Alifu Alifu Atoll Snorkeling
The MOST popular snorkel dive spot in Maldives.
Saturday 26 January 2019 06:24 GMT
In the northern Alifu Alifu Atoll, the snorkeling off Veligandu Island is highlighted by clear, calm waters.
The snorkeling in the Maldives is one of the most popular dive regions in the world. The Maldives are a series of ancient coral reefs that grew up around the sides of towering prehistoric volcanoes. The reefs that encircle the islands and the Atolls are popular with snorkelers for their diverse coral formations, abundant marine life and water clarity.
The snorkeling off Veligandu Island is popular for its abundant reef fish including the amazing lion fish amongst the atoll's reefs. Veligandu Island is located about 25 miles west of the main international airport in Male. There is a seaplane that services the resort at Veligandu Island Resort.
The best snorkeling in the Maldives is from February to April when there is little rain and low humidity. During that time, the visibility is at its highest since rain on these islands is known to quickly and dramatically reduce water clarity. From May to November, it is known to be rainy and humid. Generally though, the snorkeling off the Maldives is good year-round. During December to April, the snorkeling is better on the east side of each atoll. During May to November, the better Maldives snorkeling is on the west side of the atolls. During Maldives snorkeling, you may encounter butterflyfish, bannerfish, octopus, eagle rays, hawksbill turtles, giant clams, white-tipped reef sharks and black-tipped reef sharks. There are a variety of hard corals including staghorn, brain, finger and lobe corals, but there has been significant coral-bleaching over the past decade.
To reach the Maldives by air, fly into Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, also known as Male International Airport (MLE), which is located on Hulhule Island adjacent to the capital island of Male. Typically, your resort or live-aboard boat staff will collect you directly from the arrival passport control section of the airport. From the international airport, you can either take a domestic inter-island flight, seaplane or boat to your destination.
Overall, Alifu Alifu Atoll is the 1st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 12 snorkeling dives in Maldives.