Tips For Safe and Enjoyable Snorkelling at Kuredu
Warm waters and diverse marine life make snorkelling a must for anyone visiting the Maldives. Kuredu Resort Maldives is known for its variety of snorkel sites that appeal to all generations and experience levels and the dedicated Snorkel Center at Prodivers has an array of activities that can help build confidence ready for adventures. The shallow, sandy lagoons are the perfect place to learn this easy and fun activity but before you go and explore the ocean, here are some tips that will help make your adventure safe and fun:
Use Suitable Equipment
There are many options for masks, snorkels and fins out there and the most important factor when choosing is a proper fit and comfort.
Masks shouldn’t be too tight (tightening a mask will not usually stop it leaking, it will make it worse), and the snorkel should not be too long. Extra-long snorkels and full-face masks can lead to a buildup of CO2, causing breathing difficulties.
We do not advocate the use of full-face snorkelling masks and, for safety reasons, we advise guests to use traditional style masks just like the ones used by the team at Prodivers.
Fins are an absolute must! When snorkelling you will encounter ocean currents and fins will make it much easier to swim in the desired direction. When choosing fins, it is better to have them a little loose rather than too tight to avoid cramps.
Use Sun Protection
At Kuredu it is hot and sunny most of the time and even when cloudy the powerful rays of the sun get through; it is very easy to get sunburned, especially when you are in the water. Always use sun protection, ideally a high factor reef-friendly variety to help protect the marine life. We recommend that snorkellers wear rash guards – these UV-resistant tops are great at blocking out the sun’s rays. Wear shorts too, as places that don’t often get to see the sun can often burn very quickly and sitting down may be uncomfortable if you’ve forgotten areas!
To reduce the risk of dehydration, make sure you drink plenty of water. Grab the eco-friendly bottle from your villa and have it refilled anywhere on the island, and drink sufficient water during your meals and at bars.
Familiarise yourself with the area
Before heading out on to the reef, make sure you are comfortable in shallow water. It is important for your safety that you know the basic snorkelling technique and are familiar with the equipment. All masks and snorkels can and will leak, so make sure you know how to clear them.
Buoyancy aids are available for rent for those who feel they need some additional help. Please visit the dive center, the experienced team can advise you on equipment, where and when to snorkel as well as tips on the best places to spot our amazing marine life. All-Inclusive guests can join their complimentary information and lagoon snorkelling sessions and join guided trips to make the most of your experience.
Guidelines for snorkelling – at a glance:
1. Never snorkel alone! For your safety, find a snorkel buddy or join our guided activities.
2. Note that the currents around Kuredu are unpredictable and at times very strong, this includes the house reef, so make sure you’re never alone in the water and wear fins at all times.
3. Be careful not to touch anything in the water, the marine creatures are fragile, and some, such as turtles are endangered and touching them causes harm and distress.
4. Protect yourself from the sun before your snorkel by applying reef-friendly sunscreen and wearing a UV protection shirt.
5. Visit the dive centre or ask your Island Host or reception about snorkelling in the lagoon or on the house reef.
6. Make the most of the guided excursions to see the very best of the Maldives underwater – book using the Kuredu App or my.kuredu.com.