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  • Writer's pictureSadé Richardson

You Haven’t Seen the Ocean Until You’ve Dived At the Maldives

The word “dive” is even in the name of the country, right?

But let’s be serious. And let’s talk about a world-class destination for water sports. The Maldives is a country in the midst of the Indian Ocean, comprising 19,000 square kilometres, of which less than 300 are on land. Its highest point is a staggering 5 metres above the level of the sea. In other words, welcome to the ocean. And whether it’s diving, snorkeling, jet-skiing, paddle-boating, or just lazily floating through the reef with the fishes, the tropical paradise of the Maldives has it all!

Whatever you want to do in the Maldives – if there’s water involved, then it’s an option. Whether you’re a thrill-seeking adrenaline junkie, or a newlywed just looking for a place to relax – or maybe you feel like one today, the other tomorrow. Never fear. These beautiful, low-lying islands can give you whatever you’re after.

Here are just a few of the exciting, world-class options available on the sparkling Maldivian waters:

  1. Parasailing: We’ll start with some sports that you’ve heard of, but probably never tried. Well, it’s time to try them! Parasailing in the Maldives is incredible: with beautiful, sapphire water and cerulean skies; it’s not an experience that you’ll ever forge

  2. Windsurfing: One of the more popular water sports in the Maldives, windsurfing is the diva that’ll steal the thunder from the rest of your vacation. Zipping along the crystal clear water, seeing fish or even stingrays darting below you… what’s not to love about it? Book it through a resort that specialises in the sport for an optimal experience.

  3. Flyboarding: Odds are you’ve never heard of “flyboarding.” But if you’re a thrill-seeker, this most popular water sport in the Maldives was made for you! It involves getting on a board which is attached to a jet ski by a hose that sends it up into the air! And begs the question: is this really a “water” sport, or is it an aerial one?!

  4. Fun tubing: If the name isn’t evocative enough, imagine zipping through the water at breakneck speeds in an inflatable raft. Yep, that’s “fun tubing”! And in the Maldives, it’s a great option that’ll keep you close to the ground (or at least the water’s surface!) but still offers plenty of bumpy, jouncing thrills.

  5. Catamaran Sailing: If you’re not so much a thrill seeker as someone who wants some time to relax and soak in the tropical vibes, then this is for you. Take you catamaran to one of the islands’ many deserted beaches, and spend some time alone – or alone with your special someone.

  6. Snorkeling: One of the best activities in the Maldives, this needs no introduction. Short of diving down with them, it’s the best way to view the atolls’ wonderful fauna – and it’s available almost everywhere you turn!

  7. Scuba diving: And last, but not least: the reason that many people come all the way out to the Maldives. The diving opportunities here are simply unmatched in the rest of the world. The islands’ most popular activity, you can’t pass up scuba during your visit. And if you’ve never dived, you can learn how in one of the most exquisite diving spots on this planet!

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