If there’s one activity you just HAVE to try when in the Maldives, snorkeling is it! It can be enjoyed by all ages and offers a great way to see the vibrant colors of a spectacular underwater world.
Getting to the Reefs
Be it in lagoons or the Indian Ocean, local reefs are easy to get to. In Maldives, island resort options provide plenty of opportunities to enjoy snorkeling at such lagoon or ocean reefs, while taking a liveaboard (a vessel where you can stay overnight) trip is also popular.
Preparing to Snorkel
The great thing about snorkelling is it’s easy to do and no prior experience is required. Resorts the likes of Velassaru Maldives do offer demonstrations and guidance for first-timers along with snorkelling excursions. When it comes to equipment, all you need is a snorkel tube, fins and a mask.
Corals to Be Found
The coral life in Maldives is stunning and the diverse colours, shapes and sizes combine to make the world beneath the waves truly ethereal. Be it hard or soft corals, there’s much to see; these include varieties like mushroom, brain, flowerpot, lobe, branching and table corals.
A key allure of snorkelling in Maldives is the chance to see an amazing array of marine species. Butterflyfish, bannerfish, angelfish, parrotfish, clown triggerfish and hawkfish can be found in these waters as well as reef sharks, turtles and manta rays; seeing these species up close in their natural habitat is way better than an aquarium experience!
Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+