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What to Pack for Your Snorkelling Adventure in the Maldives – Adventure under the tropical sun

Planning an adventurous holiday in the Maldives? Your list of activities must include snorkelling. The country is one of the best destinations for the activity, and here's what you need to pack.


Tour operators

Before you find out what to pack for your snorkelling adventure in the Maldives, you should know that there are tour operators and tourist hotels that provide snorkelling gear. So, speak to your hotel or tour operator to find out if they are going to provide you with all the snorkelling equipment, in which case, you don't need to pack any gear.



It's important that you find a mask that fits your face. It shouldn't be too big or too small. When you suction the mask to your face, it should stay on without the help of straps. If it doesn't, you should look for another size. Air leakage during your snorkelling adventure really isn't the way to have the best Maldives experience during your holiday.



A mask defogger is essential for the best experience while you are underwater. When you buy one, make sure it's reef friendly; it should be alcohol-free and biodegradable.



To find the best snorkel, you need to focus on the mouthpiece; it shouldn't make you feel uncomfortable. Get one with a purge valve; this is a feature to let water out. Also, make sure the snorkel comes close to your head.


Swim cap

A swim cap or a bandana is essential for snorkelling in the Maldives. It will keep your hair away from the snorkel, and it will also protect your hair and scalp from the hot sun in the Maldives. The surgical ones are the best choice, which you can buy at medical supply stores. If you've forgotten to pack one, don't worry; those staying at a place like Saii Lagoon Maldives can speak to the hotel staff and get their help in procuring a swim cap.


Float west

If you don't have any experience in water sports, getting a float west is recommended. With a float west, you can stay buoyant in water whenever it gets too nerve-racking for you.



A wetsuit is necessary to keep yourself safe from the prickly particles in the ocean. But that's not its only function; it also provides great buoyancy. Ones with leggings and short leaves are a perfect choice for your snorkelling holiday; they won't take much room in your luggage.


Rash guard

Sometimes, a wet suit can be too hot to be worn in the Maldives, in which case, you need to get yourself a rash guard to protect yourself from things that bite into your skin while underwater.



Whether you want to snorkel or not, you need sunscreen for your holiday in the Maldives. Make sure it's reef-friendly and biodegradable. Typical sun lotions contain harsh chemicals that can damage corals, so make sure to check the label.



For snorkelling, short fins are the best option. They will let you change direction easily, and they are not as heavy as long fins. But if you want to try free diving, you need long fins; they are excellent for swimming faster.


Neoprene socks

Fins, even the best ones, can give you blisters; the back of your ankles is the most vulnerable. So, buy neoprene socks to keep your feet safe, warm, and comfortable.


Best time to snorkel in the Maldives

Make sure the country has the best weather for snorkelling. Heavy rain showers aren't ideal, which are frequent in the wet season. So, visit during January, February, March, and April. However, accommodation costs are higher than usual during this time, which is something you have to bear if you want the best snorkelling experience.