Things to do
The stunning coral reefs of North Malé Atoll put its richly diverse sea life centre stage. Look out for sea turtles, whale sharks and mantra rays. Or take a private cruise for an unforgettable sight of playful Spinner dolphins leaping through the air. Many boutique hotels have resident marine biologists who can provide a fascinating insight into the world beneath the surface.
Beyond snorkelling and scuba-diving, North Malé’s waters are a playground for adventurers. Enjoy the adrenaline rush of jet skiing or kitesurfing. Grab a paddle (and some sunscreen) and spend a leisurely afternoon exploring hidden beaches from a kayak. For something extra-memorable, try an evening parasail over the Indian Ocean and watch the skies turn from azure to blushing pink.
The larger inhabited islands of North Malé Atoll are well worth a visit to see traditional Maldivian ways of life. Discover local markets selling fresh produce and handmade souvenirs, including beautifully designed thundu kunaa, a type of handwoven mat. And on the traditional fishing island of Himmafushi you can watch local carpenters create the island’s unique dhoni boats.