Magnificent Snorkelling in Kuramathi island Maldives!

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Meeting with spotted Eagle rays

I had snorkelling at least 6 hours a day during 10 days enjoying the magnificent marine creatures(small and big stuff,regenerating corals) of this veritable wonder of nature.

I was only! bitten 4 times by a Titan Triggerfish,which has done it because of the fish feeding or perhaps I was too close of its nest?In Maldives ,the snorkelling is amazing and for me,who cannot no more dive because of my ears,I have found there a kind of Paradise.My last snorkelling in Bali,Lombok,Samoa,Vanuatu,even Fiji were finally average in comparison with done there!I have seen there big stuff like sharks,stingrays,humphead wrasses,trevallies...I'm only sorry about I haven't seen any turtle!(this time!).

The El Nino in 1998 raised suddenly the temperatures around Maldives atolls by as much five degrees Celsius and the corals expelled then their algae which feed them and died;as up to 90% of the Maldivian corals have been least and are bleached BUT fortunately the local reef is on the way to regeneration.

snorkelling with the shark

The best spot of snorkelling on Kuramathi island is between the Waterbungalows 250 to 280:we were lucky to be in the 255!Under its stairs lies a gentle moray but the water there is a little cloudy and it houses also a Guineafowl pufferfish.

As usual,early morning and at dusk are the best times for snorkelling.

There are 7 channels through the house reef providing a snorkelling even at low tide,but be cautious and hold your stomach in!I didn't meet there stong currents but occasional ones exist!

I had despite our light luggage(only one hand luggage each) my own mask,snorkel,fins,toothpaste as antimist,and as camera a light(150 g without its battery) Canon Ixus 850 IS with its housing,cautious I have brought also my Aquapac disposal!

To avoid sunburn and protect from minor scraps against the corals I had got a Lycra teeshirt and pants but next time,I'll bring also my socks and a wig!

According to a reliable French snorkeller,the 25 usd snorkelling safari is a waste of money!

I try to give the English name of the fishes,but there is great variation in the usage of English names:according to the book of Dr.

I couldn't be bitten by this gentle moray!
R.Charles Anderson,Reef Fishes of the Maldives,I give the name commonly used in Maldives.

I have also the use of the excellent book of Gerald Allen,Roger Steene,Paul Human and Ned Deloach:Reef Fish Identification,Tropical Pacific.

