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All of us look for some versatility while planning our vacation and preparing a checklist for places to sightsee. From religious visits to adventurous ones and lively nightlives, there is a checklist of wholesome vacations offered by various destinations. And Bali is one of the top contenders which offers all these categories to its tourists. 

You can reach Bali by air, or for a more luxurious trip take a  cruise.  April to October is the best time to visit Bali since the climate is pleasant and cool during these months. 

Experiencing Bali in one vacation is next to impossible because there are a million things to do and see in this Island of The Gods. To start with, the very reason behind naming this spectacular island, The Island of Gods is the hoards of historic temples this place has. Added to it there are innumerable mountains with some being live volcanoes as well. Apart from these extremes, there are palaces, gardens, and other soul-soothing places to be visited.

Must Read: 15 best Islands to visit in Indonesia

Nusa Dua:

A place for tourists with its beachfront resorts and restaurants having lounges, where you can relax in the evening with excellent cocktails and international beers. Compared to the nightlife experiences you come across in other divisions of Bali, the nightlife here is more refined. You can enjoy Balinese traditional dances, theatre shows apart from the live music by DJs that are common throughout Bali.

Pubs & Clubs:

1. Tapa Bistro, Nusa Dua:

For mouth-watering global cuisines rush to one of the famous places in Nusa Dua, Tapa Bistro. The cozy atmosphere, elaborate cocktails, wide choice of Indonesian and International cuisines, and live music make the place one of the top attractions in Bali Nightlife. The food is reasonably priced and served in small portions and you get to taste a variety of dishes. An ideal place for couples and families.

Location: Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan P.O Box 76, Nusa Dua, Badung, Bali 80363, Indonesia

Timings: 5 pm to 11 pm

Price range: approx INR 149 to INR 1116

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (14.2 km)

2. Club Med:

To enjoy one-of-a-kind nightlife in Bali, head to this 4-star resort, Club Med. The beachfront property is a great joint for families to chill. The fireworks, live music, beach parties, acrobatic performances, theatre shows along with sumptuous food and unlimited alcohol makes it the most happening place in Bali. As the night falls think of Club Med for their themed parties catering to all genres. 

Location: Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua BTDC Lot. 6, Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Bali 80363, Indonesia 

Timing: 6 :00 p.m to 12:00 a.m

Price: INR 6000

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (11.6 km)

Entertainment:

3. Legong Dance at Budaya cultural theatre:

The Budaya Cultural Theatre is an open-air theatre at the Nusa dua Beach Hotel where Legong dance, traditional Balinese dance are performed. On all Wednesdays and any other day on request, if you are traveling in groups, you can watch this dance while enjoying mouth-watering Babi guling (roast suckling pig). Join in and enjoy the nightlife in Bali by watching the traditional dance, music, and theatre in this Amphitheatre

Location: Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua North 4, Bali 80363

Timings:8:00 p.m

Prices: Adult – INR 2130 Children up to 12 years- Half the price

4.  Devdan Show at Nusa Dua theatre:

The best way to know the culture of a place is by attending Cultural shows. Devdan Show is one such show. ‘Devdan’ means “God’s grace”.  At the Devdan show the performers perform to a storyline that takes you on a tour of the Indonesian and Balinese culture. The fusion of traditional and contemporary dance, stunning costumes, aerial acrobatics, stunning visuals effects,  and traditional puppets makes this a memorable attraction in Bali. This 90-minute performance takes place on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday and is a unique nightlife experience in Bali you should not miss.

Location: Komplek ITDC Nusa Dua, Benoa, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363, Indonesia

Timings: 7.30 pm to 9 pm

Price: from INR 1350 – INR 6005 per adult. Children – Half price 

Denpasar:

The provincial capital of Bali, Denpasar is famous for its scenic beaches and attracts tourists from all over the world to its incomparable nightlife. If you are a party geek head straight to the popular pubs and enjoy the amazing drinks, music, and dance away the night and experience the nightlife Denpasar is known for.

Pubs & Clubs:

5. Akasaka Bali:

One of the best places to experience Bali nightlife, Akasaka Bali, popularly known as A-Club, is a Club with a difference. It has a restaurant offering delicious local and international cuisines, 18 rooms to display your karaoke talent, and a hall for dancing and fashion shows.  Enjoy the music and dance ushering in the dawn to the beats of the music by local DJs.

Location: Jl. Teuku Umar No. 145, Dauh Puri Klod, Denpasar Bar., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80114 

Timings: 10:00 a.m to 4:00 a.m

6. Wahana Billiard Centre, Bali:

 A Cafe with a difference! Familiar in the localities as WBC, Wahana Billiard Center offers all that one needs to enjoy. A sports cafe for billiard enthusiasts, a Movie for the movie buffs, and Karaoke rooms for the music enthusiasts.  Enjoy live music or dance to the beats of the DJs as the case may be, and experience one of its kind nightlife at Bali.

Location: JL. Teuku Umar No. 39, Dauh Puri Klod, Denpasar Barat, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80114

Timings: 10:00am to 02:00am

Prices -from  INR 315

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (12.3 km)

Candidasa:

One of the lesser-known beach resort areas in Bali is quiet and offers a relaxing atmosphere. There are a lot of restaurants and bars to choose from depending on your choices. While some Bars have a pool table, others have huge screens to screen International sports. If you prefer dancing then there are some places where traditional Balinese dances are performed.   The laid-back atmosphere adds to the charm and do not miss out on the best nightlife experiences in Candidasa.

Pubs & Clubs:

7. New Queen Pub & Restaurant:

Enjoy an amazing range of drinks and mouth-watering seafood in the New Queen Pub & Restaurant.  Every night Live bands perform classics to pop and reggae and blues. On Monday nights free cocktails are served to ladies.  On other days, after 8 pm,  Happy hour cocktails are usually served.

Location: Jalan Raya Candidasa, Sengkidu, Candidasa, Karangasem, Bali 80811, Indonesia

Timings: 9 am to 12:00 a.m

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8. Crazy Kangaroo:

A restaurant in Candidasa that serves Asian and Western cuisines including pizzas, Sushi, Steaks, Pasta. The bar at Crazy Kangaroo offers cocktails made with fresh juice and liquor and has a wide selection of wines to choose from. 

Crazy Kangaroo also has pool tables, a large screen for sports lovers who enjoy football and rugby, and for the tiny tots’ board games to keep them engaged. Most of the evening’s traditional dances are performed by in-house artists. 

Location: Jalan Raya Candidasa, Candidasa, Karangasem, Bali 80811, Indonesia

Timing: 10 am to late 

Price: from INR 375

Jimbaran:

A scenic bay, Jimbaran, with plenty of joints is a must visit for an exceptional Bali nightlife experience. Chill out at the luxurious 5-star hotels with a cocktail in hand or hang out at one of the rooftop bars with chill beer and an amazing view of the sunset or relax in one of the cafes and enjoy the live music performances under the star. The ambiance, drinks, and music give a heady taste of nightlife in Bali.

Pubs & Clubs:

9.  Rock Bar:

One of the famous rooftop bars in Bali, Rock Bar is set on a high limestone cliff in Ayana Resorts and Spa. The Bar offers delicious food, exotic cocktails and an amazing view of the sunset. Do not forget your camera to capture many instagrammable spots. As the bar is facing the Indian ocean you can have a memorable view of the sun drowning in the ocean while listening to music played by local and international artists.  A must-visit for an amazing nightlife in Bali.

Location: Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, Badung, Bali 80364

Timings: 4 pm to 1:00 a.m

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (22.1 Km)

Nearest place to visit: Jimbaran Bay – 4Km

10.  Sundara at 4 seasons:

At the southern tip of Bali is one of the best resorts with an amazing view of the ocean. Sundara means beautiful and the Sundara at Four Seasons Resort is known for its beautiful bar that has a chandelier weighing 950 Kgs hanging from its beams. Enjoy the beautiful sunset across the ocean while sipping on your chilled drinks. Relax on the sofas enjoy the cool breeze along with the flow of music from the resident DJs. The highlight is the lighting up of stone cauldrons after sunset. 

Location: Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay, Jimbaran, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Timings: 11 am to 1 am

Price: from INR 520

Nearest place to visit: Jimbaran Bay – 1.4 Km

Kerobokan:

Even though the nightspots are few as compared to the much popular nightlife in other places in Bali, Kerobokan has its own share of nightlife. Some of the best sunset bars, rooftop bars, and beach clubs offering a great treat food-wise and drink wise to the party goers are located here. 

Pubs & Clubs:

11. Ku De TA:

A beachside resort that is popular among the tourists for its infinity pool, lawn parties, dedicated bar. Ku De Ta is one of the popular attractions in Kerobokan for its party night arranged on well-lit lawns and vibrant music that draws a sizable crowd from afar. The dinner spread and the variety of drinks enhance the popularity of the place. 

Location: Jalan Kayu Aya No.9, Seminyak, Badung, Bali 80361

Timings: 8 am to 2 am

Price: INR 5200

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (12.5 Km)

Nearest place to visit: Legian Beach – 2.8 Km

12. WooBar at W Bali:

The WooBar at W Bali is one of the most sought-after nightspots in Bali. The cool interiors and the live performances by international DJs add to its popularity. One of the best nightclubs in Bali, Woo Bar overlooks Petitenget Beach giving you a panoramic view of the sea below. It has an under beach dance floor and an upper deck with an oval-shaped glass floor to see through. Go to the poolside and laze against the sun decks and enjoy the amazing view of the sunset. Once the sun goes down, groove to the dance beats of local DJs and International DJs Hookahs are another added attraction here. Watch the sunset go down and loosen your and let yourself go while enjoying hip hop music.

Location:Jalan Petitenget Seminyak, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361

Timings: 10:00 a.m to 2:00 a.m

Price range: approx INR 370 to INR 2200

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (14 KM)

Nearest places to visit: Legian Beach – 4 KM

13.  Potato Heads Beach Resort:

One of the best nightlife in Bali can be experienced at the  Potato Head Beach Club.  The wine and dine experience, vibrant nightlife, and one of the best sunset views make this beachfront resort a must-visit place in the whole of Bali. The huge lawn bordered by an infinity pool is a stage for world-class Electronic Dance Music. It has one of the best sunset views in Bali and a great place for partaking in water sport activities. When in Bali do not miss the nightlife at Potato Beach resort.

Location: Jalan Petitenget No.51B, Kerobokan, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Timings: 10 am to 2 am

Price: INR 354 – 2,124

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport ( 13.7 KM)

Nearest places to visit: Seminyak Beach – 2.40KM

14. Mirror Lounge and Club:

A nightclub with a difference! The architecture is inspired by Gothic themes with stained glass windows, towering ceilings, and mosaic-like walls. Mirror Bali Lounge and club offers a wide array of cocktails and mouth-watering menu. The electrifying music shelled out by international and resident DJs with the laser beams flashing through the glass roof of the club and the party enthusiasts dancing to the beats, appears as though one is on an open stage under the stars.

Location: Seminyak, Jl. Petitenget No.106, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361

Timings: Wednesday–Sunday from 11 pm to 5 am (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

Price: INR 800-1500

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (12.8 KM)

Nearest places to visit: Seminyak Beach – 3.4 KM

Sanur Beach:

Bali has the most amazing beaches in the world. One of the best beaches in Bali is the Sanur beach, surrounded by bars, nightclubs, and pubs. With the breathtaking views of the beach and popular bars, this area offers the ultimate nightlife in Bali. Sip on some amazing cocktails, enjoy the spell-binding scenes, and dance to your heart’s content in some of these lively bars.

Entertainment:

15. Serambi Arts Anida:

For a relaxed and laid-back nightlife head to Serambi Arts Anida, a venue to enjoy live music performances by local artists. Music enthusiasts throng this place to enjoy contemporary Balinese Art and Culture. The delicious food and drinks are an added attraction. 

Location: Jalan Waribang 32, Kesiman, Denpasar

Timings: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Pubs & Clubs:

16.  Sector Bar and Restaurant:

 An ideal location for couples who want to enjoy the best of nightlife in Denpasar, Sector Bar, and restaurant is a high-end restaurant famous for its cozy atmosphere and exotic drinks. Situated next to the Bali Beach Golf Course, the bar offers live music by local Balinese daily. Mondays and Wednesdays are salsa nights. Dance your heart out till the wee hours of the morning to some of the popular tunes dished out by the DJs. 

Location: Jl. Hang Tuah No. 58, Sanur Kaja, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80227

Timings: 06:00 am to 10:00 pm

Price – from INR 225

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (16.3 KM)

Nearest places to visit: Sanur Beach – 3.2 KM

 Night Market

17.  Sanur Night Market:

Pasar Sindhu Market by day and Sanur Night Market after sunset! An amazing transformation. One of the best things to do in Bali at night, this market is popular for the delicious Indonesian cuisines and souvenirs which are cheap and affordable.  For dinner feast on lamb satay, fried noodles, Indonesian soup, and down it with fresh fruit juices at any of the street food joints.

Location: Jalan. Pungutan No.2, Sanur, Denpasar Selatan, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80228

Timing: 4:00 pm to 10:00 p.m 

Ubud

Ubud is Bali in a nutshell. This place is full of forests and rice terraces, strewn with historic Bali temples and a hub for Balinese culture and Tradition.  This is not all, there is a fun side to Ubud too. Let’s check out what they are.

Pubs & Clubs:

18. XL Shisha Lounge:

One of the best restaurants in Ubud that offers a cozy atmosphere, awesome Shisha, enticing food both western and Indonesian and an amazing live band. The pool table, Bar Games, and reasonably priced drinks and food makes this place the best party place in Bali. An ideal place to visit in groups.

Location: Jalan Monkey Forest No.129, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, 

Timings: 10:00 a.m to 2:00 a.m 

Price range: approx INR 400.00

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport ( 37 KM)

Nearest places to visit: Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary – 1 KM

 Unique and Unforgettable:

19.  Dinner and a Hot Air Balloon Ride at Chedi Club, Ubud:

Want to have dinner as well as a Hot Air Balloon ride? Head to Chedi Club for a unique experience that lasts for 10 minutes. 50 meters above the ground riding in a hot air balloon marveling at the beautiful paddy fields, flower gardens, and the spectacular view of Mt Agung, enjoy an unforgettable one of its kind experience in Bali. 

Outside guests are also permitted to take this ride which starts at dinner time around 9:00 a.m. The best nightlife experience in Bali. 

Location: Tengkulak Kaja, Jl. Raya Goa Gajah, Kemenuh, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Timing: 9 pm 

Price: INR 14000 

Seminyak:

Pubs & Clubs:

20.  Motel Mexicola:

One of the best nightlife in Bali for single tourists is Motel Mexicola. You can spend the whole night partying to the live Latin music, eat delicious western cuisine and a  wide range of international beer too. Performances by fire dancers are an added attraction. A perfect all-in-one nightlife experience in Bali.

 Location: Jalan Kayu Jati 9X, Petitenget, Seminyak

Timings: Daily 11 AM to 1 AM 

Prices: INR 900

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport ( 11.9 KM)

Nearest places to visit: Seminyak Beach – 1.5 KM

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Kuta:

The tourist hub of Bali, Kuta is where one should go if all you require is an unlimited source of sunsets and entertainment. There are hoards of water sports activities that Kuta offers as well for all those adventure seekers. Along with this, there are many entertaining places to go to. Here are a few.

Pubs & Clubs:

21. King Cole Bar:

King Cole Bar at the St Regis Bali Resort has a chic ambiance offering air-conditioned lounges, a bar, and an open-air terrace with an unhindered view of the garden and the sea. During sunset sit on the patio and watch the spectacular fire dance performed by the tribal dancers, who light up torches at earmarked places. Enjoy a relaxed evening with Bloody Mary’s, Bali’s own Mary, champagnes, cocktails, and delightful food while watching live music. One of the unique nightlife experiences in Bali.

Location: Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua Lot S6, Benoa, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361

Timings : 3 pm to 12:00 a.m

Price – from INR 750 

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport ( 11.9 KM)

Nearest places to visit: Nusa Dua Beach -1.3 KM

Entertainers:

22. Movie night at Karma Beach Bali:

To the south of Bali lies a beach club surrounded by white sand and towering limestone cliffs. Karma Beach Club at Karma Kandara resort is one of the most sought-after clubs by tourists for beach picnics and adventurous water sports. Monday nights are movie nights. With the ocean as the backdrop, relax on bean bags and spend a great evening with your loved ones under the stars sipping on your cocktail.  

Location: Karma Kandara Bali, Jalan Villa Kandara, Ungasan, Kec. Kuta Sel., Badung, Bali 80362

Timing: 9 AM to 10 PM

Price: Adults – INR 3000 Children – INR 500

23. Gay Bar at Sky Garden:

Of late one of the things to see on the bucket list of any tourist to Bali is the Gay Bar. 

There are a couple of bars in Seminyak that offers a glimpse into the nightlife of gays in Bali and the Gay Bar at Sky Garden is one of them. These bars are mainly for the LGBT community but it is open to others as well. Have a fun-filled evening with some exotic drinks and enjoy the sexy shows and experience fabulous nightlife in Bali.

Location: Jl Legian No.61, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361

Timings: 5:00 p.m to 4:00 a.m

Price range: approx INR 1040 -1200

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport ( 8.9 km)

24.  The Cabaret show at Frankenstein’s Laboratory:

Bali’s only Halloween-themed Bar and Restaurant. This unique and thematic place is a must visit for tourists. The food served is delicious and the selection of cocktails is mind-blowing.

Watch the fabulous cabaret shows for free by paying only for the food and drinks. There are 5 shows a day, 7 days a week. 2 shows are for family and 3 shows for adults. This is one of its kind experiences in the whole  of Indonesia.

