Maldives Fishing: Everything You Need to Know
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Turquoise waters, white sands, and luxury hotels are all recognizable features of the Maldives. This stunning stretch of the world, made up of over a thousand coral islands, has long been a dream destination for honeymooners, nature lovers, and you guessed it – anglers. On a Maldives fishing trip, you’ll explore the immense biodiversity of the Indian Ocean.

A seaplane flying over one of thousands of islands in the Maldives.

The average elevation in the Maldives is just 5 feet, making the ocean an integral part of living here. Fishing is an important aspect of the local economy and plays a big part in the culture, too. That, combined with the sheer variety of fish found here, all contribute to its reputation as one of the fishiest places on earth.

In this blog, we’ll cover some of the top catches in the Maldives, as well as how and where you can fish for them. We’ll also tackle some important regulations to keep in mind during your trip. Before you start planning that dream vacation, let’s dive in!

Maldives Fish Species

Fish in the Maldives are exotic. You can reel in specimens of all shapes and colors, including plenty you’ve never seen before! There are endless catches to make, but here are a few of the top targets the bring anglers to the Maldives.

Giant Trevally

An angler holding a trophy Giant Trevally aboard a charter boat.

If there’s one fish anglers come here for, it’s Trevally. More specifically, Giant Trevally. They’re at the top of every bucket list, and some visitors even dedicate their entire vacation to hooking one. The Maldives are among a few places in the world where you can catch GTs year-round, both on the reefs and over the flats.

The bigger fish, ranging between 30–80 pounds, congregate on the reefs. Targeting GTs here is a great opportunity to try out the Maldives’ most popular fishing methods – jigging and popping. The same goes when fishing over the flats, the only caveat being that the fish here are smaller, usually hitting between 10–15 pounds. Fly fishers won’t mind, though, as the clear shallow waters here are perfect for sight casting.

Tuna

Two anglers displaying a Yellowfin Tuna caught on a charter boat in the Maldives.

Tuna fishing in the Maldives is important for a number of reasons. There’s an astonishing number of massive Yellowfin, and a year-round supply of Dogtooth and Skipjack Tuna. They’re vital to the local economy and draw throngs of anglers to the country for recreational fishing. One of the most exciting parts of Tuna fishing here is trying out traditional fishing methods.

Pole and line fishing for Tuna are common practices in the Maldives. Even for commercial fishing, which is pretty unusual. It’s one of the most sustainable ways to catch fish, as you’ll be hooking them one-by-one. This means there’s no risk of harming other fish in the process. And the gear you need is pretty simple – a single hooked line on a pole.

It’s actually the vessel that makes the magic happen. Once you’ve spotted a school of fish, the back of the boat sprays water and small bait fish get scattered across the surface. This sends the fish into an absolute feeding frenzy. You won’t be limited to just pole and line fishing, though. Fly fishing, trolling, jigging, and popping are also regularly offered.

Reef Fish

A happy angler showing off a fish caught over the reefs.

The reefs are what make the Maldives – literally and figuratively. The islands themselves are made from coral and it’s also responsible for the diversity of marine life here. As such, the fishing offered in the Maldives is largely focused on reef fishing, and visiting anglers certainly don’t mind. Groupers, Red Emperor, Sweetlip Emperor, Jobfish, Squirrelfish, Jacks… the list of what you can catch goes on and on! 

When out on a trip to the reefs, you’ll mainly bottom fish. Live bait and deep drop jigging are both popular and effective at getting you a delicious fish. Keep any fish you plan to eat that day and release the rest. Coral reefs play a big part in the Maldivian tourism industry and a healthy fish population is crucial to sustaining them.

Pelagic Fish

A group of anglers holding two Mahi Mahi aboard a charter boat.

We couldn’t let you go without mentioning the big game fish you can catch here. Deep sea fishing in the Maldives will see you go after some of the most desirable pelagic fish in the world. Alongside Tuna, you can target Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and Marlin. While there is technically no off-season in the Maldives, big game fishing is best from November–March.

This is considered the “dry” or “northeast monsoon” season. The skies and the waters are calm, making popular techniques like jigging, popping, and trolling easy to execute. What more can we say? Few locations can boast big game fish list this long, let alone in a setting as stunning as the Maldives.

And More!

