A paradise on Earth, Maldives is of shimmering white beaches surrounded by turquoise lagoons and green palm trees along with a calm and refreshing environment to spend few memorable days of your lives.
Along with mesmerizing beauty to greet you with, Maldivian Island has various kinds of sports and activities to keep its tourists entertained.
The island boasts of exceptional list of water sports that are available and an environment that is appropriate for these sports.
Exotic aquatic life beneath the Indian Ocean makes Maldives even more special for these sports. You will find about almost 70 different species of colorful coral reefs and more than 700 species of marine creatures.
From snorkeling to island hopping, the island is just perfect for all kinds of activities. For snorkeling and scuba diving, the island has some of the best diving sites in the world.
Few of the many aquatic creatures that you can spot during these activities are Dogtooth Tuna, Tuna, Trevally, Jacks, Sweetlips, Butterfly fish, Mating octopus, Wahoo, Fusiliers, etc.
The visibility is up to 60 meters because of the crystal clear water that makes these activities even more enjoyable. And if you want more of excitement and explore more, you can also go for night diving which is a different experience altogether.
Activities like water skiing, wake boarding, knee boarding, banana riding, fun tubes, Mono skiing, kite surfing, glass bottom boat, jet skiing and many more also present exciting options and promise to add some thrill to your Maldives vacation.
Even going for fishing can be quite a unique experience here. You have various kinds of fishing to choose from such as big game fishing, night fishing along with special fishing trips. Most common catch at these fishing trips are sailfish, swordfish, marlin, wahoo, barracuda, yellowfin tuna, etc.
Apart from these, activities like parasailing present you with exceptional view of the island and its natural set up. And if you want to do something in a relaxed manner, you have Dolphin watching and various excursions like island hopping, picnic on a deserted island or for sunset or sunrise cruises.
Windsurfing is one of the popular water sports in Maldives along with other sports like water skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, dolphin and whale watching, etc.
This was introduced in the late 70s by Tony Hinde, an Australian surfer who was highly impressed by the surf breaks in Maldives and decided to start the sport on the island with favourable environment supporting him for the same.
Maldives islands has excellent environment for water sports like windsurfing. Maldives with its rich flora and fauna under the sea and high visibility of water makes itself suitable for most of the water sports.
Moderate temperature of water which on an average is 25°C (77°F) creates a much favorable setting for those going for windsurfing. Along with suitable conditions, the island also offers a safe and secure setting.
The large crystalline lagoons with waist deep water and soft sandy bottoms and a protective barrier that is provided by the house reef make it safe for windsurfers, especially helping the beginners.
In this sport, the surfer cut across the water enjoying a thrilling experience in a refreshing environment. Here, the windsurfer maintains balance on a longboard that is wider than a typical surfboard and hold onto a triangular sail at the same time.
There are many excellent surfs break in Maldives. However, the best surf breaks are in North and South Male’ Atoll and the best time to go for is during the South-west Monsoon which is from the month of April to October.
The biggest swells can be seen from the month of June to September. The surf breaks are generally of the size that ranges from 3 – 8 feet. Along with natural settings, the island has excellent facilities as well.
Most of the five star resorts in Maldives offer equipment like boards and sails for hiring that vary as per the skill levels to their guests along with windsurfing lessons if interested. There are also instructors providing you with all the necessary information about the sport and guiding you throughout.
Check this Guide to Windsurfing in Maldives for more details..
Maldives is nothing less than a paradise for fishing lovers with favorable conditions and exotic marine life and rich fauna. Most of the resorts in Maldives organizes fishing trips for their guests along with providing them with all the required equipment for fishing.
Equipment like fish rods, fish finders and international fishing hooks along with Dhoni, local Maldivian boats and speedboats can easily be accessed along with proper guidance from the experts at the resorts.
There are mainly two kinds of fishing that you can go for; big game fishing and night fishing. Whichever kind you choose, you are introduced to the best of natural settings and exotic fishes to catch, making the experience worth remembering.
Big game fishing which is also known as morning fishing, you have to start in morning. Here your Dhoni will move just around the atoll enclosure reefs where you can find exotic big fishes.
Outside the atoll, you can catch fishes like Sailfish, marlin, barracuda, yellow fish tuna, wahoo, swordfish along with many other big fishes. Big game fishing mainly depends on the weather condition and the fishing location. The experience is enhanced by the barbecue and music on the beach which generally follows the sport of fishing.
Night fishing, add some more excitement and adventure to the fishing experience. The experience is exceptional as you catch exotic fishes under the star studded sky and soothing atmosphere.
If you go for this sport, you are required to have your Dhoni leave the island in the evening and anchors by the outer Atoll reefs. The lines and sinkers are dropped in the reef waters from different sides of the Dhoni.
Emperors, snappers, squirrelfish, jacks and other reef fishes are some of the common catches during this sport. Night fishing, along with being adventurous can also be highly relaxing as you get the opportunity to lie on the boat’s deck and admire the clear sky and a moonlit surrounding.
Check this Guide to Fishing in Maldives for more details..