Cant give you a direct comparison Im afraid, but the snorkelling at Vakaru is very good. We went in June/July and saw lots. You can snorkell all the way around the island, accessed most easily off the main jetty. We saw most of the fish that you see on the cards/posters at the diveschool, my personal fave being the clown fish popping in and out of their soft corals. The only thing absent (for us anyway) was turtle. The abundance in one particular area near the jetty blew me away - it really was like being in a aquarium
If Blenny replies, think she has some fantastic underwater pics for Vakaru.
Lisa, I recall reading in one of your post about your favorite snorkeling island, but I don't recall the name. Was it Coco Palm or another resort?
Not sure if that was me to be honest. I am a complete novice when it comes to snorkelling.....until Velavaru last yr I was very nervous in the water. I didnt snorkel at CCP at all - criminal that isnt it? My other half David did though, and he enjoyed it.
Briefly snorkelled at Meedhupparu 5 yrs ago, Velavaru two years running, and recently Vakaru - Vakaru my fave, but partly due to increased confidence
Thanks, Lisa. My wife was also scared and she overcame her fear at Coco Palm since there the reef is so accessible and the sand-bottomed blue lagoon gave her confidence. And now snorkeling and the incredible fish of the Maldives is the no.1 reason she wants to go back!
I'm afraid that I can't compare the islands because of your choices I have only been to Vakaru. As far as I remember I think Activegirl has been to at least two of these, so she can advise you better than I can. However, I can assure you that the reef at Vakaru is very good indeed, with a huge variety of fish. The corals are recovering very well there too. We have been lucky to see turtles practically every day, but then, we are in the sea for the majority of the day, because we like to explore the reef at different times as different fish feed at different hours of the day, the best times being early morning and evening. If you would like to see some photos of the island above and below water our website: www.ourmaldiveholidays.co.uk
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Thanks for your responses. Blenny will be taking a look at the photos soon. Its important that I choose the right Island as its going to be for my husbands 40th, the whole reason we went to the Maldives in the first place was for the ocean life my husband is mad on all fish, we even have a marine tank at home, although after seeing all the fish on the reef etc he said he would never buy another fish again, so cruel to take them from their environment. He spends more time in the water than out and we too go snorkelling at all times of the day to see what new things are about etc. Didnt want an island that you have to take a boat in order to get to the reef so its important to us that you can access it from the island at any time. Also, want a quiet and small island so we can really get away from it all. Vakaru is looking like the one for us so far.
You should do a try dive while you are there, the dive school is very good, i did my first ever ocean diving from vakaru and it was great, if your hubby is that mad on fish i am sure he would love diving, give it a go, it truely is an experience not to be missed, alternatively you could do your open water course before you go or do the theory here and open water dives in the maldives,lots of options :-)
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