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Coco Cares: Marine center and snorkel at Coco Bodhu

In Coco Bodu Hithi, there is a Catalan resident marine biologist, Sonia, who makes sure the house coral reef is protected and shares her knowledge of the marine life with guests. We had a snorkeling trip with her and we learned about the in-house turtles.There is a coral reef in the island, but coral reefs are as beautiful as they are fragile and changes in…

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Fishing in the Maldives with a Supermoon!

Fishing is the main economic activity along with tourism in the Maldives and the country is known as one of the "fishiest" countries in the world because of the variety and amount of marine life. Fishing is the second largest industry in Maldives and the main methods of fishing are pole and line for skipjack tuna. The main fishes caught and imported are ski…

The best snorkel in the Maldives
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The best snorkel in the Maldives

Saying that a resort has the best snorkel experience in the Maldives are strong words but from our experience and also other travelers it seems to be Angsana Ihru has one of the best snorkel experiences in the North Male Atoll.Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru goes next on our ranking followed by Vilamendhoo resort that we visited last year.Angsana Ihru Angsna Ihr…

What to do in Angsana Velavaru
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What to do in Angsana Velavaru

Last year when I first visited Maldives, there was one activity that I wanted to try and we didn't get to do it in the time we were in the islands, and that is the Castaway Private Island Picnic. But this year we couldn't leave without doing it, at Angsana Velavaru they took us on a 15min boat trip to an inhabited island near the hotel to enjoy during 6 ho…

Angsana Velavaru resort: the turtle island
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Angsana Velavaru resort: the turtle island

Angsana Velavaru is an idyllic island located in the South Nilandhe Atoll, approximately 140 kilometers southwest of the main island of Malé in the Maldives and it has 79 rooms and 33 in ocean villas. Your arrival will be in a seaplane that takes around 40 minutes from Malé, an incredible experience if it is your first time in the Maldives to see the turqu…

Meeru island in the Maldives
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Meeru island in the Maldives

Meeru island was our last destination to visit before coming from the Maldives, and it was probably our most relaxing spot, very much needed about days of snorkelling in Vilamendhoo following manta rays, whale sharks and sea turtles. Relaxing in our water villa in MeeruHaving a water villa for yourself is something you see in the agency catalogues, but it i…

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Budget for a cheap holiday to Maldives

A holiday in Maldives doesn't have to be very expensive if you don't want to, the Maldives is a country known to be a honeymoon destination and also a luxury one but there are plenty of cheap holiday options in the Maldives for all budgets. In our stay, we have been in three different islands in three atolls, and each of them has different features and pric…

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Snorkelling in the Maldives

The Maldives is a country famous for its paradise beaches, white sand but also for its sea life. There are plenty of animals in the sea but there is no need to dive if you don't want to, snorkelling is more than enough to see whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, parrot fishes and much more.Maldives is the paradise for diving lovers, but it is not the easi…

10 things you didnt know about the Maldives
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10 things you didnt know about the Maldives

The Maldives are a country famous for its white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise water, but there are things about the country that are not so known and it is interesting to discover before travelling. 1.Bioluminescence effect Everybody knows that the sea in the Maldives is a stunning turquoise colour, but not everybody knows that the sea turns out …

Vilamendhoo island the best snorkelling in the Maldives
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Vilamendhoo island the best snorkelling in the Maldives

Vilamendhoo is a much smaller island in the Maldives comparing to Kuredu or Meeru, you can go around the island at a mid pace in around 30 minutes, so you can imagine its perimeter. The incredible thing about Vilamendhoo is the house reef, is one of the best well-preserved corals, a wide variety of corals and alive ones of different colors, white and reddis…

Kuredu island resort in Maldives
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Kuredu island resort in Maldives

Kuredu island resort is the first island we stayed at when we arrived in Maldives and it is owned by Crown and Champa resorts, we spent 3 days on it doing different activities and enjoying the facilities at the resort in the island. To arrive in the resort we had to get into a seaplane, it was my first time on one of those and it was incredible to be …

Essential guide to visit Maldives
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Essential guide to visit Maldives

Maldives is a paradise, you have probably seen fifty shades of blue in different pictures with a sea that looks like an infinity pool. Maldives is a country that has 1200 islands on it, so to choose where to go it is a big part of the decision making. All the islands are encircled by a lagoon, what makes them have this crystal clear water that can be seen f…