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A 20 minutes flight in a seaplane is necessary to reach Moofushi Island from Male, Maldives’ capital city. Moofushi is a private island: the only ones enjoying its waters are guests in the luxurious hotel Constance Moofushi.
You can basically explore the whole atoll (external rim and internal reefs), but it is more prudent to stay away from its western part, where waves can be strong. As always with atolls, the external side (turned towards the open sea) is home to more aquatic life. It is also the only place where bigger pelagic species such as manta rays can be seen.
One of the most accessible and nice areas to explore on Moofushi is located around the seaplanes pontoon. Enter the water from the beach and swim towards the reef’s edge.
For the nicest experience, you will swim along the several-hundred-meters long reef drop-off. The reef is mainly made of stony coral, including lots of acropora in which hundreds of blue chromis and red anthias like to hide. In this area you will see many sea anemones inhabited by small groups of Maldives clownfish.
Maldives clownfish at Moofushi island
Turtles (usually hawksbill sea turtles) often pay a visit to the reef drop-off; they are quite easy to spot here.
Keep the pontoon at a distance and don’t go further than the drop-off. If you want to snorkel elsewhere around the island, ask the reception clerk for advice. You will be oriented to the best suited spots depending on sea conditions.
Restaurants & accommodation
All Constance Moofushi guests enjoy full board accommodation.
Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.
Type of spot
Level of difficultyAll level
Water entranceEasy, from a sandy beach
Public toilets & showersYes