• The Maldives, a tropical destination for your exotic vacation, is so much more than being the most sought-after place for rest and relaxation. Tourists from all over the world go there to lounge on swaying hammocks, indulge in massages and spa treatments, and sip fruity cocktails during sunset. However, along with these lazy moments, the island nation also is home to a huge array of water adventure activities for all the adrenaline junkies out there!

    The huge and lavish resorts have their own water sports centre, which has a wide range of equipment available for hire for under and over-water fun activities. Many of the water sports are often included in the package if you book an all-inclusive resort. An extra fee is required for some water outings like sunset cruises, scuba diving, etc. The Maldives is the hub of water activities and you may find it difficult to fit them all in one vacation. 

    In this article, we present the top fifteen water sports to do in the Maldives.

    #1 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Scuba Diving

    The Maldives is ranked at a pretty high position when you search for the best scuba diving destinations across the globe. The perfect conditions for a growing underwater world are provided by the sparkling and warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Its thriving marine life includes turtles, rays, eels, dolphins, sharks (the friendly ones), and so much more.

    Most of the huge Maldives resorts have their own PADI-certified dive centre. Here, you can enroll in various programs and dives as per your preference. It is absolutely fine if you have never ever dived in your life. These centres are experts in teaching newbies. They often have special training pools where you are taught the techniques so that you can get comfortable with being under the water and feel familiar before going out for the actual dive. There is a lot on offer for more advanced divers. All you have to do is show your PADI certification to the dive centre when you arrive and me the most of the Maldives.

    There are some Maldivian resorts that specialise in conducting various diving programs. While choosing your accommodation here, make sure you pick one with either house reefs or nearby coral reefs as these are home to a wide variety of marine life. If you are someone who is willing to partake in a bit unusual dives, then go for night dives, deep dives, and wreck dives. You can scuba dive all year round, but the best time is between January and April when the water is clearer and calmer. That’s why, everything is extra costly here during the peak season.


    #2 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Snorkeling

    If you are not confident enough to go scuba diving but are willing to explore the beautiful underwater world, then you should go for snorkeling. All resorts have snorkeling equipment and you can hire or purchase it as well. You will also be provided flippers that help you to swim in the ocean. But you really have to be very careful that you never accidentally step on the living corals as the ecosystem is very delicate here. 

    The resorts in the Maldives have a house reef that is located just out from the beach. You can go and swim there as per your own convenience. There are such resorts also that provide snorkeling boat trips wherein you stop at the most popular snorkeling hotspots. These often include a mouth-watering barbecue lunch or a sunset dinner as well. Clicking underwater photographs is highly recommended. So you can bring along a waterproof GoPro to capture the wonderful marine life in your camera.


    #3 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Kayaking

    A popular water adventure activity in the Maldives, kayaking gives you an opportunity to witness the lovely palm trees and sugary sand beaches while you paddle around the island. Along with being a fun-filled activity, it is also a good workout for your arms. There are see-through kayaks also that offer you a glimpse of the marine world when you paddle in the cobalt waters of the Indian Ocean. You can see which creature is swimming underneath you! Moreover, always wear a hat and apply sunscreen lotion for your protection while you are out on the ocean. 


    #4 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Glass-Bottom Boat

    If you are allured by the idea of a see-through kayak but are not willing to put so much effort and just want to sit back and relax while someone else does the hard work, then your best is to go on a glass-bottom boat ride. These special boats have clear glass paneling at the bottom. Thus, you can view the colorful corals and fishes underneath your feet while sitting comfortably. This adventure is also suitable for those who cannot swim. There are many resorts in the Maldives that offer tour packages including a glass-bottom boat ride with beach lunch so that you can make the most of your afternoon.


    #5 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Jet Skiing

    Jet skiing is a popular water sport in the Maldives. You can rent jet skis from your resort and have fun out on the ocean. If you love speed and want to whizz over the powerful waters of the Indian Ocean, then this adventurous water activity is just for you! Also, if you don’t want to ride, then you can just enjoy the adrenaline rush by sitting behind your partner. 


    #6 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Banana Boating

    Sign up for a banana boat ride if you want to laugh like there is no tomorrow! This is an amazingly fun-filled activity that you can do with your loved ones when in the Maldives. This special boat is inflatable and shaped like a banana. It is attached to a speedboat that pulls you around the island. When the speedboat takes a sharp turn, be ready to fall into the water. The best time to go for this fun activity is from April to October but it is available throughout the year.


