Not only sand and water: what to do in the Maldives
6. Museum of the History and Traditions of the Country
The whole life of the Maldives revolves around the ocean – he is the breadwinner, and the protector, and a frightening secret. However, to think that fishing for tuna or exchanging coconuts for spices with India and Sri Lanka is all that has happened in the history of the Maldives is fundamentally wrong. The country is extremely well located – great scientists and navigators have been here, religions and rulers have changed, the British have left their mark on culture with their military base during the Second World War. On the island of JA Manafaru, you can learn much more about the culture and traditions of the locals in a real museum. It is small, but very rich – history and ethnography, crafts and cooking, everything is collected in one room. And next to it on the street is a house where our guide's grandfather lived 80 years ago. Looking at it, you immediately believe that the Maldives is developing by leaps and bounds.1/1
7. Dinner in the wine cellar
The first wine cellar in the Maldives opened right here, in JA Manafaru, after which many resorts picked up this idea – to delight their guests with aged red, exquisite sparkling or light white. You can try all this richness during a tasting dinner: the sommelier and the chef each time create a new menu based on fresh products that have arrived in the kitchen. Digestif, dessert, champagne sorbet – a gastronomic explosion of pleasure here will complement the interior and surroundings. The surroundings here are almost like in a cartoon about Beauty and the Beast – an English castle, candles in candelabra, Persian carpets on the floor and heated stones underfoot so that no one freezes – after all, the cellar is real.
8. Swimming with sharks
Now we are waiting for the Radisson Blu Resort Maldives with its mini-dining room for sharks. The local rich house reef with an abundance of small fish has long attracted harmless baby sharks and juvenile sharks.
The main restaurant of the hotel stands on stilts in a picturesque lagoon and in the evening, when the “children” wake up with an appetite, the bottom is illuminated with spotlights and it becomes perfectly visible how they are having dinner. But in the daytime, armed with a mask and flippers, you can swim very close – sharks are shy and do not come immediately, but having grown bolder, they begin to play and cut circles around their friends. You should not be afraid: their size does not exceed 1-1.2 m, and they are much more afraid of people than they are.
9. Wine tasting in the ocean
Radisson Blu Resort Maldives is another innovator in the hospitality industry in the Maldives. While the kids frolic in the children's room, the older kids swim with sharks or play tennis and football, parents can go for a tasting in the lagoon. This is a special pleasure that affects all the senses at once: bare feet caress the sea, the sun plays in glasses, and several varieties of wine are responsible for taste, smell and hearing, a fascinating sommelier story and light snacks.
10. Encounter with dolphins
Watching animals in their natural habitat is a hundred times more interesting than at the most exciting show in the aquarium or zoo – you don’t need to take a word, it’s enough to visit the Radisson Blu Resort Maldives. It is worth sailing very close to the island, and the joyful squeals of two biological species at once announce the area: tourists emotionally react to dolphins, and they squeal in their own way. The ocean changes its color from indigo to azure, here and there flocks of charming mammals cut through it. They flirt with each other, clearly show off in front of the two-legged, dive and jump, look with sly eyes and quickly swim away into the distance. To reappear – but on the other side of the board. You can easily spend two hours watching dolphins frolicking in the open ocean, while treating yourself to canapes and a glass or two of sparkling wine. 1/1