The similarities between snorkeling and scuba diving are they both require a mask, snorkel and fins, together with an exposure suit to match the water temperature. Both allow you to enjoy the underwater world and are taught by all major diving organisations.
Non-swimmers cannot scuba dive in The Maldives, as it is a requirement to swim 200 metres (656 feet) to get certified as a scuba diver. You will probably be able to do a try dive in a swimming pool at your resort on “Discover Scuba”, but this will not allow you to dive on the reefs of The Maldives.
There are 35 Maldives liveaboards available for private charter, which means you charter the whole boat to yourself. Scuba dive the Maldives on a luxury dive boat with your own crew and with more flexibility over where you dive.
You can open your eyes in the ocean, and surprisingly the salt water doesn’t sting, but its very blurry underwater without wearing a mask. But what can happen if you open your eyes in the ocean with sand sediment, the sand can get in your eyes and this can hurt.
Sand found in the tropics is estimated to contain up to 85% fish poop from parrotfish. Parrotfish eat coral by scrapping it away and inevitably bite off much of the limestone coral skeleton too, as they eat the living coral. It is this limestone that passes through their gut and pooped out as sand.
Hammerhead sharks can be aggressive to humans, even when non provoked, and have attacked over 130 people, which resulted in 34 unprovoked fatalities. Tiger sharks are also aggressive hunters in the wild and can often be found hunting in the shallows off beaches in Florida.