If you’re keen to explore beyond your chosen beach retreat, there are plenty of things to do in the Maldives. We’ve listed some of favourite pre-bookable excursions below – including the chance to stay the night on a private island – but this is just a taster. From sunset cruises to local island visits, there’s a whole host of activities that you can arrange once you’ve arrived at your chosen island.

Maldives Organised Trips

Exclusive gourmet dining experience, Lonubo, Maafushivaru

An ultimate indulgence, enjoy a private dining experience on an uninhabited island. There’s just one couple allowed on Lonubo for dinner at a time, so it really is your own private island for the evening! A delectable five-course menu will be prepared and served by your private chef and waiter, accompanied by sparkling wine and the gentle lap of the ocean. After dining, your chef and waiter will depart, leaving you alone to stargaze from the large bed on the beach or from the ‘love beds’ in the trees. To return to Maafushivaru, simply call the resort from the dedicated mobile phone and ask them to whisk you back to the main island. The next morning, wake up late and enjoy continental breakfast in bed in your villa on Maafushivaru. This experience is available exclusively to guests staying at Maafushivaru Maldives.

Duration:

Evening

Price: from £346 per person
Start time: 6.45pm
End time: Midnight
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Dinner, sparkling wine, dhoni transfers from Maafushivaru, breakfast in bed back on Maafushivaru.

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Lonubo private island overnight experiences, Maafushivaru

What could be more romantic than your very own private island for the night? You’ll be dropped off late afternoon, with time for snorkelling and swimming at leisure before the sun sets over the Indian Ocean and the night sky is filled with stars. Your accommodation on this uninhabited island is a charming Beach Villa, nestled amongst the trees, with air-conditioning, television, iPod dock, minibar, mobile phone, outdoor bathroom and sun deck with outdoor hot tub. The next morning you'll enjoy a sparkling wine in-villa breakfast. Then, when you’re ready to be picked up, simply call the resort from the dedicated mobile phone. With just one couple on the island each night, this really is an utterly secluded and romantic escape. This experience is available exclusively to guests staying at Maafushivaru Maldives.

Duration:

1 night

Start time: 4.30pm
End time: 9.30am
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Three dining packages are available:

Romance Picnic includes a hamper for two delivered with you when you arrive, bottle of sparkling wine and fruit basket. From £486 per person.

Island Barbecue includes meat and fish cooked on a barbecue by a chef, bottle of sparkling wine and fruit basket. From £595 per person.

Desert Island Dream includes a five-course dinner on the beach with a private chef and waiter, bottle of sparkling wine and fruit basket. From £973 per person.

All packages include sparkling wine in-villa breakfast the next day and transfers from Maafushivaru.

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Diving in the Maldives

These idyllic coral islands rank amongst the best dive destinations in the world. When conditions are good, the underwater visibility is at the highest level – sometimes exceeding 50 metres – and the warm water temperatures year-round make diving in the Maldives a pleasure. The North Malé Atoll is home to the Lion’s Head and Wattaru Kandu dive sites, both of which are frequented by reef sharks. Wattaru Kandu is also home to stingrays and garden eels whilst Lankanfinokhu, or Manta Point as it’s known locally, is a great place to see manta rays being cleaned by local colonies of cleaner fish.

In the South Malé Atoll, Hukrueli is another place to see rays and cleaner fish, and Maaya Thila, a protected marine area, is home to white-tip sharks, turtles, zebra morays and the elusive guitar shark. Hanifaru lagoon in the Baa Atoll is one of the best places to see whale sharks and manta rays – June to September being the best time as this is during the monsoon season and equinox when the lagoon is filled with plankton.

The Scuba Diver course provides pre-entry level certification in three days and on completion you can then upgrade to an Open Water Diver qualification by taking the additional five day course. Our Ten Dives and Six Consecutive Days diving allow qualified divers to make the most of their time in these beautiful islands. Courses are available at Kurumba Maldives, Dhigali Maldives, Velidhu and Meeru.

Male Airport Departure Lounge

This air-conditioned private lounge is available to pre-book at preferential rates. Enjoy snacks and soft drinks after check-in at Malé airport for a relaxing start to your journey home.

Price: Group from £21 per person