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.
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.
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.