I Traveled to the Maldives Alone and It Was Great!

The Maldives is always advertised as an ultimate destination for couples. Many dream of visiting the Maldives for their honeymoon, and traveling solo isn’t labeled as typical. I traveled to the Maldives alone as a travel blogger, and I can assure you that sometimes I felt like I had more fun and learned more than couples and families I encountered.

I landed quite late, so I booked myself a hotel near the airport for a few hours, before hopping on a local seaplane the next morning. I was glad I booked a hotel in Hulhamale, not Male, as the airport isn’t actually in Male, but on another island. After a short drive to the hotel and a few hours of sleep, I was able to get back to the airport within a 10-minute drive. 

You must have questions. Are there any things to do in the Maldives alone?

solo traveler in Maldives

Maldives sunsets

There’s a perception that the Maldives is a destination for doing nothing. On a typical day, a couple or family would enjoy their overwater bungalow and sunbathe on the beach. There’s nothing more wrong than that. There are plenty of things to do there and most of them didn’t require a partner.

I was lucky that during my time in the Maldives, the weather was absolutely perfect which enabled me to do everything I wanted. Sunny every day with just one day of occasional short showers which created a beautiful sunset.

First things first: choose your islands accordingly. The further away the resort is from Malé, the more isolated it is. Which can be both a pro and a con, depending on your preferences and financial possibilities. There are over 1000 islands in the Maldives and each offers something completely different, as each resort sits on its very own island.

But, no matter where you’re staying you’ll be able to find many things to do for a solo traveler.

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The entire bed just for me!

Things to Do in the Maldives as a Solo Traveler

1. Snorkeling & Diving

Underwater you’re alone anyway and the Maldives has plenty of underwater attractions to offer you. Starting from small fish and blacktip sharks (they’re harmless to humans) to whale sharks and giant manta rays. The reef surrounded by calm waters can be reached within a few minutes from the shore. It’s really impressive to see giant creatures swimming so close to you.

alone in Maldives

2. Surfing

Not many associate the calm waters of the Maldives with surfing. The waves are just about the right size (3′ – 6′) for beginners and advanced surfers.

 The summer months of June, July and August are potentially the best months for the biggest swells, but tropical storms are more prevalent.

There are some resorts that specialize in surf camps, particularly in North Male Atol. As you can imagine, a great way to socialize and get to know your fellow solo travelers on the island.

Learning how to operate the boat with my feet

3. Spa Treatments

I definitely enjoyed my spa treatments in the Maldives. The Maldivian treatment, for example, uses the coconut as a milky bath and scrub to exfoliate and soften the skin. I assure you that you won’t need another person to admire the turquoise waters and beaches while getting a massage to soothe the mind and nourish the body.

Most resorts offer spa services these days. While I got standard treatment, I was told that if I had more time I could have got a personalized assessment of my skin and treatment according to my results. Next time I guess.

love Maldives

4. Watching Sea Life

I spent hours at my pool watching tiny blacktip sharks swimming among fish in the ocean. During my stay, the water was so clean that I was able to stand over the water or float on my giant unicorn and observe the ocean coming to life. I swear, it gets addictive.

Other resorts had manta rays coming to the shore as well. They’re both completely harmless with their useless teeth, so if you dare you can jump in with them as I did.

When I went on a sunset dolphin cruise and I saw a big group of dolphins hanging out next to our boat, not even 5 minutes after we departed. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life before!

5. Interacting with Locals

Resort experience with overwater bungalows, as fun as it can be, shouldn’t prevent you from interacting with locals. I visited some local islands and learned a lot about the culture of the Maldives. The streets are lively and full of friendly locals who’re always happy to show you around.

Getting out of the tourists’ places was surely one of the best experiences. When I travel alone, regardless of the destination, I usually get to interact with locals more than when I travel with someone. I feel that locals approach me easier when I’m on my own and it never feels awkward to ask a few questions about their daily life.

During my visit to Maalhos Island my local guide introduced me to their daily routines and even took me to his house to give his little boy a hug! He showed me what happens to all the trash that’s being produced in the Maldives.

Not sure if you’re aware, but the Maldives used to have a huge trash problem and up until 4 years ago most of the plastic was being thrown into the water. These days locals and resorts have learned to recycle everything, and things they can’t recycle are being shipped first to the trash island near Male, before getting picked up by India.

Maldives locals

6. Stargazing

Two of the resorts I stayed at had gigantic telescopes to watch the stars. Needless to say, I went to see what’s up in the sky twice in the Maldives. While most people were interested mostly in seeing the moon, the local astronomer was also showing everyone different stars.

Since I was there on my own, during the dinner with the astronomer I got to ask him a ton of questions and exchanged many fun stories on how he became an astronomer, while the other couple was more focused on enjoying themselves. I’ve never seen the sky being so clear anywhere else in the world.