A great place in Seminyak for a night out with friends and family.  You can get your face painted. The live performances here are a great hit with the crowd.

To give the Halloween feel to the visitors the interiors consist of – Vampires, Monsters, Zombies, pumpkin heads, and Mummies.

Location: Jl. Camplung Tanduk No.6, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361

Timings: 9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m

Price range: approx INR 800. No entry fee. Only for food and drinks.

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (9.6 KM)

Nearest places to visit: Legian Beach – 1.9 KM

Nature’s Bliss:

25. Stunning Sunset  Uluwatu:

One of the best places in Uluwatu which offers an amazing view of the surf and southern coastline of Bali. An ideal place to visit alone or with families and friends. You should reach the place early if you want to get the best seat to watch the stunning sunset sitting on the wooden chairs along with your family. 

Location: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361

Timings: 8am–10pm

Price range: approx INR 4000

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport ( 23.4 km)

Nearest places to visit: Uluwatu beach – 2 Km

26. Uluwatu Temple, Amphitheater:

On a rocky cliff, 70 meters high sits one of the best temples in Bali, Uluwatu temple. 

In the vast open space is an open theatre with a stage where the most iconic show, the Kecak Fire Dance show takes place. Seated on the concrete benches, with the breathtaking view of the Indian ocean below and splendid dance drama unfolding before you in the front, is the kind of nightlife in Bali that should be on top of the list when you visit Bali.

Location: Uluwatu Temple, Jalan Uluwatu, Jimbaran

Timing: Show starts at around 6 PM

Price: starting from INR 360 – 520

27.  Night Safari at Safari and Marine Park:

When on holiday in Bali don’t miss out on this amazing experience. The night safari at Bali Safari and MarinePark offer you a chance to meet and feed nocturnal animals like elephants, zebras, giraffes, lions, and so on. You will be taken on a caged tram to see the animals in their natural habitat. At the end of the safari enjoy dinner and a fire show too. A Bali Nightlife you will not forget in your lifetime.

 Location: Jalan Bypass Prof. DR. Ida Bagus Mantra Km 19, 8 Kec, Gianyar, Bali.

Price: INR 5150

28.  Surya Mandala cultural Park:

Locally called the “Sun Temple”, Surya Mandala Cultural Park located near  Tanah Lot temple on the west coast of Bali is famous all over the world for its cultural shows. Taking stories out of the famous epic Ramayana, the artists perform “Kecak”, the fire dance. It is said that Kecak is native to this place and is performed at night when the moon is shining bright overhead. A perfect setting for couples and families. 

Tick one of the bucket list of things to do at night in  Bali, when you visit Bali

Venue: Ocean view, Tanah Lot.

Price: INR 520

29. Night Trek on Mount Batur:

Trekking at night!!! Have you ever heard about it? At Mt Batur, an active volcano you get to trek through the night, an experience so surreal. An out-of-the-world experience where you walk on the volcano and there is hot lava right below. A much sought-after tourist attraction.  At the end of the trek, you are greeted by a beautiful sunrise on the horizon and are served a fresh breakfast cooked on the lava rocks.

Location: Mt. Batur, 

Timings: around 2 am

Price: INR 3500 

30.  Sunset Dinner cruise:

Sunset Dinner Cruise along the Benoa Harbour is one of the things to do that should be in your bucket list when in Bali. The cruise offers a lot of entertainment such as cabaret shows, traditional Balinese dance and exotic dances. 

Enjoy the lavish dinner spread with live music playing in the background. There are dance floors for you to let your hair down and experience the unique nightlife Bali has to offer.

Location: Jalan Dermaga II, Pedungan, Kuta Selatan, Kota Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Timing: 5:30 PM to 8:45 PM

Price: Adults – INR 5000  Children – INR 3500

Final Thoughts:

One of the most popular destinations in Indonesia, Bali is a tourist delight. If you are a party enthusiast then head to the most happening places like Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak regions. If you prefer a relaxed and quiet nightlife, then Nusa Dua, Sanur, Ubud are the right places for you. Whatever the choice, Bali promises you a wonderful nightlife experience.

We all have a picture of Dubai in our minds. All of us see it as a country with disciplined lives and immense wealth and luxury. A good country is that which is not only economically, but also culturally and traditionally sound. The traditions and cultures have been imbibed with some beliefs which are not just some rules and regulations but a way of life in itself.

Dubai is a staunch believer in the Islamic religion. Everything is always king-size here. May it be the lifestyle, architecture, automobile, you name it! Another striking feature of Dubai is that it not only celebrates Islamic festivals in grandeur, but also festivals of other religions. Let it be Diwali or Christmas everything is on a huge scale. It upholds all religions with due respect.

In this article, we are focused more on the festivals that are unique to Dubai. Some of them are religious and some are for a cause. These festivals are some of the biggest events in Dubai which attract people from around the world.

Below are a few of the biggest and the most popular festivals celebrated in Dubai. When you are planning on a vacation to this destination, it would be even more interesting if you plan it around any of the below festivals so that you not only get to see the destination but also feel what it is to celebrate like Dubai!

Dubai Festival List:

Festival Name

Festival Date Place of Celebration

New Year

January 1st

Citywide

Islamic New Year

August 23rd

(depending on the Islamic calendar)

City Wide

Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha

May 24th to 26th and July 3st to August 2nd respectively

 (depending on the Islamic calendar)

City Wide

Dubai WorldCup

Last Saturday of March

Meydan Racecourse, Dubai

Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif

October 28 or 29, 2020

(depending on the Islamic calendar)

City Wide

National Day Festival December 2nd

City Wide

International Jazz Festival

Last week of February

Dubai Media City Amphitheatre

Awafi Festival January 23rd 

(Spring Month)

Ras al-Khaimah Desert

Emirates Airline Literature Festival

February first or Second Week

InterContinental Hotel

Dubai Shopping festival

Last week of December

Multiple shopping centers, City Wide

1.  New Year’s Eve:

Dubai always welcomes a New Year in the most spectacular way. Their celebration is always the front page news and headlines in all the channels. Every year’s celebration is different in some or another way. One definitely doesn’t need any piece of information on how this festival is celebrated in Dubai.

Fireworks and light shows, carnivals, and funfairs, setting world records of the celebratory events, leave no stone unturned to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The main attractions you should never miss on this day are, Light and fireworks show at the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountain Fireworks at the Atlantis in Palm Jumeirah
Concerts, fireworks & glamorous shows at the Global Village, and elaborate parties and celebrations on multiple pivotal centers across the city.

2. Islamic New Year:

Known as Al-Hijra, The New Year in the Islamic Calendar. All the Islamic festivals are decided according to the different calendar called the Hijri calendar, The Lunar Islamic calendar. This day is the first day of Muharram, the first month of the calendar, considered the holiest month next to Ramadan.

This festival is usually celebrated in peace, just the opposite of the previous one. All the educational institutions, hotels, and other public places are shut down and a dry day is observed throughout the city. People make resolutions and leave the negativity behind and move towards positivity. This is a time for self-reflection rather than partying.

3.  Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha:

Eid Mubarak! Is what starts at the back of dawn of this most important day of the Muslim fraternity. The first day of the month of Shawwal, the 10th month of Lunar, Islamic Calendar. This is a period of great joy and merriment. The families meet up, throw up a feast given this is the day of breaking the fasting month of Ramadan. Putting on their new clothes, they exchange greetings, well wishes and presents and celebrate the festival in merriment.

This is an important festival in Dubai. Grand prayers are offered at home and in mosques. However, this whole festival depends on the sighting of a new moon. And if the moon is not sighted as predicted then the festival will be celebrated the following day.

Eid Al Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, is considered to be holier among the two, the other festival being Eid Al Fitr. This festival is celebrated on the tenth day of the auspicious last month of the Lunar calendar, which is also the month in which people take up the pilgrimage to Hajj.

There is a story of trust and faithfulness behind celebrating this festival. This is a story of Ibrahim being tested for ultimate loyalty towards God by sacrificing his own son, Ishmael. This day is observed by giving a sheep as a sacrifice to God. 

Must Read: 10 Best street foods in Dubai

4. Dubai World Cup:

Festival that tourists should never miss! The World Series of Horse Racing is what it is officially called as. This is known to be one of the World’s richest horse races with total prize money worth a whopping $12 Million. It is a thoroughbred horse race that has been held as part of the Dubai Worldcup Night of Races since 1996.

Held annually on the last Saturday of March, Worldcup Night is a series of eight Thoroughbred horse races and one Purebred Arabian race held annually at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. The event currently offers purses totaling $35 Million. It is the most anticipated horse racing event in the world where people are highly enthusiastic with the best of their wardrobes. Situated in the Meydan Grandstand, it provides picturesque views of the racecourse and the Dubai skyline which makes it the perfect host.
So don’t miss this race if you are around during March!

5.  Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif:

Also known just as Mawlid, it is the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. The Prophet is revered by Muslims as the final messenger sent by God to spread the Abrahamic faith to the world and to non-Muslims, he is considered the founder of Islam. It is celebrated worldwide and is a public holiday too.

Some communities even conduct open-air celebrations with enormous and colorful parades to show their love for the prophet. They share birthday cakes at the end of the celebrations and also distribute meals to all, even to non-Muslims. And in respect to the prophet, this day is observed as a ‘dry day’. There is also a tradition of dawning the finest of clothes and cutting lemon and orange tree leaves while paying obeisances to the Prophet.

This grand birthday celebration is one that you should not miss witnessing while in Dubai.

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6.  National Day Festival:

One of the flamboyantly celebrated festivals in Dubai Is The National Day celebration. On this day in 1977, 7 Emirates got nationalized by coming together to form the present United Arab Emirates. All the important monuments of National Importance are decorated with lights and fireworks in the evening.

Especially in Dubai, this day is commemorated by splendid events that will be organized throughout the City. This is one of the biggest events in Dubai, where almost all of the landmark monuments are opened for the public and have attractive offers. Amazing entertainment shows are arranged at The Burj Khalifa, The La Mer Beach, Global Village, etc hence making this one of the best festivals celebrated in Dubai. Plan your vacation during the time of this festival and enjoy Dubai in all its glory!

7.  International Jazz Festival:

For all the music lovers out there, a big shout-out! This would be like a dream festival for all who are in favor of Jazz and Pop. International music legends are invited to play on this floor. Conducted in the Dubai Media Amphitheatre, this festival is one of its kind in the whole of the UAE region.

The number of people increases exponentially each year to catch a glimpse of their favorite superstar up there, in front of their eyes. A definite crowd-puller from all across the globe, this is one of those festivals celebrated in Dubai that showcases the vibrant and entertaining face of this destination.

Note: Book tickets at the earliest to avoid any kind of unpleasantries.

8.  Awafi Festival:

Conducted on the scorching deserts of Ras al-Khaimah, this is one of the most unique festivals in the World. Celebrating the union of the nations and in terms of keeping the traditions alive, this festival is celebrated with a host of events, competitions, and activities.

The most attractive event organized during this festival is the scaling of the Desert and its sand dunes with their vehicles. There are many stalls, exhibitions, food courts, and much more that will be set up specially, for this day. Dubbed to be one of the best UAE Festivals, It would be a great opportunity to understand Dubai’s culture and heritage if you plan your vacation around this festival.

9. Emirates Airline Literature Festival:

Climbing up the ladder of the Dubai Festival List is this International Lit Fest held in the Intercontinental Hotel each year. Launched in the year 2009, this festival has grown exponentially over the years.

It hosts more than 50,000 people per year. With 200 and more sections and innumerable acclaimed literature, personalities gather here and also interact with the public. There are multiple events conducted here as well.

Go ahead, meet all your favorite authors and other personals from the amazing and magical world of literature.

10. Dubai Shopping Festival:

The most famous on the Dubai Festival List in the last! Who doesn’t like shopping? All will definitely be up with window surfing at least. The City of Gold, Dubai is known for its astonishing shopping complexes. And these in themselves have become a magnetic tourist spot.

Rightly planned during New Year’s Eve, this festival is a city-wide celebration. There is no particular venue for this festival. Given the wide variety of shopping options, one gets in Dubai, this festival is spread across all the shopping venues in the city. People travel from across the world to shop during this time. All the major brands from Home appliances to the most fashionable attires, everything is available at a major festive discount.

As it is the atmosphere will be fully charged by the dreamy shopaholics, and to add to this rock concerts, fireworks, and other entertainments are arranged on the venues. This would be one of the best Dubai Festivals that you can plan your vacation around as the much-awaited New Year’s Eve is just right around the corner!

Final Thoughts:

All being said and done, festivals are the times that bring people together. Everyone is always happy and excited about festivals like these. Though not all the festivals celebrated in the city of gold are religious ones, there are some that are only for the fun and entertainment of it. However, the main goal of peace, happiness, and prosperity is achieved in celebrating these festivals, anyhow!

As soon as one hears the name of this destination all they can think about is its fancy cars, giant buildings, glittering gold, luxurious resorts, and anything and everything related to wealth, comfort, and luxury. Think you would have guessed the destination as well! Yup, it is indeed Dubai – The Pearl of the Gulf &  The City of Gold!

This is one of the most incredible places on our planet that is not only rich economically but also culturally and traditionally. All the buildings, man-made islands, underwater resorts are all noteworthy feats of human persistence and innovation.

In this article let’s look at some famous street foods in Dubai to tingle your taste buds.  So, let’s start our Gastro Tour with Dubai’s best local Street food items. 

 Head straight to the streets of Al Karama, Al Barsha, Jumeirah to make your tummy happy. Below are some of the best 10 street food items which you should never miss while in Dubai.

  • Shawarma
  • Oman Chips Roll 
  • Nutella and Oman Chips Reggae
  • Cheese potato Oman chips
  • Chips Sandwich
  • Samboosa
  • Falafel
  • Bun Kebab
  • Anda Parotta roll
  • Manakish

Now, let’s see what the fuss about these food items is really about and why they are the best.

Best Street Foods in Dubai

1.  Shawarma:

A mouth-watering authentic non-vegetarian delicacy, Shawarma, is Dubai’s famous street food. A  slice of chicken, lamb, veal,  beef, or turkey is rolled in a soft flatbread that is steamed or heated. Fillings like finger chips, fresh vegetables, onions, garlic paste, pickles, and various sauces are added for flavor. This Dubai famous street food Depending on the place you eat, the Shawarma is either spicy or meaty. 

Price: Starts from INR 100

Best Places: Farzi Cafe Al Safa St; Grand Station Lebanese Authentic Street Food, Shiraz Night, Al Mallah  and many more 

2.  Oman Chip rolls:

Chips! An all-time childhood favorite snack. A budget street food in Dubai, Oman Chip rolls are plain rolls on which a thick layer of cheese is spread and stuffed with Oman Chips. A perfect picnic snack.

Price: Starts from INR 60

Best places : Freez, Chai Sai cafetaria

3. Nutella and Oman Chips Reggae:

Ever heard of Reggae?? It is a homemade bread made of whole wheat flour, bran, salt, and water. Using water the dough is spread evenly on a hot girdle and cooked till crisp. A thin layer of Nutella is spread on it and crushed Oman chips are spread around. Neatly folded and served, bite into this spicy chocolaty hot crispy Reggae, the best Dubai street food.

Price: Starts from INR 143

Location: Al Labeeb Grocery

4. Cheese potato Omani chips parotta: 

The delicious Parotta is a budget street food in Dubai popular among the tourists. Parotta is a flatbread made out of all-purpose flour, water, and salt. A slice of cheese is placed in the center of the parotta and crushed Omani chips and cut boiled potatoes along with some tangy spices are added. The parotta is rolled up and served, a must-have epic dish in Dubai. 

Price: Starts from INR 80

Best Place: Abdullah Omar Cafetaria

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5.  Chips sandwich:

A one of its kind dish preferred by tourists of all ages, Chip Sandwich, Dubai’s famous street food is unique in taste. Cheese, pieces of samosas, potato fries, and veggies are arranged on a flatbread. Assorted spices are added for flavor. This is covered by another piece of flatbread and the dish is grilled to perfection and rolled in butter paper and served. 

 Price: Starts from INR 160

Best Place: Al Halawa Cafetaria

6. Samboosa:

Our very own Samosa is popularly known as Samboosa in Dubai. A deep-fried thin triangle-shaped pastry filled with a mixture of beef or meat with vegetables and spices for the biting flavor. A Dubai street food not to be missed. 

Price: Starts from INR 300

Best Places: Farzi cafe; Satwa Palace; Al Abra Cafetaria

7.  Falafel:

A famous dish in Dubai, Falafel is a deep-fried patty made of chickpea and spices. These falafels are generally served with sauce or wrapped in a roll with fresh tomatoes, lettuce, finger chips, and garlic sauce. one of the best street food in Dubai.

Price: Starts from INR 60

Best places: Parisian Cafetaria; Operation Falafel; My Falafel

8. Bun Kebab:

At Global village, Bun Kebab is the most sought-after Dubai street food. It is a burger-like dish, with a patty as soft as paste sandwiched inside the bun smeared with chutney and topped with an omelet or fried egg, onions, and tomatoes. The patties made of ground beef, mutton, or chicken, boiled with ground lentils, powdered cumin seeds are fried in oil or butter. A dash of ketchup or yogurt chutney makes the dish the best street food in Dubai.

Price: Starts from INR 400

Best Places: Pakistani bun Kabab, Shami Bun Kabab,

9.  Anda cheese Parotta roll:

Egg Omelette with cheese wrapped up in parotta, a flatbread with layers made out of all-purpose flour which is chewy. A smear of cream cheese and hot sauce and crushed papery crispy chili potato Omani chips make this a must-eat Dubai famous street food.

