Turtle and Manta Snorkeling in the Maldives

The Maldives is a breathtaking and awe-inspiring archipelago which has been lavishly endowed with some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, teeming and abundant marine life, mind-blowing sunrises and sunsets, and heartwarmingly azure waters. Maldives excursions would not be complete without a few things you must experience. These include exhilarating water sports in Maldives, swimming with beautiful sea creatures and of course a relaxing day by the beach.
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Snorkeling in Maldives is an absolute must try and is guaranteed to be an adventure of a lifetime. You will have that once in a lifetime opportunity of getting up close and personal with humongous turtles, majestic manta rays and an innumerable collection of various fish including, puffer fish, stone fish, clown fish and a hundred more. Moreover, the reefs of the Maldives are famous for reef sharks, sea turtles, eagle rays, sting rays, and many more; so, do make sure you hop on a boat and set out on this exciting trip and be overwhelmed by how close these creatures are to you.
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So while you swim or snorkel around in the crystal clear waters around your resort island, it is most likely that you will spot some sea turtles. Five of the seven species of sea turtles in the world can be found in the waters around the Maldives, and out of them, two species namely the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) can be spotted more frequently than others. Swimming around with turtles, is just as exciting as it sounds! You must observe the artistic beauty of their backs, it’s intricate details and the heartwarming beauty of these much loved creatures!
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If you’re wondering when the best time to catch a glimpse of these creatures are, here it goes; Sea turtles usually lay their eggs all year round but the most active nesting season falls from May to June and the most number of hatchings takes place from July to August. So if you’re here in the Maldives during this period, you’re in luck! So don’t miss out!
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If you want to get yourself a complete experience of swimming with Manta Rays, the best season to visit these creatures would be from November to April on the western side of the Maldivian atolls and if you’re on the eastern side, from May to October. This difference is mainly due to the high plankton concentration in the waters during various time.

Manta rays with a wingspan over five meters are known to exist and have been spotted in the Maldives. Do try your luck at swimming along with these majestic Manta rays. On the bright side, you won’t be at a loss if you fail, for the Maldivian seas never fail to disappoint when it comes to marine life. You are sure to witness hundreds of various other fish that are colourful, vibrant and brimming with life.
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Let our staff at Ellaidhoo by Cinnamon and Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives take care of your tour to swim and snorkel with the Turtles and Manta rays with our perfectly curated packages which are planned just for you! Inform us your specifications and we will do the needful to make your time with the Turtles and Manta rays an adventure never to be forgotten. Let our in-house experts and naturalists work their magic and leave you with some jaw dropping excitement and fun!

Author: Shenella Fonseka

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