Maldivian people like to keep themselves fit. Young ones like to play volleyball, basketball and soccer. There is a big play ground in Maale where you would find many guys busy in playing any of these games. Some time they play so well that you would like to stop there for few minutes and enjoy their game.
A good number of people who travel to the Maldives take advantage of the spectacular underwater scenery by way of snorkeling or scuba diving.
The snorkeling is magnificent. Every resort has a "house reef" that is home to hundreds of kinds of animals ranging from colorful little reef fish of the type you see in aquariums to stingrays, moray eels, parrotfish, triggerfish, unicornfish and other sea creatures.
The diving is even better than the snorkeling in terms of the kinds and variety of marine life you can see, with the added possibility of doing night dives to spot nocturnal fish. The photo shows a feathery lionfish (but don't touch; it's venomous!). The clam stars in a travelogue.
Equipment: As with most established dive centers, you can rent every bit of equipment you need right there. But if you have your own fins, mask, and regulator, it's always a good idea to bring them. Dive computers are also available for rent as well as flashlights for night dives.
The dive trips are one-tank dives. Two dives are available each day, along with occasional night dives.
The Maldives is one of the best places in the world to go scuba diving. Virtually every resort has their own dive schools. They cater from all levels of divers. If you aren't qualified you will also be able to take a course or or trial dive on the house reef.
Equipment: Personally, I always try to use my own gear when diving but you can hire everything you need at any of the dive centres
Maldives is ideal for water sports. You can also enjoy Wind surfing at many of resort islands. Most of the resorts have training schools for wind surfing and other water sports. Try some water sports activities when you are in Maldives next time!
Equipment: Its better to bring surfing gear with you. Although you can get it on rent in your resort but it would be very expensive. If you fly to Maldives with Emirates then they will allow you 10 kg extra for water sports equipment.
Maldivians are expert in swimming and many of them enjoy swimming in beach. You would even find old Maldivian ladies in beach and they are very good swimmer. Many girls and guys along with their friends go to beach for swimming in evening times after getting free from their studies. You would often see babies enjoying swimming too.
There are many famous dive sites located in Maldives. There are diving schools in most of resorts who give you training for scuba diving.
Diving the Maldivian waters is one of the best underwater experiences a diver can have. The variety and number of brightly colored reef fish and exotic marine life that populates the water's depths are simply unforgettable.
Equipment: Its better if you bring water sports equipment with you. Otherwise you may rent it out at resort but it would be expensive. If you travel with Emirates airline then you would be given 10 kg additional for your water sports gear.
When we were on Vilu Reef, the diving was managed by Dive Explorer.
We have a very nice time diving with them, especialli with Zala and his wife Zainab (they now organize diving cruises in Maldives)!
The dives were well organized and everybody can dive with them, as they decide the dives by the experience of the divers. Therefore if you are not an experienced diver, they will not bring you to dive in the passes as the current can be very strong!
Equipment: The equipment the rent was in very good condition!
At the Maldives you have a good option how to learn to dive. You can register to have a course. In a few days you can learn the basics of diving. On Kuramathi Island there was a diving place were you can go to.
Snokerling and Diving
Equipment: Better to bring your own snokerl set as many people would use the one you would rent, the hygeine level at the resort dive centers is good, all equioment is washed with dis infectent
For snorkelling take aqua shoes as there is a lot of coral making it impossible to get in to the sea without shredding your feet to bits.
They are available in sports shops or Ebay really cheap.
Equipment: Take your own flippers, snorkel and mask if you can as the ones you hire are not very good quality
I didn't try scuba diving but again people took their own equipment.
What an ideal location for diving and just simply relaxing. The palm ringed islands are paradise and exactly what you see in the pictures. Islands with only 30 bungalows and while this is not the place for highend entertainment it is the place to sit on a beach at sunset and watch dolphins or manata ray wings breaking the surface of what looks like a pond of blue.
If you have always wanted to learn to scuba dive you will not find anywhere better than the maldives. All resort islands have padi registered diving schools with excellent tuition. at the very least you must try the snorkelling- the equipement can be hired on all resorts.
We never tried SCUBA Diving in the Maldives as we do not currently have the certificate, and to be honest we didn't fancy paying out loads for the training while we were there.
We did however do LOADS of snorkelling, and although it's not quite the same as SCUBA, it's still a wonderful experience.
The sealife in the Maldives is amazing, and you can get some fantasic photo's. We took a couple of disposable underwater camera's, and managed to get a great photo of a ray. Unfortunately I do not have a scanner so I can't put it on this page :(
Hopefully I'll get some great digital photo's when I go in April as we've just got underwater housing for our camera!
Equipment: I would advise anyone to buy their snorkel equipment before they go to the Maldives, as it can be very expensive to buy from your resort.
Some resorts will hire the snorkel equipment free of charge though, so you would have to check with your resort before you go.
One of the reasons why we thought Sun Island was appealing was the fact that it has quite a lot of facilities on the island. I enjoy playing a bit of squash and there is on squash court located in the lobby area. In the sports center we also found two badminton courts, a few table tennis tables, and a gym where you could lift weights etc. They even had aerobics classes in the evening. All of this was included in our all inclusive deal so it was just a matter of booking a court. I had brought along my squash racket but that was not really necessary because they had pretty good rackets for rent there. I soon found a squash partner too so I got to play a bit of squash while we were on the island. The only problem for me was that the squash court was inside but with no air condition. And let me tell you…playing squash when it is 30 degrees is a hot affair :-). I don’t think that I have ever sweated that much in my entire life. So remember to bring along some water if you are going to play squash or badminton. It is also possible to buy a big bottle of water for 3 US dollars in the sports center reception.
Outside the sports center we also found several tennis courts, a basket ball court and a beach volley ball court. So it should be possible to find some things to do if you get too bored of the beach and the snorkeling.
Ok, if u really r one of these tough guys (ladies) always keen on being tired for something then you'll enjoy a lot jogging on these islands.
Some crazy people measured the island round-trip and they put indications like this ... not for me please, not for me :-)))
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