The title really says it all. We see these long stretches of beautiful beaches and clear blue water when we think of the Maldives. But what’s under all that blue water? It’s a whole other world down below, but maybe you’re not ready to go diving. Snorkeling is the best middle ground, so grab your mask and see what’s below!
While in the Maldives, and most other areas in the world, look out for those reefs! Those are the spots that are usually teeming with wildlife, not to mention, the spectacularly colored coral helps makes those underwater views that much more breathtaking. The reefs provide slopes, caves, and terraces and all of those provide more opportunities for exotic marine life. The coral can change and so can the animals in these different areas.
Top places to snorkel:
Many of the islands can be snorkeled as easily as it’s to get in the water. Just hop in, put your face down and enjoy the show. If this is not possible where you re staying, there will be a boat tour to take you to some of the best snorkeling islands and reefs the Maldives has to offer. When staying at the One & Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives, they will take into consideration your needs and help find the perfect underwater tour for you.
What can I see?
Plenty! An exotic array of marine life is just beneath your feet. There are around 70 different species of coral and over 700 species of fish and other water critters. Dogtooth Tuna, Trevally’s, Jacks, Tuna, Sweetlips, Mating octopus, Wahoo, and Butterfly fish are just few of the fish you can see. Be sure to keep your eyes open for octopus, rays, eels, turtles, sharks, and of course an array of coral and anemones.
Of course you should! It’s an exhilarating experience without all the equipment and diving courses. It’s a great middle ground for transitioning if you wish to dive as well. So grab your snorkel and mask, and have no worries. On the islands, and at most resorts, you will find qualified instructors to make sure you are prepared for your snorkel trip, and they will have equipment for you to rent. If you go on a tour out in the open water there will likely be someone watching over all snorkelers. If you are afraid because you can’t swim, just throw a life-jacket on and hop on in the water with no fear.
For an even greater understanding and experience on what goes on under the sea, why not check it out at night when a hoard of new and exotic animals come out to play. Whales and manta rays float past you in efforts to get a few moments of shut eye. Narrow reef flats that have many channels that go to the outer reefs are often the best spots for getting your head underwater.