The Maldives are a go-to destination for those who can’t get enough of big game fishing. Some of the world’s most prestigious prizes call these waters home, including Marlin, Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, and Giant Trevally. Whether you’re eager to experience deep sea fishing aboard a traditional dhoni or in style aboard a luxurious yacht, it’s bound to be epic. Spend half a day fishing among the atolls, or come aboard for days on end and explore the deep sea beyond. No matter what bites the bait, you’re sure to get hooked on big game fishing in the Maldives.

When to Go Big Game Fishing

The Maldives see two distinct seasons each year, characterized by some as “wet” season and “dry” season, while others know them as the “northeast monsoon” and the “southwest monsoon.”

The northeast monsoon season (November through March) brings less rain, which is why some consider this to be the local dry season. Anglers enjoy calmer skies and waves at this time of year, along with peaks in populations of Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and Blue and Black Marlin. A variety of other fish stick around in high numbers all year, including Giant Trevally, Skipjack Tuna, Barracuda, Snapper, and Grouper.

During the southwest monsoon, many of these fish feed closer to the water’s surface, which makes them easier to catch. However, strong winds and heavy rainfall prevent anglers from making it to the outer edges of the atolls to fish for them. If you plan on fishing between May and October, be sure to keep an eye on the weather forecast. 

Maldives Big Game Fishing Techniques

Anglers use a variety of techniques while big game fishing in the Maldives. It’s common to troll for Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, and Sailfish, while many people come here specifically to target GT by popping. Jigging, popping, and even fly fishing are also effective for catching Sailfish, Tuna, Bonito, and Trevally species. A number of local fishing charters also include handline fishing for bottom fish like Snapper and Grouper. In some cases, you may also have the opportunity to try pole and line fishing for Tuna, a traditional method with a bamboo pole and fishing line.

Need to Know

Maldives big game fishing charters include licenses for their customers. They typically include gear, as well, but always confirm this with the captain ahead of time. In some cases, bait is available for an additional charge.

GT is strictly catch and release most of the time, however you may be able to keep some of the other species you catch. Catch and release policies vary widely depending on the charter operator, so be sure to ask about this before your trip.

With no shortage of impressive catches to be had, it’s easy to see why the Maldives have a reputation for some of the world’s finest big game fishing!


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What People Are Saying About Deep Sea Fishing in Maldives

"Great value trip"

Lee Anderson fished with Alpha Royale @Dhebanveli Guesthouse on May 2, 2016

Arrived on time and was traawling straight away with some early catches of dolphin fish. It was only a half day trip so we didn't get out into the deep but the boat is really well equipped for a small group and an ideal charter for a beginner like myself to big game. Thanks to waheed and his crew.

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