An angler holding a Red Bass caught in the Maldives.

The Indian Ocean is so diverse that there’s even a chance you’ll reel in an undiscovered species on your Maldives fishing trip. That said, there are a few more already-discovered fish we couldn’t not mention.

Fly anglers will be happy to know that Permit, Bonefish, as well as Bluefin and Golden Trevally, are all additional targets to put on your list. Additionally, you can jig and pop for Barracuda, Red Bass, Coral Trout, and Rainbow Runner.

How can I go fishing in the Maldives?

Most islands in the Maldives are far apart, meaning you’re likely to be fishing from wherever you’re staying. Nevertheless, there are countless fishing techniques you can employ either from a boat or from the shore. Let’s get into it.

Charter Boat Fishing

Three anglers on a charter boat in the Indian Ocean.

If you’re here because you’d like to experience big game or reef fishing, charter boat fishing is your best option. There are vessels of all shapes and sizes for you to choose from. Whether it’s traveling in style aboard a luxurious mega-yacht or hopping aboard a traditional dhoni – the Maldives have it.

For a fully immersive experience, consider a liveaboard charter. This is a great way to “island hop” and explore the deep waters beyond. Most charters will include your fishing license and your gear. Still, it’s a good idea to check in with your captain beforehand to make sure you’re getting what you bargained for.

Shore Fishing

An angler, pictured from behind, fishing from the beach.

If you’ve got less time to spare, fishing from shore can also be a rewarding experience. Just make sure it’s allowed. The Maldives take marine conservation very seriously in an effort to protect the local reefs. As such, strict rules apply. This includes a blanket ban on shore fishing from resorts – unless you have explicit permission from hotel management.

You’ll most likely have to head to one of the smaller inhabited islands or a completely uninhabited island to fish from shore legally. Once you’re there, you can cast for Bonefish, Bream, Barracuda, Jacks, and even small Grouper and Snapper. Maybe you’ll even reel in a GT! The fish here are strong, so gear up with a strong braided line.

Night Fishing

A traditional dhoni boat used for night fishing.

This fishing experience is unique to the Maldives. You’ll set out long after the sun has set to fish under the stars for nocturnal species. These trips take place aboard traditional dhoni fishing boats and you’ll mainly use handline fishing techniques. It doesn’t get more authentic than that!

Night fishing trips are a great choice for families with children. They aren’t too long and you won’t have to worry about the harsh sunlight. To top it all off, you could go home with some delicious fish. Emperors, Snappers, Squirrelfish, and Jacks are all potential targets.

Where should I go?

There’s no such thing as bad fishing in the Maldives – the country is 99% water, after all! That said, fishing regulations can be tricky. As a result, most anglers choose to fish around the resorts they’re staying at. That’s not your only option, though. If you’re heading out on your own, here are a few places worth visiting:

Fishing boats along the shoreline of a of a tropical island in the Maldives.
  • Malé: This is likely to be the starting point of your fishing adventure. As the capital of the Maldives, Malé is the most accessible atoll. You can fish the surrounding waters for reef species or head to nearby, less-inhabited islands.
  • Dhiffushi: Dhiffushi is the easternmost inhabited island in the Maldives. You can either stay at one of the resorts on the island or take the ferry from Malé for an overnight visit. Night fishing, big game offshore fishing, and inshore fishing are all available here.
  • Keyodhoo: If you’re looking for a more low-key Maldives trip, try Keyodhoo Island. It’s a small fishing village where most of the locals fish for a living. You’ll find budget-friendly guesthouses and fishing lodges here. Local captains are happy to take you out for both reef and offshore fishing.
  • Fulidhoo: This island is another great option for low-key anglers. Like most of the island, it has beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, and great fishing. Stay at a fishing lodge or one of the local guesthouses and spend a few days big game and reef fishing.

Anything else I need to know?

Fishing is an integral part of the culture and economy of the Maldives. As such, tight regulations are widely enforced to promote marine conservation. The first thing to take into account is where you’re fishing. Fishing reefs with “reserve” status is strictly prohibited, and this includes most resorts. You also aren’t allowed to fish the sandbars or coral reefs that make up the islands themselves.

An aerial view of a heart-shaped island in the Maldives.

