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Exciting Water Sports In the Maldives For Your Adrenaline Fix - Thrills of island life

26 atolls, close to 1, 200 islands and some of the best beaches in the world make Maldives a tourist destination like no other. Here are the country's best water sports to indulge in during a holiday:



Clearwater, safe current and beautiful coral reefs make diving one of the most popular water sports in the Maldives. Enter the exciting world of a range of sea creatures such as reef sharks, whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks, manta rays and many more gorgeous fish species. Some of the feature shipwrecks such as the British Loyalty. Resorts such as Faarufushi Maldives may organise some amazing dive expeditions for you to get the best out of your holiday. If you are a beginner or yet to get started, PADI certified instructors would be happy to give you lessons and help you get the first taste of diving.



Yet another popular pastime among tourists, snorkelling allows you to view various features of Maldives' abundant marine life consisting of over 70 types of coral reefs and 700 species of fish. To add colour and beauty to your luxury holiday, Maldives based resorts go above and beyond, working with some of the best agencies that offer snorkelling expeditions.


Visit Manta Point

During the months between May and November, you can see ample Manta Rays in all their glory. You will also see 'cleaning stations' at about 8m depth where cleaner wrasse living amid the reefs feed on parasites from the manta rays' wings. Other highlights at Manta Point include turtles, sharks, beautiful reef fish and also an excellent dive site known as Lankan Caves.


Experience the Maldives Dhoni Cruise

You've got to experience the Dhoni Cruise to find out why it is one of the Maldives' most popular water-based expeditions. Enjoy the picture-perfect views as you cruise to some of the most beautiful islands in the world, observing unblemished beaches, tiny villages, and spectacular coral reefs. The best part is you can have your Dhoni Cruise expedition tailored to meet your requirements, where you pick the duration of the cruise and which islands you wish to explore.



The Maldives is also a renowned surfing destination with three atolls. The Northern and Central Atolls serve up to 15 breaks each during the months between March and October. The Southern Atolls are best in March and April where you get up to 23 breaks. While most of the surfing locations are great for beginners and intermediate level surfers, the Southern Atolls are best for experts. Also, the latter's ring-shaped structure creates an amazing surfing playground.


Jet skiing

Some of the country's scenic locations are accessible only by Jet Ski. Speed through the clear waters and check out hidden islands and beaches. Hop off and snorkel beneath the surface to check out some of the best coral reefs you will ever see. Kayaking, windsurfing, paragliding wakeboarding and banana boat riding too are popular water sports you can indulge in.

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