Water Sportsin the Maldives

The Maldives is made up of just 1% land mass and 99% water, so it is not surprising that the destination is one of the best places to enjoy thrilling water sports. You are bound to find plenty of exciting water-based activities no matter where you are in the Maldives.

Many resorts have a dedicated water sports centre, and the activities on offer range from canoeing and kayaking to water-skiing, wind surfing, kitesurfing and wakeboarding. Keep in mind that certain resorts may not offer many motorised sports, in a bid to keep the environment calm and quiet for guests. However, it is likely that they will still offer guests some of the more relaxing activities such as kayaking or canoeing.

Snorkelling, scuba diving and surfing are popular water activities among those who visit the Maldives. There are a large number of amazing dive sites and great surf points that can be enjoyed by enthusiasts of all levels. See our guide for snorkelling and diving, as well as surfing for more information.

Here’s a list of some of the invigorating water sports you can enjoy during your holiday in the Maldives.


Paddle around the islands in a kayak and immerse yourself in the calm serenity of the region. It’s a fun way to expel some energy, get a workout and experience the beauty of the islands. Remember to wear plenty of natural sunscreen and a hat to shield yourself from the rays.

Jet Skiing

This is an activity that can be experienced at some of the larger resorts which rent out jet skis to guests who are looking for an adrenaline rush. Smaller resorts may not offer the activity as it can cause a lot of noise and disturb guests who are looking to relax.

Banana Boating

This is a fun activity to engage in, especially if you are travelling with family. Find yourself clinging on to a banana shaped boat, along with the rest of your group, as you are pulled along by a speedboat. It’s an activity that is guaranteed to provide plenty of laughs.


Find yourself skimming across the ocean at fast speeds, while a great kite propels you along. Kitesurfing is a sport that requires some skill, so you would need to take some lessons if you have never experienced it before.


This is similar to kitesurfing in some ways, but is regarded to be slightly easier to master. It is a combination of surfing and sailing, and involves a sailboard. Many of the resorts will have qualified instructors to help you learn the basics before you head out on the water.

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