    #7 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Underwater Walking

    Underwater walking has emerged as the most sought-after water activity in the island nation. Definitely a unique experience, you must have seen its photographs on social media and craved to do the same! All you need to do is put on a special sealed oxygen mask that provides you air so that you can walk on the seafloor without any problem. You don’t go very deep when you do this exciting activity. You have to hold onto the rope so that you can walk along the bottom of the ocean. Underwater walking gives you unlimited memories for a lifetime that you can cherish with your friends and family. If you are someone who wants to do scuba diving but is a bit afraid to begin with, then you should go for underwater walking. People of all ages can do this. The best time to go for underwater walking is from January to April. 


    #8 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Kitesurfing

    Try your hand at kitesurfing if you want to improve your balancing skills and also looking for a real thrill. While doing this, you are attached to a small board with a big kite that lets you skim across the sea at an extremely fast speed. Requiring a little skill, you may need to enroll in a few lessons at your resort to be able to get the hang of it. Go for kitesurfing when the southern-westerly winds arrive during the low season from April to October as it is considered the best time. However, some resorts offer this activity all around the year.


    #9 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Windsurfing

    Something like kitesurfing, windsurfing is apparently a little easier to do. Even if you are doing it for the first time, it is a wonderful water sport to do in the Maldives. Imagine enjoying the cool tropical breeze brushing your hair as you sail over the Indian Ocean with the bright sun shining softly down on you. There will be qualified and experienced instructors of the water sports centre who will help you in learning the basics of windsurfing so that you get familiarised with this incredible sport. 

    Windsurfing in the months between May and October is considered the best as during this time, the winds pick up and provide an exhilarating experience. However, this water activity is available all around the year.


    #10 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Catamaran Sailing

    Catamaran sailing is counted among the best water activities to do in the Maldives owing to a number of reasons. A relaxed outing in the ocean, this water sport lets you sit back, chill, and soak up those million-dollar views. The resorts in the Maldives offer catamaran packages that involve champagne, a food menu, and soothing music to create a peaceful aura. If you want, then you can also hire a private catamaran with a personal captain to show you the natural beauty around. You should surely include catamaran sailing in your Maldives itinerary as the experience of skimming over the Indian Ocean is unforgettable.


    #11 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Wakeboarding

    Do you want to know how standing on a wave would feel? If you have this fantasy, then wakeboarding is the perfect water activity for you. This amazing sport includes holding onto a rope while you are walking on the water. All you need to do is maintain balance so you don’t fall. Swimming is preferable. While doing it, acquire an understanding of your center of gravity. The best time to do this is between April and October.


    #12 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Flyboarding

    Flyboarding is one of the best and the most popular water sports in the Maldives. It is for all those adrenaline junkies who have the guts to do something that not everyone else is doing and that involves a little risk also. Recently invented extreme sport, flyboarding is an enthralling activity wherein you get on a flyboard that is attached to a jet ski by a hose. You are sent up in the air and the feeling is quite mesmerising. May to October is the best time to do flyboarding. You don’t need to know swimming to do this. Ensure that you wear safety gear properly and maintain balance, especially if you are a beginner.


    #13 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Fun Tubing

    As evident from its name, this water activity is definitely fun-filled! In this, you have to get on an inflatable and unpowered tube that takes you over water at a high speed. You are sure to enjoy the bumpy ride on the water. When in the Maldives, go for this activity if you want to do something not requiring hard efforts and skills. You don’t need to know swimming. Wearing shoes would be better while doing fun tubing. April to October is the best time to do this adventure activity.


    #14 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Parasailing

    If you are in the Maldives and want to do such a water activity that lets you fly high in the sky and forget all your problems for a while, then parasailing is the best water activity for you. This lovely activity offers a bird’s eye view of the stunning island. You will have the time of your life when you are up above in the sky alone. You are in the air with a parachute and towed by a motorboat. You don’t need to know swimming to do parasailing. May to October is the best time to do this adventure activity. You should check the weather beforehand and listen to your trainer cautiously. It is a tricky water activity and can be dangerous if not done carefully.


