Water Sports in Maldives

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Water Sports in Maldives

No vacation to a tropical beach destination is complete without experiencing its myriad options of watersports! Watersports can make or break a holiday, be it for solo travellers, couples, families and adventure junkies. Maldives is a great destination for you to enjoy and indulge in water sports. If you're unsure about the options available, you've come to the right place! We've put together a comprehensive list of the watersports in the Maldives that you can try out, for an unforgettable vacation. Take your pick!

Here is the list of 15 Water Sports in Maldives

1. Catamaran sailing

Let the calm, lilting waters of the Indian Ocean serenade you as you lounge on a magnificent catamaran! These sailboats offer you privacy, luxury and amazing holiday vibes as you relax with a loved one and enjoy the spectacular panoramas of Maldives. Extra brownie points if you watch the sunset on a catamaran!

Best time: November to April
Location: All major ports in the country offer catamarans on a charter basis. Resorts also provide charters, in addition to agencies.
Swimming proficiency: Nil
Average cost: USD 50 - 80 per person, for one hour, including a guide and crew. You can also avail sailing lessons for USD 60 per person per hour

2. Jet Skiing

This is a faster variation of water skiing, as you and your partner sit on a jet ski and drive away into the blue sea. Channel some major 007 vibes as you zip through the waves!

Best time: April to October
Location: All resort islands, Malé. Contact agencies to ship you to beaches where you can jetski.
Swimming proficiency: Nil
Average cost: USD 70 - USD 100 per person for half an hour

3. Fun tube

The tube has got 'fun' in its name - what more do you need!? This group ride consists of a bed-like tube where you can sit with your squad, and zoom through the bright blue ocean! This is the epitome of laid-back fun combined with the thrill of speed. Do not miss out on this crazy watersports in Maldives.

Best time: April to October
Location: You can avail this in almost every resort beach in the country. They are popular in Malé, Baa Atoll, Ari Atolls and Kaafu Atoll.
Swimming proficiency: Nil
Average cost: USD 130 for two people for 20 minutes

4. Kayaking

This is one of the most popular adventure sports in the Maldives, and for a good reason too. Explore and experience the coastline at your own pace as you become part of the swaying waves, and watch your stresses melt away!

Best time: April to October
Location: Even small beaches in local islands have kayaking facilities so that you can rent a kayak on almost every beach in Maldives
Swimming proficiency: Preferred
Average cost: Resorts often offer kayaks free of charge to patrons. Renting a kayak can cost you as cheap as USD 10 - USD 50 per person. Some public beaches also have free kayak rentals.

5. Parasailing

It's time to fly as high as a kite, soaring over the pristine blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Kitesurfing is an exciting watersport in the Maldives to try out, as it offers a stunning bird's eye view of the archipelago as you're tethered to a speedboat!

Best time: April to October
Location: All resort islands, Malé, Hulumalé
Swimming proficiency: Nil
Average cost: USD 90 per person for 10 minutes

6. Wakeboarding

This sport is as thrilling as it is adventurous! A gateway into kitesurfing, this sport involves holding on to a tether as you stand on a wave. You can try wakeboarding before you embark on kneeboarding, as both require a good sense of understanding your centre of gravity, so you can balance on the board. Go wakeboarding in Maldives to stay woke!

Best time: April to October
Location: All resort islands, Malé, Hulumalé, Ari Atoll
Swimming proficiency: Required
Average cost: USD 70 per person for half an hour of starter lessons. USD 35 per person for 10 minutes

7. Kneeboarding

This sport can be a little challenging for beginners, as it is a bit more complex than water skiing. But don't be deterred, as the thrill is worth it! This sport involves holding on to a tether while on your knees on a board, as you zip through the ocean. It gives you a much closer experience with the ocean, and leaves you immersed in a sea of memories - all puns intended!

Best time: March to October
Location: All resort islands, Malé, Hulumalé, Kaafu Atoll
Swimming proficiency: Preferred
Average cost: USD 40 per person for a 10-minute pro ride. USD 60 per person for a 20-minute starter lesson

8. Surfing

No beach holiday is complete without a surfing trip! Take the waves by storm as you ride the ocean in all its glory in Maldives. You can try stand-up paddling and then proceed to surf as well.

