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Published March 26th 2018
Whether it's surfing or snorkelling, the waters around the Maldives islands are a great place to embark on some thrilling adventures. Here are some of the most popular water sports.
The blue waters of the Maldives are teeming with a plethora of marine life, and it is for this very reason that tourists from all corners of the globe visit these islands, in the hope of scuba diving and facing these exotic creatures and gaining a first-hand experience! In the Maldives, resorts and hotels usually have a PADI licensed diving school, where you can learn how to dive and become a certified diver before you hit the open waters.
If you don't already have one, it's imperative that you get one before you head out to sea. Once you're certified and exploring the waters, remember to always listen to your instructor. Don't approach or block the pathway of any of the sea creatures, and most importantly, don't touch them! Some of the magnificent creatures you'll see are whale sharks, manta rays, black tip sharks, white tip sharks, sea turtles and dozens of colourful fish!
Can't or don't want to scuba dive? That's completely okay! Snorkelling is the next best thing and most favourite activity to partake in whether you're 10 or 50! Many resorts in the Maldives have their own house reef, such as at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, which makes snorkelling so much easier and convenient, as you don't need to waste time travelling by boat to get to the best coral garden; simply walk out of your beach or overwater villa and voila! It's right there! Snorkelers are strictly advised to not touch any sea creature, including the corals.
Though they may be colourful and pretty, touching them will only be fatal to that coral and those around it. Flippers make it easy to swim but take care to not hit anything with them while you snorkel. You'll be able to see schools of reef fish, sea turtles and manta rays if you're lucky. Rent your snorkelling gear from your resort or bring your own. Snorkelling is a fun activity which can be enjoyed at any time of the day, however, remember to be wary of the currents and don't stray too far away from your resort.
If you're looking for something fun and exciting to do besides snorkelling or scuba diving, why not try kayaking along the crystal blue waters instead? This water sport will allow you to explore the beauty of Maldives at a slow, steady pace. You'll get to see life over the surface of the water since it's so clear! Basically, you can enjoy the best of both worlds without getting wet!
If your resort allows it, and if there are any secluded islands nearby, you can even kayak your way to one of them and enjoy a quiet, private picnic on the beach! You'll be able to hire your kayak from your hotel along with the oars – don't forget to wear a life jacket, even if you know how to swim.
Embark on a romantic cruise aboard a catamaran as you sail towards the sunset. Your resort may be able to provide you with a catamaran and a sailor for the day. Simply hop aboard and enjoy the simple luxuries of life at sea, with a glass of bubbly and your partner for company.
You can even end your catamaran sailing trip by jumping off into the sea for a refreshing dip or to embark on a snorkelling excursion. If you're planning a special proposal, why not do it on a catamaran just as the sun is about to set?
Photo Credit : Vivien Haack @haackvivi via Instagram
Banana boat rides are for the fun and adventurous set of people. Simply prop yourself on to a highly inflated banana and hang on tight as the speedboat drags you along the sea for the ride of your life! Banana boat rides are fun, but always remember to hang on tight or you might fall over as the boat takes turns or bounces off the waves. Since you'll be wearing a life jacket, this activity is especially great for those who can't swim or are not too good at it.