise

The expansive skies over the Maldives are best enjoyed at night. With no light from nearby towns, the view of the stars is stunning.

Head to the beach, sink your toes into the silky sand, and gaze upward. The constellations will reveal themselves in all their brilliance. 

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As the sun sets, the stars emerge…
This photo was taken by our team at Constance Halaveli Maldives

Water Villa Stargazing

If you’re staying in a water villa, you’re in for a treat. Enjoy the privacy of your villa’s decking as you look up at the celestial activity. 

Imagine lying back on a comfortable lounger, the gentle lapping of waves below, and a canopy of stars above. Maybe you’ll even spot a shooting star streaking across the sky! 

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A time lapse of the stars moving across the skies over Constance Moofushi Maldives

Stargazing Tours on a Dhoni Boat

For an extra special experience, join a stargazing tour on a traditional Dhoni boat.  

Drift away from the shore, surrounded by the vastness of the ocean. The stars will seem closer, and the Milky Way will stretch across the horizon. 

2. Enjoy rhythmic Boduberu music and dancing

Each island in the Maldives has its own Boduberu band! This traditional music is translated as ‘big drums’ and is usually performed by around twenty people. Crowd participation is encouraged!

A typical Boduberu performance involves around 20 people. The ensemble includes three drummers, a lead singer, and other participants. 

Instruments used are a bodu beru (a large drum made from coconut tree trunk wood), an onugandu: (a small bamboo piece with horizontal grooves, producing raspy sounds when scraped) and a small bell which accompanies the rhythm. 

The songs may celebrate heroism, romance, or satire. 

The drumbeat starts slowly and gradually builds to a crescendo, with one or two dancers maintaining the wild beat with their frantic movements.

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The Constance Moofushi Maldives Boduberu band

Where can you see Boduberu?

We hold Boduberu performances regularly at both of our Maldives hotels, so you’ll have a chance to experience this amazing tradition during your stay.


All guests can get involved!

At Constance Halaveli, head to the Kaika Sushi Bar to get involved. Kids can learn Boduberu too – as part of our ‘Feel like a team member’ programme they’re invited to learn traditional singing and dancing with our team and can even perform to the other hotel guests.

3. Start the day with breakfast served on a Dhoni

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Breakfast is served at Constance Halaveli Maldives!

The Dhoni is a traditional Maldivian fishing sailboat originally made from coconut palm timber, known for its durability. Nowadays, many boats are motorised and are used for everything from diving to dining, as well as fishing.

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Welcome aboard!

Your Dhoni Experience at Constance Halaveli Maldives

During your stay at Constance Halaveli Maldives, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a delicious breakfast on board a traditional dhoni. As well as experiencing a slice of Maldivian culture, you’ll take in stunning views of the sea and islands. Definitely a photo opportunity!

4. Cinema on a Maldives Beach

Do you love spending the evening watching a gripping film? At Constance Moofushi Maldives, guests can enjoy our cinema on the beach – we call it ‘Cinefushi’!


Who will you spend an evening on the beach with?

It’s a lovely way to spend a warm Maldivian evening. Watch the sun set, indulge in a cocktail and relax into comfy cushions for an ambient cinema experience.


What film will be showing tonight?

5. Get involved with coral conservation

The Maldives, with its breathtaking coral reefs, plays a vital role in both natural beauty and marine ecosystem health.  

Let’s explore the significance of these reefs and how you can contribute to their conservation during your stay.

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A coral frame ready to be placed in the water

Coral Reefs in the Maldives

With approximately 3% of global coral reefs, The Maldives is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change impacts. 

These reefs are essential for the islands’ protection from erosion and provide critical habitat for marine life. 

Threats to Coral Reefs 

Rising sea temperatures lead to coral bleaching, affecting approximately 70% of Maldivian coral reefs during the 2016 global bleaching event. 

Also, human impacts, such as overfishing, pollution, and coastal development, also stress these delicate ecosystems. 

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Marine biologist Jasmine Stone making a coral frame

Your Role in the Conservation Efforts

Why not contribute to conservation efforts during your stay? At Constance Moofushi you might get the chance to help our marine biologists create coral frames, designed to encourage coral growth. 

Snorkel or dive in the waters surrounding the resorts and you’ll see the results of all the hard work that’s going into protecting the marine ecosystems. 

6. Take a lazy lunch in the lagoon

The crystal-clear waters of the famous Maldivian lagoon are delightfully warm! Did you know that you can enjoy a freshly prepared meal and dip your toes in the blue at the same time?

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Take a seat!

At Constance Moofushi Maldives, guests can spend a romantic afternoon in this secluded spot.

