A Week’s Itinerary For A Stunning Trip To The Maldives
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A Week’s Itinerary For A Stunning Trip To The Maldives

December 1, 2023 Share

Discover the ultimate Maldives itinerary: from luxury stays and shark dives to local cuisine and vibrant nightlife, in a week-long adventure.

Do you have a trip to the Maldives coming up? If so, then you’re probably wondering how you can create the best itinerary for your week-long trip. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 

In this blog post, we’ll outline our recommendations on what you should do for your trip, set out like an itinerary! So, let’s get started!

Image courtesy of Chelsea Gates

Day 1:

Upon arrival, you’ll probably want to check in at your hotel or other accommodation. The Cheval Blanc Maldives is a luxury hotel situated in the northwest region of the archipelago. You’ll need a seaplane to take you here from Malé International Airport. 

Depending on the time you arrive, you may or may not have time to begin your adventure in the Maldives. If you do have some time, we recommend strolling around the area near your accommodation (or explore the hotel itself) for a feel of what to expect on your trip. 

Day 2:

The Maldives’ coral reef systems are considered to be the seventh largest in the world, making it the fifth most diverse ecosystem (related to reef areas) in the world. You can’t visit the Maldives without trying snorkelling or scuba diving. 

For these activities, we suggest heading to islands like Fuvahmulah, which is renowned for its tiger shark diving! In fact, diving is a great way to see the diverse range of marine life that exists in the Maldives, so don’t be afraid to deep dive into the unknown. 

Day 3:

The Maldives houses 1,192 islands, of which 187 are inhabited – around 164 of these have been developed as tourist areas. While it would be difficult to visit all of the islands in a week, you can definitely visit a few in one day through island hopping!

Local ferries can take you to the various inhabited islands, but be careful of timings and the different routes.

Day 4:

Don’t think that we’ve forgotten about food and drink in the Maldives! Maldivian cuisine is exquisite, and after the fun-filled days you would’ve had previously, this day on your itinerary is about exploring delicious Maldivian dishes and drinks. 

We wouldn’t be surprised if you had only experienced resort food at this time, but you should remember that there are local restaurants scattered across the archipelago. We recommend that you try the following dishes:

Garudhiya 

A traditional Maldivian dish that is essentially a fish soup, made with fish, water, salt, and served with lime, rice, onions, and chilli. You can find this dish in restaurants like the Jazz Cafe in Malé. 

Mas Huni

This dish consists of shredded smoked tuna, chilli, coconut, and other seasonings that add the Maldivian zing. It is typically served with chapati bread and served as a traditional Maldivian breakfast.

Kulhi Boakibaa

This Maldivian take on fish cakes sees smoked tuna combined with curry leaves, chilli, turmeric, coconut, curry leaves, ground rice, and onions. This is certainly not your typical fish cake! Kulhi boakibaa can be found in many cafes around the country. 

Day 5:

If you’re not on a family-friendly trip, and perhaps travelling with friends or your partner, then the Maldives nightlife is not to be missed. There are numerous bars and clubs in the country to explore, offering unique nightlife options and experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. 

This range of venues includes:

  • Subsix, Huluwalu- an underwater nightclub that serves food and drink as you watch the ocean life swim past
  • Karaoke Room, Aavveee – sing your heart out as the sun sets
  • Glowing Beach, Vaadhoo Island – witness an extraordinary phenomenon as millions of phytoplanktons emit a bright light in the water

Day 6: 

Allow yourself to unwind and relax at the sandy beaches of the Maldives. With a warm and tropical climate, you’re bound to experience hot and humid weather all year round, making sunbathing the perfect pastime if you are opting for a relaxing day. 

The best islands to visit for white sand and dazzling blue waters are:

  • Cocoa Island – perhaps one of, if not the most famous island in the Maldives
  • Lily Beach, Huvahendhoo Island – a small, but private island that’s home to coconut trees and incredible dive sites 
  • Taj Exotica Beach, South Ari Atoll – close to the airport and offers majestic views, with the chance to spot whale sharks
  • Nalaguraidhoo Island – from beach swings to diving activities, this large island is one to visit

Day 7:

Alas, your final day in the Maldives has come. Again, your flight time could affect whether you’d be able to do or see anything before leaving. Last-minute souvenir shopping might be a good idea if you have some time on your hands! Alternatively, why not watch the Maldivian sunrise or sunset for the final time?

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