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Top 13 Best Maldives Snorkeling Resorts

Snorkel Maldives 

TOP 13 Best Maldives Snorkeling Resorts – Maldives are Considered Top Tropical Destinations in the World for their surreal Picture Perfect landscapes and extraordinary Resort collection, the Maldives are also equally famous for their underwater wonders, bringing Diving and Snorkeling as key assets in the search for a Dream holidays in Maldives archipelago.

Where to Snorkel in Maldives?
You can snorkel everywhere in Maldives just as diving. But not always directly from the island shores. Sometimes, you have to take a boat to go on a snorkeling trip. it is a paying excursion in some resorts.

Basically there are 3 types of Island Resorts for Snorkeling:
1. Resorts with a close-by House-Reef everywhere around the island.
2. Resorts with a huge blue lagoon everywhere around the island.
3. Resorts with a close-by house-reef + a wide Lagoon (Dream come True).

Below List features Resorts listed according to their Snorkeling Quality only, no matter their category.

From Standard to the Luxury 5* Star Resort, they all offer great house-reefs and easy access to snorkeling areas from their beaches and/or their Villas.

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

Close-by House Reef – Baa Atoll
Category: 5* Luxury Resort
Average BUDGET: USD 950 Per Villa / Night (for a Standard Villa – low season)

Angsana Ihuru Maldives

Close-by House Reef North Male’ Atoll
Category: 5* Luxury Resort
Average BUDGET: USD 598 Per Villa / Night (for a Standard Villa – low season)

Bandos Island Resort & Spa

Close-by House ReefNorth Male’ Atoll
Category: 4* Resort
Average BUDGET: USD 240 Per Villa / Night (for a Standard Villa – low season)

 

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Maldives

Close-by House Reef – North Male’ Atoll
Category: 5* Luxury Resort
Average BUDGET: USD 950 Per Villa / Night (for a Standard Villa – low season)

Baros Maldives

Close-by House Reef + Wide Lagoon – North Male’ Atoll
Category: 5* Resort
Average BUDGET: USD 590 Per Villa / Night (for a Standard Villa – low season)

Dusit Thani Maldives

Close-by House Reef – North Male’ Atoll
Category: 5* Luxury Resort
Average BUDGET: USD 590 Per Villa / Night (for a Standard Villa – low season)

Filitheyo Island Resort

Close-by House Reef – Faafu Atoll
Category: 4* Resort
Average BUDGET: USD 180 Per Villa / Night (for a Standard Villa – low season)

Kandolhu Maldives

Close-by House Reef – North Ari Atoll
Category: 5* Luxury Resort
Average BUDGET: USD 550 Per Villa / Night (for a Standard Villa – low season)

Lily Beach Resort & Spa at Huvahendhoo

Close-by House Reef – South Ari Atoll
Category: 5* All Inclusive Luxury Resort
Average BUDGET: USD 650 Per Villa / Night (for a Standard Villa – low season)

Mirihi Island Resort

Close-by House Reef + Wide Lagoon – South Ari Atoll
Category: 5* Resort
Average BUDGET: USD 500 Per Villa / Night (for a Standard Villa – low season)

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Close-by House Reef – Gaafu Alifu Atoll
Category: 5* Luxury Resort
Average BUDGET: USD 600 Per Villa / Night (for a Standard Villa – low season)

Six Senses Laamu Resort

Close-by House Reef + Wide Lagoon -Laamu Atoll
Category: 5* Luxury Resort
Average BUDGET: USD 700 Per Villa / Night (for a Standard Villa – low season)

W Retreat & Spa Maldives

Close-by House Reef – North Ari Atoll
Category: 5* Luxury Resort
Average BUDGET: USD 800 Per Villa / Night (for a Standard Villa – low season)

Good snorkeling skills are recommended if you plan to snorkel around an Island that has a close-by reef. Moderate to strong currents can be expected according to the island and season. Before going for an exploration : Please visit the resort Dive Center and follow the panels for exits and current warnings.

Apply a liberal dose of sunscreen ( mostly on your back ) about 10-20 minutes prior to snorkel -Choose an SPF of at least 30.
“The Green Note“ about sun block cream : An Eco-friendly biodegradable sunscreen is a MUST. What is good for your body is also good for living Corals.

The ideal is to have a rash guard shirt, made for the water and protecting against ultraviolet sun rays.
However a white tee-shirt will do if necessary ( it has helped us several times ). Chose it tight to be able to swim and move comfortably.

Pay a double attention to children. Keep them close to you, eventually hand-by-hand for the youngest or the ones who cannot swim well -yet and protect them well from the Sun too ( sun-cream + T-shirt).

A snorkeling vest is strongly advised if you plan to snorkel on the resort house reef.

If you want to save money and feel comfy try to save space for your snorkeling gear in your suitcase.
All resorts have snorkeling equipment but it will cost you around 8 USD per day/ per person (exc.taxes). While few Resorts provide Free equipment against a small Deposit.

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