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Even though my main agenda to go to the Maldives was to get certified as an Open water Scuba Diver, it didn’t take long to find out that Maafushi, the most popular local island in the Maldives has a thriving water sports culture. There are so many cool water sports in Maldives, that I was spoilt with options.
If you don’t believe me, check out this small video on Maldives water sports!
When I posted this video on social media channels, someone mentioned that they got introduced to a whole range of watersports in the video! But there’s so much I didn’t include in the video!
So, thought of penning this post on shedding light on some kickass adventures you can try in the Maldives. This island nation although construed as a luxury honeymoon destination, is much more than that! Here are some amazing water sports in the Maldives that will make you pack your bags and your adrenaline pumping!
Find out how you can do the Maldives on a budget here.
1. Scuba Diving
Let’s start with scuba diving. After all, the best part about the Maldives is underwater! I dived at the one of the best diving location in Maldives – Kadooma Thila – complete with colorful reefs and abundant marine life. And witnessed many Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Grey tip and white tip sharks, and so on. If you are planning to try water sports in Maldives, I’d highly recommend scuba diving as it offers a unique perspective about the marine life in the Maldives.
Read more about my diving experience in the Maldives here.
Additional Read: Interested to explore the pristine underwater world? Find out some best places to dive in the world!
The crystal-clear turquoise waters in the Maldives unveil a vibrant kaleidoscope of marine life. With an abundance of colorful coral formations and a myriad of tropical fish species, snorkeling in the Maldives offers an immersive experience into a thriving aquatic ecosystem. Beneath the surface, schools of playful fish dart among coral gardens, and graceful sea turtles glide effortlessly through the warm waters.
The visibility is often exceptional, allowing snorkelers to witness the intricate details of the coral and the dazzling array of marine species. Many resorts in the Maldives provide easy access to house reefs or guided snorkeling excursions, making it accessible for both beginners and experienced enthusiasts to marvel at the unparalleled beauty that lies beneath the waves in this Indian Ocean paradise.
You can even snorkel with the majestic whale sharks at Dhigurah island in Alif Dhaal Atoll, where these massive creatures are almost year-round residents.
A few years ago, I spent my birthday evening kayaking in the Maldives and it is still one of my cherished memories. Kayaking in the crystal azure blue waters of Maldives. What a bliss!
The gentle swaying of palm trees and the soothing sound of the waves create a picturesque backdrop as kayakers navigate through the intricate network of waterways. Many resorts in the Maldives offer complimentary kayaks for guests, allowing them to leisurely explore the vibrant coral reefs beneath, encounter marine life such as colorful fish and rays, and discover hidden, secluded coves.
4. Stand up PaddleBoarding
Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) in the Maldives is a serene and captivating experience that invites enthusiasts to glide over the tranquil waters of this tropical paradise.
Many resorts in the Maldives offer the opportunity to embark on SUP adventures, providing the necessary equipment and guidance for both beginners and experienced paddlers. With the warm sun overhead and the soothing lull of the waves, Stand-Up Paddleboarding in the Maldives is not just a water activity; it’s a tranquil journey that allows one to connect intimately with the stunning natural beauty that defines this Indian Ocean paradise.
Just imagine riding into the sunset in your while paddling through the cool blue waters!
The archipelago, with its turquoise waters and pristine white-sand beaches, offers a stunning backdrop for surfers seeking both adventure and tranquility. The Maldives boasts an array of surf breaks catering to surfers of all levels, from beginners to seasoned professionals.
Exclusive surf spots, known for their consistency and quality waves, provide a sense of seclusion and intimacy, allowing enthusiasts to commune with the ocean in an almost private setting. The year-round favorable surfing conditions make the Maldives a haven for wave riders, ensuring that no matter when visitors arrive, the promise of memorable surfing holiday is just a wave away.
You could stay in some of the top surf resorts in the Maldives if you are looking for an exceptional surfing experience.
Now, let’s talk about motorized sports in the Maldives.
You might have come across someone flying from the ocean vertically upwards with a board attached to their feet. Well, that’s flyboarding for you. The closest you can come to flying over the ocean! In normal flyboarding, the underwater propulsion can take you to 12m above water. What fun! I first came across flyboarding on Instagram when someone I followed had attempted flyboarding in Miami. And, little did I expect to find it on a remote island in the Maldives. Yet there it was!
Want to Snowboard on water? Try wakeboarding – where you’ll be towed behind a boat on board, similar to a snowboard. There are other similar variations of wakeboarding – water skiing, and knee boarding. You’ll want to give that a shot too!
If you’d like to take your wakeboard skills to the next level, try out hover boarding equipped with a water Jetpack, that can take you to up to 5m in height at 40km per hour! Do you dare?
Just as Flyboarding, wakeboarding works for non-swimmers too!
8. Jet Ski
Jet skiing in the Maldives is an exhilarating and unforgettable experience. With its crystal-clear waters, stunning tropical scenery, and warm climate, the Maldives offers the perfect setting for jet skiing. Jet skiing in the Maldives is a popular activity for tourists and there are many rental companies and jet ski packages to suit all levels of experience.
9. Kite Surfing
There are plenty of wind sports varieties as well in the Maldives. What did I say? The Maldives could easily be a hotspot for water sports!
A faster version of surfing, kite surfing combines surfing and kiting together. Definitely falls in the high thrills category. If you’re a beginner, equip yourself with kitesurfing lessons to fully understand the sport and control your kite!
10. Wind Surfing
While kitesurfing is with a kite, windsurfing sports a sail. Windsurfing will also require you to take lessons, and could be just what you need to get the adrenaline pumping!
With its consistent trade winds and expansive lagoons, the Maldives provides an ideal playground for windsurfing enthusiasts of all levels. Resorts and popular local islands in the Maldives like Maafushi island offer top-notch windsurfing facilities, featuring professional instructors for beginners and challenging conditions for seasoned riders.
Windsurfers skim across the turquoise waters, feeling the wind in their sails as they navigate through the pristine lagoons or venture into the open sea. The warm tropical climate and clear skies add to the appeal, creating a perfect setting for windsurfers to master the art of balancing on the board and harnessing the power of the wind, all while surrounded by the stunning beauty of this picturesque archipelago.
11. Catamaran sailing
Catamaran sailing in the Maldives is a delightful fusion of luxury and adventure, offering an idyllic way to explore the breathtaking archipelago. With its vast and tranquil lagoons, the Maldives provides an ideal setting for catamaran enthusiasts to gracefully sail through the crystal-clear waters.
The twin hulls of the catamaran provide stability, making it accessible for both seasoned sailors and novices alike. Gliding over the serene waters, passengers are treated to panoramic views of coral atolls, pristine beaches, and vibrant marine life visible beneath the surface. Whether enjoying a romantic sunset sail or a daytime exploration of secluded coves, catamaran sailing in the Maldives is a luxurious and immersive experience that perfectly complements the natural beauty of this tropical paradise.
Conclusion: Water Sports in Maldives
From the world-class waves beckoning surfers to the tranquil lagoons inviting paddleboarders and catamaran sailors, each water sport in the Maldives is a gateway to an unforgettable experience. With its consistent favorable conditions, vibrant marine life, and luxurious accommodations, the Maldives emerges as a premier destination where the thrill of water sports seamlessly mix with the transquility of this tropical paradise.
Did you get your adventure fix in the Maldives? Or anywhere in the world for that matter? Anything you’d like to add to this list of water sports in the Maldives? Let me know in the comments below.