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The snorkelling in the Maldives is fantastic. At Kuramathi you will find it easy to access the inner reef directly from the beach. At high tide, it is possible to snorkel out over the top of the reef to the outer reef. At the Sandbank snorkel channel, the reef has a really great drop and at high tide you get larger fish coming in closer. There are also schools of triggerfish and chromis at the outer reef which you won't see at the inner reef.
Equipment: If you are a keen snorkeller and don't already have your own gear, do give some consideration to purchasing in advance, especially if you are not on an all inclusive package to the Maldives. The cost of the hire for the week will almost be the cost of purchasing your own equipment.
Of course, after each use in the sea, be sure to give it a good rinse off in fresh water to help keep it in good condition.
Updated Mar 28, 2007
Address: Kuramathi Tourist Island
There is some great snorkelling to be done in the Maldives, in all the countries we have visited, we saw by far the most amount of underwater life in the Maldives. A couple of pictures below in my travelogue will be added.
I feel it's much better to have your own snorelling gear. Even though you can borrow it, and it's disinfected, the snorkel will still have been in a number of peoples mouths before you! Plus, masks can be quite unique so get your own one which fits well. Mine is a prescription mask which is a good idea, because some days I didn't always want to put my contact lenses in to use with my regular mask.
Written Oct 27, 2004
There are lots of baby sharks in the Maldives. We went snorkelling with them, and at first they were very nervous and swam away from us quickly, but after a while we were quite interesting to them it seems, and they came quite close. The underwater shots show how close!
They are harmless by the way!
Written Oct 27, 2004
If the idea of lying on a beach all day bores you sensless then kuredu is the island for you. Not only is there an excellent 5 star padi scuba diving school- which also offers snorkelling lessons and an array of different snorkelling tours, but there is also the excellent H20 water sports centre where you can learn to windsurf, water ski, wakeboard, catamaran sail, go on banana rides- hire canoes etc etc..... you get my drift YOU WILL NOT BE BORED, if you are really lucky you will get the inimitable Zoran to teach you- he is a real larger than life character- you will know him when you see him.
Equipment: All equipement can be hired in resort, there is no need to lug anything half way around the world!
Written Aug 22, 2003
Address: kuredu resort
Snorkeling is how I spent my days in the Maldives - possibly I spent more time with my head underwater than overwater. The colours of the fishes near the reef - and the variety - was simple endless and unbelievable: I wish I knew the English names for them. My favourite, however, is the baby batfish in the picture: it stayed all its time under the south pontoon, away from the reef and other fishes. A very shy fish.
Equipment: Compulsory: fins, snorkel and mask.
Recommended: an underwater camera and a t-shirt in order not to get sunburn while snorkeling
Written Dec 5, 2004
Address: bathala island
Why is diving so special in the Maldives? Well the picture says it all. I think more than anything else you rarely come across other dive groups when you're out in the blue. Alas, this time we had to share the scene with another group - but there is room for everyone! If you want to learn to dive in the Maldives I recommend staying in a cheap hotel in Male' (there are plenty at approx. $50 per night) and learn at one of the local dive schools. Way cheaper than the over-priced resorts! Though the teaching quality is not quite up to par. However, safety still rules.
Equipment: Resorts and dive schools in Male' have all the equipment you need, but if you have it already bring your mask/fins and wet suit (for the Maldives I recommend full-length wetsuit - 5mm (watch out for the currents that can knock you as unwilling as you are against painful corals)...and let's not forget the damage you could cause the precious coral!
Updated May 20, 2007
Whatever ur certificate is, either u have done 5 times or hundred times of diving, u should go for the "matriculation" class first. It's good to refresh ur memory but they charge u the same 50 USD like normal diving! And of course it's only in the house reef where u see nothing spectacular whatsoever. Mask clearing, buddy breathing, etc...were on the "curriculum".
Good to know that the next dive was good! I saw Manta Rays! Visibility was good, water was warm too.
Equipment: U can always rent the equipment if u don't bring any. And if u do, it cost u less 5 USD only.
Written May 20, 2003
Enjoy the sea, of course.
As there were: swimming, snorkeling, diving
making excursions with a Dhoni or other boat,
On the island itself you can:
jog around on the beach (provided that it is long enough)
play ping pong (that's table tennis)
Updated Mar 31, 2007
Ever want to learn to sail? Most resorts will offer you the opportunity to learn to sail for free. That’s the good news. Many offer no instruction however. Stay in a resort like White Sands (I did) and they have a tranquil lagoon where you can learn to sail without the annoying issue of tides or being swept out into the ocean and drowning.
Updated Apr 4, 2012
Many people go to the Maldives for diving - this gives you the opportunity to see wonderful colourful fishes. Forget about corals: most have been "whitened" by el Nino so it'll take some years before they recover fully. So basically diving in the Maldives is only for the fishes... the wonderful fishes - playful and friendly - and so beautiful. All resorts offer at very competitive prices "test dives" for non-divers. Bathala's diving instructor (october 2004) is Chiara.
Equipment: everything is provided by the diving centre
Written Dec 5, 2004
Address: bathala island
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