There are a few more things to keep in mind. Using fishing nets isn’t allowed over the reefs and spearfishing is prohibited across the country. In terms of fish species, fishing for all types of Sharks has been banned for over a decade. Likewise, Giant Trevally and Billfish are is catch-and-release only most of the time. 

This is a good rule of thumb to apply to everything you catch in the Maldives. If you don’t plan on eating it, just snap a great picture and release the fish back into the ocean. This will help ensure we can keep coming back to the stunning fishery for years to come. You can find more details on fishing regulations in the Maldives here.

Maldives Fishing: Paradise on Earth

A beautiful island in Maldives with white sandy beaches and clear waters.

The Maldives are a dream destination for so many people. And how could they not be? The country is a literal paradise on earth! You’ll feel like a drop in the ocean on its beautifully isolated islands, surrounded by some of the most spectacular marine life in the world. Let’s make sure to keep it that way.

Have you checked the Maldives off your list of dream fishing destinations? How was it? Where did you go? Drop us a line in the comments – we love to hear from you!

Comments (78)
  • Justin

    Apr 24, 2021

    Hello, I will be staying at Sun Siyam Iru Veli in Dhaalu Atoll from May 26th – June 2nd and I’m looking for a 3/4 or full day trip. Any recommendations? Thank you!

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      Iva

      Apr 26, 2021

      Hi Justin,

      Wow, what a stunning location! I’m sure you’re going to have a wonderful time.
      It looks like your resort is on an exclusive guest island so unless the resort itself offers fishing excursions, you’ll have to travel to another island in search of charters.

      You can take a look at our nearby offer here. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any more questions.

      Safe travels and tight lines!

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  • Alex

    Jan 12, 2020

    Hello FB,

    Looking at booking a trip for November 2020 or possible February of 2021. We are specifically looking to target fish on the fly. GTs are top of the list but also looking forward to bluefin, triggers and other flats residents. Can you recommend any fly fishing specific guides, lodges or locations? Hope to do a few days with a guide service and then spend a few more on our own. Thanks you for your time and consideration!

    -Alex

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      Sean

      Jan 13, 2020

      Hi Alex,

      Absolutely, we’d be happy to send you a few recommendations.

      I’ve forwarded your inquiry to our Customer Service team, and they’ll be in touch with you very soon.

      Tight lines!

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  • Melvin

    Dec 29, 2019

    Dear FB,
    February 2020 my dream comes true. Going to Maldives.
    I have a rod question.
    I have a travel rod already and it’s a 20-30LB boat rod(2meters). As we travel with a backpack and traveling India also, Iam committed to a travel rod.
    Should a 20-30LB rod have enough strength for example a giant GT?
    Or should I get a rod with more LB?

    Thanks in advance for answering my question 😊

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      Albert

      Jan 6, 2020

      Hi Melvin,

      Congratulations on living your dream and getting out to the Maldives!

      GTs are no joke. Obviously, it partly depends on your skill and the size of the fish you hook. But if you’re after a trophy GT, you’ll need something a lot tougher than a 30lb travel rod. I’d go with 60-80lbs minimum.

      If this isn’t the sort of thing you can carry with you, don’t worry. lots of fishing charters provide tackle in the Maldives.

      I hope this helps. Safe travels and tight lines!

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  • Hulki CURA

    Dec 8, 2019

    If your passion is fishing … Create your own Fishing Trip instead of relying on resorts activities …

    I start following a fishing charter owner from maldives on a suggestion from instagram… after all we were sharing a passion.. Fishing….

    It took some months .. I start thinking about being there catching those beautiful colorful fish and maybe some monsters I saw in ptohos …

    One morning I literally woke up and send him a message asking about his fishing charter prices as the first thing… How to make it real ? How to get there accomodation etc. basic questions… Charters owner was very helpful…

    It took some time to set a date but at the end i found myelff on the plane heading Maldives in last August.

    First Male than another 45 minutes domestic flight to a small island called Kudahuvadhoo…they also arranged my domestic flight and accommodation including the price …

    I spent 4 days full days on their boat caught over 100 fish including some monsters with various styles of fishing from deep water jigging to light casting…
    I was the Best time I spent on water fishing with those guys…

    I arranged another trip for january 2020

    make your research and arrange your own trip … You wont be disappointed…

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      Sean

      Dec 9, 2019

      Hi Hulki,

      Thanks for sharing, that sounds like a perfect fishing adventure!

