A Guide to Night Fishing in Maldives – Reel in the Magic Under the Stars

Also known as sunset fishing, night fishing in the Maldives offers an experience that goes beyond just reeling in a catch. It’s a captivating blend of adventure, cultural immersion, and breathtaking scenery, making it a must-try for any fishing enthusiast visiting this island paradise.

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The Journey Begins

Your night fishing adventure will typically start in the late afternoon or early evening, as you set sail from a private resort such as Velassaru Maldives aboard a traditional boat called a Dhoni; this distinctive vessel adds an authentic touch to your experience. As you cruise towards your fishing spot, soak in the spellbinding vistas around you – the turquoise waters turning golden in the setting sun, casting a magical glow on everything it touches.

A Traditional Technique

Once your Dhoni reaches an ideal location, the anchor is dropped, and the real fun begins. Amongst the most captivating things to do in Maldives Island, night fishing utilises a traditional hand line technique. The crew, usually comprised of experienced local fishermen, will guide you through this ancient art and provide you with the necessary equipment and bait, typically small live fish or squid. The key lies in using the right bait and mastering the technique to lure in your catch as the sun dips below the horizon.

The Bounty of the Ocean

As you try your hand at night fishing, you have a chance to catch a wide variety of fish species attracted to your bait. Some of the most common catches on these excursions in Maldives include snappers, barracuda, tuna, grouper, and even the vibrantly coloured squirrelfish. The thrill of feeling a tug on your line and reeling in your catch under the starry night sky is an experience you won’t soon forget!

A Rewarding End to the Day

For a truly rewarding conclusion to your adventure, some resorts will take your catch, especially edible reef fish like snapper, and prepare it fresh for your dinner back on dry land. This allows you to enjoy the fruits (or rather, fish!) of your labour, savouring the delicious flavours of your catch cooked to perfection. Also, choose a resort that adheres to sustainable practices, releasing any non-edible or undersized fish back into the ocean, helping to preserve the marine ecosystem for future generations of anglers to enjoy.

The Maldives for Adventure Seekers

The Maldives is famous for its stunning coastlines, vast coral reefs and exotic sea creatures. Apart from various water activities, travellers can experience all sorts of fun activities from sea walking to underwater dining!

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Snorkelling/Scuba diving

For those who want to discover marine and coral life, snorkelling is the best way to do so. Most resorts will have a house reef, making it easy to venture out and snorkel to your heart’s content. The Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve, Manta Point and Banana Reef are some of the best snorkelling spots in the Maldives. Scuba diving is another popular activity, with locations like Maya Thila, Coco Thila, and Kandooma Thila offering incredible coral reefs filled with abundant marine life. A Maldives diving resort such as the likes of Velassaru Maldives will be able to organise an excursion for experienced divers.

Underwater dining 

Dining in the Maldives is anything but ordinary! Immerse yourself in the deep blue sea while enjoying a fancy star-class meal with guests like sharks and manta rays for company. If you are up for this unique meal, night try looking up restaurants like this to get your very own underwater dining experience.

Glass bottom boat ride

If you prefer a more relaxed beach experience, glass-bottomed boat rides are perfect for observing marine life and enjoying the comfort of a leisurely boat ride. Some excursions will include a cookout and time for swimming and snorkelling. It’s the ideal activity for all the non-swimmers of the group.

Sea walking

Sea Walking allows visitors to stroll along the sea floor and experience the undersea like never before, surrounded by nature beneath the waves. Naturally, those who attempt this must be able to swim, and with an instructor present, it is perfect for kids and adults alike. The best time for sea walking is from January to April.

A Guide to Swimming with Manta Rays in Maldives

A truly unforgettable encounter, swimming with manta rays can be enjoyed in the Maldives though you must follow some vital steps as given below.

Choosing an Excursion

For such encounters, stay at a resort that offers manta ray excursions in an ethical and sustainable manner. This includes properties like Velassaru Maldives that have a resident marine biologist who will provide you with a deeper understanding of these ocean denizens and will accompany you on your adventures.

Entering the Water

From such a luxury hotel, Maldives manta ray encounters await, though before you begin, there are some things to keep in mind. Remember to enter the water calmly and quietly, about 33 feet (10 metres) away from the mantas; when swimming, ensure your fins are below the water to avoid splashing and scaring them off.

Approaching Mantas

Don’t get closer than 10 feet (3 metres) to the mantas; remain still and let them come towards you. Remember to give them a clear path to swim and only make your approach from the side. It is also important to NOT touch these creatures and refrain from chasing after them once they swim past you.

For Scuba Divers

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While the above tips are for general manta encounters including snorkelling, there are additional guidelines for scuba divers. On your dive, remain near the seabed but ensure not to damage the reef; also, whenever a manta ray swims towards you, don’t block its way and instead, stay where you are and keep low.