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Top 10 Water Sports to Do in Maldives - Ten Exciting Water Bound Activities to Experience in Maldives

Revered as a water sports Mecca for the masses, the Maldives boasts ideal conditions for all water-bound activities. Here are 10 watersports holidaymakers can try during a vacation in paradise.



Often considered one of the best ways to acquaint oneself with the coastlines of a new destination, kayaking around the paradise islands of the Maldives is an adventure no holidaymaker should miss out on. Kayaking activities are best enjoyed during the months from April to October while swimming skills would be an advantage although it is not a requirement for the sport.



Ranked among the most exciting water-bound activities in the world, kitesurfing is not for the faint of heart. The thrilling sport can be enjoyed all year round but the months between April and October are deemed best due to the wind conditions. The excursion can last up to an hour with the participants suspended above the water for most of that time.


Catamaran Sailing

Perfect for those who wish to truly experience the spectacular geography of the Maldives as well as the relaxed pace of life in the islands, a sailing adventure is also the best way to see the country in all its splendour. The best time to engage in sailing activities falls between the months of November and April and no swimming skills are required to embark on this grand excursion.


Scuba Diving

With some of the world's most breathtaking underwater coral gardens to its name, scuba diving in the Maldives is a must for those with the skills to enjoy the activity. Home to countless marine species, visitors can not only enjoy wreck dives but also venture inside submerged coves. The time between January and April provide the best visibility for divers.



Those who wish to witness the beauty of the Maldivian marine landscapes from the safety of the shore can sign up for a snorkelling expedition in paradise. Available through Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas and countless other resort hubs and private tour operators, a luxury holiday in Maldives would not be complete without venturing beneath the azure waters off the coast of your resort island.


Under-Water Walking

As a unique activity that is open to those who are unable to swim and cannot snorkel or dive, an underwater walk allows everyone the chance to explore the corals and marine life occupying the waters off the coast of Maldivian islands. Wearing a special mask, participants will be able to walk on the sea floor while interacting and witnessing the many creatures and plant life that call the ocean home.


Jet Skiing

From 20-minute excursions to trips around the island, jet skiing on the tranquil ocean waters of the Maldives is a must for thrill seekers young and old. Swimming capabilities are not required to ride the waves like a pro on a vehicle that has been described as the motorcycle of the ocean.


Banana Boat Rides

Ideal for families as well as group travellers looking to enjoy a water based activity together, banana boat rides are a fun and simple way to toss in some excitement to a beach holiday in the Maldives. Gliding across the waves on a banana shaped boat, groups and loved ones can experience this engaging activity for all.


Glass Bottom Boat Rides

Climb on board a dinghy or a glass-bottomed boat to catch a glimpse of the coral reefs littering the seabed of the Maldives from a unique perspective. With fish species and underwater flora flickering beneath one's feet, it is one of the best ways to explore the submerged coral gardens of the country while remaining completely dry.



Tipped to be one of the world's premier surfing destinations, riding the point breaks in the Maldives is the experience of a lifetime for avid surfers from around the globe.