      There’s no better thing than to plan your own fishing adventure, just the way you want it. Luckily, there’s no shortage of fishing charters in the Maldives who’ll be happy to cater the experience to your wishes.

      The Maldives might seem far away, but as you said, they’re just a flight or two away. The most important part is to do your research.

      I hope you’ll have a great time in January.

      Tight lines!

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  • Brian

    Dec 4, 2019

    Hi great blog. I’m staying at Vakarufalhi in December and they offer morning and sunset csting charters for cheap. I’m planning to take my own fly and spin gear but haven’t gotten a good answer from them as to what the fishing is really like. Do you know if there are wadeable flats within reach or what the best style of fishing would be most effective in that area?

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      Albert

      Dec 4, 2019

      Hi Brian,

      The eternal question with the Maldives!

      I can’t say for Vakarufalhi itself. Doing a little scouting on Google Earth may be your best bet in terms of shore fishing.

      We do work with a charter on Maamigili, around eight miles southwest on the edge of the atoll. You can check them out here if you want to get a feel for the local fish.

      I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.

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  • Jeremy

    Sep 2, 2019

    Do you have any boats that would pick up at Kuredu resort? Looking to fish for Billfish and other large game fish while I’m there in Oct. I know the resort offers a tour but checking what other options are availabl

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      Sean

      Sep 2, 2019

      Hi Jeremy,

      Thanks for reading.

      There are a number of fishing charters that offer pickups in the Maldives. However, each charter operator has their own limits in terms of how far they would go to pick their customers up.

      I would suggest looking at a few of these charters to see if they would be able to arrange something like this. You should be able to contact each captain from their respective charter pages.

      Should you need any assistance, feel free to contact our Customer Service.

      Tight lines!

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      Christopher Perks

      Sep 26, 2021

      Hi Jeremy. Did you sort out a charter? I am going to kuredu in a couple of weeks and would be grateful of any info

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  • Joel Reiser

    Jul 25, 2019

    Can someone help me with a charter in September out of Oblu select Sangeli?

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      Albert

      Jul 29, 2019

      Hi Joel,

      We don’t have any charters on Akirifushi Island itself, but we do have several elsewhere in Male Atoll.

      I would recommend getting in touch with our Customer Support team and talking through your plans. They can then help you to organize a trip with a nearby captain.

      I hope that helps!

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  • Eunice

    Jul 10, 2019

    Hi Sean! Great blog, thank you for sharing. I would like to know more about the fisheries regulations in the Maldives. I’m hoping you could help – I’m interested in fishing laws that they currently have.

    The Maldives is on my list to visit, hopefully during seasons when they have fishing tournaments!

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      Sean

      Jul 10, 2019

      Hey Eunice,

      Thanks for reading, I’m glad you liked the article.

      You can take a look at the official government issued document listing all the fishing regulations in the Maldives here.

      I hope that helps. I’m sure you’ll have a great time!

      Tight lines!

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  • Rosen

    Mar 9, 2019

    Hello,

    I am planning on going to Summer Island in late October/early November 2019. What are the fishing opportunities/charters there? I am interested in popping/spinning with lures for GT and whatever else is biting and will be bringing my own tackle. As this will be my first time in the Maldives, action and numbers of fish is more important than size of fish, Any info is greatly appreciated!

    Tight lines!

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      Sean

      Mar 18, 2019

      Hello Rosen,

      Thanks for reading the blog.

      Fishing in the Summer Island area is great in late October and early November. Apart from GT, you’ll have an excellent chance to land Barracuda as well as Mahi and Yellowfin Tuna if you have the right tackle.

      As far as charters go, you can take a look at Just Salt and Shuruno, these are two of the most popular Captains we have in the area.

      For more information, please feel free to contact our Customer Service.

      Tight lines!

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  • Ken Haines

    Jan 28, 2019

    I am staying at Adaaran Club, Rannalhi for 4 days from 13 February and would love to do some light shore fishing – lure fishing ( Ihave my own light tackle).
    Does anyone know if it is allowed and if so what sort of fish to expect if I get lucky
    Many thanks in anticipation

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      Sean

      Feb 4, 2019

      Hello Ken,

      Thanks for reading.

