The abundance of marine life is a source of attraction for not only divers but also for those passionate about snorkeling. Around 70 different species of colorful coral reefs make up the flora of this underwater city with more than 700 species of fishes and other aqua marine life taking the role of the fauna.
The water currents play an important role in the gathering of the big fish species. Some of the interesting fish species found here are Dogtooth Tuna, Tuna, Trevally’s, Jacks, Sweetlips, Butterfly fish, Mating octopus, Wahoo and Fusiliers. What makes Maldives special for the Snorkelers is the presence of rare marine life species like the giant Napoleon Wrasse.
Large pelagic or fishes that live in open water flourish in the crystal clear water of the lagoons where the tides moves in and out huge amounts of water. Through Snorkeling in and out huge amounts of water. Through Snorkeling in Maldives, you can also see sharks, turtles, and anemones, schools of sweetlips, eels, octopus and rays. These marine life species abound in the waters of the Indian Ocean. In the late summer and during the fall, those participating in snorkeling can see mantas and whale sharks which are a very impressive and interesting sights.
Where to Snorkel
To fully enjoy the art of snorkeling, you should choose the snorkeling areas carefully. The reefs are the best areas for snorkeling. The slope can have interesting features like cliffs, terraces and caves. As the water gets deeper, the differences in the coral and other types of marine life are clearly visible.
Snorkeling gets to be more adventurous when you can see smaller fish and much larger animals that live in deep water but come close to the reefs to feed. The Islands with narrow reef flats with lots of channels and wide lagoons are the best for snorkeling. Resorts in islands that don’t have a reef, provide tourists with boat trips to the good snorkeling sites.
Taking the first step towards snorkeling can be fraught with worries. But, not to worry as learning snorkeling can be difficult but not impossible. All the resorts in Maldives are equipped with well-qualified instructors. The first lessons of snorkeling are taught in shallow lagoons or swimming pools. Though every resort has snorkeling equipments for hire, it is always better to bring your own mask, snorkel and fins.