Fishingin the Maldives

Fishing is not just a recreational activity in the Maldives, it is the livelihood of many locals, thanks to the abundance of marine life that inhabit its waters. As a result, the country has put in place a number of fishing regulations which are strongly enforced by authorities.

Types of Fishing in the Maldives

Shore Fishing

The most common methods used for shore fishing are live bait fishing, beach casting and fly fishing. It is recommended that you use a strong braided line and wire, as the fish in the region are very strong. Some of the species you can catch include Barracuda, Snapper, Trevally and Grouper.


Jigging or Popping is the primary type of sports fishing in the country. You will chase species similar to shore fishing, with the addition of larger species such as Red Bass, Tuna, Amberjack and of course the Giant Trevally.

Bottom Fishing

Bottom Fishing is a long standing tradition among the locals, and is the main commercial method of fishing in the country. Depending on the species you are going after, you may use live bait fishing, fishing with cut bait or deep drop jigging.

Night Fishing

Head out in a Dhoni boat at night and anchor on the outskirts of the atoll to catch Emperors, Snappers, Mackerel, Squirrelfish and more.

Big Game Fishing

The Maldives is one of the best big game fishing destinations in the world. You can opt to experience big game fishing aboard the traditional Dhoni, or in comfort and style aboard a luxury yacht. You can expect to land Marlin,Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo and Dorado. The best time for big game fishing is from Novermber to March.

Things to Remember

  • Reef fishing is not allowed on reserves, and those who break the regulation will face a penalty.
  • You are not allowed to use nets to fish from the reefs of Malé.
  • You can fish from a resort’s reefs, only if you obtain permission from the resort.
  • You can fish on individual reefs that are not part of an island, sandbank or any other dry area.
  • Since the regulations are strict, it is best to get the assistance of a professional fishing charter operator to avoid potential issues.

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