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Yacht Charter Maldives

The Maldives are a geological marvel, with the exposed top of a submerged mountain ridge forming more than 1000 low lying coral islands in the Indian Ocean, with an average height above sea level of just three to six feet.

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  • Island resorts
  • Outstanding scuba diving
  • Pristine secluded beaches

Sailing vacations Maldives

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This makes the Maldives an island hopping paradise, where you can discover sparkling sandy beaches, unspoiled lagoons and sandbars surrounded by colorful coral reefs teeming with marine life. 

After flying into the capital city of Malé, explore the delightful atolls of Ari, Baa and Raa. Or, from Hulhumale Lagoon, sail to the islands of Dhiggiri, Meerufenfushi, Guraidhoo and Maadhoo Finolhu.

Nature lovers will find plenty to see while on their Maldives yacht charter as this enchanting tropical paradise is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including gentle whale sharks, sea turtles, starfish and gekkos.

While on your yacht charter Maldives, be sure to visit the lagoon on Meerufenfushi, known as one of the jewels of the Indian Ocean. At this special place you’ll find a natural pool fringed by an idyllic beach, where you can take shelter from the sun under the palms and let your worries disappear.

Available charter types


For experienced sailors, a bareboat charter is the perfect getaway.


Relax and leave all the sailing to a professional skipper.

Easy crewed

The simplest, hassle-free way to charter a crewed private yacht.

Fully crewed

Your own private yacht for an all-inclusive luxury sailing vacation.

Cabin cruise

Reserve a private ensuite stateroom on a modern catamaran.


Low package rates for island-hopping aboard a sailing yacht.


Get closer to nature on the perfect self-catering Caribbean vacation.

Power Catamaran

Cruise faster and see more on the perfect charter boat.

Things to do in the Maldives

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Visit Meedho on the Raa Atoll

Meedho has a small population of around 1,700 people. Spend an evening ashore among these warm and friendly locals for a true taste of Dhivehi culture, during your Maldives yacht charter.

Relax on Maarikilu, Baa Atoll

Tropical flora and fauna abound on this blissful, uninhabited atoll. With so many things to do in the Maldives, make sure you keep an eye out for sea turtles that were released here as part of a conservation effort.

Snorkel Shahjahan Sandbank

This sandbank is home to a spectacular coral reef, perfect for a morning of snorkeling or diving. You may even encounter graceful gliding manta rays that are often seen here.

Kayak around Innafushi, Baa Atoll

Also known as ‘Picnic Island’, tiny Innafushi is a picture-perfect uninhabited island with idyllic white sand beaches just made for  a day of pure relaxation. Or go kayaking and snorkeling in sparkling clear waters.

Weather insights

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When is the best time to visit the Maldives?

Close to the equator, the Maldives are warm and sunny all year round, with average temperatures at around 81ºF-86ºF. The best time for your sailing vacation to the Maldives is between December and April, when there is lower humidity. November is the wettest month and the peak months are January to March.

Sailing the Maldives with Dream Yacht Charter

Maldives by the cabin charters

Leave the planning, sailing and cooking to us with a by the cabin charter. Reserve your own private cabin and bathroom while we show you the best of Maldives.

Luxury crewed charters Maldives

Discover the Maldives on the ultimate luxury all-inclusive sailing vacation with your own private yacht and crew. Personalize the menu and itinerary while we take care of everything else.

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Maldives sailing itinerary

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Maldives wildlife yacht charter 8-day itinerary Maldives

Day 1

Arrive at Banana Reef (North Male’ Atoll), a superb snorkeling site where visitors often see manta rays. Set sail towards the South Male’ Atoll and anchor in front of Gulhi Island. Dinner will be served at the anchorage there.

Day 2

Visit Gulhi Island and its peaceful little fishing village, where you’ll also see a small shipyard building local boats. Discover a paradise on earth, lunching at anchorage, swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. Then sail towards the Ari Atoll and moor in front of Bodu Kaashi Huraa – an uninhabited island surrounded by a reef with abundance of marine life. Spend your evening anchored here.

Day 3

Visit Omadhoo Island’s fishing village with its beautiful white and green houses, which are embellished with well-kept gardens of breadfruit and mango trees. Take a walk through the village, pass through a small shadowed forest, and arrive at a shimmering white sand beach. After lunch, sail towards Meerufenfushi, one of the most breathtaking islands in the Maldives sheltered by a small lagoon.

