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snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

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snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

Dear All,

I am going to Komandoo end of May 2014, And this is the 1st time we are heading there. We need help on this trip:>

My hubby and I are both non swimmers, and would like to go snorkeling. I am wondering is life jacket provided in the villa? and is it safe to snorkel there during the moonsoon period. Or is it even safe for us?

It it recommend to buy our mask and snorkel? I will consider renting the snorkeling fins from the resort.

Another qns is... We are gg FB, and is wondering is it worth to upgarde to AI ( As the AI now includes the mini bar in the room)? Both of us do not drink any alcoholic. And will only consume some soft drinks and bottled water. I read from the forum that 1L water was provided free daily in the room. But some said that it was 2 bottles. Can someone help me?

Thanks a million.

Shevaun

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21. Re: snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

And yes. We do know how to swim a bit, but not confident swimmer. The kind of "swim" that required to standing on the ground every other moment.

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22. Re: snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

Meeru does not have a house reef so you won't really see much "colourful marine life" in the lagoon. You may see a few baby sharks and rays with a fish passing now and then.

For what you describe - to see the colourful reef life and lots of fish you ideally need an island where the reef is literally just off the beach. You can then stay in the shallows - on the "inside" of the reef and look out (with your mask & snorkel) across the reef to see the colourful marine life. For this I would recommend Vilamendhoo. Others may suggest Athuruga.

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23. Re: snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

Another point....you are going in the wet season so the sea may be choppy at that time. I don't know how long you are going for, but rough sea conditions would be another factor to consider if you are not a good swimmer.

Also, check out carefully the islands which seem to have a safe large lagoon....some have serious currents. Meeru for one is known for currents off the water villas. I seem to remember Anantara Veli being another (mentioned by Chrissy?)

24. Re: snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

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25. Re: snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

Post 21 isn't swimming. Without the seabed you would drown . Swimming is moving around in the water without ever needing to put your feet down. No such thing as swimming a bit

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26. Re: snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

I agree with Lynphd about Meeru and the fish. Also there is a lot of coral in the water in places restricting access and some of the water villas are not near the sandy lagoon.

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27. Re: snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

It is some years since we were on Meeru. But, athe Malaan end there was even a row of buoys designed to catch anyone who got swept off their feet by the current when stepping off the Water Villas at that end. Regular occurrence apparently.

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29. Re: snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

A life jacket is there to save your life , not for non swimmers to go snorkelling in. That's why they are called life jackets. The life jackets in your Maldivian resort room are there in case of a major water based disaster such as a Tsunami, not for guests to go snorkelling in ( most resorts I have been to expressly warn guests these jackets are for emergency use only ).

Whether or not you put on a flotation aid, you should never under any known circumstances go into the ocean out of your depth if you cannot swim

Edited: 18 January 2014, 10:27
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30. Re: snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

I think Meeru is a good choice in these circumstances. There is a reasonable corally/rocky section in the lagoon near the overwater spa, where you can snorkel and still be in your depth and there is no current. There is some wonderful sealife there, including a rather magnificent eel. Also, we saw our first lionfish at Meeru, in the lagoon near the watervilla steps, + octopus and turtles. Quite a bit to keep a 'non' swimmer happy.

SL

Edited: 18 January 2014, 10:36
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