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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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4 Water Sports Activities to do in the Maldives – Have a Splashing Good Time!

If you're vacationing in the Maldives, you've got to have a go at some of these water sports during your stay.


Jet Skiing

This is one of the easiest water sports activities to participate in, and it doesn't even matter if you know how to swim or not, as long as you make sure to have a trained instructor on-hand to fish you out or help you get back astride the Jet Ski if you fall. All you need to do is wear a life jacket, get an introductory briefing, and you're good to go, either solo or with an instructor. As you'll be firmly seated on the Jet Ski throughout the activity, especially as a beginner, you don't have to be particularly athletic to engage in this sport. You just need a little motor control and common sense to help you steer the Jet Ski. Nevertheless, it can be quite an exhilarating sport as you zip across the waves and feel the wind in your hair. You'll be hard pressed to find a Maldives beach resort that doesn't offer this activity; and most resorts such as Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives and others, make sure that you are supervised by an experienced instructor while you're out on the water, so there's not much to fear.


Paddle Boarding

Paddle boarding is like a tamer, safer and less adrenaline packed version of surfing. Also commonly known as stand-up paddle boarding, this sport is actually an offshoot of surfing that was invented by the Hawaiians. You basically have to stand on the paddleboard and navigate your way through the waters by using a paddle. In this way, it is more proactive in nature than surfing, for which you need to sit in the water waiting for a good wave to ride. This activity is also easily found among the many tourist resorts in the Maldives. A variation of paddle boarding that is picking up popularity these days is yoga paddle boarding, where you essentially show off all your flexible yoga moves while balancing on the paddle board. So if you're a yoga fanatic, why not try to get your moves on out in the water for a change?


Snorkelling and Diving

The Maldives are known for their pristine, clear waters teeming with myriads of multi-hued marine life just waiting to be explored. What better way to do this than by snorkelling? If you're vacationing in Maldives, chances are that you're lodging at one of the many resorts there. Most of the bigger resorts come with their own house reef to which snorkelling and diving excursions are arranged for guests. Snorkelling requires practically no prior training and is a fun activity that kids and adults can enjoy at a laid-back pace. For those who want to do some more serious exploring, there are usually diving packages and courses on offer at resorts both for novices and for experienced divers. Many tourist resorts offer intensive PADI diving courses which their guests can complete during their stay. Whether you choose to try out snorkelling or diving, aquatic creatures that you're likely to come by are sea turtles, manta rays, sting rays, dolphins and, of course, a gamut of fish of all kinds.


Game Fishing

Although you mostly try your best to stay out of the water for this one, big game fishing is right up there among the biggest contenders for best water-related recreational activities in the Maldives. Game fishing in the Maldives can get you up close and personal with much sought after fish breeds such as sailfish, tuna and more. What's more, these prize fish are usually behemoths, so it'll be a real challenge to reel 'em in if you're lucky enough to have gotten one on the hook.