Price: Starts from INR 180

Best places: PNR Paratha N’ Rolls, Paratha King, Raju 

10. Manakkish:

The Lebanese Pizza made by using a variety of bread with cheese which is cooked in an oven and added with toppings such as meat or vegetables like lettuce onions as well as in preferred oil and assorted spices. An amazing Dubai street food to test your palette!

Price: Starts from INR 300 

Best Places: Al Mallah; Al Rigga and many more

Best Food places in Dubai

Some of the best places for street food to overload your taste buds are;

1.  Downtown Dubai:

A perfect destination for some awesome international cuisines. The Dubai Downtown streets offer a wide option of open-air dining, cafes, restaurants, food trucks which cannot be missed by tourists visiting Burj Khaleefa.

The Downtown food street is crammed with tourists in the evenings for the delicious mouth-watering street food such as the Costilla taco, Egg and cheese feteer, Souffle Cheese Cake, Falafel, Indian cuisines, and many more.

Surrounded by some of the iconic buildings, the visitors are treated to luxurious living as well as vast eateries making it one of the preferred tourist destinations in the world.

Location: Situated along Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

 Timings: Midday to Midnight

Best Food Joints: Maiz Taco Food Truck, Baker and Spice, Zuma, Zaroob

2.  Meena Bazar- Bur Dubai:

Experience the most mouth-watering dishes at one of the liveliest oldest places in Dubai. Meena Bazar is not only the busiest shopping place but also one of the best food places in Dubai. 

Experience the ravishing street food of the Chinese, Nepalese, Pakistanis, Indian, Persian, Lebanon, Syrian and Arabian at pocket-friendly prices. This place is almost ‘Little India’ for the vast Indian population you can find here. No wonder you will get to gorge on the deep-fried Indian snacks such as samosas, bhajis, Pakoras and the different styles of Biryani and stews. Kebabs and Iranian cuisines are also specialties here.

Location: Close to Khalid Bin Waleed Street, Bur Dubai, Dubai

Timings: 8am-12pm

Best  Food Joints:  Al Ustad Special Kabab 

3.  2nd December street ( formerly Al Diyafah Road):

Thinking where to have street foods in Dubai? Dash to this street tucked away between the beachside suburbs and the skyscrapers for some iconic food joints serving Persian, Indian, Pakistani, Lebanese, and Filipino food. Some of the cheapest yet tasty foods are served at the Afghan Bakery. The place brims with tourists and locals alike after sunset to savor authentic Dubai street food.

The Dubai street food market is famous for hot bread, hummus, fried kebab, fattoush, chocolates, traditional sweets, juices. You name it they serve here. No wonder you can spot hordes of tourists enjoying their favorite food at the various restaurants, cafes, or bakeries.

Location: Jumeirah Street, the cross of 2nd December Street, Dubai

Timings: 10 am- 8pm

Best  Food Joints: Al Mallah, Ravi’s kitchen, Pars Iranian Kitchen, Delhi Darbar

4.  Satwa:

One of the best street food places in Dubai, Satwa is located near Bur Dubai in a compact neighborhood. The street has a host of coffee shops, cafes, hole in the wall eateries specializing in Persian, Pakistani, Indian, Lebanese, and Filipino cuisines. 

This street is popular for Kabyan Filipino cuisine, manakeesh, samoosa, kababs, and many Emirati specialties.

If you are wondering where to have street food in Dubai, then head to Al Satwa where you will find some iconic eateries and hence a popular joint for localities and tourists.

Location: The Satwa District is located at the southernmost of Dubai.

Timings: 10:00 a.m till midnight

Best  Food Joints: Pars Iranian Kitchen, Ravi’s, Delhi Darbar, Lebanese shawarma bistros, Al mallah 

5.  Global Village:

Open for 6 months a year from November to April, Global village is a potpourri of world cuisine in one place.  As the name suggests you get authentic street food from chats to hamburgers at the pavilions of countries from all over the world.

One of the best food places in Dubai, Global village is one of the top attractions in Dubai for the food courts and stalls selling textiles and herbs, and artifacts at a very reasonable price. The culture and specialties of the countries participating are to be seen to believe.  Samboosa, Shawarma, Luqaimat, skirt burger, Turkish ice cream, Thai pad, and many more.

Experience a unique experience with family! 

Location: Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Dubai 

Timings: 4 pm to 1 am (Mondays are for families and ladies)

 Best Food Joints: Pakistani Joint, Arab Pavilion, Indian pavilion, Thai pavilion

6.  Al Karama:

One of the best Dubai street food markets, Al Karama, with over 300 stores not only satisfies your cravings for budgetary shopping but also lures you to grab lip-smacking delicious dishes at amazing prices. Popular as ‘Little Manila ’ since there are a lot of Filipinos settled here you get signatures Filipino street dishes such as deep-fried orange e quails eggs and deep-fried chicken. 

Parsi, Lebanese and Indian foods such as chili cheese vada pav, Lebanese Pizza, bakalava are also popular among the tourists 

One of the oldest places in Dubai, Al Karama has a  number of restaurants and street-side joints offering Dubai’s most delicious street food at pocket-friendly prices.

Location: 18b Street, Next to The He Karama Fish Market, Dubai

Timings: 10am – 10pm

Best  Food Joints: The chaat Bazaar, Kebab Bistro, Al Reef Lebanese Bakery

7.  Al Mateena and Muraqqat streets – Diera:

Dubai’s downtown area Deira’s best food street Al Mateena and Muraqqat streets is a haven for tourists who are seeking two in one enjoyment. Tucked around the famous Dubai’s gold souk the Dubai downtown streets serve the most lip-smacking food 24*7 after a day of sightseeing at some of the most famous landmarks. 

The Al Mateena street is popular among ex-pats and tourists for mutton Peshawari Kadai curry, biriyani, and paratha. The Muraqqat street is popular for tender lamb shawarma and mansouf, a bedouin dish of rice and lamb. Hop into any of the Iraqi kebab joints, Arabic and Iranian eateries, Lebanese bakeries, and sweet shops for saliva drooling dishes available at cheap prices. 

Location: Eastern Dubai, in the heart of Deira, Dubai

Timings: Open 24 hours

Best Food Joints: Al Jazeira Streets, Karachi bakery, and Qwaider Al Nabulsi, Ashwaq Cafeteria, Al Abra Cafeteria, Aroos Damascus

8. Sheikh Zayed road:

Sheikh Zayed Street famous for its mind-boggling neck-breaking skyscrapers starting from the Emirate towers to Burj Khalifa, is also famous for the variety of street food it offers especially the Emirati food.

The place is teeming with awe-inspiring food trucks from different parts of the world serving their authentic street food all through the day. If you are on the lookout for the best food places in Dubai then this is ‘The place’ since it is open 24*7 and delicious sumptuous food is served even at midnight. The egg and cheese feteer, Chicken drifter, Jamaican Mosa, Okonomiyaki, beef samosa to name a few are some of the top-notch street foods you should not miss.

Location: Starting from landmark Emirates Towers to the Burj Khalifa

Timings: Open 24 hours

Best Food Joints: Bentota. My Mosa, Zaroob

9.  Al Barsha:

The local eateries on Al Barsha are one of the tempting places for extravagant delicacies. Cuisines from Italy, Thai, Lebanon, Iran, Nepal, Philippines, and  Indian are served with luscious flavor. The most popular Dubai street food market which serves a blend of Asian cuisine with mid-eastern cuisine is also a melting pot of culture.

 When in Al Barsha do not miss the koshari, Kunafa, and Toshka which are exceptionally delicious.

Location: Al Barsha is located in west Dubai

Timings: 24 hours

Best  Food Joints: Al Amoor Express, Feras Aldiyafa Sweets, Hannouf, Melt room

10.  Jumeirah Beach:

Jumeirah means beautiful and Jumeirah beach is one of the most beautiful places in Dubai and the most sought-after destinations for its luxurious experiences, aquatic adventures at the park and the beach, and of course the multitude of restaurants and eateries. 

For an unforgettable experience of dining on multi cuisines do not miss the famous Chebab, Halloumi wrap, Omani chips, Churrasquinho, and Akawi Cheese Manakish. The Emirati traditional dishes are served with innovative twists. You can see the crowd waiting in queues at some of the famous food joints proving that it is definitely one of the best food places in Dubai.

Location: Jumeirah, Dubai

Timings: 24 hours

Best  Food Joints: Al Ijaza Cafeteria,  Paratha’Ta,  Brazil food truck, Umm Suqueim, Hum Yum, Logma 

Final thoughts:

Not all experiences have to burn a hole in your pockets. Some are downright simple and joyful. Instead of going to fancy dinners and spending a considerable amount of money and have cuisines which you might get in any other restaurant in any other place; head to the street stalls, hole-in-the-walls, modest eateries, and family-run restaurants that can resemble cafeterias for a local experience and to mingle and eat how the locals do.

PS: The best time would be during the Dubai Street Food Festival (usually falls in February of every year), where the streets are on fire with a lot of energy and enthusiasm and lined with some mouth-watering and delicious food.

Visiting at least one island destination is always on everyone’s bucket list. However, there is only one mysteriously gorgeous archipelago that comes under the Indian constituency. And that is none other than the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. They are named as one of the most gorgeous islands among the world’s famous island destinations. But why did we called it “mysterious”? You will know in a while.

Andaman archipelago consisting of about more than 300 islands is a combination of spectacular beauty along with some dark secrets too. It is unmatched in its vibrant coral reefs, exotic species of flora and fauna, mesmerizing beaches, scenes of swaying palm trees, tranquilizing nature and you name it. As if this weren’t enough, and to add a tinge of spice to it, this island is also home to an active volcano as well. And this is the only volcano of India and the only active one in South Asia, along with the group of volcanoes ranging from Sumatra to Myanmar.

Among these 300 islands, only a few of them are commercialized and have been adapted to tourism whereas many others are still unexplored and uninhabited. And a few are even home to indigenous tribes who even now are miles away from civilization and are known to be notoriously dangerous and extremely possessive about their territories. 

With such a diverse nature, you can only expect what all you might get to see. Presently getting popularized for solo tourism, this is a destination that is also suitable for adventurous buddy trips, relaxed family vacations, and even romantic honeymoons.

In this Andaman Tour Guide, we have collated the most essential information that will be required for a vacation starting from the documentation required for the trip. So, what are you waiting for, let’s get exploring?

What permits are required to enter Andaman?

The first and most important step for any travel-related plans is to know what all documents and permits you will require to enter your destination. This is also one of the most tedious jobs that come with traveling. Being Indian citizens we need visas and valid passports to almost 90% of the destinations across the world. Here too you might be wondering about Andaman Visa requirements for Indians.

Well, we have relieving news! As Andaman is a Union Territory of India you need not have to apply for any permits. Even currency-wise, Indian Rupees are what is used there too. So, no need to worry; you can have a tension-free Andaman Trip this time!

However, to enter tribal settlements you need special permissions along with a detailed description of the reason for your visit. These kinds of permissions to visit tribal areas are granted only by the Deputy Commissioner, Andaman District. Even the permanent residents of the Andaman Islands are restricted from entering into these tribal reserves.

How to reach Andaman?

You have two options for transit to Andaman. You can either fly or sail your way to the island nation.

Flights: You can book direct flights from all the major cities in India directly to Port Blair. It takes a max of 2 hours from airports like – Chennai and Kolkata. You can also book from the capital- Delhi, but it will take you about 5 hours and will anyways be routed through Chennai itself. Operators who run direct flights are – GoAir, Vistara, SpiceJet, IndiGo, Air India, and AirAsia India.

Ships: People who want to experience open ocean traveling can book ships. Though it is one of the most beautiful experiences and a must-have on the bucket list, it will take you almost two whole days to reach your destination. This is the only drawback of traveling on a ship to Andaman. Hence most of them prefer to save time and fly. If you want to explore sailing you will have to book your vessels from the ports of Chennai, Kolkata, or Vizag.

Trip Cost: On a whole, an Andaman trip cost from India for a person will vary depending on the tour packages and the operators you choose. It can start from approximately INR 15K and range up to INR 30K or more(excluding travel tickets).

Flight Tickets: A round trip flight may cost you not more than INR 9K if booked well in advance. And if you plan on traveling through a ship, it might cost you about INR 20K per person- for a round trip.

Where to stay in Andaman?

Deciding where to stay in an unknown destination is really a daunting task. You will need to really put pen to paper and do research on what are the places you want to visit, what are the activities you want to take part in and based on these you will have to choose the best among the available options.

You should also keep in mind the distance from your choice of stay to the Andaman airport, and also if there are shops or markets nearby just for the sake of any emergency.

Given that Andaman is a tourist destination that attracts thousands throughout the year and from across the globe, it houses all kinds of accommodation options. From budget hostels to luxurious villas, you can choose anything that suits you.

Keeping all the above pointers in mind, we have provided you with the top accommodation options categorized by budget and area. Given that not all the islands of Andaman are inhabited, we have lesser options for a safe stay. So, post a lot of research we have come up with this list of hotels along with their approximate prices per day (approx amount in INR) that have been classified accordingly.

Havelock Island:

3 Star Hotels:

    • Havelock Island Beach Resort  (5K to 6K)
    • Munjoh Ocean Resort  (9K to 15K)
    • Wild Orchid Resort  (5K to 6K)

4 Star Hotels:

    • Barefoot at Havelock (10K to 15K)
    • Silver Sand Beach Resort (10K to 30K)

Neil Island:

3 Star Hotels:

    • Coco-N-huts Beach Resort (3K to 6K)
    • Seashell Neil (8K to 13K)
    • Pearl Park Beach Resort (3K to 6K)

4 Star Hotels:

    • Summer Sand Beach Resort (7K to 12K)
    • Silver Sand Beach Resort (7K to 17K)

Port Blair:

3 Star Hotels:

    • Ross View Hotel & Resort (4K to 8K)
    • Hotel De Marina (4K to 6.5K)

4 Star Hotel:

    • Fortune Resorts Bay Island (Starting at 11K)

Best Time to Visit Andaman Islands:

The best time to visit Andaman is between October and May as the weather gets pleasant and you will be able to enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

How to travel around Andaman Island?

Traveling in Andaman is not complex as it might seem. Public transport is easily available for tourists as well. They are fairly priced. You have options to choose from, taxis, government and private buses, auto-rickshaws, and also mini buses. You can also get bicycles for hire. This is a mode of transport that is catching up with the tourists as it is eco-friendly, economical and a healthy alternative too.

In order to travel between islands, Andaman provides various ferry services. There are different ferries for different purposes. We have listed a few of them that you can use for your transportation.

Tourist ferry: Though comparatively small in size, they can accommodate about over 100 people at once. There are two decks, upper and lower. Air-conditioned ferries are also available. However, here there is no canteen or snack counters and hence if you are taking a tourist ferry to make sure you pack what you need for your journey. However, one disadvantage here is that there is no seating available on the upper deck. You will be able to enjoy uninterrupted views of the great ocean on all your sides.

Local ferry: This ferry is larger in size and has seating arrangements in both the upper and lower decks. The upper deck/bunk is considered to be a luxury deck with good seating arrangements. Whereas the lower deck has just plain benches to sit on. They do not have air-conditioned compartments in them. There is a snack bar as well that provides tea, snacks, and water bottles. The only drawback being, given its size it takes twice the time taken by the tourist ferry.

Infiniti liveaboard: These are the most luxurious ships there are in Andaman. These ships are usually preferable for a tour cruise package. They offer in-house dining, diving experiences, and even sightseeing tours. Most of the foreign tourists choose these ships to get exquisite diving experiences.

Apart from these, they also provide local and luxury catamarans, seaplanes, and helicopter services. But since these burn a considerable size of the hole in your pockets majority of the tourists don’t prefer hiring them.

Best places to visit in Andaman:

Given that there are more than 500 islands in Andaman and most of them are still undiscovered and some even being restricted you will really have a tough job selecting Andaman tourist places. Andaman is an island nation that not only has gorgeous beaches and mesmerizing nature but is also fully loaded with culture and history.

The government is also working tirelessly towards preserving and protecting their heritage and hence you will have a truckload of tourist spots to choose from.

We have tried and collated the best places to visit in Andaman suitable for all kinds of travelers. There is something for each and every one of you visiting Andaman. This space is not enough for us to mention all the Andaman tourist places. So we have handpicked a few of the places that are never to be missed. To make it easier for you to navigate, we have segregated it according to the places they are situated in.

Get exploring…

Havelock Island:

1. Radhanagar Beach:

One of Asia’s cleanest beaches with pearly white sand and glass-like water. Also voted as one of the best in the world, this beach is commonly referred to as Beach No.7. Surrounded by lush greenery, it is an ideal spot to relax and have an early morning or pleasant evening stroll. This beach is also ideal for swimming and watersports activities.

2. Mesmerizing bioluminescence:

On a moonless night on the beach of Havelock island, witness the water transform into a star-filled sky. This is due to the presence of abundant phytoplankton, a microorganism that moves in the sea and emits light which makes the sea glow during the night. This phenomenon is called Bioluminescence and a boat ride at night gives you a feeling of traversing the universe. Go on a night kayaking trip for a once-in-a-lifetime experience where you will be amidst blue-tinged water that resembles a starlit sky.

Port Blair:

1.  Cellular Jail:

A colonial time prison that is a solemn reminder of India’s freedom struggle. Cellular jail was used by the Britishers to imprison the Indian political prisoners and rebels who raised voice and fought for their rights against the British rule. Also known as Kala Pani or black water, it was surrounded by sea on all sides making it impossible for the prisoners to escape.

2. Chidiya Tapu:

Known as the Bird Island for the abundant resident and migratory birds, Chidiya Tapu with its lush tropical forest and mangroves is one of the must-see destinations on a tourist list. Apart from bird watching you can indulge in various water sport activities such as Scuba diving, Snorkeling, pearl hunting and relax on the beach with family and absorb the stunning sunset as the orange ball dips into the ocean.

