An activity the whole family can enjoy, snorkelling offers an ideal way to glimpse vibrant corals and intriguing marine life in Maldives. Here is a guide with what you need to know.
The Optimal Time
When it comes to snorkelling in Maldives, resorts offer this activity year-round, though the best time for it is in the dry season from November to April; the waters are calm and the skies clear providing excellent visibility. That said, creatures like manta rays can be seen between August and December.
Choose Your Adventure
You can easily enjoy this water sport right from the shore and explore house reefs. To truly experience the wonders of the Indian Ocean, however, properties like Anantara Veli Maldives Resort offer private snorkelling expeditions; depending on the excursion, you can snorkel with turtles, dolphins, manta rays, whale sharks or even nurse sharks!
There is much more to encounter than the marine life mentioned above, with around 1,100 fish species having been recorded here! Learn more about these varieties including how to recognise them for a rewarding experience; species include palette surgeonfish, oriental sweetlips, clownfish, bannerfish, soldierfish, butterflyfish and more.
It is not just fish species that are the stars of this underwater “show”; there are plenty of colourful and distinctive corals that thrive in the ocean. Hard corals such as staghorn, brain, table and lobe corals are a sight to see along with soft coral with hues ranging from reds and pinks to blues and yellows.