House reefs in the Maldives : 6 of our favourites

The Maldives, with its mesmerizing turquoise waters and vibrant marine life, is renowned for its stunning properties with their own house reefs. These underwater paradises are alive with a plethora of species from colourful reef fish to turtles and rays. Every property will offer diving trips but for snorkellers, having a house reef may – or may not be – important. Staying at a resort with a house reef where you can snorkel from the property itself, offers unparalleled opportunities to explore the wonders of the ocean. In this blog, we’ll delve into some of the properties with the best and most productive house reefs in the Maldives.

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A turtle on the house reef at Baros Island

Baros Island

Located in the heart of the North Malé Atoll and only a speedboat journey away from Male airport, Baros Island boasts one of the most spectacular house reefs in the Maldives. Teeming with colourful coral gardens and a diverse array of marine life, including vibrant reef fish, turtles, and even occasional reef sharks, this underwater wonderland offers endless opportunities for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.

Oblu Select Lobigili

Located in the South Malé Atoll, Oblu Select Lobigili is another gem known for its exceptional house reef. With crystal-clear waters and thriving coral formations, guests can swim alongside schools of tropical fish, spot elusive moray eels, and marvel at the intricate beauty of the reef structure. The resort also offers guided snorkelling excursions for those looking to explore the reef’s highlights.

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Colourful reef fish, Baros Island

Constance Halaveli

Situated in the North Ari Atoll, a seaplane flight will take you to Constance Halaveli. This luxury resort boasts a house reef that is nothing short of breathtaking. Home to a rich diversity of marine species, including majestic manta rays and graceful sea turtles, the reef offers unforgettable encounters for underwater enthusiasts. Guests can snorkel directly from the resort’s pristine beach or join guided snorkelling tours led by knowledgeable marine biologists.

Six Senses Laamu

Located in the remote Laamu Atoll, Six Senses Laamu is celebrated for its stunning house reef, which is teeming with life. From vibrant coral gardens to intricate underwater caves, the reef offers endless opportunities for exploration. Guests can snorkel alongside reef fish, encounter playful dolphins, and even spot elusive whale sharks during the right season. Experienced divers will relish the chance of going out with the resident marine biologists who are studying the manta rays in the area.

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Manta ray and reef fish at Six Senses Laamu

Makanudu Island

The island is surrounded by crystal-clear waters teeming with vibrant marine life, making it an ideal destination for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts. The house reef offers guests the opportunity to explore colourful coral gardens and encounter a variety of tropical fish species right off the shores of the island. With its rich underwater biodiversity and easy accessibility, the house reef at Makunudu adds to the allure of this tranquil island retreat.

Milaidhoo Island

Located in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, Milaidhoo, an adults only (minimum age of nine years) resort, is renowned for its magnificent house reef, offering guests an unparalleled opportunity to explore the vibrant underwater world right off the shores of the resort. Teeming with life, snorkellers can easily access the reef directly from the beach, immersing themselves in crystal-clear waters that are home to an array of tropical fish, vibrant coral gardens, and even majestic marine creatures such as turtles, reef sharks, and rays.

Guided snorkelling excursions led by knowledgeable marine biologists who provide insights into the reef’s ecosystem and point out interesting marine life along the way are also offered. Whether you’re a novice snorkeller or an experienced diver, the house reef at Milaidhoo offers endless opportunities for exploration and discovery.

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Snorkelling in the crystal clear waters, Makanudu Island


The Maldives’ house reefs are a treasure trove of natural beauty and biodiversity, offering guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in the wonders of the underwater world. These are just a handful of properties intended to illustrate the richness of the reefs and the diversity in style of the resorts with them. Whether snorkelling, diving, or simply soaking in the breathtaking views from the surface, exploring these reefs is an experience not to be missed. Each resort offers its own slice of paradise, promising unforgettable memories for all who visit.

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