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.

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.turtles, dolphins and large fish like the Whale Shark is strictly prohibited.

maldives-divingDiving 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 Malé. 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 Malé 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.


The Local Market, just a block away from the Male Fish Market on the northern waterfront, is divided into small stalls. Each stall displays a variety of local produce mainly from the atolls.

Here you will find different kinds of local vegetables, fruits and yams, packets of sweetmeat, nuts and breadfruit chips, bottles of home made sweets and pickles and bunches of bananas hanging on coir ropes from ceiling beams. The atmosphere here is peaceful compared to the hectic activity in the rest of this neighbourhood. Another building just next door sells smoked and dried fish.

The Majeedhee Magu, situated at the main road on the island, has along its sides various shops selling goods from the smallest commodities to virtually everything you could think of.

The shops are well stocked with garments, perfumes and cosmetics, jewellery, handbags, watches or electronics and much more. All shops are open until 11.00 in the night, except for prayer times, when they are closed for 15 minutes.

Male’ is the busiest place for shopping, variety of goods are available in this centre of commercial activity. Most souvenir shops line at the northern end of Chaandanee Magu, earlier known as the Singapore Bazaar for its many imports from Singapore.

These shops are stocked with an ample supply of gifts, curios or souvenir items. Best buys include the thudu kuna the Maldivian mat woven with local natural fibres. Attractive too are the wooden miniature dhonis. When shopping for souvenirs, do keep in mind that export of products made of turtle shell, black coral, pearl oyster shell and red coral is prohibited.