Haa Alifu Atoll Snorkeling
The 6th most popular snorkel dive spot in Maldives.
Saturday 26 January 2019 06:47 GMT
The Haa Alifu Atoll offers over a dozen good snorkeling dive sites. The Haa Alifu Atoll is home to the Beach House Iruveli, which operates the Sun Diving School. The house reef for the resort is located on the east side of the island at the end of the jetty. It is mainly a sand flat with some stoney corals and finger corals providing habitate to small reef fish. The other snorkeling dive sites are a 25-45 minute boat ride offshore.
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, Haa Alifu Atoll is the 6th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 12 snorkeling dives in Maldives.