The Maldives has one of the best marine biodiversity on the planet, A country that is spread out over a vast ocean, there's plenty of underwater areas to explore here. The best ways to explore the waters here are by scuba diving and snorkelling. However, not everyone can dive due to the extensive training and certification required. That’s why snorkelling is the better option for travellers looking to explore the sights and creatures underwater. If you want to know the best time to snorkel in the Maldives and more, continue reading the guide below.
What it's Like Snorkelling in The Maldives
The Maldives is located on the Indian Ocean and hence has ideal conditions for snorkelling. With pleasant temperatures averaging at 27°C and calm waters throughout the year at most sites, it is a perfect location to snorkel and have a good time. With around 70 species of coral reefs throughout the archipelago and hundreds of species of other marine flora and fauna, you’ll be fascinated by the ocean life you can spot underwater.
Besides sea anemone and small fishes, other animals that you'll likely see among the Maldives' islands are turtles, manta rays, reef sharks, whale sharks, and so much more. The waters are also very safe to snorkel in, especially near the various islands, making this activity suitable for the whole family.
Best Places for Snorkelling
Some of the best places for snorkelling around Maldives’ numerous islands are within walking distance of some island resorts, including at Club Med Maldives. However, you may need to take a boat ride to reach other sites. Typically, the easiest place to snorkel is at a house reef next to an island.
Around an island's shore, the shallow waters can have an abrupt drop into deep waters, and the area at the top of the drop-off often has a house reef brimming with life in the form of corals, small fish, and even reef sharks. This area, with its shallow water close to the shore, has calm waters as it's shielded by strong tidal currents. So if you're looking for a safe and easy place to snorkel at, look for islands with house reefs.
Some atolls and islands in the Maldives also have shallow lagoons that are teeming with life. These lagoons are often enclosed by islands or reefs, protecting them against strong waves. When you stay at Club Med Kani or Finolhu Villas, you can go snorkelling at our islands, or we can even take you to other stunning snorkelling spots.
Best Time for Snorkelling
Generally, the best time to snorkel in the Maldives is from January to April as the conditions are the best with clear waters and dry weather. However, even during the monsoon months, the archipelago usually only sees sporadic showers and seldom heavy downpours or prolonged storms. If you do decide to visit during the wetter months, you can still have a good time in the water with some proper planning.
Snorkelling Tips in The Maldives
Snorkelling around the islands of the Maldives is a generally pleasant experience. However, there are tips and guidelines you should remember when you snorkel:
You can rent snorkelling gear at Club Med Maldives. Alternatively, if you plan to be in the water a lot, you can bring your own gear.
Be aware of the weather as it can affect the water conditions.
Bring sunscreen (preferably ocean and reef-friendly) and UV protective swimwear to protect yourself from the sun's UV rays.
Wear the right-fitting snorkel mask.
Listen to the person in charge and be aware of your surrounding.
Don't touch the marine life. Keep a safe distance as many corals are sharp, and some of them and other marine animals can even be poisonous.
Snorkelling in the Maldives is a very rewarding experience and with so many sites to choose from, every swim will surely be unique. If you're looking for a resort with world-class facilities and good access to snorkelling sites, check out Club Med Maldives. Hope to see you soon!