    #15 of top 15 water sports in the Maldives: Big-Game Fishing

    Fishing is ordinary, but what about big-game fishing that involves confronting some of the rarest species such as tuna, sailfish, etc! The Maldives is known for its rich marine life and you can have a sneak peek for sure while going for this water sport. November to March is the best time to do this. You don’t need to carry anything with you as fish food is provided to you by the sports staff.


  • The answer to the question raised in the title of the blog lies in Walt Whitman's words. In the 'Song of the Open Road' -

    "Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,

    Healthy, free, the world before me."

    Bearing the promise of "The Sunny Side of Life", Maldives is not just another destination but is crosscut to a landscape, nay seascape that is a slice of solitude on earth. Boasting of some of the most iconic vistas such as the famous double chain of 26 atolls, paperwhite beaches combined with the poetic panorama of coconut and palm grove luring travellers from all around the world.

    Clear skies, cerulean waters and scattered sea-shells give way to a landscape illuminated by the glimmering sun – that's when you know you have arrived in one of the most breathtaking places on earth! If I have caught your attention, at last, behold, here is a compiled list of five reasons why you must visit the Maldives ASAP. Time to grab your backpacks and gear up for experiences worth cherishing this lifetime.

    1. A Scenic Escapade

      What is better than having a vacation amidst untouched nature? If you are on a lookout for a place exuding serene beauty in its purest form that might even make your heart skip a beat. Look no further. Maldives, with its measures for unparalleled beauty, is just the place for you. While the country sprawls across 90,000 square kilometres, only 298 square kilometres of that is dry land. Floating on the Indian Ocean, the archipelago is a cluster of 1190 tiny islands, with over 185 inhabited. Maldives' landscape is a mood board layered in hues of blues, whites, greens, and pastels.

      The sun, sand, and the seashore will beckon you to indulge in the natural ambience of several beaches like the Cocoa Island in the South Malé Atoll, Landaa Giraavaru - one of the most coveted private islands and several more. While we are discussing beaches, the ocean without a shred of doubt is an abundance of exotic aquatic life. What is better than a vacation amidst untouched nature? Well, a place adorned with lovely coconut palm groves, secret beaches, whale sharks, coral reefs, the iconic overwater villas and so much more, the diversity that Maldives offers will do.

    2. Foodgasms For Real!

      Who told you that Foodgasms are a myth? While we are at it, let us bust an actual myth. There is more to Maldivian cuisine than its predominant seafood. The Maldives is an amalgamation of diversity, in its landscape as well as its representation. The country's culture, traditions and diverse physical traits bear witness that the Maldives was a melting pot of people and cultures. The race itself results from the various waves of settlements over thousands of years. This heterogeneity is also reflected in the island's food and cuisine, giving all you connoisseurs another reason to visit the Maldives.

      Michelin starred–chefs cook your meals at the top end, while the all-you-can-eat buffet system works best at the lower end. The phrase, you get what you pay for is strikingly relevant in the Maldives. From smoked fish, spicy soup, chicken and vegetable curries with local flavour to the authentic 'mashuni' and 'garudhiya', Maldives is a paradise for non-vegetarian lovers. Though the staple diet on the island includes rice, coconut, spices, and mainly seafood, there are plenty of vegetarian options. Brace your tastebuds for an adventure to step in the land of good food.

    3. Mission Bucket list!

      Travelling to a new destination is all about seeking adventure, diving into diverse and unique experiences and exploring the world that lies far away. From sunlit terrains and majestic oceans to stunning coral reefs, Maldives is the perfect place to dive in, for that 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' moment. Challenging and invigorating, diving underwater is an unbeatable experience that one should sign up for at least once in a lifetime. Scuba Diving and snorkelling have paved the way for thrillseekers to discover the world that lies beneath the ocean. Shed your inhibitions as it is time to take a leap of faith and mark this off of your bucket list.

      Marine life in the Maldives is so profuse you can spot an aqua-menagerie without even dipping your feet in the water. How? Carnival of tropical fishes and hawksbill turtles have been recorded as living around the islands, and most resorts have access to the house reefs. Swim among schools of vivid fishes, while admiring the magnificent corals and savouring the solitude and serenity underwater. The best season for diving in Maldives is from November to April. Manta rays, striped bannerfish, sea turtles, barracudas, zebra and hammerhead sharks, clownfish, tunas, sharks, and even the world's largest fish whale sharks lurk in the deep dark waters of Maldives. Hopefully, this mission bucket list inspires your decision to fly to the Maldives. 

