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Overview (House Reefs and Snorkeling ) :

There are around 2500 reefs in the Maldives, with over 900 of them being house reefs. In this article the top ten house reefs for snorkeling. This list of the top ten is based on   personal experiences of tourists visited over there.

Mirihi Island Resort (Snorkeling ) – 6 Km House Reef

In the Indian Ocean, its like a small emerald diamond. Only 36 villas are available at the property, 30 of which are water residences and the remaining 6 are beach properties. Seaplane travel to this lovely islands takes 30 minutes. Mirihi is the best property for snorkeling.

This is another massive house reef that stretches for 6 kilometres. On the eastern point of the reef is a 350-meter-long little island. The Aqua Residences are located on the shallow side of the reef, with a very short drop over. From whatever point on the island, the reef is only a short distance away. Going down from the primary jetty, checking the current direction, and following it is the best method for snorkelling in Mirihi.

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Reethi beach Resort – 3 Km House Reef

Reethi Beach Resort, with a length of 600 metres and a breadth of 200 metres, is a snorkeler’s paradise. The island was renovated in 2010 and now has more dining options and improved facilities. The Baa Atoll is home to this lovely island. A 35-minute seaplane voyage or a 20-minute scheduled flight to Dharavandhoo based on the short speedboat trip to Reethi Beach are the only ways to get there. The island is surrounded by beautiful white beaches, and the word itself means “good beach” in the native tongue. On the island, there are 120 rooms, 30 of which are on the ocean. There are five restaurants to choose from, and there are also five bars to choose from for drinks. A four-star resort, Reethi Beach is located on the island of Reethi.

The lagoon on the eastern part of Reethi Bay leads to the turquoise sea. House reef begins on the island’s south west tip and extends all the way to the villas and even beyond before turning east. The island is easy to reach because the house reef is only 30 to 100 metres away. It’s normally not too shallow, and you can swim over it to get to the drop-off. The method to the house reef at Reeth Beach is to just kick off from the beach and swim to it, as the arrival jetty would be on the lagoons side.

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W Retreat and Spa Maldives – 2 Km House Reef

The W Maldives is known for its luxurious ambiance and provides 78 unique retreats designed around the Whatever/Whenever concept. Beach Oasis is the name given to the land’s 28 retreats. The remaining villas overlook the lagoon, one of which is called  WOW and has two bedrooms, making it ideal for families. In this fancy playground, there are a variety of gourmet food options as well as areas to relax. By seaplane, it takes twenty minutes to get through it. The oval-shaped island is 220 metres long and somewhat shorter in width.

W Maldives home reef is only 2 kilometres long, unlike some other top house reefs. The size of a group does not always determine its diversity and richness. Water villas pointing north are near to the drop-off point, while those facing the lagoon are further away. From all sides, the coral reef encompasses the tiny island. The reef is widely obtainable from a variety of beach locations; there have been some small parts of the reef, but there is always a deeper region nearby to swim across to reach that cliff off. The sea at the point of discharge villa jetty might be turbulent at times, so stick close towards the island and enjoy snorkeling.

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Kuramathi – 3.8 Km House Reef

Kuramathi has 357 accommodations and several tourist facilities and is 1.7 kilometres long. The island is small and long, with a beautiful sandbank that reaches for up to a kilometre at the western tip. Kuramathi is as a lovely paradise appropriate for both ordinary vacationers and luxury seekers. The northern section of the islands has a lagoon, while the southern side features a 3.8-kilometer-long house reef. The biodiversity in this massive reef is incredible. Stairs lead down to the ocean in the Water Villas.

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Diamond Athuruga – 4.4 Km House Reef

Diamonds Athuruga Shore & Water Villas, located in the heart of Ari Atoll, has 46 Beach Villas and 25 Aqua Vacation homes. A breathtaking 25-minute seaplane ride from Velana International Airport is required to reach this four-star resort. This island is a semi-circular droplet with a small diameter. It is 180 metres long and 145 metres wide in the centre.

Given the slight area of the island, the home reef is huge, measuring 4.4 kilometres in length. Because the reef is modest and you wouldn’t want to splash over it, there are snorkeling canals to swim across. The arrival jetty, which stands directly on the drop-off, is the finest site to go snorkeling. You can travel down from this jetty using the snorkeling channel by following the tide to either side. Swimming back to the jetty may be difficult flow of current.

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Vilamendhoo Maldives – 4.5 Km House Reef

Vilamendhoo, located in the South Ari Atoll, is a famous All Inclusive resort for divers. This is a long and thin island. And the length is around 900 metres. This four-star resort has 184 rooms, two main restaurants, and a number of other amenities, including a variety of on-site activities including tennis and valley ball. And also, on the island, there are some children’s facilities, but just a few adult-only establishments.

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Bathala Island Resort – 1.6 Km House Reef

Bathala Island Resort is a tiny sandbar in North Ari Atoll that is approximately 230 metres long and 110 metres wide. This three-star resort has 46 luxury villas. And , it takes about 20 minutes by airplane or longer by speedboat to get to where. Hence , In this resort, everything is straightforward. The resort offers an All Inclusive plan, which is ideal for budget divers. Hence , year round, the island is very busy, with the majority of visitors being Germans and there is high demand for snorkeling.

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Baros Maldives – 4 Km House Reef

This is a five-star resort with 75 villas in Male’ Atoll. The speedboat ride from the airport takes 20 minutes. And also , she island is little, with a size of only 230 metres. Baros has a fantastic reputation for tourist experience, according to our resort ratings.

The Baros house reef is massive, stretching over 4 kilometres in length. Except for the house reef, there are several solitary reefs near Baros. Hence , Baros is a coral reefs biodiversity hotspot. Additionally , the house reef is easily accessible out from island or the aquatic residences. A blue colored spot in the lagoon near to water villas on the western side of the island is the site to go if you ever want to observe marine mammals.

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Kandolhu Island – 1.3 Km House Reef

Kandolhu’s house reef is well-known among snorkelling enthusiasts. The island is round in shape, and the house reef follows suit. Residence reef is easily accessible; the best places to jump off are two of the jetties, and simply following the current will provide you with a decent dose of snorkelling. This is really a small island, but the reef is twice the area of the island. The lagoon’s water is very clear. There are little fish nearby if you descend the stairs of the water villa; this is a small place idea for non-swimmers.

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