3. Mahatma Gandhi Marine National park:

Also known as the Wandoor National Park, it is one of the most famous protected Marine parks in India, which protects and conserves the fringing coral reefs and nesting sea turtles. The park covers 15 uninhabited islands out of which only 2 are open for tourists. Do not miss the glass bottom boat ride along with the mangrove islands as it gives you an opportunity to watch underwater live corals, a shoal of colorful fishes, molluscs, starfish, crocodiles, and many more.

4. Mount Harriet National Park:

Home to the 3rd highest peak in Andaman, the Mount Harriet, Mount Harriet National park created out of the lush Evergreen and deciduous forest is rich in flora and fauna. The park houses over 400 species of plant species and is home to a variety of birds, reptiles, mammals, and moths some of which are endemic such as Andaman wood pigeon, Andaman serpent eagle, Andaman Treepie, Andaman cobra, nestling green sea turtles, olive ridley turtles, Andaman wild pigs to name a few. The park is also a hotspot for butterflies due to the various plant species.

Neil Island:

1.  Lakshmanpur Beach I and II:

Beach No.1, Lakshmanpur Beach at Lakshmanpur village in Neil Island is popular among tourists for its spectacular sunset views. The White sand, clear shallow water, corals, seashells, and dense forests lining the shores attract tourists to this triangular-shaped beach for a relaxed holiday. The tip of the triangle offers the best sunset view.

Beach no.2 is famous for its natural bridge which is actually a rock naturally eroded by the waves to form a huge bridge-like structure. You can reach the first bridge by walking over dead corals. There is a second natural bridge that can be approached by walking through slippery stones and water giving a feeling of walking through a natural aquarium since you can see live corals and fishes. One of the best instagrammable spots.

2. Bharatpur Beach:

One of the best beaches on Neil Island with clear shallow water, picturesque surroundings, white sand, and rich marine life. Also known as Beach no.4, Bharatpur beach is also famous for its stunning sunrise and sunset views. One of the most popular destinations with family and friends, the beach devoid of rock is ideal for swimming and water sports activities like banana boat rides, glass-bottom boat rides, and jet skiing.

Top 10 things to do in Andaman:

Being surrounded by a deep blue ocean and with wild and untamed nature on all sides waiting to be explored one can only imagine the varieties of activities they get to take part in. With so many options, you will never get a question like – What to do in Andaman? in your minds. It won’t be wrong in saying that Andaman is an adventure seeker’s paradise. You are about to know why!

Here are our top 10 things to do in Andaman;

1.  Seaplane Riding:

Soar like an eagle and feel lightweight in this tiny plane that is bound to be one of your most memorable planes rides ever. Have a bird’s eye view of all the famous landmarks such as the cellular jail, Ross Island, Mount Harriet, and many more. Experience the beauty of Andaman island like never before. This plane is so small that it can also be easily landed at any feasible point of your will. And this can carry only up to 8 to 10 passengers at a time.

Per person cost: approx INR 4,000.

2. Sea Walking:

This is one of the most adventurous and out-of-the-box underwater sports in Andaman. This island is a whole package in terms of tourist satisfaction. From experiencing peace and calm to having an adrenaline rush, you will be able to experience it all. You will not only be able to enjoy a walk along the shores but you will be able to experience even walking on the sea bed. Just to add some seasoning to your normal walk in the park, you can as well choose to walk in the sea alongside school fishes, turtles, and mesmerizing corals, and many more such aquatic animals. Isn’t this extremely fascinating? No wonder this is one of the best things to do in Andaman.

Per person cost: approx INR 4,000.

3. Glass Bottom Boating:

Boat rides in the ocean are in themselves a charmer. Splashing through waves of water, gliding your fingers through their gushing currents is a feeling of freedom in itself. In addition to this if you can also see what happiness beneath you, how would you feel?
That would make for a great and unforgettable experience. Well, in Andaman you have boats that have glass floors so that you can also get to see the movements below you. This is a vision one needs to experience at least once in a lifetime. You could even be riding over a dolphin for all you know!

Per person cost: approx INR 2,000.

4. Cellular Jail’s Light and Sound Show:

Being one among the best places to visit in Andaman, the Cellular Jail or also known as the Kala Pani, is a renowned historical landmark of the islands. Declared as the National Memorial, it tells the tales of the struggles and sacrifices our forefathers made in order to earn our country’s freedom and independence. One among the most notorious jails, you will be able to grasp the magnum impact by attending the splendid sound and light show that takes place post-sunset. Do not miss it!

Per person cost: approx INR 40

5. Snorkeling:

Synonymous with watersports activities, snorkeling is one of the best and most stress-relieving activities you can ever participate in. Andaman’s snorkeling hotspots are world-famous for their terrific and vibrant coral reefs, aquatic flora, and fauna. PADI-certified professionals will accompany you. Hence there is no cause to fret. You will be provided sufficient training and instructions will be imparted before you take up your snorkeling activity. For this activity, you need not have to be an expert at swimming as well. With just a breathing apparatus and some flappers, you are good to go. When you get some time, do make a point to try this sport.

Per person cost: approx INR 1,500.

6. Scuba diving:

The one sport that is a mandate on every watersport activity is scuba diving. The thrill it imbibes in you is inexplicable. Diving into the depths of the ocean is not an easy task to muster. There is no requirement for a description regarding this activity. This is the postcard activity, or you can also call it the face of the underwater sports activities. Surround yourself with some of the most beautiful creatures in the world to understand the depths of this planet’s creation. However, you don’t need to worry about your safety, you will; at all times be accompanied by a guide who will assist you with anything and everything for the whole duration of this activity.

Per person cost: approx INR 3000.

7. Trekking:

Experience the serenity of nature by trekking the wilderness of Andaman islands. This island is equally rich in greens and blues. Surrounded by stunning oceanic floors and sweeping panoramic views, it is not hard to find trekking routes along the jungle trails or even along the beaches. Many tourists and sports enthusiasts prefer to at least take up one trekking expedition when in Andaman. Hiking through the thick forests and camping in unruly yet tranquil places is a never to miss the opportunity. Some of the most famous trails are- Havelock to Elephant Beach, Mount Harriet to Madhuban, Chidiya Tapu to Kala Pahaad, Saddle Peak, and Diglipur Island to Raman Caves.

Per person cost: approx starts from INR 1,000(depends on the trek)

8. Swim with Elephants:

As soon as you read this subtitle, you will definitely have some imagination in your mind. Let us assure you, your imagination is what you are bound to experience. A definitely one of its kind experience. You will literally be swimming alongside a humongous elephant rather than the usual fishes and turtles that you are bound to see in common. The Elephant Beach of Havelock Island is one of the most visited beaches of the Andaman Islands. The crystal clear waters of the beach and the golden sand itself are enough to allure you onto its shores. Being one of the top 10 things to do in Andaman make sure you do not miss this golden opportunity. However, be mindful of checking and booking your slots well in advance as this leisure activity is high in demand.

Per person cost: Depends on the operator, elephant, and the duration of your activities.

9. Kayak through the Mangroves:

The most peaceful activity of all- kayaking is a wonderful activity that will take you through the waters, along the magnificent sceneries in a small boat which can take a maximum of about two people. Glide through the solitude of the enchanting mangrove forests and discover some of the most mind-blowing mazes created by the roots of these plants. Kayak is the best mode of transport in order to enjoy the true beauty of nature.

Per person cost: approx INR 2,000

10. Take on a Volcanic Tour:

Volcanoes always attract curiosity. It is not easy to get to see a volcano, especially in India. And India’s only active volcano is on this wonderful island. And hence this criteria definitely makes it a mandatory thing to do in Andaman. Situated in Barren Island, about 138 km northeast of Port Blair, you will get to see this fascinating phenomenon right in the middle of a no-man’s island. This will definitely be your trip-of-a-lifetime.

Per person cost: Only transportation fees(depends on the type of boat you choose)

Procedures Regarding COVID-19 Traveling Issued by The Directorate of Tourism, Andaman and Nicobar Administration:

  • Tourists will be tested at the airport, results will be given within 20 minutes at the airport itself 500 INR per person. And if they test positive they have to undergo institutional isolation till recovery from COVID-19.
  • Alternatively, tourists can carry a Negative Test Report from an ICMR approved lab using RTCPR or True Nat Test, just before 48 before starting the journey.
  • If in case tourists develop symptoms, they have to immediately report it to the nearest PHC/CHC and take necessary steps per the doctor’s advice.
  • Traveling to the North and Middle Andaman Islands, is still not permitted for tourism purposes.
  • If the tourist tests positive on arrival at the airport, they will have to undergo institutional isolation and the cost has to be borne by the tourist.

Things to Note:

  • Public beaches will remain open only from 10 am to 5 pm
  • The social distancing of a minimum of two meters distance is mandatory in public places.
  • An only a limited number of tourists are allowed to the Cellular Jail and the tickets will be issued only through the internet.
  • Though planning and booking everything well in advance is the best way to travel, we would advise you not to do so given the current circumstances.
  • Masks are mandatory in public places.
  • People above 65 years of age will not be allowed to travel
  • Thermal checking and scanning are made available at every entry and exit point.
  • No group photography is permitted in public places.
  • A list of places and activities are still not open for tourism, so please do a thorough check and then proceed with your plans

General travel tips:

Though Andaman comes under the Indian territory, and the rules and regulations might be similar there are certain things you need to keep in mind and be cautious about them. Here are some of the most basic and nuanced tips for Andaman tour;

  • Ancient monuments and National Parks are an integral part of our culture and heritage and the government is making all the needed efforts to restore them to their past glory. So, please abide by the rules and follow the directions provided.
  • Tourist spots are the hub for fraudulent guide activities. Hence be very careful and only avail of the services of authorized tourist guides.
  • Given it’s a hot spot for water sports activities you will find many self-proclaimed instructors. However, don’t fall into their traps and always seek the services of certified scuba instructors having certification from organizations like PADI, CMAS, NAUI, BSAC, or SSI.
  • There are provisions to hire vehicles. However, you need to keep all your documents such as – driving license, permit, and passport handy while driving and follow the traffic rules to the “T”.
  • Photography/videography of Airports, Government dockyard, defense establishments, Naval wharves, Dhanikhari Dam, and Tribal Reserve areas is prohibited.
  • Consult lifeguards before entering the ocean.
  • Throwing plastics and non-biodegradable waste into the sea is treated as an offense.
  • Be careful while clicking photographs near corals. You are not allowed to stand on the reefs. And also collecting corals – dead or alive is a punishable offense.
  • Carry traveler cheques and enough cash at all times. Credit cards such as MasterCard, Visa, and Amex are also widely accepted in Andaman.
  • There are strict prohibitions on nudity & alcohol consumption on beaches and public places.
  • Always keep a copy of all your documents with you and give a copy to your people back home and keep one in your hotel room, just for emergencies.
  • Do carry all your medications and prescriptions with you. Given you might be traveling through the sea most of the time, according to your itinerary, if you are prone to sea-sickness you will need all the respective medications.
  • Last but not the least, always have emergency contacts handy.
          a. Police – 100
          b. Fire services – 101
          c. Ambulance – 232102 / 233473
          d. Women – 1091
          e. Children – 1098
          f. Coast guard – 155211
          g. Disaster management – 1070 / 238881

Andaman packages by Dimaak:

We at Dimaak, aim to provide great vacation experiences to our customers by tailoring them to fit them exactly per their needs. From luxurious and romantic honeymoon packages to economical and relaxing family holiday packages, we offer them all. 

Do visit our website or reach out to us anytime to Book your Andaman Packages Online.

Final Thoughts!

The tourist spots mentioned here are just a glimpse into what Andaman can actually offer. These are the cream of the lot. There are a lot more places on this mesmerizing island. Hope this brief Andaman tour guide provided answers to all your queries. If you need any more details regarding your trip or any of the aspects of our Andaman trip packages, do drop in a comment. We would assist you in any way possible.

The Jewel of Indonesia, Bali is a wonderland that is not short of any paradise. Best suited for any kind of vacation, be it a honeymoon or a jolly trip with friends, or an adventurous one, Bali has it all covered. From sweeping panoramic vistas to raging, fierce volcanoes. There is no other destination better than Bali to have your thirst for adventure quenched. 

Get, Set, Start!

What activities can you do in Bali?

This is a question that is hard to answer in just a few words. So, here we have picked a few of the top ones you should never miss especially if you are an adventure geek!

So let’s get packing and moving!

To just make things easy for you to find the right kind of adventure that suits your taste, we have categorized them into the mode of adventure they are based on. 

Adventures Up in the Air:

1.  Glide along with Paragliding

Flying like a bird over the Paradise on Earth, what more could you ask for? Yes, Paragliding is one of the extreme adventures in Bali, where you jump out of an aircraft wearing a special parachute that allows you to travel freely horizontally till you reach the ground. 

Glide over the blue ocean and the greeneries at Ubud wander in the sky over the white beach sand and the blue ocean at Timbis beach in Kuta, fly from the pristine beauty Sawangan cliff at Nusa dua or paraglide over the picturesque Nyang Nyang Beach, reefs, and the sacred temples at Uluwatu.

The best seasons for paragliding are from April to November and the best time to fly is between 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. You can fly solo or in tandem.

Best Location/Operator: Bali paragliding tours, RIUG Paragliding

Cost of the activity: from INR 8200

Age Limit: Minimum 5 years

Timing: from 10:00 a.m depends on the operator

2.  Swing with a Panoramic view:

The mention of swing brings your childhood memories alive, isn’t it? So bring back your childhood days by swinging in Bali with breathtaking views for your background. 

One of the most thrilling activities to do in Bali is to swing high above the trees, rice fields, valleys, and cliffs and get a spectacular view of the lakes, waterfalls, and the lush jungles below..

Swing from as high as 10 m to the thrilling sway at a height of 78 m from the ground at the Bali Swing. Swing through the tropical jungle at Lekaja Bali Swing, instagrammable photoshoot while swinging at the Wanagiri Hidden Hills Swing, Swing facing the waterfall at the Balansingha Waterfall Swing, swing between coconut trees at the Zen Hideaway Ubud are some of the most popular swinging at Bali.

Must Read: 10 Best Waterfalls in Bali

Best Location/Operator: Bali swing, Aloha Ubud Swing

Cost of the activity: around INR 2600 depending on the location and package

Age Limit: 5 yrs to 70 yrs

Timing: 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m

3.  Sail in the Air with Parasailing:

The pristine beaches of Bali attract tourists from all over the world for the adventurous water sport activities it offers especially Parasailing. Also known as Parascending or Parakiting, you will be harnessed to a specially designed canopy that resembles a parachute which is connected by a rope to a speed boat. You are advised to walk or run towards the boat and the boat speeds uplifting you up in the air, flying like a bird, the speed of the boat is controlled to maintain the desired height. Fly solo or in tandem for a thrilling adventure that lasts 6 minutes.

Soar high up in the sky over the Bali sea capturing the verdant view of the white sand and the turquoise-green waters with warm breeze brushing your face, heart pumping hard for a memorable unforgettable experience. One of the must-do activities in Bali.

Best Location/Operator: Bali Parasailing adventure, Parasailing Adventure, Tanjung Benoa Watersport

Cost of the activity: around INR 560

Age Limit: 7 years and above

Word of Caution: Not advisable for people with heart conditions, ear infections, respiratory problems, and woman who are pregnant

4.  Experience the terrific Helicopter ride:

One of the most popular adventure sports in Bali which covers a lot of scenic places within a short span of 30 minutes is the Helicopter ride. If you don’t have much time and would not like to miss out on some of the beauties that Bali has to offer then opt for this amazing experience. 

There are plenty of rides to choose from. Some of the best ones are: 

  1. Fly over the Kintamani volcano and get a bird’s eye view of the rice fields, Lake Batur and the Caldera, deep gorges, and enjoy the stunning vistas of the active volcanoes Mt Batur and Mt Agung.
  2. Fly over the Serangan Island, around Garuda Wisnu Monument, Padang Padang beach, ancient sacred Uluwatu temple, and to the famous water sport joint at Tanjung Benoa.
  3. Fly to the volcanic crater of Mt Batur, the Tanah Lot temple, the famous Kuta Beach, rice fields, valleys, and Ubud villages. 

Best Location/Operator: Mason Sky tours, Air Bali Helicopter

Cost of the activity: from INR 32400 depending on the tour and the duration

Age Limit: no age limit

Word of Caution: Alcohol and smoking not permitted. The ride depends on the weather conditions.

5.  Take a Long Dive from the Skies:

Soar like an eagle and float in the sky, yes one of the best adventure activities in Bali, Skydiving, a must for adventure enthusiasts. With the rush of adrenaline look down on the pint-sized temples, bleach white beaches, cliffs, and lush green paddy fields from above.

 The most popular destination for skydiving is Kuta where you can go in tandem with the instructor and dive from a height of 10000 ft and after that both of you free fall. The instructors instruct on the procedures to be followed during the dive especially during the free fall and when to open the parachute. Having said that you are fitted with all the necessary equipment like a parachute and then harnessed together with the instructor. Now you are ready for an amazing lifetime experience.

Best Location/Operator: Mudana Paya, Plouf diving

Cost of the activity: around  INR 18000

Age Limit: above 18 years

Word of Caution: Not advisable to people with a back problem, heart problem, and people with special needs

Adventures Down in the Water:

6.  Go raging with White water Rafting

Watched the movie ‘Eat Pray Love’? Rafting in Bali gained popularity thanks to this movie. The thrill of going down a river 12 or 16 km long for 2 hours in a raft challenging the high irregular waves is an unforgettable experience for beginners as well as the experienced. 

