The Rise of the 'Surfari' Highlights the Maldives' Potential to Appeal to Active Holidaymakers

May 15, 2013, 04:01 ET from Hayes and Jarvis

LONDON, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Surfing expeditions in the Maldives increase in popularity as the country showcases its wilder side

The Maldives has long been associated with tranquillity and relaxation, and it's little wonder when this small island group in the middle of the Indian Ocean is littered with some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the world, some with an entire island to call their own. The palm-fringed beaches and crystal clear blue waters are straight from a picture postcard, and most visitors to the Maldives have very little on the agenda aside from sipping cocktails and soaking up the ambiance. It may surprise more active holidaymakers to learn, then, that surfers are flocking to the islands to embark on so called 'Surfaris', group excursions in search of the biggest and best waves the surrounding ocean has to offer.

Although the warm waters of the Indian Ocean don't match the size of the crests in traditional surf spots, enthusiasts cite the consistency of the waves as one of the key factors that makes the Maldives such an attractive spot for them. Of course this isn't just good news for surfers, it highlights the fact that adrenaline junkies can indeed get their fix in the Maldives, which is so renowned as a destination primed for doing very little. Water sports enthusiasts in particular are spoiled for choice here, with many hotels and resorts offering a range of sea-based activities including windsurfing, snorkelling and scuba diving. Hayes and Jarvis are proud to offer customers some of the finest examples.

The Lily Beach Resort & Spa is located on the South Siri Atoll just 30 minutes by Seaplane from Malé airport. This five-star property offers the ultimate in Maldivian luxury with gourmet fusion dining and over-water spa. Water sports fans however can enjoy windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing and catamaran sailing, as well as tennis, volleyball, table tennis, pool and darts back on dry land.

Continuing with the luxury theme, the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa perfectly exemplifies the serenity of the Maldives with Water Villas featuring steps that lead right into the Indian Ocean, perfect for a paddle. For more active holiday makers, there are a range of water sports on offer as well as tennis and fitness centre. The Shine spa is on hand with a range of treatments for those who are in need of relaxation after a day of activities.

Meeru Island Resort based on North Malé Atoll is an ideal place to stay for those looking to explore all the Maldives has to offer. Holidaymakers can find great value-for-money stays here, as well as more luxurious breaks, with the option of upgrading to All Inclusive. Newcomers to water sports can take advantage of one-and-a-half-hour windsurfing lessons while those with more experience can enjoy free use of kayaks and surfboards.

The Maldives offers great opportunities both for those who want to indulge in the utopian tranquillity of this island group, and the more active holidaymaker ready to take advantage of the less-well-known range of activities on offer here. Enjoy both sides of the Maldives with Hayes and Jarvis, the full range of hotels can be found here. For more information call a travel expert on +44(0)844-415-5594.

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