The Maldives Beyond the Beach – Captivating Maldivian Cultural Experiences for the Visitor
Although the Maldives happens to be internationally renowned for its splendid beaches, your visit to its islands wouldn’t be complete without experiencing some aspects of the local culture as well.
Head out with a fisherman
Fishing would undoubtedly be an important aspect of Maldivian culture; whilst you could easily join a fishing excursion organized by your resort, it would be an even more enthralling experience to head out with a local fisherman on his dhoni vessel so that you could experience the fishing lifestyle in an authentic way. Some resorts will even incorporate this aspect when offering activities in Maldives to guests.
Experience bodu beru
One of the key cultural experiences would be to enjoy bodu beru, a traditional musical and dance presentation that is sure to enthral foreign visitors. Bodu beru would involve rhythmic drumming accompanied by dancing that increases in tempo. An accommodation choice to consider from which you could experience the local culture would be Kandolhu Maldives; such resorts also feature bodu beru drummers in a unique renewal of vows ceremony for couples.
Drink coconut water
Another genuine local experience would be savouring some pleasant coconut water straight from the nut just as the locals would. You would find that coconut water would quench your thirst, be healthy for your stomach and cool you down as well. For the best taste, you should drink coconut water as soon as the nut is cut open.
Chew areca nut
Many Maldivians would habitually chew areca nut which happens to be produced by the areca palm, a tree that is abundantly found in the islands. Whilst areca nut could be enjoyed in several forms, it would most commonly be chewed in thin slices accompanied with betel leaf. When trying areca nut for the first time, you may chew it with sugar to offset the rather bitter taste.