Best of the Maldives: Resort Snorkel Day – Hurawalhi / Kuredu

Hurawalhi - snorkel day

Kudos to the resort s who celebrated World Snorkeling Day yesterday…

  • Kuredu“Kuredu is pleased to announce its very first Snorkelling Day! The celebration of this wonderful sport and the magnificent coral reefs of Lhaviyani Atoll will take place on Sunday, 30th July 2017, at 15:00. Snorkelling is one of Kuredu’s major draws: both the lagoon and the reef offer a wonderful array of marine life that will most likely be one of the highlights of your Maldives’ holiday.” [see photo below]
  • Hurawalhi – “In honour of the Maldives’ reef ecosystem and in celebration of the wonderful sport that is snorkelling, Hurawalhi is excited to announce its first Snorkelling Day. Prodivers and the Marine Biology Center invite you for special afternoon snorkelling trips on Sunday, 30th July 2017. During these 1,5-hour excursions, you can expect to see a wide range of underwater sights that – if it weren’t for the snorkel in your mouth – would make your jaw drop!” [see photo above]

  Kuredu - snorkel day

World Snorkeling Day

World Snorkeling Day

Happy World Snorkeling Day. The second annual day to honor the simplest way to literally immerse yourself in the undersea world. Maldives Complete has been the lead found and sponsor of this celebration given the Maldives’ world leadership in all things snorkelling.

There are great places to snorkel all around the world (these are *not* some of them) of many varieties…

  • Reef Drop-Offs – These “house reefs” tend to be the “main event” especially in the Maldives where a prominent reef structure begins just a few metres swim from the beach. It combines relative ease of access (eg. no boat trip) with some of the variety and size of marine life of the more open ocean. For top spots, see Philippines and Indonesia
  • Lagoons – Typically a bit barren and sandy, they sometimes features croppings of coral in the infancy of reef creation. What they lack in larger species and variety of fish, they make up for in comfort and access of access. For top spots see Belize and the Caribbean.
  • Ocean – Underwater pillars (or “thilas” in the Maldives) rise up from the ocean floor in the middle of the ocean and often offer distinctive sights of creatures drawn by this submarine promontory. For top spots see the Red Sea, Galapagos and Great Barrier Reef.

One of the great things about the Maldives is that it features every one of these types. In bountiful number with its over a thousand islands and similar number of underwater reefs spread out across nearly a thousand kilometre long stretch. Resorts like Hurawalhi and Kuredu are hosting their own special Snorkel Days today.

And in the Maldives, it’s not just the shoals of fish that dazzle, but the stylish fish-onistas as well who put the fashion into fins. Here are 66 from all over the world who have made snorkelling sexier than ever…

  1. Lucy Wangluxi (China)
    Lucy Wangluxi (China)
  2. Jana (Germany) – Maafushivaru
    Jana (Germany) - Maafushivaru
  3. Daria Mitchell (Russia) – Eriyadhu
    Daria Mitchell (Russia) - Eriyadhu
  4. Lucía Bárcena Gómez (Spain) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Lucía Bárcena Gómez (Spain) - Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
  5. Jennifer (OAE) – Meeru
    Jennifer (OAE) - Meeru
  6. Kristin Sundberg (Sweden) – Drift Thelu
    Kristin Sundberg (Sweden) – Drift Thelu
  7. Zarah (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
    Zarah (Australia) - Six Senses Laamu
  8. Ale Chedraui (Spain) – Anantara Dhigu
    Ale Chedraui (Spain) - Anantara Dhigu
  9. Megan Young (Philippines) – Hurawalhi
    Megan Young (Philippines) - Hurawalhi
  10. Maria (Thailand) – Veligandu
    Maria (Thailand) - Veligandu
  11. Kanya Sugunya Satsomboon (Thailand) – Ari Atoll
    Kanya Pie (Thailand) - (Ari Atoll)
  12. Reem Kanj (Lebanon) – Conrad Rangali
    Reem Kanj (Lebanon) - Conrad Rangali
  13. Katya Nizhegorodtseva (Russia) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Katya Nizhegorodtseva (Russia) - Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
  14. Vania Sanchez (USA) – Vommuli
    Vania Sanchez (USA) - Vommuli
  15. Maria Martelo Perez (Columbia) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Maria Martelo Perez (Columbia) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
  16. Andrea Verešová (Czech) – Hideaway Beach
    Andrea Verešová (Czech) - Hideaway Beach
  17. Marinella Bezer (Romania) – Kurumba
    Marine Bezer (Romania) - Kurumba
  18. Rita Ora (United Kingdom) – Palm Beach
    Rita Ora (United Kingdom)
  19. Alyona (Ukraine) – Constance Halaveli
    Alyona (Ukraine) - Constance Halaveli
  20. Sjana Elise Earp (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
    Sjana Elise Earp (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
  21. Belle Lucia (Australia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Belle Lucia (Australia) - LUX South Ari Atoll 2
  22. Sylvia Salas (Spain) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Sylvia Salas (Spain) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
  23. Nina Serebrova (Russia) – Medhufushi
    Nina Serebrova (Russia) - Medhufushi
  24. Caroline Deisler (United Kingdom) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Caroline Deisler (United Kingdom) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  25. Bettina Watzinger (Austria) – Hanimaadhoo
    Bettina Watzinger (Austria) - Hanimaadhoo
  26. Jane Konsol (Lebanon) – Sun Island
    Jane Konsol (Lebanon) - Sun Island
  27. Pauline (France) – Malahini Kuda Bandos
    Pauline (France) - Malahini Kuda Bandos
  28. Eva Slovic (Slovakia) – Milaidhoo
    Eva Slovic (Slovakia) - Milaidhoo
  29. Sudtida Suphasiri (Thailand) – Anantara Veli
    Sudtida Suphasiri (Thailand) - Anantara Veli
  30. Adriana Larina (Philippines) – Ranveli
    Adriana Larina (Philippines) - Ranveli
  31. Carrie Santana da Silva (United Kingdom) – Velassaru
    Carrie Santana da Silva (United Kingdom) – Kandolhu
  32. Zblank Blank Woo (Thailand) – Vadoo
    Zblank Blank Woo (Thailand) - Vadoo  

