Flyboarding Fantasies: Maldives
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, thesunsiyam.com