I'll put LATER CAPTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

edregin says:
Wow! It's really nice to know you had a good stay in my host country' Your photos from snorkeling are awesome! :D
Posted on: Jan 17, 2011
JP-NED says:
Perfect pictures.
realy great.
Posted on: May 30, 2009
cocottedepolliat says:
Maintenant j'ai envie d'aller aux Maldives!!!
Posted on: May 03, 2009
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Meeting with spotted Eagle rays
snorkelling with the shark
I couldn't be bitten by this gent…
shark meeting
Blacktip reef shark
Blacktip reef shark
Blacktip reef shark
Blacktip reef shark
Blacktip shark
Blacktip shark
Blacktip reef shark
Blacktip reef shark
Blactip reef shark
Blactip reef shark
Blacktip reef shark and Bluefin Tr…
Blacktip reef shark and Bluefin T…
Humphead wrasse and Bluefin Treval…
Humphead wrasse and Bluefin Treva…
Napoleon Wrasse and Trevallies
Napoleon Wrasse and Trevallies
Napoleon Wrasse and Bluefin Treval…
Napoleon Wrasse and Bluefin Treva…
Bluefin Trevallies
Bluefin Trevallies
Bluefin Trevally
Bluefin Trevally
Spotted Eagle Rays
Spotted Eagle Rays
Spotted Eagle Rays
Spotted Eagle Rays
Spotted Eagle Rays
Spotted Eagle Rays
stingray
stingray
Spotted Eagle Ray
Spotted Eagle Ray
Spotted Eagle Ray
Spotted Eagle Ray
stingrays
stingrays
Pufferfish:I saw lots of them,but …
Pufferfish:I saw lots of them,but…
Guineafowl Pufferfish
Guineafowl Pufferfish
Pufferfish
Pufferfish
Is it a Porcupinefish?
Is it a Porcupinefish?
Pufferfish?Spotted Burrfish?
Pufferfish?Spotted Burrfish?
Is it a Porcupinefish?
Is it a Porcupinefish?
Pufferfish or Porcupinefish?
Pufferfish or Porcupinefish?
Pufferfish,colour quite variable:g…
Pufferfish,colour quite variable:…
Black-spotted Pufferfish
Black-spotted Pufferfish
Black-spotted Pufferfish
Black-spotted Pufferfish
Guineafowl Pufferfish
Guineafowl Pufferfish
Black-spooted Pufferfish
Black-spooted Pufferfish
Pufferfish or Porcupinefish?
Pufferfish or Porcupinefish?
Guineafowl Pufferfish,one lies und…
Guineafowl Pufferfish,one lies un…
Trompetfish
Trompetfish
Flutemouth
Flutemouth
Trompetfishes
Trompetfishes
Trompetfish
Trompetfish
Heads detail
Head's detail
Trompetfish with Surgeonfishes?
Trompetfish with Surgeonfishes?
Trumpetfish and Regal Angelfish
Trumpetfish and Regal Angelfish
the same with a Powder-blue Surgeo…
the same with a Powder-blue Surge…
Regal Angelfish
Regal Angelfish
Regal Angelfish
Regal Angelfish
Powder-blue Surgeonfish
Powder-blue Surgeonfish
couple of Powder-blue Surgeon fish…
couple of Powder-blue Surgeon fis…
Moorish idol
Moorish idol
Moorish Idols
Moorish Idols
Black-and-white Snapper
Black-and-white Snapper
Black-and-white Snapper
Black-and-white Snapper
Oriental Sweetlips
Oriental Sweetlips
Oriental Sweetlips
Oriental Sweetlips
Swarthy Parrotfish
Swarthy Parrotfish
Dusky Parrotfish
Dusky Parrotfish
Dusky Parrotfish
Dusky Parrotfish
Clown Triggerfish
Clown Triggerfish
Clown Triggerfish
Clown Triggerfish
Titan Triggerfish:I was bitten 4 t…
Titan Triggerfish:I was bitten 4 …
2 titan Triggerfishes
2 titan Triggerfishes
Orange-striped Triggerfish
Orange-striped Triggerfish
Picasso Triggerfish
Picasso Triggerfish
Bicolour Parrotfish,juvenile??
Bicolour Parrotfish,juvenile??
Bicolour Parrotfish,juvenile??
Bicolour Parrotfish,juvenile??
Peacok Rock Cod
Peacok Rock Cod
Peacok Rock Cod
Peacok Rock Cod
Peacok Rock cod
Peacok Rock cod
Rock Cod
Rock Cod
Double-saddled Butterflyfish
Double-saddled Butterflyfish
Longnose Butterflyfish
Longnose Butterflyfish
Chevron Butterflyfish
Chevron Butterflyfish
Meyers Butterflyfish
Meyer's Butterflyfish
Spotted Butterflyfish
Spotted Butterflyfish
Citron Butterflyfish
Citron Butterflyfish
Racoon Butterflyfish
Racoon Butterflyfish
Collared Butterflyfishes
Collared Butterflyfishes
Collared Butterflyfishes
Collared Butterflyfishes
Collared Butterflyfish
Collared Butterflyfish
Double-saddled Butterflyfish
Double-saddled Butterflyfish
Oval Butterflyfish
Oval Butterflyfish
Oval Butterflyfish
Oval Butterflyfish
Bennetts Butterflyfish,
Bennett's Butterflyfish,
Kleins Butterflyfish
Klein's Butterflyfish
Indian bannerfish
Indian bannerfish
Indian Bannerfish
Indian Bannerfish
Yellowhead butterflyfish
Yellowhead butterflyfish
Humpack Unicornfishes,male followe…
Humpack Unicornfishes,male follow…
Humpack Unicornfish female without…
Humpack Unicornfish female withou…
Humpack Unicornfish,male
Humpack Unicornfish,male
Unicornfish
Unicornfish
Spotted Unicornfish
Spotted Unicornfish
Fivestripe Wrasse
Fivestripe Wrasse
Fivestripe Wrasse
Fivestripe Wrasse
Sabre Squirrelfish
Sabre Squirrelfish
Crown Squirrelfish playing hide-an…
Crown Squirrelfish playing hide-a…
Soldierfish??
Soldierfish??
Sabre Squirrelfish
Sabre Squirrelfish
Whiptail Stingray
Whiptail Stingray
Yellow-bande Pipefish
Yellow-bande Pipefish
Yellow-banded pipefish
Yellow-banded pipefish
Yellow-banded Pipefishheads detail
Yellow-banded Pipefishhead's detail
Blackspot Emperor
Blackspot Emperor
Lionfish
Lionfish
Bird Wrasse
Bird Wrasse
Coral Rabbitfish
Coral Rabbitfish
Checkerboard Wrasse
Checkerboard Wrasse
Moray
Moray
Moray
Moray
The moray under our Waterbungalow
The moray under our Waterbungalow
Lined Surgeonfish
Lined Surgeonfish
Lined Surgeonfish
Lined Surgeonfish
Lined Surgeonfish
Lined Surgeonfish
Four-saddle Grouper
Four-saddle Grouper
Ember Parrotfish?
Ember Parrotfish?
Convict Surgeonfish
Convict Surgeonfish
Sailfin Tang
Sailfin Tang
Bicolor Parrotfish
Bicolor Parrotfish
Bicolor Parrotfish
Bicolor Parrotfish
Parrotfish and Fivestripe Wrasse
Parrotfish and Fivestripe Wrasse
Roundhead Parrotfish
Roundhead Parrotfish
Bicolor Parrotfish
Bicolor Parrotfish
Parrotfish
Parrotfish
Parrotfish
Parrotfish
Bicolor Parrotfish
Bicolor Parrotfish
Parrotfish
Parrotfish
Bridled Parrotfish
Bridled Parrotfish
Broomtail Wrasse?
Broomtail Wrasse?
Broomtail Wrasse?
Broomtail Wrasse?
Yellowmargin Triggerfish
Yellowmargin Triggerfish
Surge Damselfish
Surge Damselfish
Indian Triggerfish
Indian Triggerfish
Kuramathi island
photo by: bernard69