March 04

The Best Things to Do in the Maldives

Things to do in Maldives
Resort Activities & Experiences

It’s not hard to guess some of the top reasons you want to visit The Maldives. Laying on the beach and enjoying the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean are likely top of the list of things to do in the Maldives. If you’re a little more motivated, you might even have your eye on a snorkeling trip or a fishing excursion.

Of course, there’s much more than meets the eye in the Maldives. From sunset dining on the beach to watersports such as kayaking and paddleboarding, there’s something for every Sun Siyam Resorts visitor. After all, our mission is to ensure every sort of traveler can enjoy a fun and relaxing time at our resorts.

In the rest of this article, we’ll review some of the best things to do in the Maldives and ensure you’re prepared to take your vacation by the horns.


Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Spa

Sometimes, relaxing is all you want to do on vacation. Luckily, the Maldives is the perfect place to get some well-earned R&R.

After you've spent the day enjoying a drink by the pool or laying out on the beach, you can deepen your relaxation by visiting any of the Sun Siyam Resorts spa and wellness centers. Our spas offer you more than 160 various treatments, from a variety of different massages, to facial treatments, holistic or ayurveda therapies by our internationally experienced massage therapists. Or you can opt for a hydrotherapy session or visit our beauty salon for a quick haircut or manicure.


Destination Dining

The Sun Siyam Resorts offer world-class dining experiences for our guests. Each one of our resorts offers different types of cuisine to sample. For example, you can try some Japanese fine dining at Arigato or get acquainted with some traditional Maldivian food at Kaage, try French cuisine at Flavours, or Italian treats at Roma, which also sports some epic ocean views. Or try Jungali, our cocktail bar where drinks are served directly to the pool.


Sun Siyam Diving

The Maldives is well-known for being a fantastic place to dive. From underwater caves to ancient shipwrecks, there’s plenty to explore off the coast of our islands. Plus, our resorts employ only the best diving instructors, who can help you and your family get certified in diving at one of our SSI-certified dive centers. Before you know it, you’ll be effortlessly soaring through the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean and experience our underwater wonders.

Water Sports

Water Sports at Sun Siyam Resorts

There’s plenty of fun on the water in the Maldives. Sun Siyam Resorts offers many fun watersports, including jet skiing, parasailing, tube riding, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, underwater jet pack, and hydrofoil e-bike, making these sports some of the best things to do in the Maldives islands. If you need a little help along the way, we can offer you plenty of guidance and instruction, allowing you to move across the lagoon or ocean in style confidently.

Plus, you’ll be happy to know that all our non-motorized water sports are included in our premium all-inclusive packages, letting you explore the water to the end of your heart’s desire.


Seabreacher at Siyam World Maldives

One of our favorite things to do in The Maldives is the Seabreacher. The Seabreacher is a high-tech semi-submersible vessel that allows you the freedom to move dynamically through the ocean. This vessel will enable you to dive under and change directions as you carve through the sea, including 360-degree barrel rolls in the water. You must experience the Seabreacher to truly appreciate how it adds a new level to ocean play.

Excursions - Turtle Safari, Dolphin Cruise

Excursions at Sun Siyam Resorts

Excursions at Sun Siyam Resorts allow you to get out and see the wonders of the islands and the Indian Ocean. You can sign up for several trips we offer, including a turtle safari that takes you up close to these magnificent creatures and a dolphin cruise where you’ll see dolphins cruising effortlessly through the water.

We also have sunrise and sunset cruises that take you on a relaxing journey around the Noonu Atoll. Our cruises are perfect for the entire family, allowing you to experience the wonder of our beautiful oceans while spending time with the people you love.

Manta Point

Manta Point at Sun Siyam Olhuveli

Manta Point is where you can watch the local mantas feed on plankton from a nearby jetty. Seeing these mantas congregate at the point is truly a sight to behold. This Sun Siyam activity goes on every evening and is free to join. If you’ve come to the Maldives, don’t miss your chance to see these remarkable creatures in their natural habitat.


It’s well-known that the Maldives offers excellent options for fishing in the bountiful waters of the Indian Ocean. For example, one of our most popular trips is a sunset fishing trip where we’ll go and catch that evening’s dinner. After we make a catch, we’ll set up a BBQ on a sandbank and grill the fish “Maldivian style” for the group meal. Plus, you can enjoy some music and good conversation under the stars.

Snorkeling safari

Snorkelling at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, Maldives

One of the best ways to explore the ocean (and the best things to do in the Maldives) is to take a snorkeling safari. The whole family can enjoy these relaxing trips. You only have to grab a snorkel and venture into the beautiful reefs on our atoll. There’s a reason this is one of our favorite activities, especially when you get the chance to spot our beautiful wildlife in action.

Coral planting

Want to give back to the Maldivian environment? Coral planting is a great way to do your part to protect our beautiful oceans. This activity allows you to help plant new coral in our beautiful and fragile coral reef. Lasting a couple of hours, you’ll get the chance to learn more about the ecosystem of a coral reef while also getting up close and personal with it.

Horse ranch

Siyam World Maldives, Siyam World Horse Ranch

The Maldives is a fantastic place to take a quick ride. Our well-equipped horse ranch allows you to take guided horse trips led by top-notch instructors and is one of the most enjoyable things to do in the Maldives for couples. Located at Siyam World, this 16,000-square-foot ranch has state-of-the-art facilities where we care for our Marwari breed, Mares, and Stallions. Once you arrive at our horse ranch, we’ll take care of the rest, taking you on a sunset ride along the coast as you take in the island's sites. We can also accommodate the whole family, as we offer pony rides for children aged 4 to 11.

Pool Parties

Pool Parties at Sun Siyam Iru Veli, Maldives

Ready to let loose? Try one of our pool parties. These complimentary parties offer tasty cocktails and live DJs that curate the good vibes. Sun Siyam Resorts offers a pool party every week, allowing you to dance and enjoy our luxurious pools. Our pool parties are also a great chance to meet some of our other guests or relax on our loungers, swings, and daybeds.

Trail walking

If you’re ready for a land adventure, check out the trail at Sun Siyam Resorts. We even offer a guided nature walk to acquaint you with our islands' local flora and fauna. Or, you can take a solo walk for a bit of solitude as you experience the beautiful plant life in the Maldives.

Castaway private island

Castaway Experience at Sun Siyam Resorts

Want to see what it’s like to be on an isolated island? Sun Siyam Resorts provides a trip to a secluded sandbank, where you can snorkel, explore, play games, and enjoy lunch on the beach. Of course, we’ll be back to pick you up before you know it.

Movie under the stars

Cinema Under the Stars at Sun Siyam Vilu Reef, Maldives

There’s nothing more perfect at the end of the day than to relax under the stars with a good movie. Our movie under the stars allows you to gather the whole family for a fun cinema night on the beach. Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks as you dig your toes in the sand and enjoy a classic film with the ones you love.

Join the Fun in the Maldives

As you can see, there’s no shortage of things to do in the Maldives, both in and out of the water. From excursions to private islands to diving trips to shipwrecks, there’s something for everyone to do in our beautiful islands.

One of the best things about Sun Siyam Resorts is that you can participate in a multitude of activities. The sheer variety gives you the freedom to follow your interests and discover new activities along the way. We recommend planning your adventures when you have the energy to ensure you have enough time to relax and unwind when you need downtime. Let Sun Siyam Resorts be your home base for a fantastic Maldives vacation!