    4. Photographer's Paradise!

      One of the most instagrammable places on earth, what can be better than watching the palm trees spread across sun-toasted beaches reflected in shimmering turquoise waters? In the prime of its tourism (year-round), Maldives starts looking like something straight out of a fantasy novel. White sandy beaches gleam under the sun, and the waves amplify as the sun sets down.

      Budding avid photographers or keen nature enthusiasts can capture magnificent shots of the surroundings, the people, the marine life and of course, the stars. Even a regular photograph ends up looking straight out a tourism brochure. It is time to make your pictures look a little bit extra! Grab your camera and go for a casual stroll by the shore and watch the golden hour of the sky (Yes, we mean sunset). Or curl up on a hammock and let your mind wander at banks of the never-ending ocean.

    5. An Amalgamation of Culture!

      Floating in the Indian Ocean, the dreamy Maldives is remote and yet well-connected. The Maldivian culture reflects every race in the world, with a strong influence from various cultures on the rim of the Indian Ocean, handed down from generation to generation. While tourism is the primary source of income, and fishing is the traditional source of livelihood. The humdrum of daily life on the island is rich in symbolism and imagery as well.

      The cultural highlight of practically every trip to the Maldives is the all-male traditional dance and drum performance known as 'Bodu Beru', which translates to 'big drum'. Strategically established as Maldives’ capital, Male is more of an experience than a series of must-see points. When in the capital's chaotic bylanes, the best thing to do is take a stroll and absorb everything Male has to offer. Tie your shoelaces and get ready to go down the cultural lane of the country.

    6. Visit the Maldives Before it's too late!

      If you are still reading, here is a bonus reason, especially for you. Climate change is not a joke, with constant rising sea levels, coastal soil erosion, a global peak in temperature, and severe swings in weather patterns, the chances are that our most low-lying islands, including Maldives, run the risk of disappearing in the coming thirty years. The government and resorts are implementing several schemes to stop or delay the submersion, so visit the island while you can, before it's too late.

      There is no dearth of things to do in the Maldives, or did I mention that already? You can go on a liveaboard, cruising, island hopping, living in a bubble at the beach under a blanket of stars, over water, and even underwater. With exciting adventure activities ready to knock your doorstep, what is there to stop you? From scuba diving, snorkelling and dolphin watching to fishing, submarine tour, and indulgent city tour, there is something for everyone. A vacation to Maldives and I guarantee that you might face a tough time getting back to your city.

      The city lights that once long endured can become monotonous and needless to say boring. In those times, a silent and peaceful day all to yourself can be a blessing in disguise. The whole aura of islands; beaches and ocean in the Maldives celebrate the solitude so gracefully that goes beyond words. It sure is God's self-designed paradise on earth. Once you find your steps headed to this magical destination, beautiful stories are waiting to sweep you off your feet! Share this with someone who is dreaming of a vacation to the Maldives and gift them new grounds to traverse.

  • Swayed by the postcard-perfect pictures of Maldives, millions of travellers plan their long-awaited vacation to this land of luxury. Landscape in the Maldives is so picturesque and uniform that even a regular photograph ends up looking like it has been lifted off a holiday brochure. Where else in the world do you ask yourself, do I want my private little beach to soak up the sun or my villa from where I can gaze into the countless variations of beautiful blue ocean as far as eyes can see? Home to the globally renowned eccentric water villas and beach villas, imagine waking up to a view of the beautiful ocean or sun-kissed beaches.

    Only in the Maldives do you have the opportunity to compare a spacious beach villa with an overwater villa. Beach villas grant you direct access to the beach and overwater villas as the name indicates grant direct access to the sea. If you think there is nothing better than stepping out from your villa right onto a beautiful beach, then beach villas are the perfect fit for you. And if you think there is nothing better than stepping out from your villa right into the gorgeous waters of the Indian Ocean, then overwater villas sound perfect for you. Our team has narrowed down some key elements of these villas to help you choose better. 

    Beach Villa:

    Those in search of a tropical island experience in the Maldives, with sand between your toes, the swaying palm trees, and the sound of the waves crashing against the shore, look no further. The Maldives have an array of beach villas, ranging from low budget simplistic beach villas to ultra-luxurious beach villas, with infinity pool, a smaller pool or even without one.