Day 4

Come to the reef near Lily Beach at South Ari Atoll. In the morning, swim, kayak, snorkel, and relax. After breakfast, sail towards Raiy Dhiggaa or Dhiggiri – a private island with only two habitants. Both the islands are great spots to collect some shells and admire the elegant sea birds.

Day 5

Spend the early morning doing water sports or simply relaxing in paradise. After breakfast, sail towards Ranveli Beach Resorts. Guests can use the amenities of the resort such as the beach, the surrounding lagoon for snorkeling, and the restaurant and bars. In the late afternoon the boat will sail for Daghetti Island, where the small village seems to be pleasantly stuck in time. Eat dinner at anchorage.

Day 6

After breakfast, visit the village on Daghetti and its local history museum. Boutiques abound, but the true pride of the habitants is a huge, ancient banyan tree. After lunch, sail towards the South Male’ Atoll. Snorkel or relax on the sandbank, then cruise to Guraidhoo Island to visit the souvenir shops.

Day 7

Stay on Guraidhoo for breakfast, swimming, and snorkeling, then cruise to Maadhoo Finolhu (South Male’ Atoll) or Kud Bandos (North Malé Atoll).

Day 8

Hulhumale Lagoon

Maldives coast town 11-day itinerary Maldives

Day 1

Begin your cruise from Hulhumale’, cruising towards the Kuda Bandos sand bank or Kuda Wataru sand bank. Then, you can spend the rest of the day snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing on the beach. Spend your first night in paradise here.

Day 2

After breakfast, sail for about an hour and arrive at the sand bar Kuda Wataru. Enjoy snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing on the beach. After lunch, move to Boduhithi Finolhu (another sand bank) for more water sports and lounging. Eat dinner at Ziyaaraiy Fushi overlooking the lagoon, then sail overnight toward the Goidhoo Atoll.

Day 3

Arrive at the Shahjahan sand bank: snorkeling paradise, where visitors often spot manta rays. After lunch, anchor at the uninhabited Innafushi Island. Swim, kayak, snorkel, or relax on the beach.

Day 4

Muthaafushi (Baa Atoll) – After breakfast, you will sail towards Muthaafushi – another perfect spot for water sports and lounging on the beach. Spend the night at this peaceful anchorage.

Day 5

After breakfast, sail to Maarikilu, an uninhabited island covered in tropical vegetation and surrounded by a lively lagoon. While there, you can explore the island’ s beach and enjoy snorkeling, swimming, or kayaking. Sail toward Meedhoo in the evening. Walk through the bustling streets and spend the night in the village.

Day 6

Sail to Kotte Faru, an uninhabited island, after breakfast. After lunch, move on to Vandhoo, another amazing island where you can snorkel and explore. In the late afternoon, sail for Rasmaadhoo Island to explore the local village.

Day 7

Make your way to the uninhabited island of Dhoragail. There, you can explore the island’s beach and enjoy snorkeling, swimming, or kayaking. After lunch, move towards Gemana Finolhu, where you can take a walk on the beach and gaze at the beautiful lagoon.

Day 8

After breakfast, arrive at Funadhoo. Visit the island and snorkel in the unspoiled lagoon. After lunch, sail to another beautiful island, Unoodhoo. Spend the night at anchor in front of Royal Island.

Day 9

Sail to the Royal Island sand bank, where you can enjoy fantastic snorkeling around the beautiful coral reef or relax on the beach. Then cruise towards Eydhafushi village and explore the island before dinner on the boat.

Day 10

After breakfast, arrive at Eriyadhoo Island or Cuculu sand bank, where you can go snorkeling on the beautiful reef. During lunch, start cruising towards your final destination.

Day 11

Hulhumale Lagoon

Useful information for yacht charters in Maldives

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How do I get to the Maldives from the US?

Fly to Velana International Airport (MLE) from New York’s JFK, via Dubai International Airport (DXB) with Emirates Airline, or from Los Angeles airport (LAX) with Singapore Airlines via Singapore Changi Airport (SIN). 

Transfers from the airport to the marina are by bus then local boat (Boston Whaler) which takes around 25 minutes.

What language is spoken in the Maldives?