  33. Ann Korshun (Russia) – Summer Island
    Ann Korshun (Russia) – Summer Island
  34. Pia Muehlenbeck (Australia) – Maalifushi
    Pia Muehlenbeck (Australia) - Maalifushi
  35. Ana Nikolovski (Serbia) – Maafushivaru
    Ana Nikolovski (Serbia) – Maafushivaru
  36. Karri Nicholas (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
    Karri Nicholas (Australia) - Amilla Fushi
  37. Ylianna Dadashi (USA) – Huvafenfushi
    Ylianna Dadashi (USA) – Huvafenfushi
  38. Tammy Chan (Japan) – Vadoo
    Tammy Chan (Japan) - Vadoo
  39. Carin Olssen (Sweden) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Carin Olssen (Sweden) - Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
  40. Emma Lapin (Serbia) – Sun Island
    Emma Lapin (Serbia) - Sun Island
  41. Katya Ogo (Russia) – Safari Island
    Katya Ogo (Russia) - Safari Island
  42. Lauren Sophie Messack (Netherlands) – Meeru
    Lauren Sophie Messack (Netherlands) - Meeru
  43. Pamela Reif (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Pamela Reif (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
  44. Emma Alexa (United Kingdom) – Baros
    Emma Alexa (United Kingdom) – Baros
  45. Daniela Andreotti (Italy) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Daniela Andreotti (Italy) – One & Only Reethi Rah
  46. Mind Napasasi (Thailand) – Vadoo
    Mind Napasasi (Thailand) – Vadoo
  47. Natasha Poly (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Natasha Poly (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
  48. Emily Ericsson (United Kingdom) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Emily Ericsson (United Kingdom) – One & Only Reethi Rah
  49. Sandra Da Costa (Portugal) – Velassaru
    Sandra Da Costa (Portugal) – Velassaru
  50. Faya Nillson (Sweden) – W Retreat
    Faya Nillson (Sweden) – W Retreat
  51. Stephanie Pratt and Lucy Watson (United Kingdom) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Stephanie Pratt and Lucy Watson (United Kingdom) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
  52. Nicci Crisp (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
    Nicci Crisp (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
  53. Helen Owen (USA) – Dusit Thani
    Helen Owen (USA) – Dusit Thani
  54. Nastya Chukhvichyova (Ukraine) – Drift Thelu Veliga
    Nastya Chukhvichyova (Ukraine) – Drift Thelu Veliga
  55. Clara Matías Casacuberta (Spain) – NIYAMA
    Clara Matías Casacuberta (Spain) – NIYAMA
  56. Millie Macintosh (United Kingdom) – Shangri-La Villingili
    Millie Macintosh (United Kingdom) – Shangri-La Villingili
  57. Lilia Matsegora and Kristine Purvinska (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Lilia Matsegora and Kristine Purvinska (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
  58. Cecilia Nordlund (United Kingdom) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Cecilia Nordlund (United Kingdom) – One & Only Reethi Rah
  59. Maria Ignacia Carrasco (Chile) – Dusit Thani
    Maria Ignacia Carrasco (Chile) – Dusit Thani
  60. Travel A Little Luxe (Australia) – Baros
    Travel A Little Luxe (Australia) – Baros
  61. Camilla MacIntosh (United Kingdom) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Camilla MacIntosh (United Kingdom) – Shangri-La Vilingili
  62. Alessia Ventura (Italy) – Kuramathi
    Alessia Ventura (Italy) – Kuramathi
  63. Monyca Byrne Wickey (USA)
    Monyca Byrne Wickey (USA)
  64. Lisa Haydon (India)
    Lisa Haydon (India)
  65. Susan Tseng (Taiwan) – Amilla Fushi
    Susan Tseng (Taiwan) – Amilla Fushi 2
  66. Erin Victoria Holland (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
    Erin Victoria Holland (Australia) – Amilla Fushi

World Snorkeling Day – 30 July

World Snorkeling Day

Maldives Complete declares today, 30 July, “World Snorkeling Day”!

There is a “Day” for just about everything. Just in this blog, I have celebrated…

Not to mention, National Days for USA, Italy, China, Turkey, Japan, South Africa and of course the Maldives. In fact, Wikipedia lists over 200 international days of observance.

And yet for the one thing in the Maldives where it stands heads and shoulders above all other destinations, there is no “Snorkeling Day”? June is SCUBA Month with its own special “Dive In Day” (11 June).

I have decided on today – July 30 – as it is the birth of the snorkel. On this day in 1932, Joseph L. Belcher patented “Belcher Breathing Apparatus”.

One detail I do need to clarify is the spelling. One L or two and I’m not talking lumps. The UK spelling is “snorkelling” and the American spelling is “snorkeling”. On this very blog, being an American relocated to England, I go back and forth between both so it is admittedly confusing.

However you spell it, today spell reef madness time so get on your fins, mask and snorkel to enjoy the underwater spectacle of the oceans.