      If you’re looking to do some shore fishing, you will need to check whether this is allowed with your resort. If it is, you can expect to catch Trevally, Bream and small Grouper.

      You can find out more about the local fishing regulations through this link.

      I hope you’ll find this helpful.

      Tight lines!

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  • Nat

    Jan 20, 2019

    I would like to fly fishing for bonefish and GT in Maldives
    Can you organize a trip? I prefer to stay on guest house not a fancy resort . Which atoll you recommend?
    I will be in Maldives every month from feb to April to photography some projects.

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      Sean

      Jan 22, 2019

      Hello Nat,

      Thank you for reading the blog.

      We would be happy to help you organize a trip in the Maldives.

      Dharavandhoo atol, for example, gives you a great opportunity for a Bonefish + GT combination. The atol has an airport as well as a few interesting guesthouses. Please take a look at Keyolhu Sportfishing – click to view.

      For more information, please feel free to get in touch with our Customer Service team.

      I hope this helps.

      Tight lines!

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  • zainal ali

    Jan 14, 2019

    i’ve book a fishing trip in june because that’s the only period i’m free to travel . can i land a trevally in this month?

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      Sean

      Jan 22, 2019

      Hello Zainal,

      Thank you for reading the blog.

      You sure can land a Trevally in June! The only thing you’d need to keep an eye on is the weather, so make sure to keep in touch with your Captain after you book a trip. You should have a great chance of landing GT on the flats.

      I hope you’ll find this helpful.

      Tight lines!

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  • theo isaiah

    Jan 10, 2019

    hi i will be on a costa cruise ship docked in male for 2 nights 23 & 24 Feb 2019. i would like to fish on a local wooden boat. i have a restricted budget. i love deep sea fishing. how do i go about arranging a trip?
    Regards Theo

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      Sean

      Jan 22, 2019

      Hello Theo,

      Thank you for reading the blog.

      While most of the boats we have are 25ft center consoles, there are a few options I think you might like. Please take a look at Lodehlla. You can reach the Captain through the link I am sending to inquire about your trip.

      Should you need any further assistance, please feel free to contact our Customer Service team through this link.

      Tight lines!

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  • ALEX VANRIJKEL

    Aug 12, 2018

    Hello,

    What are the best months to fish for Bonefish, Permit and Trevally in the Maldives?
    Kind regards,

    Alex

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      Stefan

      Aug 29, 2018

      Hi, Alex.

      Thanks for reading the blog.

      You can fish for Giant and Bluefin Trevally throughout the year. Any month is a great month to get them.

      As for Bonefish and Permit – the best time is from October to April. However, they are nowhere near as numerous as Trevally.

      Hope this helps.
      Let me know if you have any more questions.

      Tight lines,
      Stefan

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  • kidiak

    May 8, 2018

    Hi,
    May I know if it’s ok to go fly fishing along the beaches in Male island? Do we need to apply permits for that?

    tq

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      Stefan

      May 25, 2018

      Hi, kidiak,

      Good question.

      I think the safest option is to consult the island office and get their permission.

      You can get in touch with them through their home page.

      Cheers,
      Stefan

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  • Mark

    Apr 11, 2018

    Where can I legally go bonefish fishing on flats in Maldives ? It seems that several locations do not allow fishing from the reef/shore.

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      Stefan

      Apr 17, 2018

      Hi, Mark,

      I did some research on the topic. The safest way is to get in touch with the resort where you plan to stay to ask if they allow fishing around their flats.

      The current regulations don’t give the specifics, but I have reached to a couple of captains and will let you know if I get more info on this topic.

      Tight lines,
      Stefan

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  • Peter

    Mar 5, 2018

    Hello, I am going to Komando at the end of April, looking at big game options. Who would you recommend?

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      Stefan

      Mar 9, 2018

      Hi Peter,

      Glad to hear you want to explore the fishing opportunities in the Maldives as there are plenty. You can check out Yasmin Sport Fishing which is the closest to where you will be staying. It’s always good to check whether local captains would do pick-up as a lot of them do.
      Stefan

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  • Marius

    Feb 7, 2018

    Hi there,
    I will go in november in Guraidhoo Island at Ithaa Beach pension wich is not a resort (obviously). Is anyone here to give me some ideas regarding fishing there? Renting boat, what equipment to bring with me, where to fish?