    • Beach Villas grant direct access to the beach.
    • Guests also have easy access to the sea from the beach.
    • Private gardens adorn some beach villas rendering extra privacy.
    • Some beach villas boast of romantic outdoor showers.
    • Beach villas grant you the best of both worlds - easy access to island amenities while still being relatively secluded.
    • Guests can move their sunbeds according to the moving sun.

    Cons -

    • Other guests can walk past your villa, intruding your privacy.
    • Private gardens might obstruct otherwise panoramic views.
    • Bustling bars and restaurants might cause annoyance to the guests.

    Who should stay at beach villas?

    Families - Lying just a few steps away from the shoreline, beach villas are a perfect choice for families. While adults can bathe in the warm sun, the kids can build sandcastles or play around the shallow waters.

    Highlights -

    • You get to rest under the shade of the palm trees while the gentle offshore breeze sways past you on a lazy afternoon.
    • You get to walk along the dreamy coastline at twilight, after dinner and cocktails at one of the eateries nearby.
    • You get to savour a cup of hot coffee on the terrace after waking up to the sound of the waves and witness the glimmering ocean upon sunrise.

    Our Favourites -

    • Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru - Bringing you the heart of both sand and sea, the beachfront villa at Banyan Tree offer direct ocean access along with a private pool with adjoining jet pool, poolside cabana, and a charming thatched rooftop.
    • Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa - Blending luxury and comfort, the park pool villas render private access to the beach that reaches the house reef in a few steps.
    • Six Senses Laamu - Hidden between the resort's lush tropical greens and the beautiful blue lagoon, the two-bedroom beach villa at six senses offers a perfect seascape for families and friends.

    Overwater Villa:

    Those searching for a quintessential luxury getaway in the Maldives, to make the most of their vacation by choosing a truly unique accommodation, look no further. Step on the Overwater Villas and sip in the views. The first overwater bungalow in the Maldives inaugurated in the '80s. Today, most of the 160 Maldives resorts offer an incredible variety of water villas. When in the Maldives, you absolutely must check off staying in overwater villas off your bucket list.


    • Overwater Villas grant direct access to the sea.
    • One gets unlimited, uninterrupted views of the ocean.
    • Overwater Villas tend to be private.
    • Water villas offer a more romantic setting.
    • Some water villas have glass-panelled floors, and one can watch the sea life underneath.
    • Some of the most uber-luxe properties on the Maldives boast of the finest overwater villas.
    • Guests can rest on their personal lounge deck with sunbeds.


    • Overwater Villas remain poorly lit at night.
    • Some guests might feel nauseous or seasick.
    • Overwater villas lie a long way from the resort's other amenities such as the restaurants and bars.
    • The water might be too shallow during low tides to get into the ocean or see the sea life underneath.
    • Sometimes the steps leading into the ocean can feel slippery to climb in and out of the water.

    Who should stay at overwater villas?

    Couples - Panoramic views of the surrounding lagoon alone is reason enough for couples to opt overwater villas. However, they also offer complete privacy and prove to be a once in a lifetime kind of experience. 

    Highlights -

    • You get to descend into the lagoon from your private staircase.
    • You get to spend an afternoon snorkelling in the shallow waters.
    • You get to swim in your private infinity pool without stepping out of your villa.
    • You get to swim in the ocean; period.

    Our Favourites -

    1. Soneva Jani - A benchmark for overwater luxury, villas at Soneva Jani have water slides from the top deck to the lagoon below.
    2. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island - The pioneer of the world's first underwater villa, Conrad offers more than a place to stay, an experience.
    3. One&Only Reethi Rah - The ultra-luxury resort, One&Only offers a curated collection of exclusive and immersive villas to create an unparalleled and unforgettable vacation.
    4. Adaaran Prestige- Nestled in the heart of paradise, luxurious Adaaran was crowned as the world's leading water villa retreat at various venues.

    Let us address the all-important question, "Beach Villa or Overwater Villa?" It depends on you, your personal preferences, the resort you will stay at, and the specific villa you are going to choose. And that is where we come in. We strive to understand your preferences and tailor-make the vacation for the same. Get in touch and let us help you plan your perfect Maldivian vacation.

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