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5 water sports in the Maldives - Explore the Indian Ocean

An archipelago surrounded by the gorgeous Indian Ocean; Maldives has plenty of water sports to try. Snorkel the reefs, scuba dive to the depths of the ocean and ride the waves; read on for more.


Scuba Diving in the Maldives

Tipped to be one of the world's best locations for diving in Maldives, this is an experience like no other. The place offers a number of thrilling sites to explore with the promise of overhangs, swim through, underwater caves and wrecks to explore. There is an innumerable variety of marine life to observe from little coral fish to the large and elusive whale shark. Manta rays will swim overhead while reef sharks can be observed by the dozen. The 26 coral atolls are absolutely stunning and all scuba diving tours are well rewarded with sights of various types of soft and hard coral. Banana Reef was the first dive site to gain prominence and still is most popular due to its vast collection of marine life and underwater thrills. Other examples include Maafushivaru Maldives on the North Male Atoll which like many others is a lush haven of thriving house reefs to explore.


Snorkelling Safaris in the Maldives

Consisting of lush coral reefs, the Maldives is the perfect snorkelling destination. Most of the time you can simply head out from the beach of your Maldives resort and swim up to the nearest reef to begin exploring. The water is extremely clear rewards you with perfect views of coral fish and other marine life. Watch as turtles lazily paddle past you on your snorkelling tours which can be enjoyed by the entire family. The best way to experience snorkelling across the reefs is by joining a snorkelling safari that explores the various atolls and reefs of Maldives.


Surfing in the Maldives

Surfing is quite a thrill in the Maldives. You can book a surf safari and explore the archipelago where visiting some of the lesser known locations is quite a thrill. You will discover that the Maldives offers various locations serviced by different types of breaks for both the advanced and novice surfer. Most of the surf destinations in the country are accessible via speedboat from the luxury resorts and are quite an experience.


Big Game Fishing

A fisher nation by heart the Maldives offers plenty of opportunities to harvest the bounty of the ocean. You can book a tour that comes with expert instructors for turning even novices into seasoned fishermen. The ocean is a haven of all manner of the game such as jack, huge trevally, barracuda, swordfish, tuna and much more.


Island Hopping Tours

The best adventure to have on the Indian Ocean is to indulge in island hopping tours. These excursions are offered by your resort and consist of cruises to the nearby islands. Discover pristine uninhabited islands home to gorgeous sun-bleached beaches and lush forests. Then hop over to the inhabited islands where the locals offer you a chance to experience traditional Maldivian culture and customs.

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