Our little Jacob has been around the world, and then some. So far it seems like he has enjoyed the Maldives the most.
The Maldives is a sand and sun destination, which is always a hit with the kids.
Child friendly attractions in the Maldives
There are not a huge variety of attractions in the Maldives full stop, let alone child specific attractions. The major attraction that is both adult and child friendly is based out of Male. The entire tour takes around 3 hours and tours depart every 90 minutes from 9 AM until 8 PM in the evening, making this an attraction that you can do in between transfers from your accommodation and the airport. In fact, the whale submarine has a counter at the airport where you can leave your luggage and be escorted to the submarine.
The whale submarine really has nothing to do with whales, and all to do with diving. The submarine visits several dive sites and goes as deep as 40 meters. It’s as close as you can come to scuba diving. Reserve your spot in advance to ensure you get the departure you are after.
The only catch, even though this is a great attractions for kids, the submarine does not accept children under 3 years old.
Maldives with a baby
Babies are easy to travel with. As long as they get enough nap times and enough eating time, they are usually pretty content. Since you will most likely be staying on just one island during your entire Maldives stay, it is very easy to keep on babies schedule.
The only thing to really to aware of is making sure baby stays hydrated and does not spend too much time in the sun.
Also, when traveling with a baby you will want to bring everything you will need for your entire stay from home, as you may not be able to find the same (or even similar) products baby is used to in the Maldives.
Maldives with a toddler
The Maldives is heaven on earth for a toddler. Warm shallow water to splash in, lots of sand to dig in (and eat), and friendly locals who love to play.
Jacob, who is 16 months old, loved playing with the local children. He connected immediately with the local people at our guesthouse, Jupiter Sunrise Lodge, and in the village of Keyodhoo. Every morning, as soon as we opened the door to leave the guesthouse Jacob would squeal in excitement and delight. He got to go swimming and digging in sand every day. He never wore shoes. It was toddler paradise.
Like when traveling with a baby, be mindful of your toddlers hydration and sun exposure, and you will also want to bring all your toddler gear from home and you may not be able to buy it in the Maldives.
Maldives with older children
Even though you may be on a small island in the middle of Indian ocean, there is still plenty to do for older children. Many Maldivian islands have fantastic snorkeling right off the beach, and many guesthouses will take you out to fantastic snorkeling spots daily. In addition to snorkeling, teenagers may be interested in getting PADI certified, and many islands in the Maldives have their own dive center.