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Destination|Experience, 27.Jun.2022

Water sports in the Maldives ~ leisurely, high-energy and everything in between

Water sports and adventures are synonymous with the Maldives. This island nation boasts not only exceptional oceanic beauty – of endless blue horizons and kaleidoscopic marine life below – but also the perfect conditions for enjoying the beauty of the sea: a tropical climate and sheltered waters. Warm, sunny days invite ocean dips and refreshing sea breezes, and the coral atolls offer natural protection from rough seas, creating safe, calm lagoons for the whole family to enjoy.

Located in the world-renowned Baa Atoll – a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – The Nautilus does not take its place in paradise for granted. The adventures on offer make the best of both worlds: above and below the waves. Browse through some of the enticing options below.

1. Deep dives into untethered freedom

There’s nothing quite like a scuba dive to help you break free from earthly cares – in favour of blissful weightlessness and exhilarating explorations of otherworldly treasures.

An exceptional diving destination

The Maldives ranks among the world’s best diving destinations, which is no surprise when you consider its clear, blue waters and warm ocean currents; the easy accessibility from island accommodation; and, of course, the exceptionally rich diversity of marine life that amasses around the coral reefs. The reefs themselves are made up of almost 200 different species of coral, and they shelter three quarters of the world’s total number of reef fish. Manta rays, dolphins, sharks and sea turtles also flock here in large numbers, together painting a hypnotic, shimmering picture in which to fully immerse yourself.

An expert team with a range of dive sites 

The Nautilus is well equipped for diving excursions for enthusiasts of all levels. We have an experienced, knowledgeable and multilingual team that runs the AquaNautica PADI dive centre, offering refresher courses and advanced diving as well as access to over 40 spectacular dives sites. Visitors are spoilt for choice, with locations ranging from The Nautilus’s house reef, fantastic for night dives and macro photography, to the famous Blue Hole, an adventurous swim-through site where you can spot leaf fishes, turtles, moray eels and rays.

Meaningful experiences – and memories

Our resident marine biologist provides vital context and fascinating details around what you can expect to see, introducing you to some of the special attractions unique to the Maldives, and you can even participate directly in our coral rehabilitation project by planting your own corals on your dive. What’s more, we can tailor private diving trips suited to your exact wishes, allowing you to experience unforgettable encounters in the sole company of your loved ones – and some majestic marine creatures.

2. Leisurely, laidback snorkelling

The easiest, most accessible way to enjoy the Maldives’ underwater treasures is just a few steps from your island abode. Snorkelling equipment is available free of charge, anytime, meaning you can simply grab your fins and mask as the moment takes you, and slip into the turquoise lagoon without a second thought. And if you’ve selected an overwater Ocean House as your island lodging, this sublime sojourn is literally a few steps from your deck – an easy descent from one piece of paradise into another.

Conveniently close – or further afield

The Nautilus’s house reef is just a leisurely swim from our sandy shores, and offers you the chance to see gorgeous colourful corals, shimmering fish, dolphins and mantas. Should you feel like a daytrip to an extraordinary destination, consider a yacht ride to Hanifaru Bay. At this famed inlet, home to a magnificent manta ray feeding phenomenon as well as incredible whale sharks, you can enjoy a snorkel or free dive alongside these gentle giants. In this Marine Protected Area, scuba diving is prohibited and visitor numbers are limited, but snorkelling leaves a very light footprint – and offers an intimate and exhilarating experience of these magnificent beings.

3. High-octane water sports

Of course, some of us need a little something extra when adventuring the deep blue, so we also cover the needs of the adrenaline junkies! Get the blood flowing and excite the senses with a high-speed activity: At The Nautilus you can experience a variety of options including jet skiing, water skiing, banana boating and tubing. Or how about a SEABOB safari? This jet-powered handboard will have you cruising across crystal sea surfaces – or darting below – with the agility of a fish. There are also non-motorised (but just as lively) water sport options: A family SUP race, for example, invites a bit of friendly competition, and is perfect for teens. Above all, you can rest assured that all motor-sports comply with UNESCO’s environmental restrictions; our rich natural heritage is our foremost priority.

Discover the many water worlds of the Maldives by visiting our website – and start creating a world of your own making.

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