Fishing in the Maldives
Fishing is in the Maldivian blood. It is so entwined in the lives of Maldivians that there are celebrations when a good catch is caught and complaints when fish is scarce at their dinner tables. Maldivian fishermen wake up to the dawn call of island roosters, collect bait in nearby reefs and start a full day’s work at the deep blue seas, using the artful pole and line method of fishing.
Night fishing is a special Maldivian form of evening entertainment in which you could enjoy the rhythmic music of waves and gentle breeze under starry skies while you fish for snapper or grouper, and end the evening with a barbecue prepared with your very own catch. Try your skills at hand line fishing and experience the glittering waters from a local’s point of view aboard a traditional sailing dhoni (boat). This natural technique uses no equipment beyond a single fishing line held by hand and drop to the floor of the ocean reef. A bite is almost guaranteed. Take your catch back to land and give to your hotel chef and he will prepare it to your liking the very next day. The government of Maldives strictly prohibits hunting of whales and dolphins and the use of harpoon guns.
After a good catch it is time to head to a deserted island to eat and celebrate. With over 1,190 islands and only few hundred being utilized, it is easy to find an uninhabited island anywhere in the Maldives.
While the fish you caught gets grilled to perfection over red hot ambers, make sure you take time to enjoy the experience of being alive on this untouched part of nature; the softness of sand that has not seen a human foot print for a long, and the undisturbed sounds made by nature. Without a single light on the ground, the stars above come alive in abundance, while tiny lights of phosphorescence get washed up by the beachside with the wave. For a moment, it is as though you are floating among the stars.