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Maldives: 105 fishing charters available
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Maldives

According to customer reviews, Shuruno, Shiyax Sports Fishing, and Silent Hunter are some of the most popular fishing charters in Maldives. Full list of top fishing charters in Maldives.

The average price for a private 4 hour Maldives fishing trip is $447, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $896 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Shuruno, Shiyax Sports Fishing, and Silent Hunter all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Maldives.

The most popular fish species you can target are Giant Trevally, Yellowfin Tuna, and Dolphin (Mahi Mahi). Top fishing techniques include Trolling, Jigging, and Popping. Reef fishing, offshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

In the Maldives, fishing is more than a popular pastime—it’s the second largest industry in the country, surpassed only by tourism. Countless species of fish are vital to both of these markets, drawing visitors from far and wide for scuba diving, deep sea fishing, and marine research. Choosing a Maldives fishing charter is about more than the fish, however: are you looking for a luxury getaway, or an authentic experience guided by local fishermen?

A day on these emerald waters can be as modest or as extravagant as you would like, with your choice of mega yachts, cabin cruisers, and even dhonis (local traditional boats). Whichever you choose, rest assured the colorful and enchanting fish of the Maldives will never disappoint. You might even reel in a new discovery!

Known For

Anglers will delight in exceptional big game fishing in the Maldives. In fact, this is one of the world’s premier destinations for it. Thanks to the traditional pole and line fishing method used by commercial fishermen, local waters have retained their natural abundance. The pole and line technique allows anglers to target their catch one-by-one, rather than dredging up thousands of fish in massive nets. This technique has become iconic of Maldives Tuna fishing in particular, and some charters allow visitors to experience this method first hand.

Plenty of other fish in the Maldives have their own reputation for adventure. Giant Trevally (GT) is at the heart of local sport fishing, and anglers have a blast popping and fly fishing for it. This bad boy is biting all year long, often in the company of other impressive species such as Bluefin Trevally, Yellowfin Tuna, large Barracuda, and Red Bass. While chasing GT farther from shore, you can reel in big game fish like Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and Marlin.

Dedicated anglers will often book a week-long Maldives liveaboard trip so they can focus all their effort on capturing the majestic GT. If you’re hoping to turn this experience into something especially magnificent, you can even book a local yacht charter. These often include scuba diving, onboard spas, and other activities that your non-fishing companion can enjoy. The best time for a Maldives big game fishing excursion lasts from August through March, when the weather is pleasant and most big game fish are biting.

Excellent reef fishing adventures are also to be had among thousands of coral islands surrounding the local atolls. The most colorful and extoic creatures inhabit these spots, never failing to surprise and delight the angler who manages to reel one in. Common reef fish in the Maldives include Groupers, Red Emperor Snapper, Sweetlip Emperor, Jobfish, Bream, and even Dogtooth or Yellowfin Tuna.

For a truly unique sport fishing experience and a chance to encounter the most exotic species, look for a Maldives night fishing charter. While casting lines under the moonlight you can reel in Squirrelfish, Sweetlip Emperor, Mackerel, Jacks, Snappers, and many other reef dwellers.

Need to Know

With more than 1,000 coral islands to choose from, it’s hard to pick a bad place to fish in the Maldives. Malé Atoll is one of the most accessible destinations, with international flights and world renowned resorts at your disposal. Many charter operators based on other islands offer pickup service from Malé for your convenience.

Liveaboard charters are a great way to explore other atolls and the deep sea beyond. For those with less time to spare, casting a few lines from shore can also be very rewarding, so long as it’s allowed in that location.

If you plan to fish alone, make sure you’re familiar with local regulations ahead of time. Strict rules apply to specific areas and types of fishing. In some cases, there are protected areas where you cannot fish at all. In general, fishing inhabited and uninhabited islands is allowed. You may fish from individual reefs that are not part of an island, or sand banks, or any other dry area.

The first UNESCO biosphere in the Indian Ocean was founded at Baa Atoll in 2011, and  marine conservation is taken very seriously throughout the Maldives. Always be aware of where you’re casting lines, since reef fishing is prohibited on marine reserves and can lead to penalties ranging from $500-$2,000. It’s best to refrain from reef or shore fishing at resorts unless explicitly permitted by the resort management. 

The best way to fish responsibly is to book your trip with a professional Maldives fishing charter operator. You do not need to purchase a fishing license when you book a charter.

Maldives Fishing Styles

Big Game Fishing

Maldives Big game fishing includes heavy duty trolling, jigging, and popping. Anglers troll for Sailfish, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Wahoo. Jigging and popping are preferred for Giant Trevally, Red Bass, Barracuda, Amberjack, and more. You can also catch these species from shore, mainly by beach casting, live bait fishing, and fly fishing. Strong braided line is recommended, since these fish put up a strong fight!

