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List of Non-Motorised Activities to Do in the Maldives - Top Non-Motorised Sporting Activities to Enjoy in the Maldives

While most activities in the Maldives involve boating excursions and travelling into the ocean on motorised vehicles, they are by no means the only things to do during a Maldivian holiday. Here are some exciting activities that do not require motorised boats or vehicles.


Wind Surfing

As a water sports activity that relies solely on wind power caught in the sails to glide across the water, windsurfing is a fun and engaging activity all travellers can explore during a Maldivian getaway. While swimming abilities and the mechanics of balancing a windsurfing board on the ocean will require some practice, this invigorating sport, which combines elements of sailing and surfing, is ideal for those who wish to try their hand at a challenging water sports activity.


Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

SUP or Stand Up Paddle Boarding is a relatively new water sports variety that can be enjoyed in a number of postures and positions. One can ride on the board in a yoga pose or by standing while others may prefer to kneel on the board and propel it forward by paddling. Available via Maldives island resorts the likes of the Hard Rock Hotel Maldives and countless others, one can also learn how to go paddleboarding during a trip to the archipelago.



Often regarded as one of the most rewarding water-bound activities one can sign up for in the Maldives, there's nothing like kayaking around the coastlines of pristine islands in this tropical paradise. Ideal for those who wish to engage in exploratory excursions at their own pace, visitors can hire a kayak from a water sports centre or join a kayaking tour to paddle their way around the virgin islands of the Maldives. No prior experience or swimming skills are required to enjoy a kayaking trip as paddlers wear life jackets at all times.



Renowned as one of the world's top surfing destinations, no trip to the Maldives would be complete without hitting the waves with a surfboard under one's arm. Hosting numerous international surfing contests in its waters, the wind and water conditions in the Maldives are especially conducive to wave riding activity. Tourists, however, should take note of the surfing spots that are most suitable for their skill level and refrain from tackling swells that are too big and dangerous for beginners. The Maldives is also home to a number of surfing schools where travellers can learn the basics of the sport and put their newly acquired skills into action.



As a water sports activity that also allows one to discover what lies beneath the ocean, snorkelling is the perfect thing to do on a sunny Maldivian morning. Requiring only a snorkelling mask and fins, visitors can simply head to the house reef surrounding their resort base to take a peek under the water and uncover schools of tropical fish and stunning coral species. Those who wish to explore some of the country's top snorkelling hubs can sign up for a tour of the archipelago's best snorkelling sites.

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