Although the Maldives are touted as being one of the quietest and most secluded areas on the planet, there are plenty of exciting sports available to those with a flair for adventure. Whether simple or challenging, Maldives sports are a great way to stay fit while enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Enjoyed by enthusiasts all over the world, surfing is an incredibly exciting sport for both beginners and experts. The atolls of the Maldives provide excellent an excellent surfing medium for all skill levels. Several local surfing aficionados offer surfing lessons to beginners, and they can show experienced surfers where to catch the biggest waves. Surfing is a favorite hobby of many Maldives locals, so it is a great way to initiate new friendships that can last a lifetime. It is among the most popular Maldives water sports for tourists, as well.
A popular variation from standard surfing, windsurfing offers tourists another great way to enjoy the beautiful beaches and comfortable climate of the Maldives. Known as sail-boarding to some, windsurfing utilizes a surfboard that has been equipped with a specialized sail. Surfers stand on the board and use their hands to manipulate the sail for directional and speed changes. Though it is not as popular as standard surfing, windsurfing lessons are available from local experts. Windsurfing is one of the most challenging Maldives sports, but learning is half the fun.
Using a small surfboard or a “kiteboard” with its attached sail or kite, this is an exhilarating activity that takes advantage of wind to jump, fly and ride – over land or water. The styles of kitesurfing or kiteboarding are freestyle, speed, jumping, riding the wave and free-riding. Being a kitesurfer allows you to experience the natural elements of a destination, from almost anywhere in the world. With the atmosphere and warm temperature all-year round the kitesurfing experience in the Maldives is like no other. The warm and comfortable climate gives kitesurfers the ability to enjoy the beautiful white sand beaches and blue-green lagoons on a whole other level.
Water skiing involves a person being pulled behind a watercraft, such as a small motorboat, on a pair of specially-designed water skis. It is a fun and challenging sport for both beginners and experts. As with many of the most popular Maldives water sports, water skiing instructors are available to teach anything from the basics to new tricks that the advanced skiers can add to their repertoires. For those who are especially adventurous, water skis can be a mode of transportation to a favorite diving location, such as a particular section of one of the Maldives' gorgeous coral reefs.
One of the Maldives water sports that is not for the faint-of-heart is parasailing. It is very much like water skiing, except that the skier straps a parachute to their back before taking off. Once an optimum speed is reached, the parachute is deployed and the skier is lifted into the air. Parasailers can travel upwards of 100 feet into the air, providing them with a birds-eye view of the islands and the turquoise water below. Although this sport may seem extreme, trained professionals are on site to ensure safety.
Another popular activity that is arguably one of the most relaxing Maldives water sports is snorkeling. Snorkeling is a modified version of swimming that involves a snorkel–a face mask that covers the eyes and nose and provides a tube that breaks the water's surface–and eliminates the need to come up for air. Snorkeling is the best way to view the fantastic coral reefs found all over the Maldives, and experienced guides are available to beginners. In fact, divers and snorkelers from all over the world come to the Maldives simply to see the exotic marine life that lies just below the water's surface. There are dozens of Maldives water sports to enjoy while vacationing, honeymooning, or simply getting away from the stress of everyday life. This is true regardless of experience level or preference.