While in Bali depending on the difficulty level choose from  Ayung River Rafting in Ubud, Telaga Waja rafting, or Melangit river rafting. The Telaga waja rafting on the shallow Telaga Waja river is ideal for beginners. The 4 m drop at the Beijing Dam is the highlight of this rafting tour. The Ayung River rafting passes through plantations and stunning resorts, the highlight here is you get to see the carvings of our Ramayan and the Mahabharata on natural stones. 

The excitement of rafting through the flora and the fauna, hidden waterfalls, deep valleys, unspoiled jungles, narrow canyons, beautiful rice fields is not to be missed. Capture the memory of these exhilarating water sports  activities in Bali  for posterity 

Best Location/Operator: Ayung river rafting Ubud, Bali River Rafting Tours

Cost of the activity: From INR 3000

Age Limit: from 9 years

Timing: 7:00 a.m to 10:00 or 11:00 p.m

7.  Heart pumping Dive off the cliff:

A free-fall down the cliff, Cliff Jumping, one of the dangerous sports attracting adventure seekers is gaining popularity of late. Dive into the crystal clear turquoise blue water and discover the coral reef in one of Bali’s extreme activities. The cliff points generally have a diving board varying from 3 m to 10m and a ladder below for you to climb back to the diving spot. 

Some of the popular cliff jumps are the Devil’s Tears cliff jump at Nusa Lembongan, Mahana Point cliff jump at Nusa Ceningan, Jimbaran Point Cliff Jump, undiscovered Tegal Wangi Cliff Jump where the diving board is at a height between 3 -5 m. 

The top on the list with its 3 cliff points and 2 water slides is the  Aling Aling cliff Point 

Best Location/Operator: Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan

Cost of the activity: from INR 700

Age Limit: 10 years and above

8.  Slide down the Natural Waterfall:

Slide along the  Kroya, Aling Aling, and Twin waterfalls at Sambangan,  a picturesque location in Bali. A unique sporting activity for the adventurous, Water Slides at the Aling Aling waterfall is where you get to slide down the water before you jump off a 5m platform. There are guides to assist you in diving at various levels. The guides next take you to another level where you slide again and then dive from the 10 m platform. The last level is the 15m point. 

At Kroya waterfall, the 12 m natural water slide is exhilarating. The water flowing through the natural crevice makes a natural slide and only persons with strong hearts can take this risk. Be there by 8:00 a.m to enjoy uninterrupted slides.

Wearing life jackets provided,  venture into this fun-filled activity of sliding and diving, a once-in-a-lifetime Bali water sports activity.

Best Location/Operator: Sambangan, 

Cost of the activity: from INR 700

Age Limit: no age limit

9.  Glaze through with KiteSurfing:

A water sport that is exciting and gaining popularity in Bali, Kite surfing, is surfing with the feeling of the wind against your face. The shallow areas of the 

beaches are ideal surfing points for beginners as well as the skilled. The ideal season is May to September. 

Also known as Kiteboarding, Kite surfing which is a combination of Wakeboarding, WindSurfing, power kite flying, is one of the most exhilarating Bali activities to do. 

With the help of instructors get yourself harnessed with straps to a surfboard and enjoy the exhilarating feeling of being pulled across the water by a  large power kite. The kite is attached to a horizontal bar which is used for steering purposes. by using a 30 m long line.  The power of the wind allows it to cruise fast, jump as high as 28 m and perform some spins too. 

 If you love water, the thrill of speed on waves then Kite surfing is for you.

Best Location/Operator: Kite and surf Bali pro shop, Rip Curl School of Surfing

Cost of the activity: from INR 3500

Age Limit: from 8 years

Word of Caution: Tread carefully as there are many Crabs on the sand

10.  Adventures of the Deep Blue Sea:

To explore the marine world snorkeling and Scuba diving on the beaches of North Bali is an amazing experience. The famous scuba diving spots are at Nusa Lembongan, Amed, and Pemuteran. Blue Lagoon is one of the most famous places for snorkeling with family and friends.

The blue waters, stunning coral reefs, and rich marine life draw tourists to these spots for an out of word experience. Dive deep and unravel the mysteries of the underworld sea bed or snorkel in the shallow waters surrounded by amazing sea creatures with your loved ones for an unmissable experience. 

While Scuba diving you have to use an apparatus for breathing underwater whereas in Snorkelling the tube allows you to breathe from the surface with your face in the water.     Enjoy the vibrant coral reefs, school of fishes, and debris of ships down under in the best water sports in Bali.

Best Location/Operator: Adventure Scuba diving Bali, GEKO dive Bali – PADI 5 Star Dive

Cost of the activity: from INR 4200

Age Limit: 10 years and above

11.  Underwater scooter diving:

Riding a scooter underwater? Unbelievable isn’t it? Do not miss out on these amazing Bali adventure activities of experiencing diving underwater on a scooter.  

Bali Underwater scooter is designed for underwater diving with a self-contained breathing apparatus and providing excellent views of underwater life. So do away with back-strapped tanks and sitting in the breathing environment, control the handlebars for direction and use the batons for speed, and travel to a depth of 20m at a speed of 2 Km/hour. 

It is easy to breathe as the helmet of the motorcycle is constantly supplied with air. Feed the fishes through the observation window while down under for a fantastic experience.

Best Location/Operator: Sanur, Kuta, Nusa dua

Cost of the activity: from INR 3500 for 2

Age Limit: 9 years and above

12.  Take a ride with some unique Canyon tubes:

One of the recently included adventurous activities in the unspoiled northeast  Ubud, Canyon tubing, is a solo ride on an inflatable tube, one of the Bali activities to do. Canyon tube is a one and half hour tubing down the Pakerisan river for 4 to 5 km through waterfalls, river curves, flora and fauna, and stone hedges maneuvering on class II rapids for a memorable experience. 

Very similar to water rafting, strapped with a helmet and life vest holding on to the insides of the tube, experiencing the thrill of riding downstream through the rain forest and plunging down rocky edges is immeasurable. 

Float down the hidden canyon in the north of Payangan or descend down in a tube on the Siap stream for a memorable adventure with family and friends.

Best Location/Operator: Adventure and spirit

Cost of the activity: from INR 8200

Age Limit: from 10 years

13.  Go wild with Sea Breaching:

One of the exhilarating and jaw-dropping water sport, Sea Breaching, is a fusion of jet ski, submarine, and marine mammals. 

A water sport where you ride on a craft resembling a marine mammal sitting inside a jet-like cockpit, with a speed of 80 km per hour and dive up to 2 meters under the water at a speed of up to 40 km per hour. An edge of the seat ride with your heart pumping hard as you traverse on the water and go down in a curve-like motion. The watercraft uses glass which is similar to the glass used in F16 fighter jets.

Capture on camera as you go in and out of the water to show off to your friends. 

Best Location/Operator: Serangan watersports, Aussie Bali adventures

Cost of the activity: around INR 4500

Age Limit: 10 years and above

14.  Have fun on the Flying Fish:

One of the thrilling water sport activities, the Flying Fish ride is a water ride on a boat that resembles a fish. 3 banana boats are connected by rubber and are pulled by a speed boat. An ideal adventure activity with friends and family, fly like a fish on the crystal clear water with twists and turns like a gymnast on the picturesque Bali sea..

One of the latest entrants to the Bali adventure activities, flying fish, is a thrilling activity where you are tied to an inflatable rubber boat that is attached to a speed boat. The speed of the boat lifts you in the air and while experiencing the gush of wind blowing across your face, you literally float standing up on the waters holding on to the ropes. 

Feel like a bird while flying over the clear ocean and as the boat moves at breakneck speed, feel the adrenaline rush through the body for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Best Location/Operator: Nusa Dua Beach

Cost of the activity: from INR 2300

Age Limit: 9 yrs to 60 yrs

15.  Fly High with Flyboarding:

One of the new adventures making a foray into the field of watersports in Bali, Flyboarding or Water Jetpacks, is an activity where you soar into the sky on a flyboard attached to a Jet Ski Motor and dive like a dolphin into the water.

Provided with a backpack your foot is strapped to a special kind of boot which is attached to a surfing board. This is in turn connected with a hose to a motor and when the speed of the motor increases, the powerful water spray coming out of the nozzles from the boots lifts you  10-15 m into the air and lets you dive in the water and resurface.

The hydropower is manipulated by the instructor as per your skills. Experience the adrenaline rush in one of the most popular activities in Bali Indonesia

Best Location/Operator: Bali Apollo dive and Watersport / Tanjeng benoa

Cost of the activity: from INR 2800

Age Limit: 10Yrs

16.  Play some Board Games on Water

If you want to enjoy the beautiful coasts of Bali then cruise along the water standing upright on a single long paddle. Stand-up paddle surfing or Paddleboarding is.  one of the fun activities that do not require huge waves as rideable waves between 4 – 6 feet or flat waters are also ideal. For better balancing on the paddle kneel down and traverse the waves with more control.

The most popular places for Paddleboarding are the Sanur and Nusa dua beaches with unending water lines. The Natural reefs help the paddlers to surf on flat waters during low tide. 

A must-do activity when holidaying in the surfer’s paradise.

Best Location/Operator: Kuta Beach, Sanur Beach

Cost of the activity: from INR 3400

Age Limit: 10 years and above

Adventures on the Land:

17.  Zoom across in Zipline:

One of the thrilling and exciting sports activities in Bali where you get a Tarzan-like feeling, Zipline, is a sport for the adventure seekers.  In Zipline, wires are tied to poles or trees, and using trolleys mounted on these wires you get to glide from one end to the other catching the stunning views of the rice fields, scenic bays, splendid ocean, lush greeneries, hill views depending on the Zipline operator you choose.

For the brave-hearted, zipline at the Abyss Zipline where you glide from one rocky cliff to another across the ocean with awesome views of the waves crashing at the bay is a must-do activity. Also known as flying fox, the Treetop Adventure at Bedugul has activities for the fun seekers to the daredevils. Experience the longest zipline at 160 m traversing between trees and capturing the breathtaking views of the flora and fauna. 

Best Location/Operator: Bali Treetop Adventure Park, Abyss Zipline in Ceningan resort

Cost of the activity: INR 500

Age Limit: 7 -65 years

18.  Trek through the fierce Gunung Batur:

One of the most popular treks in Bali, Mount Batur or Gunung Batur Trek should be on top of the bucket list of things to do in Bali. One of the best adventure things to do in Bali is the sunrise hike or the sunset hike, which are to be experienced to be believed.

When you reach the peak of the 1700 meters high active volcano Gunung Batur, catch the magnificent view of the sunrise from the top or sunset as the case may be with a magnificent view of Lake Batur, peaks of Gunung Abang and Mount Agung, Bali sea, if lucky Mount Rinjani too.   

 A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Mount Batur caldera attracts tourists from all over the world. Trek to this awe-inspiring place from May to November when there is less rain.

Best Location/Operator: Bali Sunrise Trekking & Tours, Mt Batur Sunrise Trekking

Cost of the activity: from INR 475

Age Limit: no age limit

Word of caution: There are lots of Monkeys around and hence please be careful with your possessions

19.  Canyoning among the Thrilling cliffs:

For the adventure seekers thriving on thrills, Canyoning is one of the best activities that are a fusion of climbing, scrambling, rappelling while traveling in canyons. 

Hike up the canyons holding onto a rope and test your skills in balancing as the water gushes out of gorges, glides through the waterfalls, rappels through the narrow cracks in the rocks, and dives into the infinity pools. Interesting isn’t it? An activity that tests your perseverance and for the brave-hearted. 

June and August are the best seasons for this next-level sport which gives a unique experience of an all-in-one sports activity feeling. Kerenkali Canyon which is a part of Gitgit Waterfall is popular among beginners whereas Aling gorges at Sambangan is the most popular destination for hardcore adventure enthusiasts.

Best Location/Operator: Gitgit, Sambangan

Cost of the activity: from INR 8000

Age Limit: 8-65 years

20.  Ride the thrilling ATVs:

Ride on a 4 wheeled 250 cc motorbike through the spectacular rice fields, lush forests, plantations, rustic rural areas, seaside cliffs for a unique adventure in your lifetime. The ATV Quad bike ride concentrated on the northern part of Ubud provides you an opportunity to enjoy Bali’s nature and is one of the extreme adventures in Bali.

A 2-hour ride single or in tandem with a guide,  experience the Balinese way of life when traveling through the rural areas, zoom past the paddy fields, traverse through the bamboo forests, through the gorilla face cave, Waterfall river track.  An amazing experience with an All-Terrain Vehicle on challenging tracks cruise along the black sand beach, crossing fresh water streams, viewing the rural panorama.

No one can resist Bali’s charming countryside. And there’s no better way than to explore it on Quad bikes.  Ride on adventurous paths that wind through lovely plantations, bamboo forests, and charming local villages.

Best Location/Operator: Bali ATVRide, Bali ATV tour

Cost of the activity: from INR 3000

Age Limit: from 14 years

21.  Get a wholesome Adventure Package at the Treetop Adventure Park:

With   7 adventure circuits and 72 challenges like a suspended bridge, Tarzan jump, flying swing, etc, and 12 flying foxes up to 160metre in length, Bali Treetop Adventure Park at Bedugul Botanical Garden is famous for its adrenaline-pumping activities suitable for young and old alike. 

There are guides to brief you about the circuits and the safety instructions and are available throughout to assist you. Throughout the circuit, you are attached to lifeline support. The squirrel circuits are for the kids, whereas the black circuit is the one for the adventure seeker. The 2 and a half hours of adventure is one of the things to do in Bali.

From the top, you can capture the panoramic view for some instagrammable photos. Tick this one off your bucket list of must-do activities in Bali. 

 Location: Eka Karya Botanic Garden Bali, Candikuning, Bedugul, Baturiti, Tabanan, Bali 82191

Cost of the activity: kids – from INR 1000 Adult – from INR 1645

Age Limit: from 4 Yrs

Timing: 8:30 a.m to 6:00 p.m

22.  Bike your way through the rugged path: 

One of the activities to do in Bali, Dirt Bike is an exciting activity for the adventurous. Ride on a volcano, traverse through the jungle, ride on the beach, into the rice fields,  taking in the amazing view of Mt Batur, Kintamani, Lakes. 

Beginners to the experience the rides are categorized for all levels. There are a variety of bikes to choose from to tackle the difficulty levels as you will be crossing rivers, tackling logs, dense vegetation, sand dunes, sandy river beds, tricky downhill. Some of the popular dirt biking spots are Sanur, Kintamani, and Tabanan. Get your adrenaline flowing as you engage yourself in a thrilling activity. 

Best Location/Operator: Bali dirt Bike Adventures, Bali wilderness dirt bike tours

Age Limit: from 13 years

Timing: 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m

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23.  Experience the best Scenic Hikes of Bali:

Paradise on Earth, Bali, is home to historical temples, secret waterfalls, hidden jungle trails, volcanic peaks, lush rainforests, and beautiful paddy fields. A must-do activity in Bali for tourists for an out-of-world experience is to hike on one of the volcanoes or jungle trek.

The sunrise and sunset walk at the scenic Campuhan ridge walk, untouched walk through the rainforest walk at the Lake Tamblingan,  trek on the volcano and its caldera a UNESCO world heritage site at Mt Batur, walk along Tegalalang Rice terrace another UNESCO world heritage site, a nature walk at the West Bali National park, trek in the secret garden waterfall Sambangan, feel on top of the world at the venerated Mt Agung are the most popular hiking destinations for locals as well as tourists from abroad.

 Best Location/Operator: Sambangan

Cost of the activity: from INR 3800  depending on the place of the hike

Age Limit: no age limit

Word of Caution: Be careful with Leeches during the rainy season

24.  Reverse it up with this Reverse Bungee:

If you have guts then show it! 

The latest addition to the extreme games in Bali, 5GXBali Reverse Bungee or Bali 5GX Slingshot ride, is an unforgettable lifetime experience. A thrilling family ride where you are seated and belted inside a metal capsule holding a maximum of 3 people and taken on a ride up to 60m vertically at a  speed of 200 Km per hour. Hurled and spun around in the air, screaming your hearts out, enjoy these adventure sports in Bali.

Located in one of the most popular tourist joints, Legian street, this unique experience 5GX Bali, is a must do especially at night. To have the stunning sunset view across the ocean ride at dusk but for a lit-up Jalan Legian, the night ride is the right choice.  

One must keep in mind that the ride has to be taken on an empty stomach, wear loose clothes and shoes. 

Best Location/Operator: Kuta, 

Cost of the activity: from INR 1275

Age Limit: from 14 years

Timing: 11:00 a.m to 3:00 a.m

25.  Wonderful experience on Animal Backs:

An integral part of Bali’s tourism, Elephant rides,  are the most popular attractions among tourists. Riding on the largest mammal on land through the African-themed environment amidst wild animals roaming freely is an amazing experience with family at the Bali Safari Marine  Park.  A safari in the park, ride through the rural villages and know about the village life, right by the calm rivers for one of a kind experience. . 

April to September is the best season for elephant rides.

Another Bali adventure activity is the horseback ride on white sandy Seminyak beach where you get to ride the horses owned by the Badung royalty. A must-do activity with family where you not only race on the beach but also ride through the lush fields. The sound of the waves splashing against the hooves while you canter by and watching the amazing sunset view is an experience of a lifetime.

There are 2 trips, one in the morning at 8:00 a.m and one in the afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

Best Location/Operator: Bali Safari Marine Park, Seminyak Beach

Cost of the activity: Horse ride – Adult – from INR 2500 for 30 minutes; Children – INR 1500

Elephant safari – from INR 6000 this includes shows and aquariums too.

