Kayaking in the Maldives: Everything you need to know
The Maldives is a country like no other. Nestled in the Indian Ocean, Maldives is spread across many islands, each of which offers a unique opportunity to explore the natural beauty of planet Earth. Since there are countless beaches, there are bound to be many kinds of water sports to be on offer as well with kayaking being one of the most popular ones.
Many water sports enthusiasts go to experience kayaking in the Maldives. The placid waters of the Indian Ocean and the majestic landscape of the island lined up by palm trees make for a relaxing kayaking experience in the Maldives.
Here's everything you need to know about Kayaking in the Maldives:
Best places to go kayaking in the Maldives:
Kayaking is one of the most popular water sports in the Maldives. Almost every island and beach offer Kayaking facilities. The calm waters of the Indian Ocean also make the Maldives a perfect place to kayak. Read this list to know the best places for Kayaking in the Maldives:
- Kayaking in Hulhumale: Hulhumale is actually an artificial island built by the Maldivian government to combat the effects of climate change on the Maldives. Hulhumale is famous for its resorts and diving centres most of which offer Kayaking. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and the lush palm trees that line up the island while they float lazily around in a Kayak. Hulhumale is located in North Male Atoll and is the fourth largest island in the Maldives.
- Kayaking in Maafushi: Maafushi with its coral reefs and pearly white beaches attract thousands of tourists every year. Almost every guesthouse and hotel in Maafushi offers kayaking services. Water sports enthusiasts who are experienced in Kayaking can either opt for a single-seat Kayak or a double-seat one. There are also training services available for fresh Kayakers. Maafushi is located in Kaafu Atoll and is connected by a ferry service from Male Atoll.
- Kayaking in Veligandu: Veligandu is a small island in North Ari Atoll. The island also serves as a resort of the same name — Velingandu Island Resort. Access to Veligandu is only possible via a seaplane from Male. The Veligandu resort also offers many water sports activities, Kayaking being one of the most popular ones. Visitors can just float away in the calm waters of the Indian Ocean in their Kayaks without a worry in this world. What’s best is the breathtaking view of the wide blue expanse of the sea.
- Kayaking in Male: Male city is one of the most populous cities in the Maldives and the most happening one as well. Male has lots of centres that help tourists planning to do Kayaking in the Maldives. Visitors can listen to some insane music from the beach clubs as they explore the ocean in their Kayaks. This is the best way to relax in Male city.
- Kayaking in Vaadhoo Island: Located in Raa Atoll, Vadhoo Island is also popularly known as the bioluminescence island because of the Bioluminescence Plankton that floats in the water by the shore. While tourists usually visit the beaches of Vaadhoo Island at night to witness the spectacular view of the lit-up shore, the beaches are also famous for kayaking during the day. Some kayaks are transparent which allows the kayaker to view the marine life below as they kayak.
Cost of kayaking in the Maldives:
One would think that the cost of experiencing such an amazing water sport in the Maldives would be spectacularly high. But, surprisingly, kayaking in the Maldives is not that expensive. It can cost anything between INR 2500 to INR 5000. The great news is that many resorts also offer kayaks and guides for free to their guests. One can kayak for up to nearly 2 hours for free in such cases if the resorts or hotels allow it. For experienced kayakers, the cost of kayaking in the Maldives is cheaper as they just have to hire a single-seater kayak without a guide.
Best time for kayaking in Maldives:
The best time to kayak in the Maldives coincides with the best time to visit the island nation. April to November is the best period to visit the Maldives. This is because the weather around this time is dry and less humid. Since there’s no rain, the ocean is generally calm. This makes it a great time to kayak in the Maldives. The sun is always out and the sky is blue, the view around this time is majestic for any kayaker.