Snorkel or Dive on Kuredu’s Unique House Reef12 Jun 2017
Whether you are a snorkeller or a diver, Kuredu has a lot to offer. Thanks to the island’s house reef, ocean discovery is right here on the doorstep.
One doesn’t necessarily have to join a boat excursion to experience good snorkelling and diving. Kuredu’s house reef is easily accessible from the resort’s jetty – don your equipment and get ready in the shade of the hut and off you go into the warm waters of the Maldives to experience the magic that lies beneath the surface. If the convenience alone doesn’t make you want to jump onto a plane right now, let us tell you more about what what you expect to see on Kuredu’s house reef.
Tiny, colourful nudibranchs and flamboyant mantis shrimps hide amongst the corals, schools of colourful reef fish move past hiding moray eels and resting stingrays. If you’re lucky, you may even spot cruising eagle rays and reef sharks swimming along the edge where the bottom starts to drop off. The house reef is also home to the magnificent octopus, one of nature’s more curious creatures.
Fun fact: Did you know that octopus change the colour and texture of their skin to camouflage themselves into their environment? Their skin colouration also reflects their mood. They are usually brown, but turn white when afraid, and red when angry.
We occasionally also get some special visitors: recently we spotted the extremely rare ornate eagle ray! These beautiful creatures grow to an impressive size, but are highly susceptible to a variety of fishing methods in exploited marine areas and are classified as endangered on the Red List of Threatened Species due to the decline of its population in the last five decades. So you can see why the guests who spotted it were pleasantly surprised by what they saw during their house reef fun dive!
If you feel that you need another type of adventure, don’t fret: there is also a shipwreck on the house reef, at which we often see a big napoleon wrasse, surrounded by the resident school of bat fish.
In case you feel a little bit worried to go out snorkelling by yourself, our snorkel guides are always happy to take you for the guided house reef tour that takes place three times a week. If you feel the deeper waters are not tickling your fancy, you can stay in the shallow lagoon just off the main beach and try to spot a turtle or two (they don’t mind the occasional selfie, but make sure you respect their space, and never, ever touch them!).
Similarly, if you don’t have a diving buddy, we can help you find one. If you’re a certified diver and it’s your first time diving on Kuredu, your orientation dive will also take place on the house reef; furthermore, the second dive of the Discover Scuba Diving will also be on the house reef, so even non-certified divers have a chance to experience it.
Are you coming to Kuredu this summer and wish to experience more for less? Don’t go past the summer special offer – we’re offering a generous discount on snorkelling trips and Discover Scuba Diving:
Snorkellers Summer Dream Special – Join our half day snorkelling boat trip and for each full paying guest the second person will receive 50% discount*. The boat trips offer an amazing opportunity to spot turtles, manta rays and lots of other marine life on the diverse reefs in the Lhaviyani Atoll.
Discover Scuba Diving – If you’ve never dived before but would like to try, the lagoon and shallow reefs around Kuredu are a great place to start. During the Discover Scuba Diving package our experienced and patient instructors will be with you every step (fin kick) of the way while you blow your first bubbles underwater and gain confidence with the equipment. Come along for a shared experience and the second person receives 25% when the first pays full price*.
*The snorkelling offer is not valid for children. Children up to the age of 12 already receive a 50% discount on half day snorkelling trips.
*Minimum age to join Discover Scuba Diving: 10 years. All participants are required to complete a medical questionnaire at check-in to the dive center.
*The Summer Special Offers are valid from 22nd May 2017 until 31st August 2017.