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Snorkelling Top 7

All resorts offer snorkelling, but that may be a $20 boat trip once a day, at worst. The fair resorts put on several free snorkelling trips a day if their house reef is not accessible.

Easily accessed, stunning house reefs make these seven islands the cream of the crop. Some you can snorkel the whole way round: Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo has a seamless drop-off with great coral where whale sharks have been sighted; Eriyadu’s edge is just a short swim in any direction; and Dhiggiri’s close-by channel attracts spectacular predators.


Equipment at Dhiggiri comes within the all-inclusive deal, and there are guided snorkelling trips all day. Staff at Athuruga arrange personalised excursions in a comfortable speedboat. The new water villas at Lily Beach make access to their coral gardens a matter of a few steps and a few metres swim.

Adaaran Bathala's position at the atoll edge brings snorkellers face to face with everything from turtles and tuna to eagle rays and even hammerhead sharks. Angsana Ihuru was named the best house reef in Maldives, with an embarrassment of fish species and living coral.

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