Final Thoughts:

Bali is mostly categorized as a Scenic Beauty and the land of temples. There are many best temples in Bali, due to which they call as the Land of The Gods. Bali’s nature is versatile that and every turn gives its guests a new experience and adventure. It never ceases to amaze any of its Tourists. From the skies to the ocean beds everything is a mode of thrilling adventure sports in Bali

If you wish to learn more about the places in Bali that are offering such amazing activities, there are hoards of options. Visit the Top things to do in the Bali article to actually get to know your destinations. 

 

One destination, many worlds!

That’s the aptest one-liner a person can describe the Maldives with. 

There is no need for a separate spa treatment in this island nation as this country itself is a huge version of a 5-star spa where you are surrounded by multiple hues of blues all around you wherever you go. An archipelago of over 1190 islands, Maldives is a precious country that attracts millions of tourists from across the world. An amalgamation of luxury, peace, adventure, and nonstop entertainment, this country will really take your breath away. We are usually confused as to where to go for a vacation. However, if you end up choosing the Maldives you will be even more confused by the choices of places it has to offer its guests. It is really difficult to figure out from where to start your tour as there are innumerable sports activities, island tours, and even great hiking trails that go through villages where you get to interact with the native inhabitants. In simple words, there is nothing that can’t be done in this island paradise.

Check how Karteek & Divya’s planned their Maldives honeymoon in Coco Bodhu Hithi Resort.

A melting pot of art, culture, and religion; Maldives is the most sought-after destination for honeymooners, family vacationers, buddies get together, and many others. It has something or the other for everyone who comes to visit. 

Maldives is as fascinating under the ocean as it is above the land. There are millions of species of underwater species waiting to be explored. With an amazing range of watersports activities and endless opportunities, one can never get enough of the activities Maldives has to offer.

In this Maldives travel guide, you will be able to gain some insights into the most famous and also about a few lesser-known attractions of Maldives. By the end of this cumulative guide, you will be able to plan your own vacation as you will have gained the knowledge of where to go, what to do when to go, the procedures to be followed to go to the Maldives being an Indian citizen, etc. 

Let’s check it out!

Best time to visit the Maldives:

This is the first point all of us decide on when we want to travel to a place. 

  • What is the right season to go to that particular destination?
  • Will the climate suit us?

Based on the answers received for these questions your whole schedule and wardrobe for your vacation will be decided. 

So, what is the best time to visit the Maldives from India?

The climate in the Maldives is usually hot and humid. Hence the good time to visit the Maldives is between November and April. The climate at that time will be warm but tropical, with the average high being from  29°C to 31°C and average lows rarely falling below 24°C.

Once you have decided when to go book your tickets as the next step is to apply for your entry permit into the Maldives.

Maldives Visa for Indians:-

The foremost procedure one has to follow is applying for a visa whenever that person is stepping out of his country. However, for the Maldives, it is not necessary to apply for a visa. Maldives Visa is provided on arrival visa for all Indian citizens. You can get it directly at the Maldives airport at no cost. However, make sure that you have all the required documents ready beforehand to make this process as smooth as possible. 

The documents required for verification for a tourist visa are-

  • A valid passport with a Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) with at least 6 months validity from the date of visa approval
  • A Pre-paid accommodation booking confirmation slip
  • 2 recent passport size photos complying with the Maldives Immigration passport photo standard.
  • Proof of sufficient bank balance to last for the intended period of stay in the Maldives. I.e about $50 to $100 for each day.
  • Confirmed onward/return tickets 
  • Completed disembarkation approval from the Maldives immigration office
  • Traveller Health Declaration (THD) must be filled and submitted within 24 hours prior to their travel
  • Medical vaccination certificate if applicable. Eg: Yellow Fever, Covid-19

Please note: The maximum number of days you get visa permission is for a 30 days post which you will be asked to return to his country. But if you want to extend your stay, you can apply for a renewal and get a max of 90 days extended stay. However, it is totally up to the immigration officers to grant you the total number of days you are permitted to stay. 

How much does it cost for a Maldives trip:

The cost to visit the Maldives depends on various factors such as 

Your;

  • Time of stay
  • Place of stay
  • Duration of stay and so on. 

For a 3 night visit a Maldives trip cost from India per person works out on an average to be:

  • Budgeted stay – approx INR 55,000 (including flights)
  • Resort stays – approx INR 90,000 (including flights)

The break up in INR(approx rates), and are as follows: 

    Airfare (Round trip)       approx. INR 21,000 per person (depending on the travel dates)
      Accommodation      Hotels –  Starting from INR 15,000 per person (including food & transfers)

   Resorts –  Starting from INR 30,000 per person (including food & transfers)

PS: Keep aside some amount for shopping and other expenses not included in the package. 

Best Maldives tourist places:-

This is a tough one to decide. 

Picking a destination for the vacation in itself is hard enough but making an itinerary for a vacation and especially to a place like the Maldives is even harder. However, we have tried our level best to collate and draft all the Maldives tourist attraction places in the Maldives and have classified them based on the purpose they serve.

1.  Places of worship:

  • Huluru Miskiiy or the Old Friday Mosque:  Dating back to 1658 the oldest mosque in the Maldives, Huluru Miskiiy, is constructed using coral stone. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, the beautifully engraved scriptures from Quran on the wooden beam in the ceiling, the fine lacquered interiors, and wood carvings add to its stunning architecture.
  • Grand Friday Mosque: The biggest mosque in the Maldives, Grand Friday Mosque built in white marble and a Golden dome is a must-visit for tourists. 5000 people can worship at a time in the main prayer hall which has stunning chandeliers, intricately carved wooden panels, and doors.

  • Kuruhinna Tharaagandu: On Kaashidhoo island lies the remains of a Buddhist monastery that flourished during the 7th and 8th Centuries. The remains of the dwellings of monks, water holes, cowrie shells reveal that this site was once where Buddhism thrived.

  • Medhu Ziyarat: The tomb of the famous Persian, Abdul Barakat Yusuf, who is responsible for converting a Non-Islamic nation to an Islamic nation  is one of the top places to visit in the Maldives

2. Islands of Maldives

With over 1000 islands, you are spoilt for choices. Each island is unique in its own way and has so much to offer. The location from the airport, accommodation, food, facilities, and activities should be kept in mind while selecting the island you would like to visit. 

Must Read: 25 Islands in Maldives

Here’s a brief of some of the popular islands:-

  • Male: You will fall in love with the capital city with its beautiful beaches, various sightseeing places like the Friday mosque, Tsunami Monument, National Museum, a lot of underwater activities and great food
  • Kandolhu: The talcum powder-like sands, coral reefs, crystal clear waters, snorkeling, sunset cruise and stay at the exquisite villas facing the ocean make this an ideal choice for romantics.
  • Biyadhoo: For a relaxed atmosphere amidst lush green vegetation as also snorkeling, scuba diving alongside white tip sharks at Maaya Thila or Manta Rays at Manta Point, and canoe paddling, this is one of the best places in the Maldives for a honeymoon.
  • Kuramathi: If you are in for some adventure along with some couple times,  the island invites you to the infinity pools, water sports, spa for couples, and of course the world-famous overwater villas.
  • Niyama Private Islands: Ideal for family holidays. There are activities for children of all ages and you can chill relaxing in the family-sized pools
  •  Milaidhoo: A small island in the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, rich in marine life. Each villa with the traditional Maldivian thatched roof, an overwater restaurant shaped like a Dhoni serving local cuisines attract tourists from afar.
  • Hulhumale Island: An extension of Male,  this man-made island has retained its old-world charm along with modernization. Home to the Golden domed mosque, the white sand beaches, and azure blue waters beckons you to this island where you can explore the local markets, go on a wildlife safari, diving and snorkeling.
  • Alimatha Islands: One of the most popular tourist attractions in the Maldives for its white sandy beaches, rich marine life, windsurfing, and canoeing, the island is home to the world-famous dive site Miyaru Kandu.  You can even go hiking to explore the island 
  • Maafushi Islands: One of the inhabited islands in the Maldives that will throw an insight into the culture of the people. Walk on the streets, visit the markets, lounge in the hammocks, and swim with wild dolphins at one of the most affordable of all the islands.
  •  Vadhoo Islands: Known as the Sea of Stars, this magical island comes alive at night. One of the greatest Maldives attractions, the Bioluminescence phenomenon observed in the sea waters at night when the sea planktons and microorganisms here emit a blue glow at night,  is an unmissable amazing experience.  

3.  Nature Parks of Maldives:

  • Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve: Consisting of 76 inhabited and uninhabited islands, this Reserve is rich in Biodiversity. Baa Atoll has some unique species of flora and fauna such as the Coral reef, mangroves, Seagrass beds. Declared UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, conservation of marine and economic diversity has transformed it into a famous attraction worldwide.
  • Addu Nature Park: Located at the southern end of the Hithadhoo islands, this park is rich in greenery. The wetlands with the mangroves, cycling routes through the lush green forests, canoeing in the bay are some of the unforgettable experiences you should capture for posterity.

4. Underwater Experiences:

  • Snorkeling and Scuba Diving: Swim with the sea turtles and shoal of fishes and explore the rich underwater world of Maldives. The shallow reefs and crystal clear water makes snorkeling a must-do activity in the Maldives. Dive at Mushimas Mingili Thila, Banana Reef, Lankan Beyru, HP reef, Alia Wreck, and many more famous sites for spotting Manta rays, barracudas, whitetip sharks, Eagle rays, and many more marine life. 
  • Whale submarine: A 45-minute journey in the largest tourist submarine in the world that can carry 50 passengers to a depth of 150 m below the sea. One of the best things to do in the Maldives, each seat has a window through which you can see the coral reef and exotic  marine life such as manta rays and reef sharks in the depth of the ocean
  • Maldives Victory Wreck: For an unforgettable diving experience dive near Hulhule, where the wreck of a Merchant ship Maldives Victory lies submerged in water covered with corals and sponges. You can explore the wheelhouse, deck, and cabin.
  • Banana Reef: Reef so named since it is in the shape of a banana, is the oldest reef renowned all over the world. One of the most popular diving sites in the Maldives, Banana Reef is famous for its overhangs, caves, cliffs, and has its own share of rich marine life.
  • Shark Safari: For an extraordinary day, swim with the huge Whale sharks which are abundant in the Maldives, especially in the South Ari Atoll. Though huge, the Whale sharks are gentle. Go Scuba diving or Snorkelling to have an unparalleled experience of not only encountering whale sharks but also Manta rays, Sea turtles, dolphins.
  •  Dolphin cruise at Gili Lankanfushi: Embark on a  30 minute morning or evening cruise to watch the Spinner Dolphins, the tri-colored dolphins famously found in abundance in the Maldives. The dolphins are so named because they spin laterally in the air and dive in the sea and if you are lucky you can even watch them spin. Do not miss this unique experience.

Other must-see places: 

  • Utheemu Ganduvaru: In the north of Maldives is one of the most revered sites of historical importance, Utheemu Ganduvaru or Utheemu Palace, as is famously known. The hero who liberated the Maldives from the Portuguese, Sultan Mohamed Thankurufaan,  is supposed to have stayed here.  
  • National Museum: A must for history lovers, the three-storeyed building in Sultan’s Park displays armaments and household wares which are over 1000 years old, Royal throne, Jewellery, the country’s first gramophone,  telephone, and many historical artifacts. The 6m-long skeleton of the very rare Longman’s Beaked Whale is its trump card.
  • Overwater Villas: Enjoy a romantic stay perched above water in an Overwater luxurious villa while watching the rich marine life through glass floors while you relax. Walk on the jetty and spot the wildlife in the water, swim in the warm seawater, and gaze at the stars through retractable roofs. The best place in the Maldives for a honeymoon.
  • Sunset Cruise on traditional Dhonis: Enjoy the colorful sunset while sitting on the top deck of a Dhoni (wooden boats) with a glass in hand as you cruise around overwater villas and inhabited islands
  • Parakiting: a fun ride where you wear a parachute and are towed behind a boat. As the boat gathers speed you are lifted into the air, giving a feeling of flying like a bird and you can catch the spectacular views from above.

  • Ride a helicopter: As it is not possible to cover the entire group of islands opt for a spectacular view of this beautiful country from high above riding a helicopter. The white sand, blue azure water, green swaying palms, the orange and pink sunset is a sight to behold. 

  • Dhadimagi Kilhi: The second largest freshwater lake at Fuvahmulah, surrounded by greenery all around and not only famous for boating and swimming but also for fishing. The calm clean water is also used for medicinal purposes.
  • Bioluminescent Beach: At Vaadhoo Island, the sea is filled with microorganisms and sea planktons which emits a blue glow that is visible at night. This Bioluminescent phenomenon makes the beach glow and the beach has earned the name Sea of Stars. An amazing experience and a must-visit place of Maldives for awesome memories.

  • Dining at Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: Lunch or dinner at the world’s first undersea restaurant built 5 m below water is an amazing experience. Located at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, enjoy a blend of local and western cuisine with a 180-degree panoramic view of the coral gardens through glass panels.

  • SEA Underwater Restaurant: Located at Kihavah Huravalhi Island, the underwater restaurant has the world’s first underwater wine cellar. Savor the finest Lobster Salad and Chocolate Bomb while watching the colorful marine life encircling you all around. 
  • Shopping in the Maldives: To carry home memories of your visit, shop at the local markets for the beautiful miniature dhonis, footwear, textiles, sarongs, and many more. The Chaandhanee Magu, Majeedhee Magu,  STO center, are some of the places to buy souvenirs to give to people back home.

Must Read: 15 Exciting Water Sports in Maldives

Maldives Travel Tips:-

The most popular destination for honeymooners and families, Maldives, a paradise on earth beckons you. For one of its kind holidays, plan a visit to this exotic country and carry home some beautiful memories.

Here are a few Maldives trip tips which you need to keep in mind and follow in order to have a worry-free and great vacation. Given it is an international vacation, Maldives honeymoon tips will guide you to be extra careful on what you are taking with you, where you are staying, how you are going, and more.

  1. Ensure that your Passport is valid for six months from the date of departure. 
  2. Keep your prescribed medicines always handy. And also a small first aid kit
  3. Keep all Maldavian emergency contacts handy
  4. Always be aware of your surrounding and be updated with the local news
  5. Always hire a certified guide from an established tour operator
  6. Don’t forget to leave a soft copy of all the documents you are keeping with a family member or a friend so that you can retrieve them if anything goes wrong
  7. Dress modestly since the Maldives is a conservative country. Women are not supposed to expose their arms and legs. Always carry Sarong and a scarf.  Men should not wear shorts. However, you are permitted to wear clothes of your choice in the resorts.
  8. Do not carry prohibitory items such as alcohol and other prohibitory items.
  9. Leave your footwear outside the Place of Worship. Do not enter a mosque or a guest’s house wearing your footwear.
  10. Carry sunscreen lotion wherever you go to protect your skin as the temperature in the Maldives is generally high due to the country lying on the Equatorial belt. Carry a hat too.
  11.  Pack your swimwear as you will be snorkeling or swimming in the ocean 
  12.  The Maldives is quite expensive so do not forget to carry enough money
  13.  Do not forget your camera, preferably waterproof,  to capture memorable moments
  14. Plan your holiday well in advance to get early bird prizes since the Maldives is expensive.
  15. The most important Maldives honeymoon tips are to book the tickets in your maiden names since the change of name in your passport will take time and delay your holiday
  16. One of the tips for the Maldives honeymoon is to inform your resort well in advance. You may be in for some surprise offers.
  17. Check out how far your resort is from the airport. Since airport transfer is very expensive and hotels do not include this in the package. If hotels are booked near Male, then transfer by speed boat which is reasonably charged. However, if the accommodation is far from Male then transfer by the only Seaplane which sometimes is more than the cost of your flight.

Hope this brief Maldives travel guide helped you gain some knowledge on what you can expect and how to go about planning your vacation in the Maldives. The Maldives, with its diverse culture, thrilling watersports, and spectacular tourist places will definitely please every kind of traveler. From exploring thriving Maldivian culture to diving deep into the colorful and wondrous marine life, there are “n” number of unique things to do in the Maldives. 

Do give us a ring if you need any further details or help regarding planning your Maldives holiday. We are at your service!

Thanks to Dimaak for the amazing service and quick response. 

They continuously followed up with us about the plan,  services, travel documentation, etc. We had a hassle-free trip

As quoted by our happy customers Divya & Karteek regarding their Honeymoon trip to the Maldives

Starting a new phase in a person’s life can be really intimidating. And when you get to share it with the person you love, it can be counted upon as a blessing. And this calls in for a celebration too. It is always said that marriage is not just between two people, it is between two families. All of the family members will be wanting to celebrate this occasion with as much pomp and splendor as possible so as to remain in one’s heart for as long as can be. Depending on the style of wedding you choose the number of days of celebrations varies. And also, this celebration is carried over even post the actual wedding ceremonies. And that celebration is what we call the Honeymoon Period!

The initial days of a couple’s life are always filled with memories that are cherished for a lifetime. And in order to make this even more special, we offer you great deals on multiple world-famous honeymoon destinations with customizable packages. One such package was chosen by this great couple – Divya and Karteek.

Let’s dive in and take a look at how they spent their honeymoon in the Land of Garlands and how we got it tailor-made to suit their wishes.

Their travel package at a glance:

Trip Type: Maldives Honeymoon Package

Starting Location: Hyderabad, India

Vacation Duration: 5 Nights & 6 Days 

Package Cost: INR 2,14,000

Stay Details: 5 Star- Coco Bodu Hithi Resort, North Male Atoll (3 nights at the water villa with infinity pool and 2 nights at the island villa with pool)

Package Inclusions: Stay, speed boat transfer, honeymoon room decor, a candlelight dinner, breakfast, lunch, and dinner(regular) along with complimentary fruit basket and wine bottle

Package Exclusions: Flight tickets, island activities, other meals not included in the above inclusions

Day 1: Cheers to a new beginning!