For example, I was able to see one particular star that I’d never paid attention to before, but it turned out it’s the most blinking star in our galaxy. It’s called Sirius and it appears to twinkle the most because it’s pretty close to Earth, making it one of the brightest stars, combined with our atmosphere bending the light from it.

stargazing Maldives

7. Simply Enjoying Yourself!

Let’s not forget about simply letting your hair down and enjoying your time in paradise. I had a blast eating the best fresh food out there and floating on my unicorn.

Kuramathi


I’m not going to lie. Of course, it would be been fun if my partner or a friend came with me, but I wasn’t going to wait for someone else’s decision to fulfill my dreams of going to the Maldives. I was very busy and enjoyed every minute of my stay. In the end, in the era of the internet, you can always stay connected through video calls…

Maldives alone


During my Stay in the Maldives Alone I Stayed at:

Soneva Fushi

Soneva Jani

Kuramathi

Koamas Lodge

I flew to the Maldives with Scoot Airlines and returned with Qatar Airlines. More on how to find cheap flights here.

Solo Female in Maldives

Any questions about traveling to the Maldives solo? Don’t be shy, ask below!

47 thoughts on “I Traveled to the Maldives Alone and It Was Great!”

  1. Nice photographs and really they are having the power to inspire other people by the beauty. Thanks for sharing this post.

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  2. I didn’t know much about the Maldives other than the beautiful sea and overwater bungalows so I had been wondering what else there is to do there. Now I know!
    Watching the sea life would be amazing – I totally believe you when you say it gets addicting! That’s great you got to hang out with locals too 🙂

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  3. Maldives is so amazing destination to enjoy the beauty of islands. There are so many islands to visit and you shared great information about that beautiful destination. Stunning photos you captured of that beautiful destination.

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    • Thank u for the amazing post ..I am about to travel solo there and I was getting quite depressed before the flight..But it made me feel better to read your post.

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  4. What are the prices in local stores ? Often many hotels offers only breakfast. What about the prices in restaurants or cheap bar? Are there any where locals eat ?

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  5. Thank you for your article! I”m planning a solo trip to the Maldives from Kuala Lumpur from Feb 10-16, 2019. I’m planning to stay at the Island Beach House on Hulhumale and want to take a trip to Thoddoo Retreat in the north ari atoll. What are my choices on transport? Do they provide ferry services or flights? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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  6. I think when we do solo travel than its very interesting for us because we have no another guy to help us any things. so its great and Maldives is best place for solo travel .

    Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Thanks for sharing your experience! Now I’m sold on solo travel to the Maldives. Can you tell me how much an over the water bungalow would cost? Also, did you take your own unicorn? Lol!

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  8. A solo trip to a place known as a honeymooners paradise is so bad-ass of you! Looks like you had a wonderful time – and those pictures are amazing!

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  9. Hi Anna

    Thanks for sharing your personal holiday pics!
    I loved the blue waters and your viller and the unicorn thanks for sharing.

    Im planning to go Maldives solo too. But friends are telling me not go alone due to sunami and stuff. But ive tried to get myself to go with them, but i cant beacause i feel Maldives is just a dream for me, i want to emerse myself in the quite surrounding and sound of the waters and natural beauty and of course the spa is my kind of thing.

    Please can you tell me in £ british pounds how much would i need to take for spending and food at restraunts?
    Can i get a guide would they be free and can i include my package for spa and yoga in my holiday package would i be abe to have my massage next to blue waters? And food on the decks. Do they have boat rides and stops to hv free teas n food with the locals included in price of boat trips. And would you recommend me go with friends or alone.
    I want to go to one and only rethi rhi
    Were would i get best deals for villa would iy be worth to for two nights please let me know as im first time going alone thank you so so much kindest regards thank ypu

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    • The amount of money you spend depends on specific islands, resorts or off resorts etc. I think One and Only is an all-inclusive resort? Everything you’re asking about you needt o ask the resort as each has different policies.

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  10. Hi Anna!
    Loved your blog on Maldives. I wish to travel solo to Maldives in the month of February next year.
    Could you please let me know if you came across any short diving courses for beginners in any of the resort’s you visited. Also would those courses be available in February?

    Thanks.

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  11. I have always thought of the Maldives as a “couples retreat” until reading your article! I love that you made it a point to meet the locals and not stay bound to the resort. My favorite place to travel alone was Anguilla and meeting the locals was easily the best part of my trip. I am going to plan my next trip to the Maldives and hopefully have an amazing experience like yours!

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  12. Thank you for your blog on the Maldives. I was supposed to be going on a ‘girls trip’ but my friend has had to pull out due to medical reasons so I am unintentionally going alone. I land in Male on a Wednesday and leave on Sunday. Where in your places would you recommend going for 4 nights? With activities I could maybe do alone?

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    • It really depends on your budget. Many solo travelers to go Maafushi because it’s very cheap and beautiful. You can do any activities alone and I highly recommend dolphin cruises and snorkeling.

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  13. Maldives is the most beautiful place and known for a honeymoon. Thanks for sharing your Maldives experience with us.