Pole and Line Fishing

While typically reserved for commercial fishing, Tuna may also be targeted by the traditional pole and line technique. Commercial fishermen use 10-15’ bamboo poles fitted with a fishing line, a barbless hook, and a feather. After luring Tuna to the dhoni with live bait, these fishermen cast their lines and target the fish one-by-one. You shouldn’t expect to try this method on a typical fishing charter, but it’s possible to find a crew that offers trips specifically for visitors interested in the pole and line technique.

Reef Fishing

Bottom fishing with hand lines is the typical method for reef fishing in the Maldives, traditionally aboard a dhoni or a smaller vessel called a bokkuraa. Depending on the species, techniques may include deep drop jigging, live bait fishing, or fishing with cut bait. Some anglers prefer feathered hooks with no bait for catching Green Jobfish.

A Maldives fishing charter gives you the chance to try your hand at any of these techniques. Whether you’re in the market for an authentic hands-on experience or a decadent vacation on the waves, your next adventure is waiting here!
 

Maldives
Excellent
4.2 / 5
Based on 27746 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

January marks the height of dry season, when Maldives big game fishing is at its peak! This is a great time to hook into GT, Sailfish, Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, and more.

February

Big game fishing will start winding down toward the end of the month. Be sure to get in on the action while you can!  Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and plenty of other fish are still biting.

March

The peak season may be ending, but you’re still likely to land a Barracuda, Sailfish, and much more. If you’re not having any luck offshore, try hitting the flats for some GT action!

April

As dry season comes to a close, be sure to keep an eye on the weather forecast in case of heavy rain. You’re less likely to make it offshore to catch Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi at this time.

May

When the weather is fair, May can be a great time to catch GT and Barracuda. Your chances of catching other big game fish are slim, but the reefs can still be promising.

June

For light tackle and fly anglers, GT fishing on the flats never fails to disappoint! Wait for a break in the weather and head out to the shallow turquoise waters for some fun.

July

Don’t let a sunny morning fool you at this time of year—severe storms can linger just over the horizon at the peak of wet season. It’s best to stay inshore and see what the flats and reefs have in store.

August

Wet season is far from over, but big game fishing is starting to pick up again. If the weather allows, you might have a chance to reel in Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and more.

September

The peak season for Maldives big game fishing is inching closer and closer. All the trophies are biting offshore, including Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi. Marlin are still scarce.

October

With wet season drawing to a close, Yellowfin Tuna and Mahi Mahi are biting more than ever. As always, you can count on great action inshore while fishing for Barracuda and GT.

November

There’s no better time for big game fishing in the Maldives! Marlin are appearing offshore, joining the ranks of Sailfish, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and much more.

December

A tropical holiday getaway may be just the thing you need this year! Ditch the crowds on shore and head out to sea for Marlin, GT, Tuna, Sailfish, and plenty of other trophies.

