The first thing you see when you arrive in the Maldives is the line of water bungalows sitting on the turquoise sea, as it laps at the palm tree-lined golden sandy beaches.
It is the epitome of paradise but it doesn’t stop there – this is a place as beautiful underwater as it is above sea level. Snorkelling and diving in the Maldives are popular activities because there is so much to explore and discover, from colourful fish swimming among the coral reefs to shipwrecks and caves.
The country’s 1,192 coral islands are grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls or ring shaped reefs, where you can find more than 2,000 species of fish and hundreds of species of coral.
This underwater world can be discovered by either snorkelling or diving, depending how far down you wish to go. There is plenty to see on the surface but even more to discover among the shipwrecks.
Those new to snorkelling can gain their confidence in shallow lagoons where they will be able to spot plenty of fascinating and exotic fish. Meanwhile, those who are a little more experienced can join boat rides out beyond the lagoon to deeper water and reefs.
If you fancy diving down into this enchanting world beneath the surface of the crystal clear water, you can start with an introductory or refresher lesson.
Once complete, you can join boat excursions out to reefs and shipwrecks or take part in a night dive and explore after the sun goes down.
The coral reefs around the Maldives account for 5% of the world’s reef area. They are the seventh largest on the globe and are home to the richest diversity in the region.
Reef edges are full of fish and glowing coral, so resorts with a house reef close to the shore are great for those new to snorkelling.
Dive after the sun goes down and you’ll see the corals open up and extend their colourful flower-like tentacles. Snorkelling in the Maldives is an experience you’ll never forget.
The Maldives is well-known for its weird and wonderful sealife. You can expect to see species like butterflyfish, clownfish, angelfish, parrotfish, and oriental sweetlip.
Marvel at manta rays, whitetip reef shark, green sea turtles and more, as you delve into their natural habitat to see the whole new world below.
It’s a whole other story at night when lionfish, lobster and shrimp come out in search of their evening meal. One site that’s sure to leave a lasting impression is the phosphorescent plankton that lights up the ocean with an ethereal glow. There’s so much to see beneath the sea – and it’s worth exploring in the Maldives.
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