The Underwater World of the Maldives

The crystal-clear waters of the Maldives are home to a kaleidoscope of colourful fish, making it a fantastic place to don your mask and snorkel and jump right in. The house reef at Constance Moofushi is considered one of the best in the Indian Ocean and lies on the migration route of various kinds of marine life, so whether it’s dolphin spotting or swimming with clownfish, the Maldives is the ultimate destination for an underwater adventure confirms Maldives specialist and scuba diving aficionado, Melissa.

The Maldives is widely regarded as one of the world’s top places in the world to snorkel, and having just returned from my first trip to this paradise island mecca, I can confirm it did not disappoint. The marine life there is simply incredible, from tiny clown fish to larger than life stingrays and sharks. Being an avid scuba diver and marine conservationist, I feared the stories of bleached corals due to rising water temperatures, however was relieved and thankful to witness first-hand that the marine life had not seemed to have suffered. Many resorts have introduced extensive regeneration projects that you can be involved with during your stay, a great way to leave a positive mark is by planting your own coral and helping fund these vital programmes.

Having arranged to meet the group for breakfast at 8am, I decided to wake up early (aided by jet lag) to take advantage of the house reef at Constance Moofushi. The waters are calm and quiet, but it is always best to go out with a buddy or speak to the boat house who will tell you about the water conditions and where the best place to snorkel is.

There are so many different species of fish to look at, it is hard to know where to look first! The colours are incredible – from the dark blue trigger fish to the beautiful yellow triton trigger fish. Peek into the coral and rocks and you might even find a giant clam! You also have the option to take snorkelling trips to other reefs a bit further out, which I would highly recommend doing. On one such trip from Constance Halaveli we were lucky enough to have a huge pod of dolphins swim right underneath us, the absolute highlight of our trip and an amazing experience that we will no doubt remember for the rest of our lives.

I would encourage exploring the house reef as well as others in the area, as you never know what you will see!

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