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Je conseillerais de pêcher avec un capitaine qui a de expérience comme shivax ??
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Je conseillerais de pêcher avec un capitaine qui a de expérience comme shivax ??
Johann  V.
Johann V.
I would recommend to bring with you some of the equipment as an addon to the trip although usually equipment will be available on the boat but bringing some good poppers and jigs and some other equipment would be added advantage. For big game, head on directly deep waters which around an hour away from Male
Excellent
4.7 / 5
I would recommend to bring with you some of the equipment as an addon to the trip although usually equipment will be available on the boat but bringing some good poppers and jigs and some other equipment would be added advantage. For big game, head on directly deep waters which around an hour away from Male
Zakaria  E.
Zakaria E. Doha, DA
Stick bait for gt no so big Blue for jigging recommended by the captain About 100lb shock leader
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Stick bait for gt no so big Blue for jigging recommended by the captain About 100lb shock leader
Zainal  M.  A.
Zainal M. A. Maldives
If you are a first-timer, then consider yourself in the safest and best hands. Moosa's patient nature makes him one hell of a teacher/guide. If it's your nth time fishing, then you're still with the best.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are a first-timer, then consider yourself in the safest and best hands. Moosa's patient nature makes him one hell of a teacher/guide. If it's your nth time fishing, then you're still with the best.
Apoorva  M.
Apoorva M. Banjara Hills, TG
Fragen Sie nach Moosa. Er ist geduldig und es hilft, wenn Sie etwas Neues lernen.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fragen Sie nach Moosa. Er ist geduldig und es hilft, wenn Sie etwas Neues lernen.
Deeksha  M.
Deeksha M. Banjara Hills, TG
The best time for Fishing i Male is from Jan to March, and try to stay near Vaavu Fulidhoo, a lot of wahoo and Sailfish to be found in the area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The best time for Fishing i Male is from Jan to March, and try to stay near Vaavu Fulidhoo, a lot of wahoo and Sailfish to be found in the area.
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Copenhagen, Capital Region
Do your research and booking well in advance and make sure the captain knows what kind of fish and fishing you are aiming for.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do your research and booking well in advance and make sure the captain knows what kind of fish and fishing you are aiming for.
Arto  M.
Arto M. Singapore, 01
Go for your target species early In the morning, as this seems to be the time when the fish are feeding the most, and therefore you get the most action! After about 11am, the sun rises and tides change, so the fish are less active. You don't need to book a full 8 hour day, as in my experience we spent 4 hours catching nothing. If you want to catch marlin, insist on the crew using live bait to increase your chances.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go for your target species early In the morning, as this seems to be the time when the fish are feeding the most, and therefore you get the most action! After about 11am, the sun rises and tides change, so the fish are less active. You don't need to book a full 8 hour day, as in my experience we spent 4 hours catching nothing. If you want to catch marlin, insist on the crew using live bait to increase your chances.
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member London, England
Возьмите с собой защиту на плечи и шею, что-то типа куфия (арабский платок), чтоб не обгореть.(кроме зашитного крема UFP 70)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Возьмите с собой защиту на плечи и шею, что-то типа куфия (арабский платок), чтоб не обгореть.(кроме зашитного крема UFP 70)
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FishingBooker Member Uzbekistan
The area is heavily fished, so allow enough time for a full day, or overnight, excursion to get out further away from the heavily fished areas.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The area is heavily fished, so allow enough time for a full day, or overnight, excursion to get out further away from the heavily fished areas.
Brian  B.
Brian B. Bangkok, Bangkok
Stay on an island within reasonable distance by boat from Malé town, in order to have access to a variety of fishing grounds. Consider calling Izzy Didi first.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Stay on an island within reasonable distance by boat from Malé town, in order to have access to a variety of fishing grounds. Consider calling Izzy Didi first.
Nck  B.
Nck B. France
One of the best places for fishing in the world for GT. Get your fishing guide to take you to the remote atolls and you'll have the time of your life.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
One of the best places for fishing in the world for GT. Get your fishing guide to take you to the remote atolls and you'll have the time of your life.
Vukan  S.
Vukan S.

