Maldives: Swimming With Turtles

A 30-minute boat ride from the You & Me Resort takes you to the outer reef of the Raa Atoll, a place favored by sea turtles and even manta rays in season. Swimming above the reef wall, we probably counted around half a dozen turtles, some feeding at the bottom and some coming up for air – if you swim calmly they go just past you. There are 5 species of the turtles that can be see in the Maldives, we swam with the green turtles. The coral reef was rather bleached, but still plenty of fish. And we got super lucky and had a very brief encounter with a manga ray, that very quickly swam by. In fact, it was the first manta ray sighting in the northern Maldives this season.