Maldives – a nation of 1, 192 coral islands in the Indian Ocean is a paradise for snorkeling enthusiasts. The warm and clear waters of the Indian Ocean, exceptional visibility and a fascinating myriad of marine life make Maldives one of the world’s top snorkeling destinations. Resorts in Maldives built in keeping with the environment offer cosmopolitan comfort and are mostly child friendly. Maafushivaru Maldives is the epitome of a traveller’s Maldivian Dream, offering high end, stylish living.
The abundance of marine life in the Indian Ocean water surrounding the Maldives must be seen to be believed. It is an absolute wonder of nature. Around 70 different species of colourful coral reefs are home to over 700 species of fish and other forms of marine life. The home reefs or the reefs surrounding the islands are mostly just a few steps or strokes away from land and they just teem with marine life.
Dogtooth Tuna, Tuna, Trevally, Sweet lips, Fusiliers all can be found in Maldivian waters as well as rare marine species like the Giant Napolean Wrasse. Large pelagic fish that live in open water flourish in the crystal clear water around the Maldives. Sharks, turtles, eels, and octopus can be freely seen. Encounter Whale Sharks and Mantas during late summer or fall and see them sleeping during a night of snorkeling.
Snorkeling is a very simple way of experiencing breathtaking underwater life and Maldives is one of the best places to do so. Most resorts have classes in snorkeling for adults and kids with qualified personnel. Equipment can be easily bought or hired at reasonable cost. Ensure that the mask is a snug fit and the fins are comfortable. Avoid sunburn and waterproof sun creams and lycra body suits are ideal for protection from the sun.
Go for a snorkeling vacation in the Maldives and introduce kids to the glories of Neptune’s Kingdom. The shallow, tranquil waters here make it very safe for kids. They can snorkel along the inner house reefs where the safe waters will even allow them to stand up instead of dog paddling to see anemones dancing on the waves or manta rays gliding by.
Swimming through a Maldivian coral reef is really breathtaking. The coral edge suddenly drops away to the deep underwater but surprisingly you are not hurled into an abyss but you will drift and glide among the sun kissed waters teeming with wondrous marine life.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+