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Under the turquoise waves surrounding the Maldives islands you’ll find an exciting and enticing wealth of vibrant colours, fluorescent coral and fish of all shapes and sizes. Gently meandering under the water’s surface or darting from coral to coral, are more than 700 species of fish. Snorkelling in the Maldives is an amazing activity and one that thousands of holidaymakers each and every year indulge in.
When you are planning to snorkel in the waters surrounding the Maldives islands, it’s vital that you understand the layout of the coral reefs. You’ll want to spend a majority of your time in the ‘house reef’, where there are relatively shallow waters that are teeming with life just off the shore of the island. After the house reef the water suddenly becomes a lot deeper, though it’s still possible to glide over the darkness and catch a glimpse of something swimming in the shadows.
Every Maldives island is suitable for snorkelling, though some of the most popular are Ihuru, Angaga, Eriyadu, Kandholhu and Mirihi. If you thought the islands themselves were spectacularly beautiful, then you’ll be even more inspired by what awaits under the surface of the crystal clear waters.
As you look down into the coral, you’ll share a world with majestic rays, colourful reef fish, reef sharks, graceful turtles, squid and the occasional dolphin.
You don’t need to have experienced snorkelling before to be able to enjoy a Maldives snorkelling experience. You don’t need training and you can hire your equipment if you’ve not brought your own. You’ll be able to snorkel straight from the shore in most resorts, though there are also boat excursions to take you out to the quieter coves and caves. Make sure to contact your resort or one of our Maldives experts about further snorkelling information and requirements. Many luxury holiday resorts include snorkelling instructors – ideal people to turn to if you’re not entirely confident
After dark, the waters become magical in an entirely different way. The waters, now an inky black, are lit by bright blue bioluminescent plankton glowing amongst the waves. At night, snorkelling with a waterproof flashlight enables you to enjoy a very different experience. The Maldives islands are amongst the best places in the world for night snorkelling, and as you glide your torch light over the sea bed you’ll be able to embrace the surrounding darkness and the silence broken only by the sound of the waves.
Whether night snorkelling appeals to you, or you’d like to explore an underwater world under the warmth of the Maldives sun, contact a professional and helpful expert on 0203 3977 585 for further details on snorkelling in the Maldives.