Fly in a seaplane
Hey, taxi! Could you please take me to my atoll? You got it, in Maldives, using a seaplane is the best way to reach your little paradise of a hotel. It is the most unusual mode of transportation and at the same time the most romantic. Its charm is part of what makes the trip worthwhile, so don't hesitate. On average, a flight lasts for 30 minutes, 1 hour to reach the islands northernmost. A stone's throw-away from the international airport, you will board a seaplane for an exceptional trip over countless islets surrounded with a bright blue and indigo sea. You'll want to stick your nose against the window, for the spectacle is so beautiful that the minutes feel like seconds. Which is actually the time it takes for a majestic sea landing, up to your hotel's pontoon.
Sleeping above the lagoon
Hard to find a more beautiful resting place than those bungalows on stilts, spread over the blue waters of the lagoon. What a breathtaking view! Most of the hotels offer high-end services to give you a life-long remembered stay. Quite often, the indoor bathrooms extend to the outside, putting you in a state of pure bliss in front of such heavenly landscapes. What better way to follow suit than meditate on your private terrace in the morning, or simply listen to the lapping of the waves, get a massage or dream while admiring the multicoloured submarine world that evolves under your feet. Use the ladder for direct access to that life-size aquarium in an 86°F water. At Cocoa Island, you may have just found paradise!
Como Cocoa Island
Makunufushi, South Malé Atoll
+960 664 1818
Dine as close to the fish as possible!
Are you dreaming of a unique and enchanting moment? Indulge in the adventure of a gourmet meal 15 feet underwater for a heavenly flavoured dive. The setting seems completely unreal, immersed in the heart of an Indian Ocean lagoon, amid corals, multicoloured fish, manta rays, sharks and barracudas… Such a dazzling and unforgettable show!
The restaurant serves 14 to 16 guests only per day. This experience will delight your eyes but also your tasting buds with top-quality cuisine. Two submarine restaurants exist in the Maldives: the Ithaa Undersea, part of the Hilton Conrad Maldives Rangali Island luxury hotel group, and the 5.8 Undersea of the Hurawalhi Maldives Resort. The check is as steep as the restaurant is deep, but this occasion is truly unique!
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
+960 668 0629
Menu: from 1,850 MVR
Hurawalhi Maldives Resort
Lhaviyani Atoll, Hurawalhi Island
+960 662 2000
Menu: from 2,300 MVR
Take the plunge with whale sharks
Treat yourself to an incredibly close encounter with marine monsters, considered to be the biggest fish in the world. Those impressive creatures are yet totally harmless, contrary to other shark species. Numerous divers dream of crossing paths with whale sharks at least once in their life, as they make themselves scarce. It is thus fortunate that you can easily bump into them off the South Sari Atoll and the Lux* South Sari Atoll hotel, which organises unforgettable diving and snorkelling sessions for its guests. Board a traditional dhoni, accompanied by a marine biologist who'll guide you as close as possible to these sea giants. Though considered as an endangered species, some 200 specimens roam this preserved marine park. Along the coral reef, submarine life will constantly dazzle you. A truly enchanting experience for your eyes and spirit alike!
Lux* South Ari Atoll
Dhidhoofinolhu, South Ari Atoll
+960 668 0901
Fish and surf in the Maldives
In the middle of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives archipelago enables you to practice all sorts of water sports. Maldivians are fishermen and fishing takes up prominence among all kinds of activities. You will easily learn different techniques, but keep in mind that fishing remains extremely regulated in order to preserve resources.
If you wish to pull away from the islands, use a kayak and explore the various reefs surrounding the atolls. If you're looking for sporting activities, you'll be please to know that surfing is thriving around the island. The North Malé, South Malé, Addu and Laamu atolls are particularly renowned for their impressive waves. In the evening, when the wind takes up, try out windsurfing or kite-surfing and admire the sunset!