We all know the Maldives are one of the most beautiful destinations in the entire world - but many will still believe that sailing the Maldives means nothing more than lazying about on the deck of your private charter, admiring the scenery with a cocktail in hand. Everywhere you look you’ll only see pristine beauty, crystal clear waters, flora and fauna practically untouched by man – in short, paradise on Earth.

Well, guess what adventurers - the Maldives are also full of things to do. So, once you’re there, you’ll naturally want to know what adventures are available, and the short answer is – a lot. There’s always something fun, engaging, and compelling to do in every part of this gorgeous archipelago, and sailing is the best way to enjoy it all!


Snorkeling

The Maldives are one of the best places in the world for snorkeling. Most of the time you’d be snorkeling around coral reefs, where you’ll see the most fascinating species of marine life, as well as beautiful corals. It’s one of the places of the world where you can get close to fascinating animals like whale sharks, and even make friends with a turtle, or witness glorious manta rays and their stunning underwater dances. And that’s not even mentioning the sheer diversity of fish and underwater plants.

Arguably the best way to enjoy snorkeling when you’re in the Maldives is to book a snorkel-only live-aboard. That way you’ll have a focused adventure around the atolls, so you won’t miss anything.

Because there are over a thousand islands in the Maldives, not all of them are equal when it comes to snorkeling. Some of the best locations are Embudu, Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo, Fihalhohi, and Reethi Beach. You can snorkel there any time of the year, but the best times are from January through April. The other months may have stormy weather, except for October and November, but the visibility tends to be lower then.


Diving

It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro diver, or haven’t been underwater in your life before, because the Maldives have you covered when it comes to diving. As previously said, underwater life is teeming with biodiversity, and is definitely one of the liveliest places on the planet. The conditions are excellent throughout the entire year, and underwater visibility is practically perfect.

In the Maldives you’ll be to spot a variety of reef fish, sharks, and manta rays while diving, gliding over colorful, pristine coral reefs - and that’s truly an experience like no other. There’s a lot of choice when it comes to locations. There are spots very near the islands, like Mathi Faru, Heaven and Hell, or the Filadhoo Wreck, or places out in the sea that can only be reached by boat, like Vadhoo Thila, or Ukulhas Thila.

The best time for diving is considered to be from December to April, even though you can dive at any time. There’s almost no risk of rain, which may cause a decrease in visibility, and you’ll see a lot of biodiversity, but you might also want to experiment with the other times of the year. For example, you’ll find the most Manta Rays from August to November.


Surfing

The beautiful waters of the Indian Ocean are ideal for surfing. It’s great that surfing in the Maldives is also beginner friendly, while also offering big waves for those that seek a challenge. From March to October the roaring forties cause storms in the region, so that’s the period when you’ll be able to do the best surfing. The biggest waves hit in June, July, and August, but any other of those months is also great. The swell is very consistent, but even the flat days can be pretty exciting.

The best spots for surfing are Cokes, Guru’s, Honky’s – on the Malè Atolls, and Muli, Veyvah, and Adonis on the Central Atolls.


Kitesurfing

As an activity, kitesurfing is absolutely a blast in the Maldives. The conditions are ideal, the waters are perfect, and there many places where you can learn everything from scratch if you’ve never been kitesurfing before. Besides the standard rules that are there for safety reasons, kitesurfing is an activity that can be done at any time. A lot of resorts encourage, and even teach kitesurfing, so no matter where you go, you’ll always find a place to do some kitesurfing.

The best resorts are Kuredu, Reethi Beach, and Ja Manafaru. There are many others where you can also enjoy kitesurfing - and a kitesurf cruise will allow you to chase the best winds at leisure, while enjoying rest in the comfort and luxury of your private charter. 

See? The Maldives are just so much more than just relax and sunshine. If you're an adventure lover, sailing is the way to do it! Just chase your favorite adventure and no matter which direction you take, you’re bound to have fun in the Maldives. It’s the ideal place to just let go, and have the time of your life.


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