Scuba Diving and Snorkeling#3 in Best Things To Do in Maldives
With exceptionally clear water and thriving marine life, the Maldives makes for a great environment for scuba diving and snorkeling. Many resorts feature reefs so close travelers can easily swim from the beach, while others offer snorkeling excursions where a boat and tour operator transport you to deeper waters and even more colorful reefs. Meanwhile, beginner and seasoned scuba divers can enjoy dive trips around the Maldives. All scuba divers are required to do an initial guided orientation dive before any additional dives; experienced scuba divers should bring their dive certification and logbook as well. Most scuba divers may go on one or two dives organized through their resort or spend their Maldives vacation on a LiveAboard vessel, which travels to different dive sites daily. Divers and snorkelers were very impressed with the variety of fish and sea life they saw in the Maldivian waters. Many also had high praise for the friendly and knowledgeable tour operators.
Some of the most popular fish you may see in the Maldives include butterflyfish, clownfish, angelfish and parrotfish, in addition to sting rays, whale sharks, reef sharks and eels. Keep in mind, there are several dangerous types of fish and marine life that inhabit the waters surrounding the Maldives. You'll want to avoid getting too close to lionfish, triggerfish, moray eels, sharks and sting rays, as stings or bites from these animals can be fatal. A good rule of thumb is to stay about 8 feet away.
For more information on snorkeling and scuba diving in the Maldives, head to the tourism board's website.
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#1 Maldives Beaches
Many vacationers head to the Maldives solely to relax on the beach – and for good reason. The sugar white sand and striking blue water make for the perfect beach vacation backdrop. Most island resorts offer their own private stretches of sand, complete with lounge chairs and umbrellas. Some resorts that boast notably beautiful beaches include: the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, aaaVeee resort, COMO Cocoa Island, Fihalhohi Island Resort and Angsana Ihuru. Past visitors said the beach scenes in the Maldives are hard to describe, saying their beauty is unparalleled. There are public beaches on a handful of Maldivian islands, though visitors must be covered as wearing revealing clothing is illegal. A very few "bikini beaches" (on Rasdhoo and Maafushi) allow sun-seekers to wear typical bathing suits. However, travelers recommend sticking to the beaches on or near your island.
In addition to lounging on the beach, travelers can enjoy various water sports activities in the Maldives. Many resorts offer equipment for rent, sometimes included in the room rate. Windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and surfing are just a few water sports options popular in the Maldives. Some resorts offer other games and activities like beach volleyball for visitors to enjoy.
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