In the tropical paradise that is the Maldives, there’s more than just lazing away on sun-kissed beaches and enjoying luxurious pampering to look forward to; if you are a water sports enthusiast, this exotic haven offers an array of rewarding activities both on and below the waves!
Snorkelling and Diving
Snorkelling and diving in Maldives offer a portal into a mesmerising underwater world with many marine treasures to discover. To make the most of this, choose a resort in the South Male Atoll such as OZEN LIFE MAADHOO that offers an all-inclusive plan with complimentary snorkelling equipment and unlimited snorkelling excursions; additionally, such properties feature a PADI-certified dive school so you can get the needed training and certification for diving excursions. Soon, you will see vibrant coral and get the chance to swim next to colourful reef fish, sea turtles, sharks, manta rays and more!
Kayaking and Stand-up Paddleboarding
If you prefer laidback exploration, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are ideal options in the Maldives. 5 star resorts can include such non-motorised water sports in their all-inclusive plans as well giving you plenty of opportunities to try them both. Paddle across calm, pristine lagoons, admiring the unrivalled beauty of this destination from a unique vantage point. As you glide serenely along the azure waters, you will feel the gentle breeze on your skin and island tranquillity soothing your soul. Of course, it’s not just about soaking in the views; these activities also provide a fantastic cardio workout!
Jet Skiing and Water Skiing
For those who crave an adrenaline rush, the Maldives offers the thrilling speeds of jet skiing and water skiing with the open sea providing a seemingly unending playground. You will get the opportunity to fulfil your need for speed as you zip across the surface of the Indian Ocean, feeling the wind whip through your hair as you leave waves in your wake. These water sports are a heart-pounding experience, perfect for adventure seekers looking to add a splash of excitement to their tropical getaway. So, get ready to unleash your inner speed demon and conquer the waves in style!
Seabobs and Flyboarding
In the Maldives, water sports do not just stop at the classics, and travellers can experience relatively newer activities which are considered the ‘new kids on the block’ – Seabob experiences and flyboarding. A Seabob can be termed as a state-of-the-art underwater jet ski that you can use to travel up to 22 km/h in the water and dive up to 40 metres. Meanwhile, flyboarding utilises water-propelled jets to lift you high above the water to enjoy a unique perspective; those who have mastered it can effortlessly dive in and out of the waves and soar above too for the ultimate superhero-like feeling!
The Maldives, a tropical paradise nestled in the Indian Ocean, boasts a fascinating history, a diverse linguistic landscape, and a vibrant cultural tapestry. Delve into the past, embrace the melodic languages, and immerse yourself in the enchanting customs that make the Maldives a captivating destination.
Unearth the ancient roots of the Maldives and discover the historical landmarks that bear witness to its intriguing past, including the majestic Hukuru Miskiy mosque and the Malé Friday Mosque, which date back centuries and showcase exquisite craftsmanship.
Dive into the rhythmic sounds and melodic tones of the Dhivehi language, the native tongue of the Maldives. Learn common phrases, uncover the linguistic nuances, and connect with the local people on a deeper level as you embrace their language.
Immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural traditions of the Maldives, from the traditional dance form of Bodu Beru to the colourful festivals that showcase the rich heritage and values of the Maldivian people. Experience the warmth of their hospitality, for instance, at Maldives 5-star Resorts the likes of The Residence Maldives, and engage with their customs to truly appreciate their unique way of life.
Art and Craftsmanship
Explore the artistic endeavours of the Maldivian people, from intricate lacquer work and woven mats to traditional boat-building techniques. Witness the skill and creativity that is embedded in their craftsmanship, showcasing their deep connection to their cultural roots.
Scuba diving is a diving technique that involves self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (thus the name ‘scuba’). This specialized diving gear provides the diver with the ability to spend more time underwater that surface divers which means that there is more time to explore the deep blue! And that’s the reason why divers simply love what they do!
How scuba diving came to be
In early times divers used the closed-circuit scuba that allowed the diver’s breath to be recycled and sent back to be inhaled, however, there was a risk of oxygen intoxication that came with increasing depth. It was all thanks to Henry Fleuss the diving engineer who perfected the rebreather equipment in 1878 that the discovery of many treasures under the sea has been made possible today.
Types of scuba equipment
There are 2 types of scuba apparatus that are available for divers to use. The open-circuit apparatus provides oxygen to the diver and allows the user to exhale the air into the water. This is an economical piece of equipment and easy to use. The rebreather apparatus is where the diver’s exhaled breath is recycled and sent back for inhalation. This equipment is quieter and resourceful.
Deep-sea animals to look out for
What makes a diver passionate about what they do is encountering various queer ocean creatures that only a diver would have the luxury of seeing! Species like whale sharks, manta rays and Caribbean reef sharks are some of the monstrous yet magnificent aquatic beings that you might get a glimpse of. Furthermore, the red spotted blenny, leafy sea dragon and pygmy seahorse are some of the tiny but fascinating creatures one could ever see.
If you’ve perhaps planned a holiday to the Maldives, five-star resorts such as the well-known Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort are ready to provide the gear you need as Maldives is a famous diving hotspot. All you have to do is take the plunge! Indonesia, Australia and Hawaii have some of the most fabulous diving spots in the world too!
Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+