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The warm waters of the Maldives are world renowned for their incredible marine life and beautiful corals. Step into the Indian Ocean and discover the underwater world.

Where can I snorkel in Maldives ?

You can snorkel everywhere in Maldives. The house reefs are not always directly from the island shores. Some house reefs are accessible with a short swim and some by short boat ride. You can also see a variety of marine life even in the lagoon surrounding the island even if you don’t go to the house reef.

Is it Safe to snorkel ?

Yes, snorkeling is very safe in the Maldives. As long as you follow the advice and tips from the Dive Center or your snorkeling guide at the hotel

House Reef and Lagoon Snorkeling

The house reef is accessible just a few steps away from your beach villa or over-water villa. Sometimes you may have to swim through the lagoon or take a boat. Usually with just a step away from your villa you will be able to see a variety of marine life. Those who are new to snorkelling can sign up for a guided snorkel session at the water sports center at the resort or guesthouse. Some resorts offer snorkeling sessions with the in house marine biologist.

Reef Manta Ray Snorkeling

Swimming with the Manta Rays ticks the top on the bucket list of many visitors in the Maldives. Being one of the biggest fishes in the ocean and one of the most majestic creatures to see underwater, snorkeling or diving with these gentle giants is one of the ultimate experiences.

Read more about this experience here: Snorkeling with Manta Rays

Whale Shark Snorkeling

The southern tip of Ari Atoll, is renowned as one of the best places in the world to snorkel and swim with whale sharks. Most likely the best place to see them in the world year round. You can see them relatively in shallow depths, elegantly gliding through the currents of the ocean.

Nurse Shark Snorkeling

Encounter hundreds of schooling nurse sharks swimming at the ocean surface. Those nurse sharks are super friendly and very used to humans, so this is a completely safe experience. They come really close, sometimes even touching you with their tail or head. It was definitely one of our most favorite and unforgettable moments we’ve had in the Maldives. The best location for having this experience is at Vaavu Atoll.