Best time: April to October
Location: The best wakes are in Baa Atoll and Thulusdhoo Islands, but you can enjoy surfing at any beach with an instructor. Agencies often take you on trips to other islands, so contact them for the best locations
Swimming proficiency: Required
Average cost: USD 130 per person for two hours

9. Flyboarding

This futuristic ride has a board which is propelled into the air, enabling you to hydro-fly! Prepare to indulge in this unforgettable experience as you soar above the sea and watch the world with a top view.

Best time: April to October
Location: Lhaviyani Atoll, Maafushi Island
Swimming proficiency: Nil
Average cost: USD 150 per person for a 30-minute starter lesson. USD 75 per person for a 15-minute pro ride

10. Stand up paddling

Stand up paddling, or SUP is a great way to explore the island, and is an amazing workout too! This is the gateway to surfing, as it enables you to move at your own pace while catching the wake too. It gives you the thrill of surfing combined with the comfort of a boat - we love!

Best time: March to May, September to November
Location: The best wakes are in Baa Atoll and Thulusdhoo Islands, but you can enjoy stand up paddling at any beach with an instructor
Swimming proficiency: Nil
Average cost: USD 30 per person per hour, without a guide USD 40 per person per hour, with a guide

11. Fishing

Fishing is one of the most satisfying watersports in Maldives as it is relaxing and rewarding too! You are allowed to keep the fish you catch, and cook them too. Big game fishing is also an option where you can come face-to-face with exotic sailfish. As the proverb goes, teach a person to fish, and they'll never go hungry again!

Best time: November to March
Location: All resort islands offer big game fishing. You can contact agencies to take you to fishing locations too
Swimming proficiency: Nil
Average cost: USD 80 - 100 per person per hour

12. Kitesurfing

This is twice as thrilling as surfing as you have the added pull of the tropical winds! Experience the ocean like never before as you become one with the waves, and soar into the wake with your mighty kite. This can be a great gateway sport into surfing as well.

Best time: April to October
Location: All resort islands, Malé and Hulumalé
Swimming proficiency: Nil
Average cost: USD 50 - USD 90 per person per hour

13. Banana Boating

This super fun activity involves a long boat where you are strapped to, so you cannot fall as you zoom over the stark blue waters of the ocean. This group sport is super thrilling and is a must-do in the Maldives. A banana a day, keep holiday pangs at bay, minions!

Best time: April to October
Location: You can avail this in almost every resort beach in the country. They are popular in Malé, Baa Atoll, Ari Atolls and Kaafu Atoll.
Swimming proficiency: Nil
Average cost: USD 50 - USD 80 per person, for 20 minutes

14. Underwater scooters

Water scooters are passé - it is time for underwater scooters! Explore the deep ocean in the comfort of a motorised scooter, as you wave to fish and swim with turtles. This scooter has a bubble which keeps your head dry, which means that you can wear glasses as well. It is one of the unique watersports in Maldives.

Best time: December to March
Location: Maafushi Island, Malé, Hulumalé, Baa Atoll
Swimming proficiency: Nil
Average cost: USD 180 per person per hour, or USD 280 for a couple per hour

15. Waterskiing

Move over, snow-clad mountains, as water skiing has taken over skiing on snow! Waterskiing gives you the added thrill of meeting dolphins or turtles while on the ocean. Waterskiing is much easier than wakeboarding - go water skiing first, then wakeboarding, and then kneeboarding. Waterskiing involves using a ski on each leg as you glide over the waves!

Best time: April to October
Location: All resort islands, Malé, Ari Atoll, Hulumalé
Swimming proficiency: Preferred
Average cost: USD 75 per person for 20 minutes, with a guide

Indulging in a variety of watersports is one of the unique activities that the Maldives has to offer, which sets it apart from other destinations. Which sport are you eager to try out? Which experience was unforgettable for you? Pen your thoughts in the comments section below. Sport in the waters!

This post was published by Nivedha Narayanaswamy

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