Night fishing is a popular Maldivian pastime and a favourite activity with tourists. Conditions in the Maldives create the perfect opportunity for relaxing under the night skies while waiting for a catch. Big-game and deep-sea fishing are other options that involve trawling along the outer atoll reefs for giant trophies. The big fish to catch in the Maldives include sailfish, marlin, barracuda, yellowfish, tuna, wahoo, swordfish, and many others.
Night fishing is rewarded with a catch of snappers, emperors, barracuda, squirrel fish and jacks. Often, resorts will specify a minimum number of participants required for fishing trips - often four - and those travelling solo should watch the notice boards and enquire from staff if anybody else is looking for fellow fishermen. Usually groups can be easily assembled.
Most resorts and hotels offer all the basic fishing gear you may need, but experienced fishermen do sometimes complain about the quality and limited selection of the rods. If you are an expert, it is best to bring your own equipment to avoid disappointment. But if you are a beginner, you should be perfectly satisfied with what they offer.
Visitors should note that fishing within the reefs is not allowed at any resort and there are some protected marine regions which must be avoided. It is against the law to fish in some places and offenders will be fined steeply. Talk to your chosen resort before your trip to find out what kind of fishing they offer, as facilities vary from resort to resort.