Watersports in the Maldives – A world of water to enjoy
Thought that diving and bathing in the sea were the only things to do in the remote islands of the Maldives? Think again! Choose from a plethora of sports that is as varied in the exertion required, as the amount of adrenaline that will be pumped into your system!
The Maldives has always been one of the best places in the world to go diving. After all, the location of the archipelago that consists almost only of coral reef islands is in the warmest ocean on Earth, the Indian Ocean, which is an important fact to note for divers as they can be a little bit more comfortable in the depths of the seas.
Although the difference is slight, the amount of time one can spend underwater is greatly enhanced. In fact, the summery warmness of the atmosphere is a lovely feeling after a dive. What do you do though, if after all your careful planning, nature conspires against you with lower visibilities or you just don’t feel like going back into the water again? And what about your family, what if there aren’t people holding a diver’s license?
For adults and children alike, most of the liveaboards, guest houses and even some of the inhabited islands have sports that will keep you engaged and thrilled. Indulge in the extensive selection of water sports available during your holiday.
Most of these activities are extras that will be charged in your final bill, while others are included in your holiday package. Activities like Catamaran Sailing, Windsurfing, Canoeing and Kite Surfing can be done in the shallow lagoons that surround most of the islands and are usually for those who love to enjoy every single moment of their lives… extreme sports.
After all, what can be more exhilarating than harnessing the pure power of nature and one’s body, and being immersed in the elements all day long, before a wonderful winding down in a spa or just relaxing by a bonfire barbecue at an isolated beach?
There are things to consider of course, like proper skin care. Most travelers forget that the sun in the equator can be far harsher than above the tropics, and suffer painful sunburns that can usually be avoided by spending just a few moments beforehand applying some sun protection. There are many strengths and waterproofing available; anyone planning to be in rushing brine should look up the stronger waterproofing.
Involving a motorized vehicle, power sports usually are driving at the very edge of extreme. Water skiing, wake boarding and knee boarding are for just one person at a time, while Fun Tubes and a Banana Boat ride can take more people. All of these sports are designed to use either a larger, more powerful speed boat, but usually a jet ski will be adequate in calm waters. Fun Tubes are like a gigantic life saver with handles that you can hang onto while the tube is dragged though the sea and the waves by a speed boat. These can usually accommodate up to 4 riders.
Also known as a water sled, a Banana Boats are inflatable recreational dinghies meant that are towed. Seating from three to ten riders, these boats are meant for the riders to sit on a larger, main tube and resting their feet on two adjoining tubes which also function as pontoons that stabilize the larger tube. The boat owes its name to the design, as the larger tube is usually yellow and shaped like a banana. One of the main objectives of the ride is to cling on as hard as you can, as the driver of the speed boat will attempt to capsize the banana by doing sharp turns, so it’s always required that you wear a life jacket.
Prefer to keep dry?
If you would rather not get wet, but still be out exploring the ocean just the same, you can choose to go see the reef, paddling along in a glass bottom boat that lets you see the vibrant sea life below, while keeping you relatively dry above.
If you want to guarantee dryness, why not choose to go for a Dolphin Safari? You can either go on a speedboat, or a catamaran, and cruise the waves searching for a pod of dolphin on its way into or out of the channel. Watch them spin and dance at the prow of your boat, and if you’re lucky, and the boat is slow enough, you can get so close to them that you can actually touch them!
Of course, there’s Sunset Sailing, Full Moon Sailing or taking a trip around the nearby islands on a Dhoni, which imparts romance and adventure in equal measures, and will keep you in close proximity with the sea while keeping you absolutely dry!
The choice of many can’t be wrong, right?
Well, what’s popular around in the Maldives these days is the lovely feeling of going snorkeling. Snorkeling is fun for two reasons… it can never get too cold as you’ll be in the warmer waters in the lagoon, and it can never be too dangerous… you can never run out of air, nor will you have problems with decompression, even if you free dive, because whatever gas in your bloodstream will always come back to the lungs.
Surfing is also going to be in season, with the change in the weather that will bring larger breakers to a lot of the famous surf spots, like Beacons, Chickens, Cokes, Lohis, Sultans and even the Raalhugandu to the north of the capital city, Malé.
Indeed, the Maldives is one of the most glorious places on Earth where romance abounds perhaps here, under a coconut palm on the beach, or there, on the sundeck of a safari boat. Maybe you can even re-enact the famous scene in the movie Titanic, by standing at the prow of a dhoni at sunset… one thing’s for sure, you’ll never run out of things to do in the Maldives! Ask us about your favourites activities when you make your booking .
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