Snorkelling in the Maldives: discover paradise!
The Maldives are famous for their beautiful beaches, but what lies under the water is also a wonder of nature. The warm water, an amazing diversity of marine life, and exceptional visibility make the Maldives a top snorkelling destination.
The best places for snorkelling in the Maldives
The Maldives is an archipelago of 22 coral atolls, separated into more than 1,200 discrete islands. It offers countless amazing snorkelling opportunities. Each of the 200 islands is surrounded by its own reef, referred to in the Maldives as a "house reef." Some of the best snorkelling, though, can be had along the reef walls of uninhabited coral islands. Sunlight Thila, Rasfari, Kuda Haa and Banana Reef are some of our favourites.
Marine life in the Maldives
Of the world's more than 500 species of coral, more than 70 are present in the Maldives' reef systems. There are also over 700 species of fish and other marine fauna, including sharks, tuna and manta rays.
Snorkelling in the Maldives with children
The Maldives offers something for beginners and advanced snorkellers alike. Many of the house reefs are located in the shallows just off beaches, making them accessible for children.
Best time of year for snorkelling in the Maldives
The Maldives are pleasant to visit all year round, with an average water temperature of 25°C. Visibility, while good all year round, is best in March and April just prior to the onset of the monsoon. Remember to check tide tables, as water depth and clarity will change with the tides, as will tidal currents and speed.