Completing all their wedding rituals the excited couple directly hopped on to the next available flight and left for the dreamy Maldives on the 11th of December, early morning from Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. Post a layover at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport for about 2 hours they landed in Male International Airport right in time for some lunch.

A chauffeur assisted them to the speed boat that was on standby mode exclusively for their resort transfer. They were welcomed into the Maldives with a refreshing speedboat ride of about 40 minutes. They were given a pinch of what they can expect in their upcoming 6 days vacation. 

With anticipation in their hearts, they reached their 5-star residence only to fall more in love with the Maldives. Hand in hand they began their first day of a great vacation at the Coco Bodu Hithi Resort. A chic retreat with a splash of modernity and yet reflecting the island’s character, Coco is one of the best resorts in the Maldives for a Honeymoon. This glamorous resort provides you with all the amenities that one can expect and more. Along with providing free snorkeling trips to the ocean, you also get an opportunity to swim with exotic aquatic animals like the nurse sharks, hawksbill turtle, manta rays, and many more. It has in-house award-winning spa and wellness centers and is decked with restaurants serving delectable food prepared to your taste by some of the best Michelin star cooks. 

So post a delicious meal, they spent the rest of the day just relaxing and taking in the fresh and pure environment. 

Day 2: A day to explore…

With a direct view of the rising sun from their bed, and surrounded by the sound of splashing water the couple woke up to a bright and cheerful morning. It’s not every day that as soon as you move your curtains you are open to the vast ocean with sparkling waters all around you. Just like in the fairy tales, their accommodation for the first three nights was the Water villa with an infinity pool. Words definitely fall short to explain this heavenly location. 

So, post a good night’s rest they headed for a sumptuous breakfast. With a tummy full of delicious food they headed out to explore the atoll. With sun shining and pearly white sand to sink their foot into and sparkly gushing waves, they got their fill of nature’s therapy. They loaded their cameras with loads of memories to commemorate this wonderful and unforgettable experience. 

Post a heavy and contented lunch they joined the fascinating underwater animals for a great swim. Since snorkeling was free they could schedule it according to their schedule. Post a great swim, they were welcomed to a beautifully and romantically decorated room. And to make their evening more special, they were provided with wine and a healthy fruit basket to go along with it.

Thus ended their second day and on a very happy note!

Day 3: It gets better…

Waking up to yet another beautiful sunrise, this day was marked by yet another adventure. Post feasting upon some luscious meals, they got ready for a day of underwater adventure. So, the sport of the day was Scuba Diving. 

There is no introduction required for this sport. The Maldives is one of the hotspots for scuba diving in the world. And in the Maldives, North Male Atoll is the most chosen spot for diving(for beginners, non-experienced, and experienced alike). Hence they got to experience the whole package with a shipwreck dating back to 1980 and a manta point where you will be able to sight these enormous beings being the attraction of this spot. Apart from these corals, batfish and schools of fusiliers, barracudas, hawksbill turtles and napoleon fish can also be found.

Day 4: More adventure on the way…

The rising sun brought one more spectacular day to this wonderful couple’s honeymoon vacation. This lifestyle became like a routine to them. Waking up to great views and spending the whole day just investing in each other’s happiness. But this dawn brought something interesting with it. On their fourth day, they planned to kayak their way to sunset. Kayaking is one of the most popular and economical sports in the Maldives. This is one of those sports that are not exhilarating and gives peace to the body and mind. There is no prior training required, all you need to do is paddle your way around the vast expanse of the ocean and let the beauty of the scenery surrounding you seep into you.

After spending 3 wholesome nights at the luxurious water villa, per their booking they were then shown into their next accommodation for the following days- the island villa. Similar to the water villa, complete with all the modern amenities, a private pool all to themselves they were surrounded by beautiful gardens instead of oceanic water. 

Once comfortably tucked into their accommodation they immediately sunk into a deep slumber.

Must Read: 15 Best Water Villas in Maldives for a Luxurious vacation.

Day 5: Concluding their vacation… 

As the day of departure was only a day away, it is justified to want to spend as much time as possible with each other. Hence they planned a relaxed and lazy day for themselves. The whole day was spent in leisure. Long walks, relaxed sunbathing, a slow swim in their private pool accompanied by some delicious food and all that can constitute a great stress-busting day. 

Thus came a wonderful vacation to a perfect culmination!

Day 6: Goodbye Maldives!

Experience the serene morning one last time, the couple bid adieu to their magnificent honeymoon trip to the Maldives. They boarded their flight back to Hyderabad from Male International Airport at 10:45 am and finally arrived home at 8 pm completely satisfied and elated with their honeymoon trip.

Would you also like to have such a great honeymoon experience?

Do drop us a message or call us for customized Maldives Packages. We always strive to make your experience more special and memorable, just the way you want them to be!

The way we wanted it to be!

Was the reaction of the newlywed couple Muthu Krishnan and Jyothsna who just arrived from their dreamy honeymoon trip to the Maldives.

Weddings and honeymoon are the two most cherished events in a couple’s life. These events mark the beginning of a new phase in both their lives. Most of them would have even been dreaming about how they would want their wedding and where they would want their honeymoon to be from a really young age. They painstakingly plan and execute everything so meticulously as to leave no stone unturned. From picking up the dresses for their wedding ceremonies to deciding what to wear for their honeymoon everything is chosen with a lot of consideration and care. 

These are the kind of memories you make that will stay with you forever. And since you would have already worked really hard to make your wedding a picture-perfect event, we work equally hard to make your honeymoon a fairytale-come-true for you. You don’t need to burden yourself with all the arrangements and planning of your most-looked-forward-to vacation as well. 

All you need to do is just sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Thus started our great relationship with this wonderful and exciting couple Kishan and Jyothsna. Stars in their eyes and wearing their hearts on their sleeves they approached us and booked a romantic honeymoon trip to the Maldives.

Their travel package at a glance:

Trip Type: Maldives Honeymoon Package

Starting Location: Hyderabad, India

Vacation Duration: 3 Nights & 4 Days 

Package Cost: INR 1,28,000

Stay Details: 4 Star- Olhuveli Beach & Spa – Sun Siyam (Grand Water Villa with Pool)

Package Inclusions: Stay, speed boat transfer, honeymoon room decor, a candlelight dinner, breakfast, lunch, and dinner(regular) along with complimentary fruit basket and wine bottle

Package Exclusions: Flight tickets, island activities, other meals not included in the above inclusions

Day 1: The beginning…

They started their dream vacation on the 13th December 2020 from Hyderabad by boarding an Indigo flight in the morning. Since they started from Hyderabad and there are no direct flights from there, they had a 2-hour layover in Kolkata. They finally landed at Male International Airport, the Maldives around late noon. A chauffeur was waiting to escort them to their speed boat that was kept ready for their resort transfer. With the most beautiful 45 minutes of splashing through the thumping waves of the great Indian ocean and speeding along with the rippling currents, they finally arrived at one among the most splendid 4-star accommodations in the land of garlands – the Olhuveli Beach & Spa – Sun Siyam. 

Considered to be one of the best resorts in the Maldives for Honeymoon this is one such property that will steal your heart with just a single glance. And this couple was booked in here for the whole of their scintillating vacation. Sun Siyam Olhuveli is known for its traditional accommodations infused with a touch of modernity, world-class restaurants with over 11 bars and restaurants, private and infinity pools that merge into the ocean. Maldives is also a hotspot for adventurous water sports including a secret shipwreck diving spot you get to have a different and never exhausting list of experiences with each rising sun. 

By the time they were settled into their grand oceanic pool villa, it was post-sunset and this tired couple retired for the day with a relaxed and peaceful yet sumptuous dinner.

Day 2: Dawn of blossoming love

Waking up to the melody of bobbing waters, chirping birds, and sunlight streaming directly onto your faces is an experience that you will seldom get to experience. With a villa right on the oceanic surface, a crystal clear pool all to yourselves, and with an infinite and undisturbed view of the amalgamation of the sky and the ocean stretching as far as your eyes can take you, you will just want to stay put in the exact spot forever. And with you and the love of your life experiencing these same things together, there is not a single chance that you will feel like leaving this heavenly accommodation and venture out to explore.

That is what exactly this happy couple also experienced. With the most amazing views right outside their door and the life partner to share these mesmerizing moments with what else could they have asked for?

They woke up to a brightly shining sun, had a tummy-filling breakfast, explored the resort and soaked in some Vitamin D along with the magical sceneries surrounding them, and just relaxed. Post a delicious spread of lunch they got ready to capture some moments permanently in frames. They tried and captured as many memories as possible throughout the day and spent some quality time with one another. 

They ended their second day with yet another mouthwatering meal and headed straight to bed for a peaceful slumber. 

Day 3: Romance in the air

Waking up to another beautiful sunrise seemed like a routine to this couple by the time they made it to their third day. This special day had something in store for them. Just like the previous day, they took one step at a time and really invested their time in each other. As they explored this resort together they also got an opportunity to explore each other’s lives. Another day spent amidst nature- with the swaying palm trees and the sea breeze in their hair they tried and captured some more memories to stock up for a lifetime. 

With breakfast and lunch being their regular ritualistic meals, they then started to get ready for one of the most romantic dinners of their lives. Candlelight dinner was supposed to be arranged for them that evening. But due to unfortunate rains, it could not be arranged as it was planned initially. However, with Dimaak’s timely and considerate action the whole set-up was brought in-house and was put up alongside their private pool, by the ocean. With the ocean on one side and their better halves on the other, they had the time of their lives. And according to them, this set-up was more enjoyable as they got to spend some more time with each other in the privacy of their villa peacefully keeping to themselves. 

Day 4: Sayonara!

Thus their saga of romance came to a beautiful ending. Since their flight was in the afternoon, they planned to end their unforgettable vacation with a spa appointment. This definitely defined a perfect goodbye to one of the best honeymoon trips to the Maldives

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This is how this lovely couple bid adieu to their Maldivian vacation and started their journey into a new phase of life. 

Do you also want to have as great an experience as this couple did?

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Sayonara!

Hope to meet you soon!

Refreshing, Serene, Tranquil… 

These are the words that come to mind when one sees the lush, green piece of land floating on the open expanse of the blue ocean. 

Maldives is just the place for you. It is the most chosen island nation among the numerous others in the Indian ocean for a  heavenly beachy vacation. We have heard and read a lot about all the natural wonders in the Maldives. But what meets the eyes on this gorgeous piece of land is nothing compared to what it hides below the surface of its azure waters. The vibrant and colorful aquatic lives and corals are definitely a treat for sore eyes. 

One of the most preferred honeymoon destinations for newlyweds from around the world, Maldives provides an experience of a lifetime. Not only is it suitable for romantic couples, but it is also well suited for a fun family and friends trip as well. It is equally exciting for adventure longing and tourists who prefer nature’s solitude too.

With over 1100 islands grouped into a double chain of 26 atolls, Maldives is a dreamy destination and a really strong bucket list contestant. Obviously going on an All-Island Tour is next to impossible. 

So, here’s what we think are the best islands of the Maldives which one should not miss. You will never be ready for what’s in the chore. 

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1.  Utheemu Island

Stocked with historical significance, Utheemu is one of the most popular islands in the Maldives. In addition to the gleaming ocean, this island was the home of Sultan – Mohamed Thakurufaanu. He was the ruler who drove off the Portuguese from this beautiful land of garlands and took the Maldives on the path to its independence. Situated in the Haa Alif Atoll, it has been extremely popular among the history buffs and tourists who love to explore a destination’s past glory.  

How to reach: From Male International airport flies to Hanimaadhoo Domestic airport. From there take a ferry to reach the island.

Activities to do: Apart from the usual beach activities, what you should not miss is a visit to the Utheemu Ganduvaru, a magnificent palace made of rich timber wood built by the Sultan. The entry fee is around INR 350 per person and is open from 9 am to 6 pm on all days except Fridays and Saturdays. 

2.  COMO Cocoa Island:

The island of luxury, COMO island is what every romantic couple is looking for during their honeymoon. Jammed with star hotels and picturesque water bungalows surrounded by white sandy beaches that seem to be touching the sky, one cannot ask for anything more. Also known as Makunufushi by the Maldivians, it is located in the South Malé’s coral atoll. Head to this Maldives Island for some much-needed privacy, rejuvenating treatment, romantic candlelight dinners, and much more.

How to reach: 40 to 45 minutes speed boat ride from Male International airport

Activities to do: scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming among other beach activities. Also, go for a rejuvenating spa treatment.

3.  Addu Atoll:

Popularly known as the Seenu Atoll, this is one among the well-known atolls of Maldives. One among the destinations for a chain of luxury resorts, this atoll is home to some of the internationally renowned islands. Meedhoo Island, Hithadhoo Island, Hulhudhoo Island, Feydhoo Island, and Maradhoo Island are a few of the many Maldive islands that are frequently traveled by tourists from all around the globe.

How to reach: 5-minute speed boat ride from Gan Airport 

Activities to do: Diving, snorkeling, fishing, swimming, and other water sports activities. You can also go on a hike along the tropical landscape fringed with palm trees or through the local villages. You could also go on an island tour.

4.  Vaadhoo Island:

Looking like any other popular Maldive island sits Vaadhoo island in the Raa Atoll. But, once the sun sets you are in for a spectacular experience. Once what was just another gorgeous, white, foamy beach transforms into blue glowing magical waters. As though matching with the starlit sky, the ocean too reflects the same mysterious sparkling nature. This is nothing but bioluminescent planktons that grow on the shores of its beaches. A perfect spot for a romantic getaway this island should definitely be on your list of islands to visit in the Maldives. 

How to reach: With a distance of just 8km from Male, it is easily connected by road

Activities to do: snorkeling, diving, swimming, kayaking, etc

5.  Maafushi Island:

Deemed to be the capital of Medhu Uthuru province, this is considered to be one of the best islands to visit in the Maldives. With its comfortable staying options and myriad of activities to participate in, it has gained itself a name in the maps of one of the popular islands in this island country. Though it may seem to be like any other island of Maldives, what makes it special is that this is the only island that is still inhabited by its native tribes. 

How to reach: You can take a cab from the Male island to the Male Island Villingili Ferry Terminal or famously known as the Maafushi Ferry.

Activities to do: Island hopping, snorkeling, catamaran riding, shark diving, scuba diving, swimming, dolphin safari are some of the popular activities among others.

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6.  Malé Atoll:

Who hasn’t heard about this piece of heaven?

This is one of the important and must-visit islands of Maldives. A royal atoll which was home for royal families of Maldives is now called the King’s Island. Suitable for all kinds of tourists of all ages, this is an inclusive group of islands that supports all kinds of tourist activities ranging from shopping, lounging,  sightseeing, and even a variety of water sports activities. 

How to reach: It is just a speed boat ride away from the international Male Airport

Activities to do: visit the National Museum, Male Fish Market, and importantly don’t miss out on the adventurous underwater scooter rides.

7.  Fulhadhoo Island:

One of the inhabited islands at Baa Atoll, Fulhadhoo island is ideal for families with children. With palm trees swaying along the powdery beaches, this stunning island has an abundance of coral reefs, dolphins, turtles, and schools of fishes.

Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, relax in the serene atmosphere of the island. Even though it is inhabited, the number of locals are far less compared to other Maldives Islands. Go for a stroll along the beachside and observe the culture by mingling with the locals. 

How to reach: 2 hours boat ride to Godhoo islands from Male and 15 minutes ride from Godhoo islands to Fulhadoo island

Activities to do: Snorkelling, diving, Spa treatment, swimming along with colorful fishes, spotting dolphins and turtles

8.  Mathiveri  Island:

Another inhabited island that attracts tourists not only for its famous beaches, like the Stingray beach, Local beach, and the Bikini beach but also for the abundance of coral reefs underwater. Spot the Sting rays early in the morning as well as young sharks at the Stingray beach, Picnic with family, enjoy the sunset at the Local beach, and sunbathe at the Tourist beach ideal for families too.

How to reach: 15 minutes by seaplane or 1 and half hours by speed boat from Male 

Activities to do: Snorkelling, Dolphin watching, manta ray watching, wakeboarding, diving

9.  Himmafushi Island:

Yet to gain popularity, and adding to the list of inhabited Maldives islands is this beautiful piece of heaven waiting for you to explore. Explore the rich marine life in its crystal clear water. The island is extremely popular for its underwater animals like the carved rosewood manta rays, sharks, dolphins, and many more. The coconut tree-lined Bikini beach is a popular spot for swimming and sunbathing. Surf at one of the top surfing spots in the Maldives, the Jailbreak, so named after a prison located behind the surfing spot. 

Experience the local life, taste the delicious local cuisines, and do not miss the amazing coral headstones in the cemetery. 

How to reach: 20 minutes ride by speedboat from Male International Airport or 30 minutes by public ferry

Activities to do: Snorkelling, Surfing, Swimming, watch out for spinner dolphins

10.  Alimatha Island:

The best island in the Maldives for honeymooners is this quiet and undisturbed destination. The azure waters, pristine beaches, lagoons attract tourists to its beach villas and overwater villas for a dream vacation. Enjoy a body massage at the spa, fine dining at the famous restaurants, enjoy a boat ride into the sunset, dive at the famous Government protected diving site Miyaru Kandu, and have an amazing experience surrounded by water. The night time swimming along with Stingrays is a must-do activity here.

How to reach: 90-minute boat ride from Male or 20 minutes by seaplane from Male

Activities to do: Snorkelling, Scuba diving, canoeing, Windsurfing, diving with the sharks, Ayurveda Massage

11. Fihalhohi Island:

Romance with your partner in one of the most romantic islands in the Maldives. Fihalhohi island with its serene landscape, stunning beaches lined with palm trees, and lush vegetation attract tourists in droves. The Maldives overwater villas are a great hit among the tourists. With a plunge pool of your own, jump in at any time as there are no restrictions and swim with the colorful fishes.

