Easily amongst the most unforgettable things to do in Maldives, snorkelling offers a portal into a vibrant world beneath the waves; here are some things to know about this fun water sport.
No prior experience is needed for this activity and it can be enjoyed by the whole family; all you need is a snorkel, mask and fins. The great thing is, you can just about go snorkelling anywhere in the Maldives! Island resorts though are ideal since they will usually have a house reef close to the shore.
While you can freely snorkel taking in the sights below, to truly appreciate and get the best of this experience you can consider guided tours. Resorts the likes of Huvafen Fushi Maldives provide such private adventures be it at a house reef or hotspots further afield where you can spot and identify diverse species.
So what exactly can you see when snorkelling in Maldives? Depending on the place and time, you may spot Napoleon wrasse, soldierfish, sharks, bannerfish, turtles, oriental sweetlips as well as clownfish and palette surgeonfish (shout-out to Nemo & Dory!). Don’t forget, there’s plenty of colourful coral too.
For an altogether unique experience, some resorts in Maldives offer night snorkelling which is not to be missed either. You have the chance to encounter species such as lionfish, octopus, lobster and jackfish; with the use of yellow mask filters and UV lights, you may also see the “magic” of bioluminescence which adds to the allure.