Snorkeling at the St Regis Maldives

Mention the Maldives and images of pristine turquoise blue waters come to mind. Overwater bungalows with direct jump-in access to the water and romantic sunsets are commonplace in this island paradise.

While it’s on almost everyone’s wish list, getting there can be a challenge. Flights are often ridiculously expensive and once you DO get to the islands, a barrage of expensive hotels with overpriced meals await. Never mind the flight distance involved, those expensive factors are enough to turn some people off and have them looking for cheaper destinations.

Lonely Palm Tree

Getting to paradise and back doesn’t have to cost a fortune. We booked a ridiculous, normally unattainable luxury vacation valued at almost $46,000 for a grand total of $1,818… for two people!

Considering that’s usually the price of a regular coach class ticket to the Maldives, that’s one heck of a steal.

In the series of posts to follow, we’re going to walk you through all the experiences that we enjoyed on this trip. While most people would consider this once-in-a-lifetime, with just a little legwork and dedication you can have a luxury getaway to make Instagram followers drool with envy.

Our $46,000 vacation to the Maldives for only $1,818

The Watersports Center

Non motorized watersports are free of charge on the island, and the best one of those is, without a doubt, snorkeling.

If you have an overwater villa, you can just walk straight down the stairs from your villa into the pristine crystal clear ocean waters and go look for fun critters all around.

St Regis Maldives Suite Stairs to Snorkel

If you are in one of the beach villas or the garden villas, you can walk or bike to the watersports center (more than likely a 3 minute walk/bike away).

There’s always a few staff members here to help you with snorkel equipment rentals or get you squared away with a SCUBA certification class.

Need a hat, GoPro, or swimming clothes? Oh, they’ll have them here, but be prepared to pay out the ear for them.

Once you get your gear situated a quick 10-second walk leads you to the beach and the house reef. Just walk out into the water and before you know it you’re in a water wonderland!

If you head out just a few meters into the water the reef drops off and you can see into the deep of the sea. That’s where all the big fish hang out.

Borrow the snorkeling gear and head back to your overwater villa. If you’re feeling up for it, you could always go for a little night snorkel. The lights under your villa attract little bugs which in turn attract fish that eat the bugs off the top of the water. You don’t even need to head into the water to enjoy the view. Just throw your legs over the edge and watch the feeding frenzy all night long.

Author: Jon Nickel-D'Andrea

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  1. good overview of the snorkeling. Got any underwater pictures?

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