This is one of the most unique sports the Maldives offers you and should make it to the top things to do in the Maldives. Designed as an alternate to scuba diving, these scooters will scoot you through the waters without having to wear cumbersome gears and training. This is perfect for those who do not know how to swim. It is an activity that even those who are afraid of water can enjoy. The scooter is designed in such a way that makes it easy for you to breathe underwater by encasing your head on a helmet for perpetual air generation.
It’s like the water version of a conventional land scooter and you have a handlebar to control your direction and buttons for acceleration and brakes. All you have to do is get on it, get inside the casing and detach from the world, as you go as deep as 5 meters below the sea, cruising through a speed of 2 kilometers per hour.
You can find these underwater scooters and get on one on the Maafushi Island, exactly 90 minutes from Malé. With perfect conditions and sandy beaches and crystal clear lagoon, the island is ideal for underwater scootering to explore the rich ecosystem of coral reefs and other underwater flora and fauna. You dive for approximately 30 minutes and the entire tour takes around one hour of your time. Who knows? You might even find Nemo underwater!
For a single rider, the approximately price is close to Rs. 6000 and Rs. 12,000 for a two-person ride. While prices vary from operator to operator, its best you check out your options and make a prior reservation before you go.
Best for families and individuals, this ride is your safest interaction with the marine. You should do this to know some of the most beautiful creations that we don’t get to see in your daily lives. You should also do this to battle your fear of water out and conquer it. If you’re doing something worth remembering, why not do it in the Maldives?
Location: Maafushi Islands
For: Adventure enthusiast and friends group
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Approximate Cost: Rs. 6,000 for single seat and Rs. 12,000 for a pillion
Why should you do it: To get a first-hand view and experience of the coral reefs and the marine ecosystem
Tips: You don’t need to know swimming and there are no gears you need to carry. Simply leap and go with the flow.