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The Maldives has amazing properties (think overwater bungalows) and are best known as “exotically sublime” for honeymooners, couples, romance, etc.

But, let’s be for real. The Maldives is also a world-class destination for water sports and the also best option for anyone (solo travelers, couples, or groups) who wants to experience them. This a country in the middle of the Indian Ocean, comprising 19,000 square kilometers (7,300+ square miles), of which less than 300 km (186 miles) are on land. Its highest point is only a staggering 5 meters (16 feet) above sea level. Amazing! 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!

aerial view of some Maldives atolls on SelfishMe Travel blog post

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 doing one thing 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:

● 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 forget.

● 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 specializes in the sport for an optimal experience.

● 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?!

● 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.

fun tubing in the Maldives on SelfishMe Travel blog post

● 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 a catamaran to one of the islands’ many deserted beaches, and spend some time alone – or alone with your special someone.

● Snorkeling

One of the best activities in the Maldives, 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! The Maldives is also home to a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve where you can snorkel with wildlife, learn about conservation, and local cultural heritage.

marine life in the Maldives on SelfishMe Travel blog post

● Watching

The Maldives is home to a wide range of species of whales and dolphins. Catch the wildlife playing and jumping and you’ll take back an album of happy memories.

● Scuba diving

And last, but not least: the reason that many people come all the way out to the Maldives. The word “dive” is even in the name of the country, right? The diving opportunities here are simply unmatched in the rest of the world. As the islands’ most popular activity, you can’t pass up scuba diving during your visit. And if you’ve never dived before, you can learn how to do so in one of the most exquisite diving spots on the planet!

scuba diving in the Maldives on SelfishMe Travel blog post


So… did I leave out anything? Did I make you want to visit the Maldives for more than just the overwater bungalows? I hope so!


Also, check out my Maldives Travel Guide for more information. And when you’re ready to visit the Maldives, let SelfishMe Travel help you design your next best vacation by booking a complimentary discovery call with me.



CREDITS: This blog post was partially created by the Travel Agent Social and sold to SelfishMe Travel in 2021.

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Danielle Lewis

Danielle Lewis is a Travel Agent/Advisor who specializes in helping busy Women plan customized Culinary and Wildlife vacations worldwide. #GoSeeDoBe #SelfishMeTravel

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