Fly­board­ing Fan­tasies: Mal­dives

HK Magazine - - TRAVEL -

Have a go at be­ing Iron Man—al­beit with­out the ar­mor—as you go fly­board­ing above the open wa­ters. This sport has taken the world by storm ever since French jet ski­ier Franky Zapata de­cided to strap a pair of high-pres­sure wa­ter jets to his boots four years ago. Here’s how it works: The Fly­board is con­nected to a wa­ter­craft by a long flex­i­ble hose, which feeds wa­ter to the jet noz­zles un­der the pi­lot’s feet. The wa­ter gush­ing from the noz­zle will send you rock­et­ing up to 15 me­ters above the wa­ter, which gives you all the time you need to show off your moves.

What would make a better back­drop for your first flight than the Mal­dives’ dream­like beaches? A 45-minute sea­plane ride from the cap­i­tal of Malé is Iru Fushi, a pri­vate is­land fringed with a la­goon on the north­ern side of the Mal­di­vian ar­chi­pel­ago. The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi re­sort of­fers many wa­ter­sports in­clud­ing fly­board­ing. First-timers can get some ba­sic train­ing with the 30-minute Board Les­son ($1,360), while more ad­vanced fly­board­ers can show off their triple back­flips or dol­phin dive into the cobalt sea with a 60-minute ses­sion ($2,560). Rates per night start from $3,832; ac­com­mo­dates four. Noonu Atoll, Re­pub­lic of Mal­dives, (+960) 656-0591, the­sun­

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