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      Lisa

      Feb 8, 2018

      Hi Marius,

      Fishing is definitely among the activities that you can try there! Take a look here to see the potential fishing charters.

      Enjoy!

      Lisa

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  • Nikola

    Feb 6, 2018

    Hi. I am going to holiday to Omadhoo. it is a local island with residents but not a resort. Can I do fly fishing there ? Do I have to buy a license?

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      Lisa

      Feb 8, 2018

      Hi Nikola,

      The waters of that picturesque island are known for their reef fishing. Tuna are also biting but you will have to travel to the fishing grounds.

      Regarding fly fishing, you will have to check with the locals. They can show you the sweetest spots and might even cook your catch 🙂

      Lisa

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  • Victor Mason

    Feb 5, 2018

    Great blog..This place is beautiful. I and my wife love to travel all over the world and we both love to fishing. I love this place and we will be fishing there. In your article you have shown the total Guide for us, This important information will helping all the travel and fishing lover.

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  • Joel Dubey

    Jan 31, 2018

    I am going to be at Paradise Island Resort & Spa on Hulhumale. Can I fish from shore there? Are there any good charter fishing guides there? What about fly fishing?

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      Lisa

      Feb 1, 2018

      Hi Joel,

      Looking at what we have on FishingBooker, offshore fishing is quite something down there. I mean, take a look here!

      Fishing from shore can be illegal since a lot of resorts are private. The safest option is to get yourself a local fishing guide and explore your options. Bonefishing is arguably the most exciting thing you could try close to shore but it might involve a little bit of traveling. Anyway, local knowledge is the best!

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      Carlos

      Feb 3, 2018

      Hi Lisa , it’s very interesting about flats and wadding myself there , can you contact to more information ?
      [email protected]
      Thank you so much

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      Lisa

      Feb 5, 2018

      Hi Carlos,

      Feel free to just give FishingBooker a call. Our guys at customer service will tell you about the guides we have in the Maldives 🙂

      Call from the States +1-888-395-2564
      or International +1-850-502-4257

      I hope you find a suitable guide and make a great catch possible!

      Lisa

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  • Heli

    Jan 12, 2018

    hi,
    do you know if flyfishing on the flats is allowed, e.g. at kuramathi

    best
    heli

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      Lisa

      Jan 17, 2018

      Hi Heli,

      Fly fishing is a must-try on the Kanifushi Island’s flats, for example. Kuramathi is a big-game fishing destination. Also, shore fishing is banned there!

      Hope it helps.

      Best,

      Lisa

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  • Martin Lewis

    Jan 6, 2018

    I’m researching catch limits and minimum sizes for groupers (I believe they have been mandatory from 15th March 2014) and other key demersal fish. I have found http://www.mrc.gov.mv/assets/Uploads/February-2014-Current-Status-of-the-Reef-Fisheries-of-Maldives-and-Recommendations-for-Management.pdf
    but wonder if there has been more recent conservation measures?,
    regards

    Martin Lewis

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      Cat

      Jan 9, 2018

      Hi Martin,

      I haven’t heard of any more recent updates to the official legislation for recreational fishing, but it’s worth keeping an eye on what the Blue Marine Foundation are working on out there.

      Best,

      Cat

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  • Gavin

    Jan 5, 2018

    Hi I have left a message on the board and called and was promised an email still no response???

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      Cat

      Jan 9, 2018

      Hi Gavin,

      I’m really sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Yasmin Sport Fishing and REETHI-1 operate close to the area you are staying. If you are still looking for a charter, please email [email protected] or give us a call at 0800-802-1304 (if you’re calling from the UK) or +1-850-502-4257. Our customer service team will help you find someone suitable for the time you are searching for.

      Best wishes for a successful trip,

      Cat

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  • Olly

    Dec 30, 2017

    Hi
    Staying at Kuramathi resort island for 5 nights in February and would like to know if there are any fishing charters that would pick me up to go popping/jigging?
    Thanks
    Olly

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      Cat

      Jan 9, 2018

      Hi Olly,

      Take a look at Atoll Fisher, which specializes in catching HUGE GTs and operates near where you will be staying. Let us know how it goes!

