Most tourists come to the Maldives for snorkeling. The islands have ideal conditions: a colorful house reef right in the lagoon around the island, comfortable water temperatures all year round, a lush variety of underwater inhabitants. However, not every island can boast of ideal conditions for snorkeling. An expert in booking exotic islands – wiotto.com will help you understand all the nuances of the house reef in the Maldives. The company has been in the Maldives market for over 8 years and is ready to share its experience and knowledge.
House reef problem
Why isn’t every reef in the Maldives as colorful as it’s advertised? Coral reefs have been rapidly bleaching over the past decades. This is primarily due to an increase in the temperature of the water in which corals grow. Scientists claim that human activity causes such “warming”.
Despite the great damage to the underwater world, there are many resorts where the house reef thrives and will delight you with an incredibly beautiful picture. Be sure to try snorkeling! Just be careful when choosing an island.
The government of the Maldives, as well as many resort owners, have begun to actively take measures over the past few years to improve the situation. At the diving and snorkeling briefing, all participants are taught careful behavior towards corals; it is forbidden to touch, break, and even more so take corals out of the country. Many resorts are implementing programs to conserve coral reefs, as well as planting new underwater gardens. Tourists can also take part in such programs. For example, plant your personalized coral, and even remotely monitor how it grows.
The best atolls of the Maldives for snorkeling
Among all the atolls of the Maldives, it is worth highlighting one – Baa atoll. Since 2011, the island and water areas of the atoll have been a marine reserve protected by UNESCO. It is also called Hanifaru Bay. The atoll chain consists of 75 islands, 13 of which are inhabited, as well as 9 resort islands.
The underwater and island territories of the atoll are incredibly rich in marine life, a variety of corals, and birds. Here you can meet populations of sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins, parrot fish, whale sharks and many others. One of the secrets of such a diversity and concentration of marine life, as well as more than a hundred coral structures, is the shape of the reefs, unique to the Maldives .
Of course, the island-hotels of Baa Atoll are in the lead in the lists of the most interesting for snorkeling. For example: Vakkaru, Anantara Kihavah Villas, Dusit Thani, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu. These and other Baa Atoll resorts are available for booking on wiotto.com.
Despite the popularity of Baa Atoll, the Maldives has gorgeous house reefs in other atolls.
Resorts with the best house reef in the Maldives
The presence of a good house reef does not determine the high cost of the hotel. So, in the Maldives, you can visit an inexpensive 3-star hotel, where the quality of the reef will not be inferior to luxury resorts. Next, we share a list of hotels with some of the best house reefs in the Maldives.
Lily Beach Resort & Spa (5*), Ari atoll – 25 minutes by seaplane from Male. Week of rest for two (Premium All inclusive) will cost around $7,000.
Biyadhoo Island Resort (3*), South Male atoll – 30 minutes by speedboat from Male. Week of rest for two (All inclusive) will cost around $2,800.
Amari Havodda Maldives (5*), Gaafu Alifu atoll – domestic flight from Male takes about an hour + 10 minutes by boat. Week of rest for two (All inclusive) will cost around $5,500.
Mirihi Island Resort (5* Deluxe), Ari atoll – 30 minutes by seaplane from Male. Week of rest for two (Full Board) will cost around $11,000.
Anantara Kihavah Villas (5* Deluxe), Baa atoll – 30 minutes by seaplane from Male. Week of rest for two (Full Board) will cost around $21,000.
Reethi Faru Resort (4*), Raa atoll – 45 minutes by seaplane from Male. Week of rest for two (All inclusive) will cost around $5,000.
The prices shown are indicative and depend on the time of booking, date of travel, type of villa. The price includes accommodation, the indicated type of meals, transfers, as well as all taxes and fees. For more information on booking a villa, use the wiotto.com online chat. Managers will also help you choose a hotel with a gorgeous house reef in the Maldives. There are much more of them on the islands than in this article. Contact us!