The Maldives is renowned for its marine adventures with unparalleled diving spots and snorkelling sites that will leave you with lasting memories when you see the breathtaking coral reefs and diverse marine life.
When to travel
Maldives is a year-round destination that experiences two monsoon seasons, which affects the flow of water through the islands. There are plenty of eco-conscious Maldives snorkelling resorts that have offers throughout the year particularly from November to April, which is considered the dry season and is the best period for snorkelling. The May to October period is the rainy season, which can bring about intense storms and rain; however, you will still find plenty of sunny days during this period as well.
Preparing for your Diving and Snorkelling Adventures
Make sure you are well prepared to start on your adventures here by taking into consideration a few key points. Book a top-rated resort such as The Residence Maldives to ensure that you can get certified to learn how to go Scuba Diving. Use plenty of sunscreen to avoid sunburn, which can easily ruin your holiday. Bring an underwater camera to capture all the amazing moments you will surely witness.
Best Dive and Snorkel Sites
Banana Reef is one of the oldest dive sites in the Maldives. Maaya Thila, which is a famous dive site located in the Ari Atoll, is home to many reef sharks, barracudas, and manta rays. Found in Raa Atoll, Dhigali Haa is great for snorkelling and diving, and it is where you’ll encounter many turtles and fish such as triggerfish and parrotfish. Manta Point, which is situated in Baa Atoll, is where you’ll be surrounded by squadrons of manta rays.
Conservation and Prevention
The Maldives has a strong emphasis on protecting its marine ecosystems. You will notice that many of the resorts and dive operators will constantly remind you and place heavy emphasis on marine conservation. Make sure you avoid plastic item usage, and don’t interfere with the local marine life as this can endanger the wildlife as well as yourself.