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  • Gavin

    Dec 24, 2017

    Please could someone recommend a game fishing trip for mid Jan for tuna etc staying at meedhupparu resort for 1 week. Looking to go early 5.30am for 6-8 hours

    Thanks

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  • Jean Borg

    Nov 22, 2017

    Staying at the W Hotel Maldives from the 19th till 25th… would like to go fishing
    during the day ( whatever would be the best time to fish ) .. preferably using a rod
    with live bait etc … that type of fishing rather than jigging if possible.

    Have already fished in Maldives for Big Game a few years ago, was good but wanted
    to try the normal traditional Maldivian fishing this time round.

    Any day from the 20th would be fine …

    Kindly let me have details etc ….

    Would either be alone or maybe my wife would also join.

    Many thks , await your reply.

    Regards
    Jean

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      Cat

      Nov 22, 2017

      Hi Jean,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We have several possibilities that you might like to take a look at: Dream Adventure focuses more on bottom fishing than jigging, so could be suitable for you and your wife. If you do decide you’d like things to be a bit more technical, Alpha Royal does offer jigging (it is very popular with visiting anglers) but can also take you deep sea fishing or bottom fishing if you’d prefer.

      Please feel free to browse the charters we have to offer or to give our customer support team a call at +1-888-395-2564 if you’d like any further suggestions.

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  • Bayley

    Jul 27, 2017

    G’day, my question is 1. Have you got a list of all charters out of Maldives. 2. Honest answer (from admin or others) but how many fish are you looking at ? 3. What are the boats and tackle like, looking at photos they don’t look quality ? 4. Which charter is known the best ? Just asking yous to be completely honest.

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  • stefano

    Oct 25, 2016

    hello I come to the Maldives December 1 to 11, I wanted to fish 2 days spinning or jigging the giant trevally, are available ???
    thank you

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      Cat

      Oct 31, 2016

      Hi Stefano,

      Thanks for your comment. You can take a look at the charters that available on your chosen dates here – and you can also sort by fishing type and target fish. If you need any help finding your perfect charter, our friendly customer service team would be happy to help you out!

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  • Dave

    Oct 11, 2016

    It seams that spear fishing is not allowed. Would a Hawaiian sling be allowed?

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  • Michal Sielski

    Jun 17, 2016

    Don’t go to resort.Go to a local island where you will find guest houses witch charge abou 80$ per night.The food is cheap and you will not spend more than 20$ per day.For GT and bluefinn just take good pare of shoes and wade to a reef edge where the waves are breacking.There is plenty of them everywhere.Every local island have harbour where you can rent a small boat with 50-100 hp engine for 20-50$ per day.I did my budget trip this year.Fished 12 days by wading around island and spend only 1600$ incudig everything with flight from and back to Poland.

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      Ozgur yasar

      Aug 11, 2016

      Thats a pretty good deal. Were you shore casting, trolling or popping of the boat?

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      Doug

      Feb 23, 2017

      Michal your idea of fishing by yours of and staying local sounds amazing. Do you have recommendations on specific islands to go to?

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      Wesley

      Mar 22, 2017

      Hi
      Just reading your reply about wading the local islands instead of going to resorts in maldives.

      Where did you stay amd which island did you stay on?
      Sounds like you had amazing fishing?
      Thanks in advance..

      Looking for a llace i can take the family and also get some surf casting for GTs done.

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      Shaun Turner

      Sep 14, 2017

      Which are the local islands I should be looking for ? And what airport to arrive at please. Sounds amazing and I am a guide so happy to sort myself out . Just want to shore fish .

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      Stefan Johansen

      Sep 27, 2017

      Hi
      Try Keyodhoo Island, either Jupiter Sunrise Lodge or White Maakaanaa Lodge.
      They offer full day dhoni charter for US 250 . They do all kinds of fishing and lovely people too. Stayed on the last one in Feb 2016, recommended.

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      Fredrik Snickars

      Nov 7, 2017

      Is it ok to fish on local islands from the reef for foreigners?

      I have read that its a forbidden zone 700m from the reef.

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      Lars Lenth

      Jan 11, 2021

      Hey!

      Which island would you recommend going to?

