Sun, Sand & Sea

Kanuhura | Maldive


We're familiar with the Maldives from previous vacations – it has always been extremely relaxing and had something for everyone. This year promises to be the same, especially after I found out that it will be worth bringing my equipment along. I'm truly fortunate because the two women in my life understand my passion. And so, I can always plan a few hours for it.

Kanuhura is a dreamy resort, belonging to the Leading Hotels of the World. It describes itself as the "essence of a relaxed and authentic holiday in the Maldives," which we wholeheartedly agree with. Kanuhura is situated on the edge of the remote Lhaviyani Atoll, one of the most spectacular atolls in the Maldives. With its beautiful small neighboring islands, Kanuhura is a very private hideaway with a wide range of bars, restaurants, and activities for all age groups. For me, it's an opportunity to fish!

Kanuhura | Maldive
19. - 29. August 2013
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    Dinnertime in the hotel
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    At the beach
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    Fishing in paradise
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    Our boat
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    Arrival on the Island

Time for a break


First Impressions

Our flight from Frankfurt to Malé is direct with Condor. We chose this flight to make the journey more comfortable for our little daughter. However...

Unfortunately, I've had some bad experiences with Condor before, and this time was no different. Our flight was delayed by a whole day! We were accommodated at the Maritime Hotel in Frankfurt and could only depart the next day at 8:00 PM.


An Italian, who mostly lives in Singapore, has an offshore boat and skiffs on Kanuhura. Even though it's the rainy season and monsoon winds, I think we might still be able to do something.

We're lucky with the weather. It only rains three times for half an hour each. Unfortunately, Mario himself isn't on the island, but his Maldivian representatives ADAM and Mohammed are doing a great job.

I've brought my saltwater equipment in line weights 8 to 12. I've also tied a box of bonefish flies and 30 - 40 flies for the larger predators on the reef.

For the first time, I've also brought a Ripplefisher Ultimo 82 spinning rod and the Stella 18000 SW with PE 6 line, along with some poppers and stickbaits weighing 100 - 150 grams. I'm determined to catch GTs.

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    Fishing at the beach
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    On the Hook
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    Catch a Popperfish
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    Nice Catch
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    The great colors of nature
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    and one more
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    Enjoying our great accommodation
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    what a view

Fishing & Fun

Fly fishing

Unfortunately, fly fishing on Kanuhura itself is not allowed. You have to charter a skiff, which comes with a cost of 150 USD per hour.

Moreover, fishing on some of the secluded sandbanks near Kanuhura is also not allowed because these spots are used for picnicking, and some of the visitors have complained about fishing being disruptive. This is a real pity because these areas would be great fishing spots for bonefish.

I've tried bonefishing three times and only managed to catch one. I'm particularly proud of this hard-fought catch. Fishing pressure is significant as the few bonefish spots are continuously fished by the guests of Kanuhura and neighboring islands. Additionally, these spots are quite small.

Popper Fishing

Popper fishing outside the reef and along its drop-off is really fantastic. I spend three to four hours out there every day.

Every strike is hard-fought, but on average, I catch at least one GT between 5 and 20 kilograms every day. I've lost a few to the reef as well – the line gets cut!

GTs are incredibly aggressive predators and attack the lure relentlessly and forcefully. They fight hard during the struggle, and you have to exert maximum force on them: bending the rod to its limits! Giving them too much line usually results in the line getting tangled in a coral block.

The weather is always beautiful,


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