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Fishing in the Maldives

The fishing industry is the Maldives’ second main industry, primarily because of the country’s abundance of different marine and aquatic life. Some of the most common species would be tuna, dolphin fish, groupers, rainbow runners, barracudas, squirrelfish, mahi mahi, sailfish, deep water gulper sharks, reef sharks and trevally. Aside from being an essential part of the country’s economy, fishing is also one of the most popular recreational activities in the Maldives. In fact, thousands of tourists go there to do some fishing at any of the numerous fishing resorts that specifically offer recreational fishing facilities.

The Maldives makes an excellent destination, especially for those who are into sports fishing. If you are planning to do some sports fishing in the islands, you can either do it as the locals do, with the use of a traditional line and weights; however, you can also use your own modern equipment. You could look into contacting one of the companies which offer fishing liveaboards where you can spend a couple of days on as you trawl around the archipelago searching for the best sports fishing sites.

Although recreational fishing is one of the activities offered to tourists, there is one type of fishing that is prohibited in the islands and that would be spear fishing. It has been banned by the Maldivian Government since 1998. This was when some German tourists brought their concern of spear fishing being done by some of the other tourists and how it can possibly cause the dwindling of fish population to the attention of the government.

If you are planning to go to the Maldives for some fishing, here are some tips on how you can plan your trip.

  1. First off, do your research about the waters of the Maldives. There are a lot of websites and travel guides which provide information on which areas are best for fishing specific species.
  2. You can also look for local companies, fishing resorts and other travel agencies which offer trips, liveaboards and special accommodations for tourists who want to fishing in the islands. Most fishing resorts in the Maldives now have a website so you can easily look for one that would be able to provide you with your holiday and fishing needs. They also usually offer packages and promotions that would allow you to save money on your trip.
  3. You can also search for reviews and recommendations from other tourists who have been to the Maldives for a vacation or for a fishing trip.
  4. Lastly, make sure that you have your fishing gear with you. If you are already a recreational fisher, it would be advisable to bring your equipment. However, if you do not have your equipment, most of the liveaboards and resorts offer fishing gear and equipment that can be rented.

Through following these tips, you should be able to plan and have an exciting fishing trip in the Maldives, which offers one of the most colorful and abundant marine life in the world.

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