If you would like to experience more of the local Maldives than your place of stay, excursions are a good way to do so. Approaching a Maldivian day it's a good idea to start on the inhabitant islands. On the slightly more modernised islands you will easily spot the brightly painted houses and the beachside community areas where depending on the time of day the young and old find a play to rest and unwind. The mornings in these communities are quite busy with the local fishermen collecting their baits to head out to the sea, children playing in the streets and water, all while the rest of the families prepares their delicious curries which they will exchange later in the day. In the late afternoon after the fishermen returned with their catch, the villagers tend to gather around the timber made gazebos along the beach listening to radio, news and playing cards.
If a day is not enough for you a night-fishing trip is an excellent way to continue the experience. In a quick lesson you will be taught the pole and line technique the Maldivians use to fish and over the course of maybe an hour you will have gathered a good nights catch. These tips do not tend to take to long or be overly exhausting - after all, you are supposed to enjoy your catch in the end. One of the luxuries of such a night fishing trip is that you may choose to prepare your self-caught dinner on one of the uninhabited islands of the Maldives. With almost a thousand of these are scattered throughout the country you are bound to find one. Away from the interference of civilisation you can then experience truly magnificent night sky and bioluminescence within the plankton which is disturbed by the waves breaking on the beach.
Obviously are all these trips, fishing and virgin islands, also available at any other day time. Your resort or travel agent will be happy to inform you about the local possibilities af fishing and island hopping.
Visiting an inhabited island is surely the best way to get to know the Maldivian people and dive into the local culture.
Visiting a local community is not comparable to a visit on the resort islands and an experience you don't want to miss out on.
You will be able to purchase local arts and crafts directly from the manufacturers, thus directly supporting the local communities. The colorful centres of Maldivian life provide a great insight towards the local customs and culture as you are bound to observe the settlements daily activities. Many of which happen on the beach and shore area.
A trip to the Maldives capital will also prove worthwhile as it is quite different from the countries other sites. The island itself is only about four square kilometres in size, yet houses almost a third of the Maldives 300,000 inhabitants.
Opposed to the setting on other inhabited islands or the resort islands, Malé is dominated by modern high-rise buildings, paved streets, shopping centres and food and beverage caterers. Occasionally interrupted by cultural sites such as the "Hukuru Miskiiy" and the "Friday mosque", 2 of the Maldives 3 mosques.
The island and its closest neighbors (which are counted as city quartes. Hulhulé[airport] and Villingili) are constantly expanded by reclaiming land of the sea to combat overpopulation.
Malé offers some fine restaurants and dining experiences as well as a huge range of local cafes.
Being one of the Maldives main income generators fishing also qualifies for a popular hobby. Morning and daytime fishing is usually done by trolling the sea away from the atolls and in deeper seas, whereas night fishing anchors at some point of the reefs at sunset just before the predators draw in to hunt in the reef.
Almost any kind of fishing can be done here, including big game fishing, line trawling and spin fishing as well as the aforementioned morning and sunset trips.
If you are into fishing and plan on doing so you may prefer to bring along your own gear.
Whales & Dolphin Watching:
The Maldives are amongst the worlds top ranked places for dolphin and whale watching and both species are a fairly common sight around here.
Twentythree different species have been recoreded to roam the waters around the island state. Among them Spinner Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins, Spotted Uninhabited IslandDolphins, Striped Dolphins, Short-fin Pilot Whales, Dwarf Sperm Whales, Sperm Whales, Blue Whales, Bryde’s Whales, Cuvier’s Beaked Whales, Dense-beaked Whales and the elusive Longman’s Beaked Whale.
With the last mentioned whale being considered to be the rarest species on earth.
Dolphins often visit the reefs in large shoals regularly swim alongside boats, whereas whales are best spotted on dedicated tours. Most resorts and travel agencies will be able to organise tours for you during the whale seasons which basicly cover the full calendar year. Only the sighted species changes.
If the secludedness of your island resort is not enough for you or if you fancy a boat trip, a relaxed cruise might be the right thing for you.
Glide through the Indian Ocean aboard a yacht or dhoni and enjoy the breathtaking views while resting your soul.
Almost all island resorts will offer you cruise options ranging from sunset cruises to multiple day trips. Some of the upper-scale resorts will even feature their own yachts with luxury accommodation and spa facilities on board.
Should you fancy the uppermost level of secludedness you may always inquire with your resort about a tour to an uninhabited island.
The tours are offered by boat and seaplane and range from single mornings to multiple day experiences amidst crystal clear tropical waters under the shade of palm trees.
Speak to your resort about the possible additions of past time activities such as snorkeling, jet-skis, picnics prepared by a private chef or others.