One of the most popular water sports in Maldives, snorkelling can be enjoyed by the whole family; read on to find out more about enjoying this activity on your holiday.
Where to Stay
This water sport is best experienced at all-inclusive resorts such as OBLU NATURE Helengeli in the North Male Atoll which has diverse coral and marine life. Such properties also offer complimentary use of snorkelling gear and a thriving house reef nearby so you can look forward to seeing underwater marvels in no time. Additionally, these resorts even have dive centres for more in-depth marine exploration.
For truly memorable snorkelling adventures in the Maldives, excursions are also on offer at resorts like the one mentioned above. Apart from private lessons for those looking to get familiar with this activity, it also features snorkelling trips to encounter manta rays or turtles as well as guided excursions to explore the house reef. For something unique, you can try night snorkelling to see some nocturnal creatures of the deep!
What to See
Aside from manta rays and turtles, there is plenty more marine life to encounter including clownfish and palette surgeonfish which you may recognise as Nemo and Dory from the popular Pixar animated movies! You may also spot bannerfish, oriental sweetlips, parrotfish, butterflyfish, whale sharks, moray eels and much more. The reefs are spectacular as well with colourful coral that adds to the beauty of this underwater realm.
Keep in Mind
Snorkelling can be enjoyed year-round, though December to April is generally the best time for this activity with sunny skies and calm and clear waters. Don’t venture too far away from the shore alone and apply reef-safe sunscreen 10 to 15 minutes before going into the water. To preserve the delectate marine ecosystem, ensure you NEVER touch or break any coral and avoid disrupting or scaring marine life.