There is not a lot of night life to when you are in the maldives, all of it would depend on the program the islands will set, some island many have an indoor disc, some organize live bands and crab racing
Whilst we were there on an all-inclusive holiday there was a cocktail happy hour from 6-7pm the drawback was it was not included with the AI option however the cocktails wern't over priced as you got 2 for 1 during happy hour.
The only night-life you will encounter is the ancient redifusion telly high up in a corner of the hotel bar/restaurant. offering on a good day the olde world news. The local inhabitants come across from nearby island to entertain you with local music. No disco's or loud music. Only mother nature to amuse and befriend you. Beware when out walking in the moonlight of falling coconuts. Have 2 weeks, the fierst getting acclimatised and used to walking bearfeet, the second to visit more lively islands and deserted ones too. Walking around is quite crowded so be discreet if you feel aroused by all the natural surroundings and don't be alarmed if you are caught in the act of love by someother guest having a stroll. Just smile and say aloa
Dress Code: Being a muslim country means you have to clothed, but not fully. Nude bathing is strictly forbidden. A pair of flipflops and shorts and a wide brimmed hat is all you need along with plenty of sunscreen.
Once a week is organized a live show of local folklore.
Local people dance and sing their traditionl songs.
There is a traditional Bodu-Beru "concert" - Bodu-Beru means "big drum" and they play it with enthusiasm!
Dress Code: In such occasion even the resort's guests wear the traditional pareo - both men and women! Very nice to see - hihihi!
Once in our holidays I wanted to have a special evening, so I reserved a romantic dinner at the beach especially for the two of us.
It is easily done, just ask at the reception or your waiter and tell them when you want to have it (at least 24 hours before).
I had the possibilty to choose from three versions:
- The cheapest one would be a selection from the evening buffet that is served to you.
- Second possibility is the lobster dinner, where you have the cook for yourself preparing you the lobster on a grill on the beach.
- Third possibility is also with lobster, but a different menue, slightly less pricey.
They prepare you a table right at the beach complete with flowers, candles and torches, which looks sooo good.
It was a great experience, eating under the sky with so many stars you never see at home.
Dress Code: From casual to as serious as you want.
Yes, the Maldives are a muslimic country and as such they do not drink alcohol - nor are you allowed to bring alcohol with you, when you enter. If you do and they catch you, they will at least take it away from you (I saw that happen).
On the island itself that is not a theme. You can drink as much alcohol as you like - from the cocktails they offer.
But alcohol is quite pricey here.
Good that they have happy hours where you can get 2 of the cocktails of the day to the price of one.
Good also that, while you sip at it, you can sit at the pool and the beach and watch the sunset.
What I did not find so good was that they did not offer a non-alcoholic cocktail version of the day, for people like me (yes, I do drink alcohol, but not when I am pregnant). So my dear hubby "had" to drink both ...
Dress Code: Casual,
if you are in the bar you have to wear trousers and shirt, not only bath gear.
There is no nightlife to speak of, just wonderful sipping cocktails and watching the stars appear in the navy blue sky.
Just being with your loved one should be enough. If it's not, go to a much bigger island!
Dress Code: Very relaxed - as long as you are not wearing your swimwear. Just shorts and a strappy vest or t-shirt for fellas is enough. Don't even need shoes.
There's no "party nightlife" in the Maldives, outside the water you can only find silence and tranquility ;-) ... so if you dont do night diving, just relax, take a walk on the beach and look at the sunset colouring the water with unforgettable colours, drink a nice cocktail, enjoy the magnifiscient view of the moon and the stars in the Maldivian sky ...
A litte tip : If you go to the beach at night, without making noise, you can see tons of crabs on the sand, it's so funny !. ;-)
Veligandu island has one bar, which is linked to the restaurant.
It has the obligatory maldives sand floor and appears to serve most drinks you could need.
Each night a different activity is arranged, dive video, movie, crab racing, disco etc
Dress Code: bare feet and whatever, afterall this is the maldives.........
Don't go to the Maldives if you want to enjoy the night life.
There is only one Bar at Hakuraa and most other islands.
This type of Holiday is for relaxing, talking, people watching, star gazing and not much else.
The events of the fortnight included a singer, a crab race and bingo and local drummers.
Dress Code: You don't need to dress to impress here anything your comfortable in is fine.
Its still hot at night so shorts and t shirts for men and summer dresses, tops and skirts for ladies.
I never wore shoes for the fortnight, flip flops are fine but heels are a no no unless you want to ruin them in the sand.
Not too much goes on in the resorts at night. You could settle for the fashion show, the Disco, or the nightly movie. And you could also forget all that and go for a romantic stroll along the beach and enjoys nature's beauty. You did not travel half way around the world to the garden paradise of the universe to see what is going on in the bar with people you don't know. Get out there and walk the turquoise sea turn to a crimson red and then fade to black as the greatest star show in the world is about to begin.
Ok, take a few beers from the mini bar with you....
Everyday the resort would have different night life activity for those that needs a night life in Maldives. They would post up a notice to tell you the day's and tomorrow's activity. Nightlife varies from karaoke,disco.. etc.. I dont know how the response is, cos my nightlife is sleeping after dinner. : )
If you think it is romantic to walk down the beach at night, think again! Crabs in all sizes come out at night, so not good idea to walk by the beach at night. Your girlfriend/wife will be screaming her head and jumping up and down... but if that sounds fun to you, then head to to the beach after dinner
Every Saturday night is crab-racing! You pay $5 for your crab and cross your fingers...
50 Hermit crabs are selected from around the island a number is drawn on their shells and they are placed, 10 at a time in a drawn circle on a board. They are released and the first to reach the outer circle is the winner of that heat. The 5 heat winners then race off in the Grand Final with the first 3 lucky owners winning a bottle of red/white and Fizzy wine.
All the crabs are then released unharmed.
Dress Code: Very casual dress.
Once a week at the Mekuunu Bar, they hold the crab racing competition. The crabs are hermit crabs in shells.
Each crab has a number on their back, and you pick out a number. When your crab is about to race, you put it in the centre circle with a glass over it, and then when it begins, you raise the glass. The first crab to get out of the outter circle wins.
The prizes that were given out when I was there were just a load of energy drinks. I'm not sure if the prizes change but it seemed they just had a load of drinks given to them on promotion by Rhino Drinks.
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