Spectacular beaches, stunning marine life, and hours spent underwater frolicking with the fish – you might think the night is for the weary to rest when in Maldives. However, there is no rest for the wicked and you must try the night fishing excursions. Offered by tour agents, small vendors, and even many a Maldives luxury hotel such as the “Sunset Fishing” expedition by COMO Cocoa Island, Maldives, it is one of the most authentic experiences you can have regarding the life of a Maldivian fisherman.
You would board a catamaran or a traditional fishing boat towards the sunset. Sailing off into the deep waters of the Indian Ocean, you would be able to see spectacular sunsets. On a perfect day, the weather would conspire to make your journey smooth and have a glistening mirror-like quality in the water to enhance the pictures. Once the experts on board have decided that you are at the fishing spot, it is time to learn the traditional way of fishing. It is quite simple and involves only bait and spool. The only problem is whiling the time away as you wait for a coral-dwelling fish to rise to the bait. The most common fish caught during these expeditions are snappers and groupers. Lasting for a couple of hours, the unfortunate thing about Night Fishing is that you have to turn back whether you caught any fish or not. If you do catch some fish, however, you get the opportunity to have them grilled for your dinner on the same day. Returning to your resort on a high of having caught a fish, the simple meal of grilled fish is all the tastier for being caught on your own.
Sitting at the edge of a wooden plank, holding onto a spool with immense patience, a canopy of stars above you, and a whole new world beneath, Night Fishing in Maldives is an experience you will not forget in your life.
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travelers across all walks of life. Google+