Explore the some of the best house reefs in the Maldives30 Sep 2019
Whichever Maldives resort you choose, dreams of white sand, turquoise lagoons and beautiful accommodation will be realized – but, if you’re a diver or snorkeller, you’ll want an abundance of marine life on the doorstep too and a great house reef makes that possible. Just as each resort island has a character of its own, every Maldives house reef is unique and no one knows them better than the dive instructors and snorkel guides that call them home, so we asked the Prodivers teams across the Maldives to share what they love about their house reefs…
Komandoo’s House reef is very close to shore so is easily accessible; the huge variety of life there makes it an incredible experience for those who get the chance to snorkel or dive it. Moray eels, triggerfish, porcupine fish, pufferfish, parrotfish, surgeonfish, giant trevally, tuna, grouper, barracuda, snapper, butterfly fish, eagle rays, stingrays and many, many more await! Hawksbill turtles can easily be spotted feeding, swimming and resting. Komandoo House reef is also very interesting when explored at night, when lots of different kinds of shrimps and other nocturnal creatures emerge from the reef.
On Kuredu’s house reef we have a shipwreck accessible for divers and snorkellers with an abundance of fish life including schooling jacks and fusiliers, which are common sightings here. There’s a chance of finding turtles, grey reef and blacktip reef sharks, as well as the usual suspects like lionfish, moray eels and octopus. The house reef is also a remarkable site for night diving, often with sightings of sleeping turtles, and a good chance of spotting some of the smaller critters such as flatworms, shrimps and luminescent plankton.
Accessible by boat, Innahura’s shallow house reef boasts interesting coral formations with neon fusiliers, colourful parrotfish, triggerfish, butterflyfish, octopus, moray eels and hawksbill turtles while stingrays can be found sleeping on the sandy bottom. Come and join us for an easy-going night dive on our house reef and witness lobsters walking across the reef!
Lily Beach is located in the middle of a channel so from time to time we have strong currents flowing along our house reef. For this reason, the island has multiple entries and exits along the reef on both sides of the island so it is perfect for drift diving. Along the wall are lots of small things to discover but always remember to keep an eye looking into the blue water – eagle rays and white tip reef sharks are regular visitors.
The most interesting part of our house reef is easily accessible from the main jetty, ideal both for snorkellers and divers and it’s full of underwater creatures of all sizes! We almost always have sea turtles around, as well as pufferfish, porcupinefish, and families of anemonefish. When you’re not checking out the nurse sharks and other harmless reef sharks that visit the reef you can admire the giant clams, pink sea stars or colourful schools of parrotfish. When snorkelling or diving at night, watch out for octopus, lionfish and the hunting giant moray eels!
Hurawalhi’s house reef is truly beautiful! It is covered with fusiliers, snappers and bannerfish that can be found all around the island in the shallows. What’s special about Hurawalhi is also the mobula ray cleaning station, located at a section of the reef we call Aquarium. This is where these fascinating fish go to have their bodies cleaned by the cleaner wrasses. In the lagoon and around the edge of the reef it is also common to see juvenile lemon sharks hunting glassfish. The rare ornate eagle ray is spotted quite frequently by the front jetty of the island and around the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant.
Come and explore some of the Maldives’ amazing house reefs with us soon!