How to reach:45 minutes boat ride from Male International airport

Activities to do: Diving, snorkeling, Spa massage

12.  Biyadhoo Island:

The thickly forested island rich in vegetation is owned by the Indian Taj group. The island of Biyadhoo is also famous for its scuba diving sites. Relax and glimpse the sunset or sunrise at the Biyadhoo beach. The abundant water life like a sea turtle, manta rays can be spotted at Kandooma Thila, Corals of Kandooma Caves is what draws the tourists to this popular destination. Have a spa treatment and enjoy your holiday.

 How to reach: 40 minutes by speedboat from Male International airport

Activities to do: Scuba diving, Snorkelling, fishing, sail a catamaran

13.  Sun Island:

Also known as Nalaguraidhoo island, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions. As the island lies on the equatorial region the island is drenched in bright sunlight giving it the name Sun Island too. The golden sands, blue skies, blue oceans, and the reefs add to its charm, and the various water sport activities offered draw tourists from far and wide.

Spend precious time with your loved ones at the gorgeous Nalaguraidhoo beach. The vibrant underwater life at this magical island is to be seen to be believed.

How to reach: 30 minutes ride by Seaplane from Male International airport

Activities to do: Snorkelling, Windsurfing, Diving, Canoeing, Nighttime fishing.

14.  Landhoo Island: 

The rich past of the country is seen in the remnants of the once stronghold of  Buddhism prevalent here. An ancient mound 292 feet in diameter and  28 feet in height is said to be the remnants of a Buddhist Stupa that proves that Buddhism thrived here a long time ago. The island is also home to the largest Mangrove vegetation.

One of the inhabited Maldives islands, Landhoo island is rich in folklore and as the story goes the mound is the remains of a cooking place of the early inhabitants of the island.

How to reach:15 minutes ride by speed boat from Male International Airport

Activities to do: visit Maa Badhige site, Chakadu Lake, Kulavadhu Mangrove Park apart from the water sport attractions

15.  Hulhumale Island:

An amazing island created for housing and industrial purposes, Hulhumale Island has a clean white sand beach with crystal clear water. This man-made island is ideal for all budgets and suits all types of holidays, be it with family or friends. 

Enjoy the seafood, Thai food, and Indian food in the restaurants lining the shores. The Sunrise and Sunset are not to be missed. Visit the inhabited island and mingle with the locals and enjoy their culture in this popular tourist destination.

How to reach: 10 minutes drive from Male International Airport, Sinamale bridge between Hulhule and Male island

Activities to do: Snorkelling, Scuba diving, Wakf boarding, Jet skiing

16.  Milaidhoo Island:

Rich in tropical greenery and surrounded by coral reefs, the island of Milaidhoo in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is breathtakingly beautiful. All the villas on this Maldives island have a 180-degree view of the ocean and have their own infinity pool.

Have a spa treatment, go on a catamaran, spot the white sharks and manta rays, and round your day off with a delicious spread and cocktail. Do not miss out on some unique experience at this calm and peaceful island.

How to reach: 30-minute ride in a Seaplane from Male International Airport

Activities to do: Snorkelling, Diving, Sailing, Kayaking, Yoga, Dolphin cruise and many more

17.  Baros Island:

One of the most popular getaways for honeymooners, Baros Island, is a colorful combination of turquoise blue water, white sandy beach, and lush green vegetation, The resorts here are eco friendly. Stay in the overwater villas with their own plunge pools or in any of the villas on the beachfront and enjoy the abundant marine life such as the turtles, manta rays, shoals of colorful fish, and the fragile coral reef that makes this island one of the top tourist destinations. 

The local and international cuisines are mouth-watering. The water sports activities will keep you engaged throughout your stay.

How to reach:25 minute ride on a speed boat from Male International Airport

Activities to do: Snorkelling, Canoeing, Windsurfing, fishing, diving, spa, yoga 

18.  Thoddoo Island:

Just like a pearl in the ocean, Thoddoo Island is one of the most popular islands in the Maldives among the hundreds that form this island nation. This island is famous for its watermelon production. Preferred by young couples as their honeymoon destination this island offers some of the most mouthwatering seafood cuisines and insight into the authentic Maldivian lifestyle. 

 

How to reach: Either through a speedboat or a public ferry service from the city of Male.

Activities to do: Other than water activities, you can take a tour of the local market, enjoy some seafood from the street vendors, and interact with the friendly locals. 

19.  Dhigurah Island:

At about 100kms from Male resides this pretty little island neatly tucked away among the lush greenery. You will not find many people residing on this island and hence it is one of the best islands in the Maldives for couples. Loaded with luxurious resorts and great spas this island is one to unplug, charge, and reload yourself before you come back and face real life. 

How to reach: Just a speed boat ride away from Male city.

Activities to do: Shark safari, whale shark snorkeling, house reef snorkeling, dolphin spotting, picnicking on the shores, manta snorkeling, fishing, and many more water activities.

20.  Ukulhas Island:

Like a dreamland out of a fairytale book, this island situated on the Alif Alif Atoll is one of the best islands in the Maldives that is known for its sparkly clean pristine blue sea and tropical landscapes. A very tourist-friendly island, it is best suited for honeymooners on a family vacation. The locals are extremely welcoming and are good hosts. This island showcases the true essence of the Maldives where multiple ethnic groups live together in harmony still being true to their respective cultures.

How to reach: 4 hours ride on a public ferry from the Male International airport. 

Activities to do: Take a village tour and indulge in some delicious native cuisines and culture etc, you can also try some water activities like fishing, swimming, etc. 

21.  Meedhoo Island:

A very sparsely populated island of Maldives, this island is a part of Raa Atoll this is one of the oldest known settlements of the sect of people called the Aryans. Apparently settled somewhere between 800 and 500 BCE, the name of this island is said to have been derived from a Sanskrit word – Meedhoo, meaning Huge Island. The best season to truly enjoy this beautiful island is between November and March.

How to reach: A 5-minute speedboat journey by speedboat from Male International airport.

Activities to do: Apart from the array of watersports activities in Maldives, you can also go on an island tour and visit Old Mosque and Kogannu. 

22.  Fuvahmulah Island:

House to the second largest freshwater lake in the whole of Maldives, this island is filled with lush palm trees and a variety of vegetation. The main attraction of this island is the freshwater lake. Even the Maldivian government uses water from this lake to make medicines. This lake is also a spot for some enthusiastic water sports activities. This is the only island in the entire Maldives, that occupies the entire atoll all on its own. 

How to reach: Take connecting flights from Male International Airport to Gan Airport. From there take a ferry to reach the Island.

Activities to do: Fishing, swimming, boating are some of the most popular activities here.

23.  Dhidhdhoo Island:

Best island in the Maldives for a honeymoon, Dhidhdhoo island is what one can call a visual treat. With peace and tranquility all around, this piece of heaven is just the medicine we need to kindle romance and have a memorable honeymoon experience. Take a stroll along the serene white beach with your partner and end your perfect evening with a candlelight dinner by the shore, under the starry sky.

How to reach: A seaplane from Male Airport to Dharavandhoo Airport. You need to further take a 30 minutes flight to reach Dhidhdhoo from there

Activities to do: Swimming, night fishing, spa therapy, and many more water sports activities.

24.  Feydhoo Island:

Experience true Maldivian habitat only in Feydhoo Island. There is a very interesting background as to how this came to be inhabited. This story dates back to the times of World War 2. When the island that the native Maldivian people were living on, i.e the Gan island was turned into an airbase, they were shipped to a neighboring island temporarily. However, that temporary island became their permanent residence and it has now grown into a closely-knit native Maldivian community. 

How to reach: 10 minutes by a Taxi  driving on the Link Road which connects the island with Gan International Airport, Maldives

Activities to do: Cycle around the island, explore the beaches, relax and enjoy the sunrise and the sunset

25.  Thulusdhoo Island:

Among the unexplored islands of Maldives, Thulusdhoo island will rank the highest. Lined with palm trees and surrounded by white sandy beaches this island is the best for a secluded and private holiday experience. Just bask in the sun and get yourself a golden tan. Give to the depths of the ocean and enjoy the company of the millions of species of underwater animals. Take the path less traveled and have a vacation experience like never before. 

How to reach: 20-minute speed boat ride from Male International airport

Activities to do: Surfing, paddling, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, etc

Final Thoughts:

And the list can go on and on. However, due to limited space and time let’s just stop here. Hope you have picked your favorite Maldives island or two to go from the bunch of them. The experience you will have on each island is unique to one another. 

One Place – Many Worlds, that’s the Maldives for you in four words!

If you need any assistance with your travel itinerary plans, or stays and transportation, or anything related to travel for that matter, do feel free to reach out to us anytime. 

We had a great experience in Maldives with Dimaak Tours. 

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This is what our guests had to say about their Maldivian Honeymoon celebrations with Dimaak!

Honeymoon vacation is always a cherished memory in every married couple’s life. It is one of the most awaited moments of their lives. It is the time they finally get to spend time exclusively with each other. And hence choosing a destination that would tick all their criteria off their bucket list is a huge task in itself. Once you finalize the vacation spot, the next taskmaster is cumulating the itinerary for the complete duration of your stay. Sounds too stressful, isn’t it?

What if you get an offer where all you need to do is tell what you need and what your budget is, and everything will be taken care of for you. Basically, be treated like the royalty that you are on your own special vacation? That would make up for a dream vacation right? This is what we offer at Dimaak Tours. 

With the experience of organizing over 1000 trips to tourist hotspots like Thailand, Dubai, Maldives, etc we offer economical yet luxurious packages to all our customers. Our ratings, reviews, and testimonials speak for themselves. 

Now, let’s read about one such beautiful experience of a couple who had approached us to help them with their honeymoon planning during these testing pandemic times.  And the destination they had chosen was one other than the epitome of dreamy vacations – Maldives.

Don’t think there is any requirement for a separate introduction to this heavenly piece of Earth. An island nation in the equatorial region of the great Indian ocean, this archipelago of over 1192 islands is a treat for the eyes and the soul. With only about 20% of the islands being inhabited, the rest are waiting for you to come and explore them. The amount of vibrance you can see above the sea is nothing compared to what you will experience below the surface of the deceivingly calm surface of the water. 

The colorful coral reef lining the pearly sand of the beach is a sight to behold. This is the right destination for a honeymoon as the magic of nature will add some more seasoning to your romance. The feel of a candlelight dinner under the moonlit sky with stars staring down upon you is other-worldly. Like icing on a cake the seemingly calm beach will literally be glowing in the night as the result of the bioluminescent planktons in the water. This is an experience for which words are not enough to describe it. One should really be there and experience it first hand.

We can go on and on about Maldives, however, given the unusual circumstances that this couple chose to go on their honeymoon trip to the Maldives, let’s see how their experience was. 

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Maldives holiday package at a glance:

Trip Type: Maldives Honeymoon Package

Starting Location: Chennai, India

Vacation Duration: 4 Nights & 5 Days 

Package Cost: 1.35L Per couple (Excluding Flights)

Package Inclusions:Stay, speed boat transfer, honeymoon room decor, a candlelight dinner, breakfast, lunch, and dinner(regular) along with complimentary fruit basket and wine bottle

Package Exclusions: Flight tickets, island activities, other meals not included in the above inclusions

Stay Details: Paradise Island Resort & Spa, Lankanfinolhu (1N Superior beach bungalow + 3N Water villa) 

Now, let’s check out everything in detail.

Day 1: Get, set, go!

The excited couple left for their much-awaited vacation from the Chennai International airport on the 4th of November at noon and reached their destination, the Maldives in the evening. At the Male International Airport, a chauffeur was waiting to receive them. They were then escorted to a speed boat that was awaiting their arrival at the port. It whisked them away to the best resort in Maldives for honeymoon – The Paradise Island Resort and Spa. Just 9.6km away, the ride was dubbed to be one of the most scenic and bubbly and it took a good 20 minutes to finally reach the opulent resort.

A luxury 5-star property set amidst the soaring coconut trees, azure blue waters, and white sandy beach is a place that lives up to its name. With fully loaded 5 world-class restaurants serving mouth water local and international cuisines, internationally acclaimed spa, lush green grounds, amazing ocean-facing accommodations, gourmet dining spots, indoor and outdoor sports facilities, and much more, they couldn’t have asked for more. This is definitely an extremely calming property and the best choice for a great honeymoon experience. 

This couple was welcomed with warm hospitality and shown into their superior beach bungalow which was opted by them for that night. A complimentary wine bottle, fruit basket, and a specially decorated romantic room was readily waiting just for them. And thus began their unforgettable honeymoon journey! 

Given it was a vacation of 4 nights and 5 days, they opted to spend what was left of that day in the house by getting their fatigue of traveling out of their system. They ended their first day of honeymoon with a relaxing evening walk along the beach and a peaceful dinner. 

Day 2: A day filled with love!

The couple woke up to a bright sun and a luscious breakfast. A great start to a wonderful day ahead of them. With hand in hand, they decided to take one step at a time and enjoy their honeymoon leisurely. Post a sumptuous and healthy breakfast they planned on exploring the island a bit. The soothing nature of the island washed over them and helped them to relax even more. With the wind in their hair and sand at their feet, there could not have been a more relaxing natural spa treatment. They enjoyed a day of complete privacy and totally dedicated their time to one another. 

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The Maldives is such a beautiful destination that as the minute passes by, you will fall in love with it more and more. That is what happened even to the two of them. After a long and gratifying walk and a bit of exploration, they were greeted with an appetizing lunch spread. Post a tummy-filling lunch they took some rest. However this time, not in the same superior beach bungalow but at the spectacular water villa.

Surrounded by blues on all sides and a private pool all to themselves, it would definitely have taken some strong will power and hard work to get out from such a place.

Day 3: A daring day of adventure!

New dawn brought in a brand new experience. Life is definitely an adventure. And this day holds testimony to that. Like a routine, they woke up to a beautiful sunrise, visible at the horizon where the sky literally meets the sea. Had a great and sumptuous breakfast and off they went to explore the adventurous side of Maldives. 

Two things that the Maldives is known for are its mesmerizing nature-inspired water bungalows and the Maldives water sports activities they offer. Opposite to the famous belief that you need to know swimming to participate in any of the water sports, you can take part in any underwater activity or any activity that you like without even known swimming skills. You will be assigned an experienced, PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified instructor who will instruct and guide you throughout your adventure journey. Since these sports and other recreational activities are not included in their package, they had to book them at their own cost. 

But it was definitely a day to remember. They chose scuba diving as their first activity. They wanted to explore what the underwater world is like. It was high time to test all the reviews and ratings the Maldives had received for its world-famous scuba diving activity. With all the diving gears strapped on, and after a brief session on the nuances of scuba diving by their instructor they started upon their adventurous underwater journey. 

They now entered a totally different world. A world hidden from the eyes of a common man. They were awestruck by the millions of aquatic animals living in complete harmony with one another below the surface of what seemed to be a calm oceanic surface. It was all that they had heard about and much more. Swimming alongside turtles, touching and feeling the never before seen water plants passing through the school of fishes are all tattooed in their memory. By the time their first adventure was over they were in a state of awe about the wonders of nature and what all it held. Nature is a really priceless treasure box. 

Back to their resort, tummy full of a yummy supper and some sound sleep listening to the lullaby of the waves gently lapping along the surface of your villa.

Thus they concluded their 3rd day. 

Day 4: The Adventure continues… 

With the rising of the sun came yet another fun-filled day. All pumped from the previous day’s activity, their thrust for their adventure was still not quenched. Post having a delectable breakfast, they went out looking for other adventurous activities to take part in. Since they got a taste of the famous water sports previously, they wanted to do something different from what they did yesterday. 

Thus came the notion of paragliding. Just what they were looking for the complete opposite to what they had experienced the previous day. Yesterday was diving into the water surface, but today was gliding through the sky. It is an extreme adventure, and definitely not for the weak-hearted. This needs a lot of control and a guide/instructor will be there through your paragliding expedition. Post a small briefing, you will be strapped into safety gears, and along with the instructor you will then start to take off from the land in a light weighted, free-flying, foot-launched gliding aircraft that has no rigid structure, to begin with. The view from the top is unexplainable is what they expressed. Never had they before seen such a beauty in life. The nature of Maldives never ceases to mesmerize anyone who visits it. Looking like miniature painting from that altitude all one could do was take pictures to show and make people believe how the beautiful Maldives actually is. 

Gilded back safely, checked into the resort, and post a heavy dinner slept with their minds still mulling over and over the unbelievably adventurous experiences they have had in this country of garlands.

This is how they spent the 4th Day of their honeymoon trip to Maldives.

Day 5: A happy ending…

The morning of the 5th day brought along with it the culmination of one of the most unforgettable vacations in the lives of the Lokeshwar couple. This day was filled with all the last experiences of their honeymoon vacation. Their last Maldivian breakfast, lunch, and beach.

Thoroughly enjoying their vacation this happy couple gathered their cartloads of memories and started from the resort. They bid adieu to the Maldives with their last speed boat ride. They were then dropped at the departure terminal of the Male International Airport by their chauffeur from where they flew back home.

Thus ended a fairytale honeymoon!

With heart’s content, a pocket full of memories, and a smile that could not be suppressed they arrived home. And their happiness is what gives us our satisfaction. They say that Happiness is contagious. And this review of their brother’s is an affidavit to that. 

Let’s see what Mr.Vijay had to say about booking this Honeymoon trip to Maldives.

Not only did they enjoy their honeymoon, but we also had a great time interacting with this great family. Hoping to see them soon for yet another great vacay!

Are you also tempted to book a Maldives holiday package with us? We are eagerly waiting to serve you to the best of our abilities!