I just recently returned from my honeymoon at Baros in the Maldives. The weather was on and off (as to be expected during the rainy season). The rooms were fantastic (both water bungalow and beach villa). We really enjoyed the small island setting and the facilities.
But I wanted to ask those who have been to several different resorts: Where do you go for the best marine life?
At Baros we were unable to spot any of the 3 turtles that are said to visit the house reef the entire time we were there. We saw some schools of fish but not as many as I was hoping. Reef sharks were abundant and the most exciting part of the trip. I saw one ray briefly.
While it was an excellent first time to the Maldives I'd really like to find a resort with a house reef that has lots of schools of fish, turtles, rays, big fish, all in abundance. It'd be nice to see these the animals on a regular basis rather than have to play hide and seek with them. Maybe I was expecting too much and there is no such place, but if there is I'd really like to find out where.
Me and my wife will be moving to the States next month and the Maldives is pretty far away. But if we can find a resort with abundant marine life like I described above it would be worth the trip and more (especially coupled with the island setting).
So any thoughts? Where has really blown you away? The resort I have a feeling might be what I'm looking for is Mirihi. But I'd love to have lots of feedback before we book another expensive vacation ;)