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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
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)
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.
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
Vollyball is a popular sport in the maldives. There are 2 courts; One on the beach, and another near the other sports facilities more in the centre of the island. We saw people playing vollyball each night, and you tend to get nation versus nation. I expected to see a bit of rivalry between the English and Germans, but everyone was very friendly to one another and in the end had a great time. The hiring of the vollyball is about $10 per hour. This is for the actual ball and court, and not per person!
If you can round up enough players, then the football field should provide some good entertainment for an hour or so. It is just a short walk from the lobby and beach, next to other sports facilities. The ground its on is sand, and not grass, so you'd probably be playing barefoot.
Keep in mind there is no shade upon the field, so take care when out in the sun. Probably best to play in the early evening. I also heard that the resort holds little football competitions every now and then. So if your lucky, your visit may coincide with the tornament!
Maldives is world famous for scuba diving, but it is also a great place for snorkeling. Many great reefs are found close to shore and in shallow water, making them easily accesible for snorkeling. The variety of tropical marine life in these shallow waters is quite amazing!
Equipment: Mask, snorkel, fins.
Wear a t-shirt or wetsuit if you don't want your back to get sunburned.
The basket ball court is located right next to the other sports facilities. Again, it is under the sun, so you may want to play in the early morning or evening.
The surface is hard, obviously, for the ball to bounce. So isnt a sandy pitch like the football field. You can rent the basketball for about $10 an hour.
Maldives is deservedly famous for scuba diving. The quality of the water, coral, and sea life here is among the best in the world. Every resort has its own dive center, but some resorts are more highly regarded by divers than others, so be sure to research this before you make a booking. It is possible to obtain beginngers or advanced diving certifications here as well, although it is much more expensive than in other countries in Asia. If you are not planning to take certification lessons, be sure that you are fully certified before you go and have both your certification card and diver's log book, otherwise you will not be allowed to dive.
Equipment: It is possible to rent all required equipment from your resort dive center, but this will be expensive as they charge per dive or per day. It is preferable to bring your own equipment, even if you have to rent it from a shop back home.
I will not list all the required dive equipment here, as any certified diver should be familiar with it. As the water in Maldives is quite warm, a short sleeve/leg wetsuit is sufficient.
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