Best time to visit Maldives

Kayaking in Maldives

Exploring a tropical paradise on a kayak is one of the most enjoyable activities

Best time: April–October


The deep blue ocean waters surrounding the Maldives are a captivating magnet to the region. Spending your day kayaking and swimming around the islands is really the best way to enjoy this stunning environment. Most hotels and tourist centres have small boats and double-bladed oars available for rent. These kayaks sit quite low on the water, so you won't be bothered by ocean waves too much. If you plan on taking a long kayaking adventure, it's better to hire a local guide.

Kayaking doesn't cost much and many rental companies offer the first couple of hours for free. It's definitely worth trying since the experience of paddling on a kayak in the middle of blue ocean waters is both safe and thrilling. The best time to enjoy the sport is from April to October, when the waters are calm and the weather is not too hot.

Practical info

When is the ideal time of year to go kayaking in Maldives?

Kayaking in Maldives is recommended from April until October due to the cooler weather conditions and calm waters during these months thus making it safer to engage in this activity. Prior to the kayak trip, it’s advisable to obtain the weather report. Show more

Which establishments offer kayak rentals in Maldives?

Most hotels and tourist hubs in Maldives offer kayak rentals to visitors. Local rental firms likewise provide the same service and for a small fee. Some rental companies have provisions to offer a free rental period typically a couple of hours. To have a stress- free trip, it’s best to engage the services of an experienced guide. Show more

What precautions must be taken while kayaking?

Kayaking in Maldives is relatively safe, but keeping a few precautions in mind is essential. Wearing a life jacket and carrying a whistle and similar signalling device is imperative while kayaking around the island. Also, setting out a journey during good weather and avoiding choppy waters is essential. Staying hydrated throughout the journey is also a must. Show more

How much does renting a kayak in Maldives cost?

One can rent a kayak in Maldives at an affordable fee which is approximately $10 - $15 per hour. However, a local guide is necessary when planning a more extended kayaking journey which will incur additional costs. Several kayak rental companies offer promotional discounts such as complimentary use for the first few hours. Show more

What are some of the highly recommended kayaking paths in Maldives?

Maldives kayak routes are highly scenic, with three popular routes being paddling around Hulhumale Island, exploring Hulhule Island, and traversing the Vilamendhoo Channel. An exclusive kayaking journey is possible by hiring a local guide. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin