Snorkelling in the Maldives
There are few places on earth as naturally stunning as the Maldives; private islands which are home to some of the world’s most gorgeous luxury resorts are surrounded by quintessential palm trees and lush, tropical gardens, white beaches lapped by crystalline waters that sparkle in every hue of blue imaginable—it’s quite simply the personification of paradise. With gorgeously warm waters and a favourable climate year-round, hours spent discovering the mesmerising underwater world—teeming with vibrant sea life—is by far one of the most memorable things to do in the Maldives. The best news is, the underwater playground isn’t just reserved for those who can dive; the snorkelling in the Maldives is equally exceptional.
Scintillating reef-protected lagoons around some 1190 islands in the archipelago seduce many divers and snorkellers with the promise of outstanding marine sightings with waters that are filled with fascinating and unusual fish, sea life and corals. In fact, some of these magnificent sights don’t even require you to get into the water, if you are fortunate enough to stay in a water villa, you can stand a chance to see them from your balcony (anything from colourful coral fish to reef sharks).
If you can think of nothing better than sporting your favourite designer swimsuit while discovering the ocean’s wonders, then snorkelling in the Maldives is definitely for you. The reefs surrounding the lagoons are home to a myriad of fascinating creatures, both big and small, a few of them being:
- Turtles (there are various types of sea turtles in the Maldives)
- Manta Rays (the “birds of the ocean”)
- Whale sharks (these gentle giants can be seen in some parts of the Maldives in abundance)
- Young black-tipped reef sharks (the bigger sharks tend to be in deeper waters)
- An array of stunning hard and soft corals
- Moray eels
- Reef fish of all varieties, colours and sizes
This short list is literally just the tip of the iceberg—the number of species and creatures you can find while snorkelling in the Maldives is virtually endless! Of course, we can’t guarantee any specific sightings, as with most things in life, what you see while snorkelling in the Maldives is largely up to luck. Having said that, depending on what time of experience you would like (clear conditions or a greater chance of seeing sharks), there may be a perfect time of year to visit the Maldives to increase your chances of excellent sightings.
When you are planning your snorkelling trip to the Maldives, It’s important to understand that while there are literally hundreds of perfect snorkelling spots here, it might not always be possible to get in a good snorkel from your hotel’s beach itself (if they don’t have a thriving house reef, for example). But not to worry, there are many snorkelling boat trips on offer in the Maldives that ensure you can get to deeper waters or more popular snorkelling spots for a truly incredible experience.
If you happen to stay at one of the luxury resorts that have superb house reefs, then the sensational thing is that because of the thriving ecosystem in these areas, you probably won’t have to go too far or deep to encounter some gorgeous, exotic marine life, making it an accessible activity for everyone of all swimming abilities (there are some lagoons where you can just stand and walk out the lagoon if you want). Here you can spend hours in the lagoon making the most of the house reef or hop on to one of the boats that make short trips to neighbouring reefs to see what else you can find in the dazzling turquoise waters.
If you want a truly exceptional trip to the Maldives where you can snorkel to your heart’s content, either opt for a snorkelling-centred liveaboard trip or book at a breathtaking luxury resort that boasts a large lagoon as well as a good house reef (where they are sure to also have the snorkelling kit ready and waiting for you).
The Maldives is said by some to have the best snorkelling in the world so it’s definitely something worth checking out for yourself. If you want to find the most incredible five-star resort (complete with three islands, a huge lagoon, sensational beaches and a gorgeous house reef) for the perfect holiday in paradise, then look no further than Kanuhura. Here you can spend all day swooning at the gorgeous, tropical surrounds and making the most of the unforgettable underwater world.