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Sports and Recreation in the Maldives - Top Leisure and Sporting Activities in the Maldives

As one of the world's top beach hubs, the Maldives is also a dream destination for water sports lovers and active travellers. Here are some must-experience activities for tourists in the Maldives.



As an activity that can be enjoyed by holidaymakers of all ages and swimming capacities, snorkelling remains one of the most accessible water sports varieties in the Maldives. With a house reef encircling most Maldivian resorts, discovering the rich marine life heritage of the islands has never been quite as pleasurable as signing up for a snorkelling session. All one requires is a mask and fin to engage in this rewarding shallow water activity. Those who wish to snorkel in other locations around the country will also find that most resorts offer tour packages for snorkellers.



With ideal conditions for windsurfing prevalent throughout most of the year, the Maldives is not only the best place to try one's hand at windsurfing but also the perfect place to learn the sport. The lagoons in most resort islands are fantastic for beginners while the gusty conditions of the open seas offer seasoned windsurfers a challenge to write home about. Winds in the Maldives are below 15 knots so the conditions never prove to be too dangerous for a memorable windsurfing excursion.


Scuba Diving

With its underwater landscapes teeming with schools of colourful fish and more coral species than any other sea bed in the world, the Maldivian archipelago is a destination tailor-made for deep-sea exploration. Scuba divers will find the visibility and the clarity of the water off the coast of Maldivian isles simply irresistible while a large number of renowned diving sites also makes this the perfect destination for divers.



Often regarded as the best way to explore the coastlines of the Maldives, a canoeing excursion is also an inexpensive way to spend one's free time during a holiday. Kayaks, as well as canoes, are easily available from most resorts and private tour operators while those who wish to canoe as a group will also find tour packages to suit their needs. The sun can get hot so remember to wear a hat or cap and lather sunscreen generously before stepping on board a canoe.



Catamarans and luxurious yachts are up for grabs for tourists who wish to sail around the paradise isle of the Maldives. Considered one of the finest ways to explore the country's unique geography and its stunning islands, sailing enthusiasts can rent a boat or sign up for a guided tour of specific areas of interest. Those who wish to learn how to sail can also pick up with basics with the aid of an instructor. Honeymooners based at the Anantara Veli Maldives Resort or any other chic Maldives bungalow will also find a host or romantic cruise options that include sunset excursions and dolphin watching sailing tours.



The best time to go surfing in the Maldives is between the months of March and February. Live board surfing safaris and independent surfing packages are available through most resorts.