Maldives What is known for

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DIVING

Take advantage of the year-round warm water, the dazzling reefs, and visibility up to 150 feet. Virtually every resort island in the Maldives operates a professional dive center and has its own "house reef" close at hand, giving snorkelers easy access to a kaleidoscopic collection of tropical fish.

SURFING

Windsurf across waist-deep water in vast sheltered sandy lagoons (windsurfing lessons are available at most resorts), or take your surfboard and head offshore for some beyond-the-lagoon waves. The Maldives are one of the last, best-kept secrets in the surfing world. A trio of resort islands - Lohifushi, Kanifinoihu, and Tari Village - specialize in surfing trips. They'll motor you out for a day in the waves, but lately they've also begun offering longer trips, running small live-aboard boats to the North Male and South Male atolls.

FISHING

Generations of Maldivians have fished from small traditional sailboats called dhonis. Visitors, however, can board sportfishing boats to troll for marlin, swordfish, sailfish, wahoo, and yellowfin tuna. Those who don't feel like giving up their beach time during the day can try night fishing - anchored off a gentle reef in pursuit of red snapper under the stars.