Snorkelling is one activity that is sought after by all visitors to the Maldives. The water around the archipelago of islands is so crystal clear that it is a breathtaking delight to go under water in your snorkelling gear and feast on the coral reef and the fishes and other creatures. Snorkelling does not require any training; so even if you are a first timer, you can go ahead with this experience that will sure to make you return to the waters more and more.
How to choose the right resort if snorkelling is your major attraction in visiting Maldives!
While choosing an apt resort for your snorkelling experience, the first and foremost thing you look for is a resort with House-reef around the island. Another important factor is that the resort must have a blue lagoon around the island.
Let us look at some of the best resorts in Maldives for your snorkelling extravaganza:
Constance Moofushi Maldives
When it comes to snorkelling, Constance Moofushi Maldives, that is right at the heart of South Ari Atoll, is an apt choice. It has a house reef with 3 blue lagoons and 32 dive sites just very close to the resort. The powdery white sand and the crystal clear water around the island are inviting. Constance Moofushi Maldives lies on the migration route of various kinds of marine life like whale sharks, dolphins, mantas, and sea eagles. So if you are lucky, you may get to see a whale shark gliding through the water or a school of dolphins prancing by. Beginners as well snorkelers with intermediate skills would love to explore the stunning house reef all around Constance Moofushi Maldives. The Main Reef that lies on the eastern side of Constance Moofushi Maldives is the best site for snorkelling. You can see huge table corals with a multitude of fish around them. The different types of coral and the host of reef fish that you can see while you are under water in your snorkelling gear will be mind- boggling. Sting rays, lion fish, seas cucumbers, eels and snappers are a common sight too. Clear water visibility and slow to moderate water current makes it easy for the snorkelers to dive under water.
Baros Maldives has an enormous house reef that stretches to about 4 km. It also houses a variety of marine life. There are other isolated reefs as well that can be accessed very easily from Baros. There is a deep blue lagoon as well on the west of Baros Maldives, right next to the water villas. Sighting manta rays is very much possible at this location.
Lily Beach Resort Maldives
Lily Beach Resort Maldives is a deluxe resort that is located right in the heart of South Ari Atoll. The reef is closer to the southern side of the island and can be accessed by just going the stairs from the water villas. Fish feeding takes place at the jetty at night and large stingrays, red snapper and many more varieties of fish can be sighted at this time. For non-swimmers, there is a submarine available to see the reef.
Mirihi Island Resort Maldives
Mirihi Island Resort Maldives also has huge house reef that stretches to almost 6 km in length. The reef can be accessed easily from any part of this long and tiny island. Mantas are a common sight at this house reef. You can also explore other isolated reefs that are close to this island resort. Just as in Baros, Mirihi also has a deep blue area on the western side.
Reethi Beach Resort Maldives
Another go to resort for snorkelers is Reethi Beach Resort Maldives that is located in Baa Atoll. The word Reethi Beach means nice beach in the local Maldivian language. True to its name, this resort has a lovely white beach all around the island. The house reef in this island extends to about 3 km. The house reef starts at the south-west top of the island and extends up to the water villas and beyond that to the east side of the island. It is easy to access the reef from the jetty that is on the lagoon side.
With such delightful facilities for snorkelling in these various resorts, one doesn’t need to look beyond to get the ultimate experience. The resorts listed above are just indicative and are not the only resorts that provide you with snorkelling facility. A study of these resorts is sure to help you choose the best facility and make your snorkelling holiday a memorable one. With 3 blue lagoons and 32 dive sites, Constance Moofushi Maldives does have an edge over the other resorts.