South Male Atoll Snorkeling
The 4th most popular snorkel dive spot in Maldives.
Saturday 26 January 2019 06:47 GMT
The South Male Atoll offers over a dozen excellent snorkeling dive sites. The South Male Atoll is home to the Olhuveli Beach Resort on Olhuveli Island, which operates the Sun Diving School. There is a good house reef just off the resort jetty that provides habitat for butterflyfish, damselfish and royal angelfish. Keep an eye out for stingrays, eagle rays, manta rays and sea turtles.
Also in South Male Atoll, the snorkeling off Bolifushi Island is very popular.
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, South Male Atoll is the 4th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 12 snorkeling dives in Maldives.