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Nightlife in the Maldives

April 24 2019

The unparalleled beauty of the Maldives is world-renowned; private luxury water villas that rise out of breathtakingly clear tropical waters, pristine, powder-fine beaches, bordered by exotic flora and lagoons teeming with vivid marine life - it’s the definition of tropical paradise. While many know it to be a honeymoon hot spot and the ultimate destination for sun-seeking jet setters, this dreamlike destination has so much more than gorgeous island surrounds and luxury offerings. From tours of the local islands and the bustling capital city of Malé to unforgettable day trips - there’s a wealth of incredible experiences to enjoy in the Maldives.
As dusk settles in, the warm, tropical evenings also offer a host of unique activities - unbeknownst to many, the nightlife in the Maldives can be as exciting as it is unique. 
Here’s a sneak peek at what the nightlife in the Maldives is like:
Underwater Parties


Activities in the Maldives centre on its breathtaking azure waters - even at night! One of the best ways to enjoy the nightlife in the Maldives is by experiencing a party six metres under water, at the blue-tinged Subsix, the unique underwater restaurant-bar-nightclub. Enjoy sublime food and drinks while you party alongside schools of brightly coloured fish, eels and incredible corals - this is sure to be an experience in the Maldives you will never forget.
Live bands 


At many of the high-end luxury resorts in the Maldives, you’ll be treated to entertainment, local spectacles and amazing live bands. Some hotels offer a different theme for every night of the week, which can centre on anything from Bodu Beru performers and local music to jazz soirees, DJs and cocktail evenings - find out what your hotel’s nightlife programme has in store for you. In the Maldives, you don’t need to leave the comfort of your resort to get your fill of memorable nighttime activities. 
“Bar hopping” 

bars in maldives

If you opt to stay on a resort island in the Maldives, the chances are that you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining outlets and bars. What’s more, is that each bar at your resort is bound to offer something a little different. While bar hopping in the conventional sense is not really possible (given the distance between islands), you can hop from one bar to the next at your luxe resort, and see how they differ and what unusual things they may offer. You might also find a different type of entertainment at each one, making your little island bar-hopping experience, all the more exciting. Keep in mind, however, that the Maldives is an Islamic nation, which means that it’s largely a ‘dry destination’ - bars and nightclubs are typically found only on the resort islands and not on the local ones. 
Movies at an outdoor cinema


Outdoor cinema in Maldives

The wonderful thing about the nightlife in the Maldives is that it’s not just restricted to bars and partying - there’s so much more to experience here, including things that you would battle to find anywhere else in the world. One of the nightlife highlights is definitely watching a movie at an outdoor cinema and there’s arguably no better destination in the world to embrace this experience. Sit back, relax and enjoy some popcorn and a romantic movie as you soak up the jungle-like surrounds and exceptional night sky with your significant other. 
Private dinners 

Dinner on the Beach at Kanuhura Maldives

On the theme of unforgettable and romantic experiences in the Maldives - it is one of the most romantic destinations in the world after all—one of the best ways to enjoy the balmy evenings on the resort islands is with a private dinner. Spoil your beloved with a surprise dinner set up on the beach, in an exotic garden or greenhouse or in some other secluded part of the island for a night to remember. Candles, starlight, exquisite food, sublime drinks and your favourite person? Island living (and the nightlife in the Maldives) just doesn’t get better than that. 
Crab racing

If you are looking for a fun-filled local experience, then you should definitely partake in a crab racing event. A novel (and hugely popular) Maldivian pastime is to, as the name implies, quite literally race crabs - hermit crabs to be exact. It works like this: you pick a hermit crab, pay the entry fee and hope that your crab beats the others in the group by being the first one to cross the line of the circle drawn around them. Prizes might even be up for grabs (which can be anything from spa treatments to special meals if you are lucky). Alternatively, you can grab a tropical cocktail and enjoy watching others race their crabs or partake in karaoke, which is often offered at the resort bars. 
Select water activities at night 

As we mentioned earlier, so much in the Maldives happens in their glorious waters, including some nighttime water-based activities. From night fishing (followed by a memorable beach barbeque) and snorkelling to special night dives, there’s an array of memorable options for those looking for a different ‘nightlife’ in the Maldives. As a note, these activities should only be enjoyed when planned by a hotel or tour operator and should not be done otherwise. 
Interested in witnessing the dazzling beauty of the Maldives and indulging in novel nightlife experiences for yourself? Then a stay at the five-star ‘gypset’ haven Kanuhura is sure to be an exceptional choice. The perfect place for discerning travellers looking for a stylish luxury retreat, a holiday with Kanuhura is sure to stay with you for the rest of time. 

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