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  14. The reviews and feedbacks from the travelers and tourists who visited Maldives earlier is pretty much positive and amazing. It is safe and secure place to visit with your family and friends. Crimes are less likely to occurred due to official’s management and rules and regulation.

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  15. Hi Anna stunning pics. As you have travelled a lot I need your advice. I was looking at going somewhere luxurious I’m stuck on the Maldives atm. I love the white sand beaches clear waters and seeing the sea life. Which island did you stay on and is all inclusive worth it if I don’t drink alcohol and I only really eat twice a day? Also which island is best for seeing sealife? I will also be travelling alone as I usually do.

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  16. Hello! Just wanna ask if going to maldives is safe? We are 3 women who plan to go to maldives this year. I won in a giveaway with free accommodation for 4d3n. Inclusions are meals, accomm, tours and etc. And we will just shoulder the airfare. Airfare only. And i believe that the travel agency is legit.

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  17. Thank you for such an inspiring review! I am traveling solo to Maldives in April. Is there one resort in particular that you’d recommend to be near whale shark dive spots but also not be off in honeymoon land? Cost is not a factor, just seeking the best experience. Thx!

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  18. Hi, Anna! Thank you for your post. I like staying when I travel, so I can meet more solo travelers. Do you know if there are hostels in the islands you stayed?

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    • Apart from local islands like for instance Maafushi, each other island belongs to a resort, so one island = one resort, and you cannot go to an island unless you stay at the resort. I’ve never even heard of any hostels in the Maldives, it’s not like in Fiji, but there are guesthouses on Maafushi.

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  19. It is so cool that you went by yourself as well. Whenever people would tell me I’m crazy I always mentioned that I loved myself and that’s why I was in a honeymoon with myself hahaha.

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  20. Hi There! Such a good read. I do the same on most of my Solo trips.
    But here now, I’m with a question, where I have planned my accomodation, domestic transfers and water villa stay well at Dharavandhoo and Finomagadhoo coming March end/April 1st week.

    When its coming to sandbank trips, scuba or any excursions, I’m learning that they need a minimum of 2 pax for any of these to be arranged.

    Im hoping that I find someone in my resort for making it a 2 for experiencing these above mentioned things. Else I also have Plan B to splurge with private boat/guide/ rental to go solo here as well 😉

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    • Many resorts do scuba, dolphin cruises etc in groups. There were about 20 people on my dolphin cruise. Sandbanks trips are usually arranged as those romantic lunches, but I see no issue going on your own 😀

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  21. Hi Anna

    Thanks for your reply.
    Id luv to go maldeves solo if you plan to go next time it will be nice to travel there with knowing som1 i know is there

    I have not yet gone alone yet
    But my work manager and some of my cleints have been solo and it is great to know.
    Im planning maybe to go next year alone would like to go morroco to a retreat for 3 days any tips please do share.

    Thanks
    Have fun 🙂
    Sharon

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  22. Hi Anna!
    I love your pictures and would love to visit Maldives sometime in the future. Before reading your blog i actually thought Maldives was a quiet place for relaxing and do nothing. I understand your opinion from when you said travel alone can be a lot more exciting and inspiring, “I traveled to the Maldives alone as a travel blogger, and I can assure you that sometimes I felt like I had more fun and learned more than couples and families I encountered.”

    My dream is to be able to travel alone and explore different areas around the world and off course Maldives is one of them. By reading your experiences from different trips it makes me excited to start my own journey and explore new things.

    Thanks for sharing your journey!

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  23. Hi anna this is my first time traveling solo. Which place u recommend me to stay, also i wanna stay in a good resort

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  24. Hello Anna ! The Maldives is a amazing place. I hope, it will give me more experiences and beautiful memories. So I also plan to visit the Maldives alone. Thanks for sharing the things to do in the Maldives alone. It’s really helping me to plan my trip in an amazing way.

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  25. Hi Anna, this is very timely for me. I’ve just booked a 12 day holiday to the Maldives for next year March…going solo. Your blog makes me feel encouraged that as a solo traveler that I’ll be able to find plenty to do and not feel ‘left out’ because I’m not a honeymooner. I’m staying at a resort on Kanifushu and will embrace snorkeling, sunsets, boat trips, and spa treatments.

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  26. Hi Anna,
    I‘m traveling solo to Maldives and basically want to copy this exact itinerary. Can you tell me how many days you spent on each island and how you got from one island to the next? I assume it’s a ferry. Does it take long to travel between islands? Is it expensive to use ferries?
    Thanks for the post, making my planning SO much easier 🙂

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    • So in terms of moving around the Maldives, it really depends where are you going. You can get to some islands by ferry when they’re close enough, but for instance, to Soneva Fushi and Jani you gotta take a small 45-minute long flight (sadly, these flights are never cheap). Usually, the resort will give you all the options and you book it through them. Then you can visit local islands by boat from there. I took a boat to Kuramathi because it was cheaper, but I regretted this decision. It was way too bumpy and way too long. If I was to do it again I would probably take a flight.

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