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      Albert

      Jan 12, 2021

      Hi Lars,

      Good question! There are around 1,000 inhabited islands to choose from, and the truth is that they all have great fishing. With that in mind, my best piece of advice visit one that has plenty of boats to take you out. The vast majority of charters operate out of the capital, Malé. This is also the easiest island to get to, but it’s very built up it and lacks some of the desert island vibes. Nearby islands like Fulidhoo, Guraidhoo, and Dhiffushi are quieter. They’re still close enough for boats to run over from the capital if you ask, though, and also have a few charters of their own.

      If you’re visiting for longer or feeling more adventurous, you can escape the central district entirely and visit more remote spots like Hanimaadhoo in the north or Thinadhoo in the south. It all depends on what you want from your holiday and how long you’re going for.

      I hope this helps!

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  • Chad

    Feb 25, 2016

    Since most of the sport fishing charters are out of Male, how does it work when you are staying on Meeru (for example)? Will the boat pick you up on the island? Thanks in advance.

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      Xavier

      Feb 29, 2016

      Hi Chad! Indeed, most charters go out of Male and pick up only makes sense if you’re staying up to 15-20 miles away. Anything farther than that would take too long and/or cost too much. There’s also the question of individual boats’ capabilities – as you can see, there are fast big game sportfishers and smaller wooden pangas. Male being the hotspot, it hosts a selection of charters in various price ranges, so if you’re farther away, the choices are slimmer.
      All said, the most convenient way would be picking out a boat closest to your resort. For example, Big One out of Thulusdhoo.
      Get in touch with our customer service team for more help!

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  • frenzyhook

    Nov 27, 2015

    It my dream to go there fishing….. I wish my dream will come true near future. Nice info, it help much.tq

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  • Mikey Paget

    Sep 16, 2015

    Just back from an 8 day trip to Meeru Island, booked a 4 hr trip casting fishing!! What a trip 10 small tuna and a 120lb sailfish!! Took 30 mins to land, if im honest, it was a bit of a lucky one but still very welcome!!

    Only cost $230 but seen loads of other fish!! Including a Baracuda that ate my little tuna in half

    Last 4 mins of the fight
    http://youtu.be/QBJmVYr5chs

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  • brianteo

    May 17, 2015

    Do you have list of resorts that allow guest to fish at the resort island? because i know some of the resorts don’t allow fishing within the resort compound. Thanks. And any charter boats you can recommend for day trip fishing, popping, stickbaits and jigging.

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      Dino

      Jun 2, 2015

      Hi Brian,

      Couldn’t really tell you which resorts allow fishing and which don’t, as it often comes down to the resort’s own discretion. For example, we’ve had several instances where a customer of ours was staying at resort X which didn’t allow charters to pick up clients from their compounds (which they aren’t allowed to do), at which point we had to get in touch with the Maldives Tourism Authority in order to solve the issue. So unfortunately, the answer is not as clear-cut as I would like it to be.

      As for charter recommendation, Alpha Royale is a popular choice on our site: it’s a 50ft vessel powered by a 115HP Yanmar engine which specializes in GT popping and jigging. Hope that helps!

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  • Andrew Witt

    Feb 24, 2015

    I have fished in Cuba, mainly off the shore, using bass estuary rods bait fishing usually uncooked prawns, heavy 100grm and medium 20 To 80 gram spinners and soft rubber baits. I am putting that experience into play in the Maldives, using large and medium poppers, shallow plugs Toby, Mepps spinners and sport rubber baits. However, My question is a simple one, I would like to try LRF fishing similar lures as above, but only to a couple of grams? Would these be of a advantage to my quest to fish off the shore?

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      Dino

      Mar 19, 2015

      Hi Andrew,

      We asked Captain Latheef of Alpha Royale for his opinion on the topic, he thinks you’re definitely onto something here – light lures that you mentioned seem to work very well close to the Maldivian reefs, and can even be productive offshore if the fish are boiling on the surface. Hope that helps!

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  • Kim

    Sep 2, 2014

    I just came back from Huvadhoo Atoll and was quite disappointed in the offer of fishing charter there. You have to rent it through resort and they overcharge you. I would advise everyone who want to do some fishing while in Maldives (and you should :)) to book a resort closer to Male since the offer is better, much better, there.

    Just a hint 🙂

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      Rasheed

      Sep 19, 2017

      Dear Kim,

      We now provide the service from Huvadhoo Atoll at much lower rates compared to the rates provided by resorts.
      Thanks

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