Shiyax Sports Fishing
Shiyax Sports Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Had an amazing experience with Hassan. As an inexperienced sea fisherman Hassan and Lute really looked after me. Went to some awesome spots and tried everything they could to get me some more fish! Caught a lovely GT and missed a few. Would highly recommend a trip with Shiyax and can’t wait to go again!
Paul  S.
Paul S. Malé, 26
Shiyax Sports Fishing
Shiyax Sports Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Crews tried hard to make my family catch fish by jigging. We could catch around 20 fish just in 3h.
Masahiro  K.
Masahiro K.
Shiyax Sports Fishing
Shiyax Sports Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
J'ai passé une journée inoubliable, de beaux poissons, un capitaine sympathique sérieux et connaisseur ! Je recommande vivement ???
Johann  V.
Johann V.
Shiyax Sports Fishing
Shiyax Sports Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(15 reviews)
I recommend Hassan and his team as they are very friendly and helpful. They know their way around and they can land you on good spots.. you can try different methods of fishing with them and you have a chance for a great experience and catch.. recommended and definitely will book again in the future
Zakaria  E.
Zakaria E. Doha, DA
GT ORION - GT Fishing Maldives
GT ORION - GT Fishing Maldives
Fishing charter in Malé
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Best time ever! Not only did we catch 3 fish, we also snorkeled with the nurse sharks, and snorkeled the ship wreck!! I highly recommend! Captain was amazing!
Sophia  A.
Sophia A. Portland, OR
Silent Hunter 2
Silent Hunter 2
Fishing charter in Malé
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Boat and euipment is top knotch! Mubeen was extremely repsonsive from my first inquiry and even after our trip! These guys went above and beyond to get us the fish we were hoping to catch and even stopped to let us swim with a whale shark on the way back! Really hope to have the opportunity to fish with these guys in the future!
Jory  R.
Jory R. Largo, FL
Alpha Royale – Dhebanveli Guesthouse
Alpha Royale – Dhebanveli Guesthouse
Fishing charter in Malé
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Second fishing trip of the week and another magnificent day, with the chance to have fought a sailfish. I recommend this fishing company. A professional fishing team. Bravo to them.
David  G.
David G.
Megalodon MV
Megalodon MV
Fishing charter in Malé
Very good
4.0 / 5
(1 review)
The team are respectful and helpful, the equipment are good, they know the good fish spots, however it’s not a luxury trip so I suggest that the guest bring their own food with them or inform the captain to bring some. Overall a very nice experience and very nice team.
Hamad  A.
Hamad A. Kuwait City, Al Asimah
Shiyax Sports Fishing
Shiyax Sports Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
I travelled a lot thru the world for fishing But that was the best of all. We Caught a lot of fish together, Gts red Bass And More. The Crew and Captain Are the Best. We had a wonderfull day at the Water.
Tim  E.
Tim E. Stephanskirchen, BY
Shiyax Sports Fishing
Shiyax Sports Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
The Captain and crew were well experienced and extremely welcoming! The day started slowly but gave me time to get some technical pointers and improve my casting. We got onto fish and had a wonderful afternoon. Highly recommended if you are looking to catch a lot of fish and meet some lovely people. I will be back in the coming weeks! Thank you!!!
Mark  D.  H.
Mark D. H. Malé, Kaafu Atoll
Shiyax Sports Fishing
Shiyax Sports Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(15 reviews)
Brilliant trip, Hassan is top class, we had a great time and the crew were super helpful.
Bruce  S.
Bruce S. Botolph Claydon, England
Shiyax Sports Fishing
Shiyax Sports Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
We had a plan. Big yellow fin followed by GT and reef fishing. Lost to yellow fin before catching one. When motoring to reef the crew spotted a marlin or swordfish on the surface. They tried very hard to make it happen. Later had fun on the reef but no GT today. Great day, nice and friendly guys. Can only recommend if you really want to fish. They picked me up at my resort.
Layland  B.
Layland B. Malé, Kaafu Atoll
Shiyax Sports Fishing
Shiyax Sports Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(15 reviews)
Hassan is a true gentleman and excellent guide. What a pleasurable day fishing!
Attie  V.  N.
Attie V. N. Maldives
Shiyax Sports Fishing
Shiyax Sports Fishing
Fishing charter in Malé
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
We booked a half day trip and couldn’t have been happier. We caught blue and black jacks, red grouper, yellow tail, and a trigger. Captain was very familiar with where to fish and we got to experience jigging and casting. My husbands not a huge fisher so the captain even showed him around with a stop on a sandbar. Overall fantastic experience, highly recommend.
Michelle  K.
Michelle K. Everett, WA
GT ORION - GT Fishing Maldives
GT ORION - GT Fishing Maldives
Fishing charter in Malé
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
My trip was not in the best weather and current conditions for jigging and popping but the captain and crew still manage to get me hook up on some fish.great crew👍🏽great captain👍🏽great boat👍🏽I had a great time and would recommend these guys everytime.on time and great service.definately coming back but this time 3 or 5 day trip for me 😃
Peter  B.
Peter B. Frankfurt Am Main, Hesse
GT ORION - GT Fishing Maldives
GT ORION - GT Fishing Maldives
Fishing charter in Malé
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
My wife and I chartered the GT Orion for a half day trip. We are novice fishermen. This crew made us feel like pros. It was a crew of 4. They were all very knowledgeable and friendly. The best part of the whole trip of course was that we plenty of caught fish! Great crew, great boat, and an awesome experience!
Peter  L.
Peter L. Long Valley, NJ
Skull Fishing - Baa Atoll
Skull Fishing - Baa Atoll
Fishing charter in Dharavandhoo
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(2 reviews)
Hello. In fact we don't catch anything, the crew worked good. Thank you guys! Highly recommended team.
Dmitrijs  K.
Dmitrijs K. Malé, Kaafu Atoll
Skull Fishing - Baa Atoll
Skull Fishing - Baa Atoll
Fishing charter in Dharavandhoo
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(2 reviews)
these guys are proffesionals and will go the extra mile to get you your target species.great equipment . good boat. great crew.. the guys know the spots so if yiu dont get your fish they just aint biting
Jan  V.  S.
Jan V. S. Amsterdam, NH
Alpha Royale – Dhebanveli Guesthouse
Alpha Royale – Dhebanveli Guesthouse
Fishing charter in Malé
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(60 reviews)
What a fun day!!! My partner and I looked forward to it for so long and it certainly didn’t disappoint! The crew were great, service really good, delicious lunch, views from the boat were stunning, the water smooth & cruisey and the fish were on the bite. We landed a mahi mahi, a couple of bonito, amber jack, grouper & more. It was a great experience, highly recommend it! Thanks guys! Jessie & Gav.
Jessie  I.
Jessie I. Malé, 26
Alpha Royale – Dhebanveli Guesthouse
Alpha Royale – Dhebanveli Guesthouse
Fishing charter in Malé
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Great day on the water. Caught Wahoo, GT, Tuna, Grouper, Job fish, and more. Ate some fresh sashimi Wahoo. Delicious curry Wahoo noodles for lunch. Captain was awesome, put us on the big fish which we wanted to catch. Crewman also very helpful when needed. Highly recommend and definitely will use again myself when i return in the future.
Dylan  B.
Dylan B. Malé, 26