The resort’s culinary team crafts a menu that mirrors the surrounding beauty. Imagine flavours that dance on your palate, seafood caught that morning, tropical fruits, and aromatic herbs. 

Each bite pairs beautifully with the gentle ocean breeze, creating a symphony of taste and ambiance. 

moofushi maldives lagoon lunch

Who will you share an afternoon with here?

7. Explore world-class diving sites

The Maldives, with its stunning underwater world, beckons divers of all levels. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver, here’s what awaits you.

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Take a diving lesson if you’re a newbie!

Whale sharks, manta rays, sharks… You’ll see it all! Stay in a water villa and you’ll be able to snorkel straight from your doorstep, or hire diving equipment from the diving centres at Constance Halaveli or Constance Moofushi to explore the deeper ocean.

8. Learning local cuisine in a cooking class

Maldivian cuisine is an exciting fusion of culinary traditions with inspiration from its Indian, Sri Lankan, and Arabian neighboursFresh seafood is a staple, and you’ll encounter it in every restaurant. Picture succulent fish, aromatic spices, and tropical fruits—all coming together to create a memorable dining experience. 

Whether it’s crafting a spicy fish curry or mastering the art of coconut-based desserts, let the flavours of the Maldives linger on your taste buds long after your holiday ends. 

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A cooking class at Constance Moofushi Maldives

If you’re a real foodie, why not try your hand at Maldivian cooking? Book a cooking class at Constance Moofushi and let our chefs teach you some fantastic recipes to take home with you.

9. Visit the colourful capital Malé

Malé is a fascinating city crammed onto an island with an area of just 5.8 kilometres squared. Despite its compact size, the capital is worth visiting when you travel to the Maldives, as it offers plenty of attractions for visitors. You can cover most of the city by foot in a day and there’s plenty to see. You’ll immerse yourself in local life, explore historical sites, and witness the fusion of tradition and modernity. So, put on your walking shoes and discover the charms of this unique island capital! 

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Colourful Malé as seen from the air 

The Islamic Centre

The Islamic centre is perhaps Malé’s most famous landmark and a popular tourist attraction. The mosque features a striking golden dome and stands out from the more modern buildings making up most of the skyline. Visitors can appreciate the architectural beauty and cultural significance of this mosque. 


The mosque at Malé’s distinctive Islamic centre
Credit: Cathay Pacific

The Fish Market

Walk into the vibrant local scene at the Malé Fish Market to witness fishermen unloading their catch, and explore the colourful displays of fresh seafood. 

It’s a sensory experience that connects you to the heart of Maldivian life. 

The Presidential Residence

The Presidential Palace, also known as Mulee’aage, is an elegant colonial-era building. 

While you can’t enter the palace itself, you can admire its architecture and the manicured gardens from outside. 

The National Museum

The National Museum provides insights into Maldivian history and culture. Explore exhibits on ancient artifacts, royal regalia, traditional costumes, and more. 

It’s a fascinating journey through the nation’s past. 

10. Learn coconut palm leaf craft

The coconut palm, deeply rooted in Maldivian culture, is a versatile and essential part of everyday life.  

The coconut palm is more than just a tree—it’s a lifeline for the Maldivian people. From its woody trunk to the swaying fronds, every part serves a purpose.

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Baskets made using traditional Maldivian techniques
Source: Pinterest

Kajan: Traditional Roof Covering

Kajan, made from coconut palm leaves, is used for traditional roof covering. It provides natural insulation and protection from the elements. 

Imagine the rhythmic sound of rain on a kajan-covered roof—a soothing melody. 

Everyday Objects

Maldivians ingeniously craft everyday items from coconut palm leaves and comes in various shapes. 

When visiting local markets and shops, you’ll find sturdy and practical buckets used for various tasks. 

Bring some special souvenirs with you back home such as woven mats for sitting or sleeping or classy decorations with intricate designs that’ll adorn homes and celebrations. 

Don´t let the little ones down and spoil them with children fashion toys from these sustainable materials. 

Locally Produced Kajan

At Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi, the commitment to support local craftsmanship shines. 

All of our villas are covered in locally produced kajan, which is our testament to preserving traditions and sustainability. 

Create Your Own Souvenir

You want to give it a go? 

Come along to Constance Halaveli’s Kaika Sushi Bar for the chance to weave a unique souvenir from coconut palm leaves. 

Take home not just a memento but also a piece of Maldivian heritage. 

There you have it, our top 10 Maldives activities! Make your holiday in the Maldives truly memorable and enjoy all that these beautiful islands have to offer – what will you try first?

Are you dreaming of a Maldives getaway? What are you most looking forward to experiencing?

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