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Learn snorkelling in the Maldives - Why snorkelling in the Maldives

The Maldives is a great place for beginners to start learning to snorkel. The islands destination is famous for its water sports. In Maldives, almost all resorts have certified instructors and in-house snorkelling and diving centres. In an all-inclusive package, for example, there will be no extra costs for lessons. So, make the best use of the facilities available to learn how to snorkel.

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House reefs

A house reef can be found in most resorts, such as those on the beach and water villas. A villa overlooking a lagoon will be perfect for a beginner. All you have to do is just step out and explore the reef anytime you want. The best thing about snorkelling is that you don't have to be a pro at swimming either. Some basic swimming skills is what is mostly required. However, be cautious of not stepping in any of the fragile coral life with the flippers on. Try resorts like The Nautilus Maldives, most are bound to offer snorkelling boat tours and will take you to the best hotspots in the islands.

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Tips to follow when you go on holiday

It is important to make sure you have a trained guide is nearby, especially if you plan on underwater snorkelling. You may not be familiar with the tides and seasonal changes. So beginners should always, attempt with a guide nearby. When renting equipment ensure they are from licensed suppliers and check its quality before snorkelling. Ideally, it will be under the supervision of the guide. In the Maldives, of course, this will rarely be an issue, as the equipment will be thoroughly checked by the resort, but it never hurts to be too sure. When in the water, make sure to listen through to the guide's instructions, do not venture anywhere alone without telling them first! For beginners choose a location with good visibility to get used to the whole experience. Last but not least, use a good waterproof environmentally safe sunscreen, because you will burn but not be aware of it.

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Best places to snorkel

Once you get the hang of it, you will be spoilt for choice. As you are in the perfect destination to snorkel to your heart's content. The Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve is an amazing place to snorkel, and so is the Banana Reef. It is shaped like the beloved fruit and has some of the most exquisite marine living there. Beautiful species of fish such as the surgeonfish, black snapper fish, oriental sweetlips, bannerfish, soldierfish can be spotted here. There is also ample coral life to explore. It is located in North Male Atoll. Manta Point is sure to be one of a kind experience. You can sign up for a live board experience, and travel to some of the best snorkelling locations found in the Maldives. However, make sure to get your practice perfected before venturing off on your own and get the approval of your instructor before attempting anything you are not too sure of.

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