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Maldives Resorts Guide for Snorkeling Holidays : 7 Best

best house reef in maldives

All resorts offer snorkelling, but that may be a $20 boat trip once a day, at worst. The fair resorts put on several free snorkelling trips a day if their house reef is not accessible.

Best House Reef in the Maldives

The best house reefs are easily accessed, stunning house reefs mak

snorkeling / snorkelling holiday in the Maldives

e these seven islands the cream of the crop. Some you can snorkel the whole way round: Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo has a seamless drop-off with great coral where whale sharks have been sighted; Eriyadu’s edge is just a short swim in any direction; and Dhiggiri’s close-by channel attracts spectacular predators.


Snorkeling Holidays for All Inclusive

Equipment at Dhiggiri comes within the all-inclusive deal, and there are guided snorkelling trips all day. Staff at Athuruga arrange personalised excursions in a comfortable speedboat. The new water villas at Lily Beach make access to their coral gardens a matter of a few steps and a few metres swim.


Adaaran Bathala's position at the atoll edge brings snorkellers face to face with everything from turtles and tuna to eagle rays and even hammerhead sharks. Angsana Ihuru was named the best house reef in Maldives, with an embarrassment of fish species and living coral.


Angsana Ihuru

Simple, quiet luxury at a young, modern resort famed for its house reef and world-beating beach. A cosy bar and superb spa add to the experience of a perfect island.


Reputed All-Inclusive that feels like a smart club. No corners cut at a resort where it’s easy to enjoy underwater pursuits, dine on the beach, and relax amid solid beauty.

Notable for:Water Villas
Bathala Island Resort

Bathala brings the quiet, diving Germans and the partying Italians together, on an island famed for its beach, snorkelling and proximity to world-class dive sites.

Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo

Ellaidhoo is excellent for snorkelling and diving, with a consistent house reef and its own wreck. Fun and sun seekers ferry each day to next door island Maaga.


Unspoilt beach, a vast lagoon to play in, wrecks and dolphins nearby, and superior kids’ club, service, dining and spa – there’s pleasure for all on this luxurious island.

Notable for:Child Friendly
Lily Beach

An all new, premium all-inclusive resort. The same qualities of snorkeling, diving and fun, with the added beauty of setting, cuisine and service.

Notable for:All Inclusive

High standard All-Inclusive. Loved by Italians who make it lively, gathering on the fine beach for fun and sun, and keeping the refined bonhomie going into the night.

Notable for:Child Friendly

A new resort on one of the all-time best snorkeling and diving islands. Now with all the other bits of a great resort added: good rooms, top food and drink, plenty of sports and excursions. And a lot of fun.

Notable for:SnorkelingAll Inclusive

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Adrian Neville - Seven Holidays : Your Guide to the MaldivesAdrian Neville lived in the Maldives and writes the definitive guide book: "Resorts of Maldives", now in its fifth edition. Having tirelessly reviewed every single resort, he is now continually asked ‘which is the best Maldives Hotel for my holidayholiday or vacationvacation?’ Enter – his comprehensive independent guide to Maldives holidaysholidays and how to book your perfect holiday. We cover everything from the cheap island resorts through to the luxury five star Maldives resortshow to book your perfect holiday. We cover everything from the cheap island resorts through to the luxury five star Maldives resorts