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Maldives Sports and Recreation


Maldives boasts of some of the best fishing grounds in the world as over 99% of its total area consists of water. There are over a thousand species of fish, some of which are indigenous to the Maldives such as the Maldives clown fish. The methods of fishing vary depending on the type of fish and the time of the day. Most resorts offer night fishing using the traditional local style fishing line with weights. Big game fishing is an upmarket option at some resorts, but there is a `tag and release' policy, so you can't keep your catch. However, equipment availability is minimum and it is advisable to bring your rod and lures. The Maldives practices a strong conservation policy. The use of harpoon guns and hunting of marine mammals such as whales, turtles, dolphins and large fish like the Whale Shark is strictly prohibited.

Diving and Snorkeling
Maldives is famed for its rare underwater beauty and has some of the best dive sites in the world. Many visit the Maldives repeatedly for the sole purpose of diving. The combination of the diversity of marine life and the highest level of visibility that one could expect - visibility of up to 60m - and warm temperatures throughout the year makes diving in the Maldives an experience to be enjoyed over and over again.

All resorts in the Maldives have professional dive schools with multi-lingual instructors and conduct courses for beginners as well as the advanced. All equipment required for snorkeling or diving is also available at the resort. Many of them have excellent house reefs. Just a short swim from the beach and snorkellers too can experience the same pleasures from the surface. The top five dive sites in Maldives are the Maldive Victory Wreck, Mushimasmingili Thila - Shark Thila, Guraidhoo Corner, Kuda Rah Thila - Broken Rock, Banana Reef.


Surfing has become more popular in the islands since there are excellent breaks accessible from resorts close to Malι. Surfing safaris to the outer atolls can also be arranged with a reputable surf travel operator because the Maldives is definitely not the sort of place where a surfer can rock up with a few boards and head for the waves.

The Maldives, a group of 1200 tropical islands that form twenty six atolls are every surfer's dream of a tropical island paradise. The offshore wind conditions in Maldives around March to November provide one of the most unique surfing experiences on this planet. The best way to look for a perfect surf site is to travel by "dhonis" as they are suited perfectly to enter shallow lagoons, visit other islands and are also safe for anchorage at night.

It is believed by many people that a cruise is the best way of appreciating the unique beauty of the Maldives. There are many possibilities that are offered by cruise operators. There is a choice between a diving safari and a relaxing cruise through the atolls. Most of the cruisers use the central atolls of Faadippolu Atoll, North and South Malι Atoll, Ari Atoll and Felidu Atoll where services for tourists are more readily available. These atolls also have some of the best diving and surfing spots in the Maldives. Most of the vessels are equipped with professional diving equipment and staffed by qualified diving instructors.

Maldive Victory Wreck
The wreck of the Maldives Victory lies on the western side of the airport-island, Hulule, precisely near the first quarter of the southern side of the landing strip. The wreck lies parallel to the reef on the sandy sea bed at a depth of 35 metres (115 feet), upright and with the bowsprit pointing north.

The location of the wreck is marked by a buoy, to which boats can be moored. The powerful currents between Male and Hulule make it absolutely essential to use a line to dive and to return to the surface. Normally one starts from the main mast, which rises to a depth of just 12 metres (about 40 feet) beneath the surface of the water.

Guraidhoo Corner
This site lies on the east side of the South Male Atoll, outside of the reef. To be more exact, this is the south side of the channel mouth. Nearby islands are Losfushi, Guraidhoo and Kandooma.

Large hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, sailfish, large schools of oriental weetlips, bannerfish, large black-and-white striped snappers, large and friendly humphead wrasses have been sighted here.


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