Water Sports in the Maldives
Miles upon miles of white sandy beaches, palm trees and tropical temperatures make the Maldives a favoured destination for many a traveller searching for a slice of paradise. The warm, crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean which surround the islands also make the Maldives one of the best destinations in the world for water sports enthusiasts. Scuba diving, surfing, water-skiing and a range of other fun-filled activities are readily available at resorts throughout the islands.
Secluded lagoons, stunning coral reefs and a teeming marine life attract divers from all over the globe, so if you fancy exploring this tropical underwater paradise then there's no shortage of options. Several diving schools offer courses for both beginners and advanced divers, all of which take in some of the world's most spectacular diving spots.
Rasdhoo Divers operate two schools at the Kuramathi Island Resort which take visitors on a tour of some of the most picturesque diving locations in and around the Rasdhoo Atoll. You'll get the chance to explore reefs, thilas (underwater islands) and even the odd shipwreck. Expect to catch a glimpse of stingrays, turtles, barracudas and schools of jacks, parrotfish and trevally. The tour also incorporates Hammerhead Shark Point - one of the best spots in the world for observing hammerhead sharks.
The island of Kurumba is just a short boat ride away from some of the great surfing spots in and around The North Male Atoll. Several tour companies on the islands run daily boat excursions to some of the best areas (known as breaks), enabling you experience some of the best surfing conditions on the planet. The South Male atolls are also becoming increasingly popular with surfers and have hosted several international competitions in recent years. The period between June and August usually sees the biggest swells; however, the season does start as early as March.
Although the Maldives' tropical climate makes them a haven for holidaymakers, the islands are fully exposed to the Indian Ocean – making them ideal for windsurfers. If it's your first time, learn the ropes in some of the many lagoons on the various resort islands before heading further afield into the sky-blue waters.
Water-skiing operators can be found on most resorts, and although some offer trips further afield, most let you pop on a pair of skis on the beach and hook yourself on to their boat for some high-speed fun just off-shore.
Parasailing, fun tubes & banana boats
In order to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the Maldives, you may wish to gain a bird's-eye perspective of things. No need for a helicopter ride here, however, as you can combine a spot of sightseeing with the thrill-seeking delights of parasailing. This particular water-sport is best described as a cross between water-skiing and parachuting. With a fully-extended parachute strapped to your back, you find yourself attached to a speed boat before the momentum carries you high into the air. Most resorts offer this fun-filled adventure sport, enabling you to take in the breath-taking aerial views of the idyllic beaches, crystal clear waters and rainbow-coloured reefs that lie beneath.
If you prefer to stay closer to the surface, hop on a high-speed banana boat with your friends and family – the goal here is simply to cling on as the speed boat whisks you through the waves. Alternatively, take the plunge in a fun tube and experience the full meaning of 'choppy waters' as your giant tyre-sized inflatable ring cuts through the surface at high speeds.