10 Must-Try Experiences in the Maldives

Unmissable adventures await at Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island


Beyond the picturesque shores, Maldives offers a kaleidoscope of captivating experiences that beckon to be explored. Join us at Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island as we unveil the wonders of the Maldives, inviting you to partake in 10 must-try experiences that will leave you spellbound.


1. Stay in an Overwater Retreat

Experience true bliss in our one-, two-, or three-bedroom overwater retreats. Each sanctuary features a private infinity pool, offering a serene oasis overlooking the brilliance coastline. The secluded location, coupled with the breathtaking ocean views, makes these retreats a quintessential Maldivian escape. Lounge on your personal rooftop space, savouring the tranquil ambiance, and let the

gentle lull of the waves soothe your soul. Whether you are coming as a couple, with your family, or in the company of friends, our overwater retreats offer a luxurious haven for a tropical vacation, where time is exceptionally well spen


2. Try Local Flavours

Delve into the local tastes with Maldivian cooking classes and special set dinner menus. Relish the authentic flavours of Maldivian breakfast, featuring a delectable selection of local delicacies such as local reef fish curry, tuna mashuni, sambal, and chapatti. This scrumptious meal is served at our all-day international restaurant GLOW, offering you a true taste of the Maldives' culinary heritage. Moreover, our Maldivian special set menu showcases essence of authentic Maldivian cuisine, including garudhiya (Maldivian tuna clear soup) and kandu kukulhu (Maldivian tuna coated with spices and tied with pandan leaf, cooked in spiced local gravy).


3. Float in Luxury with a Floating Breakfast

Imagine starting your day in absolute opulence as your breakfast tray glides gracefully in your private villa's pool. Our exquisite Floating Breakfast brings the concept of breakfast in bed to a whole new level. Whether you prefer the classic Continental breakfast with a selection of freshly baked pastries, jams, and your choice of tea or coffee, or the Mediterranean spread featuring "Shakshuka" slow-cooked eggs, artisanal cheeses, and an array of cold cuts, the options are as diverse as they are mouth-watering. We've even curated a special Kids menu with child-friendly delights like croissant sandwiches, pancakes, and a variety of pastries.


4. Set Sail on a Dhoni Sunset Cruise

Relax with your special someone on a Maldivian dhoni boat, a traditional sailing vessel, as you witness the stunning sunset views over the Indian Ocean. The dhoni cruise presents a warm and inclusive experience, designed to create cherished memories for guests of all kinds. Marvel at the golden hues of the setting sun, casting a mesmerising glow over the ocean's surface. With a glass of refreshing bubbly in hand and flavourful canapés to tantalise your taste buds, you can bask in the tranquillity of this idyllic moment.


5. Dive into the Maldivian Underwater World

Celebrated for its vibrant marine life, the Maldives lures divers to its cerulean waters, and Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island serves as your entryway to this aquatic sanctuary. Our resort proudly hosts a PADI 5-star Dive Centre, offering a medley of scuba diving experiences tailored to varying skill levels. However, the allure extends beyond diving. Our guided snorkelling reveals thriving coral gardens and a diverse marine population. Within this atoll, encounters with nurse sharks in overhangs or caves, graceful turtles, majestic mantas, elegant eagle rays, and even sharks and dolphins are commonplace. For a distinctive adventure, experience night snorkelling with fluorescent light, as the reef comes alive with gleaming radiance.


6. Dine under the Stars on the Beach

Savour an enchanting beachside dinner under the stars with your loved one. Our resort provides the perfect setting for a memorable dining experience by the sea. Dine on the soft white sand, lulled by the gentle sound of the waves. Our chefs will curate a delectable menu, featuring fresh seafood and flavoursome dishes, complemented by the magical ambiance of the Maldivian night sky. With the stars as your witness, this intimate beach dinner promises a moment of pure romance.


7. Embrace an Oceanic Adventure

At Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island, water sports enthusiasts are in for a treat. Enjoy complimentary access to canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and windsurfing equipment, or opt for exhilarating experiences like jet skiing, waterskiing, kite surfing, and parasailing, available at an additional cost. Seeking water-based thrills? Try our banana boat and doughnut rides, perfect for groups seeking fun and laughter. Moreover, our semi-submarine offers a unique view of the vibrant marine life surrounding the island, keeping you dry while you explore the wonders beneath the surface.


8. Venture to a Private Sandbank

Escape to a remote sandbank just minutes away from Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island. Step onto the untouched white sand and immerse yourself in the serenity of this hidden paradise. Experience a range of unique activities, from a sandbank breakfast, picnic, to private yoga session, or a dreamy beachside BBQ dinner. Revel in the soothing embrace of the sun on your skin as you bask in the peaceful seclusion of this pristine spot.


9. Unwind with an Ocean-View Massage

Elevate your senses with an indulgent massage at our Talise Spa, home to five exclusive overwater treatment villas, each boasting breathtaking ocean views through floor-to-ceiling windows. With the added delight of a glass floor beneath the treatment bed, you can marvel at the underwater beauty as you pamper yourself with a soothing massage. As the gentle rhythm of the ocean waves calms your senses, our expert therapists will work their magic, offering a range of nature-inspired and traditional healing treatments for a revitalising spa experience.


10. Unleash Your Inner Chef in a Cooking Masterclass

Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island takes pride in its exceptional dining experiences, and now is your chance to experience them firsthand. Get up close and personal with our talented chefs during our cooking master classes, where you'll unravel the secrets of Maldivian delights, Peruvian ceviche, Indian feasts, baklawa treats, and chocolate enchantment. Shake up your holiday with a dash of creativity, sipping welcome drinks and relishing a scrumptious lunch. 

Your unforgettable island getaway to the Maldives awaits – come and create cherished memories that will linger in your heart for years to come.