The language spoken in the Maldives is Maldivian, also known as Dhivehi. However, English is widely spoken.

What is the currency for Maldives?

The currency in the Maldives is the Maldivian Rufiyaa.

What documents do I need to sail the Maldives?

A valid US passport and visa are required to visit the Maldives.

Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel.

How do I get around the Maldives?

Transfers are by bus, then local boat from the airport to Hulhumale Lagoon, where our yachts are located.

What is the Wi-Fi like in the Maldives?

There is internet access via cafes, ports and Wi-Fi hotspots. During your Maldives yacht charter you can also purchase sim cards and top up cards.

What regulations are there in the Maldives?

Topless bathing and nudity is strictly forbidden in the Maldives. Covering your head and shoulders in public is recommended to respect the local culture.

Where can I find weather forecasts for the Maldives?

You can find Maldives weather forecasts on the Meteorology website.

What baggage can I take on my Maldives sailing vacation?

Please only take soft bags and not suitcases as they are too cumbersome on board.

What is the electrical current in the Maldives?

The electrical current in Maldives is 240V.

What is the dialing code for the Maldives?

The dialing code for Maldives is +960.

Why should I book with Dream Yacht?

Dream Yacht Worldwide is now the world’s leading yacht charter company and offers you:

  • A diverse fleet of yachts with a wide variety of models and manufacturers to suit every type of sailor.
  • We have +60 exciting destinations and we’re a pioneer in finding new sailing grounds.
  • You can be assured of our commitment to customer service excellence.
  • You’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome from our base teams who will share regional tips, recommendations and advice.
  • We’re also a trusted seller of new and used boats and an innovator in charter management options – sailing is our business.

What licenses do I need to hire a yacht and sail myself?

The skipper of a yacht has primary responsibility for the safety of the crew and yacht at all times. Many destinations require just relevant experience demonstrated by a sailing resume.

To charter in the Mediterranean, it is mandatory that you hold a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities for bareboat charters in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Malta, Montenegro and Turkey. Other destinations that require a license include Madagascar, Seychelles, Thailand, Brazil and Sweden. For Belize, the port authority will issue a certificate of competency and an application is made on arrival.

You must take your proof of competency and original certificate with you on your charter. We advise you to contact our team about your qualifications and destination requirements before booking.

By accepting the yacht contract you are confirming that you and/or members of your crew are capable and competent to sail the yacht in the conditions and cruising area of the charter. We reserve the right not to hand over the yacht if, after inspection, it is the opinion that the charterer is not, or may not be competent to be in charge of the vessel.

What is a skippered yacht charter?

A skippered yacht charter is when you rent one of our boats for you and your guests and a professional skipper sails it for you. No sailing experience is needed.

You will need to choose a yacht with a cabin for your skipper to sleep in as they are responsible for your yacht for the duration of your charter. We will find the skipper for you once you have found your perfect destination and yacht.

You will need to pay for your skipper’s food. You can invite the skipper to dine with you on board or out at a local restaurant.

What is the difference between crewed and by the cabin charters?

Our by the cabin charter charters offer exciting destination tours on a set itinerary crafted by our destination experts. You can book a double cabin and private bathroom and will share the boat with other guests who have booked the other available cabins. You will be looked after by a professional skipper and hostess with itineraries ranging from three to 11 nights. There is a set menu and included meals and drinks vary depending on location.

Can you tell me about your yachts?

Our super premier yachts are less than 12 months old from their first charter date, while premier yachts are less than three years old from their first charter date. Our yachts are well maintained and undergo regular, scheduled technical inspection.

In case of emergency, you can rely on our hotline, at any time, seven days a week. If you experience a technical failure affecting major and important parts of the yacht, we will repair the failure within four hours of receiving your call during working hours (8am to 5pm). If you lose more than four hours (during working hours), we will compensate you for one full day. If the repair takes more than one day, we will provide you with a similar boat or compensate you on a pro-rata basis. If restrictions to this guarantee apply in specific areas, this will be detailed during the charter check-in at the base.

Do I need insurance?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits. Please make sure you have personal travel insurance that covers sailing.

We will insure the vessel throughout the charter with first-class insurers against all risks, to provide permission to charter as under contract terms and to cover third-party liability.

The following options are available in limited locations:

  • Security Deposit: This varies on the size of the boat and when the boat is returned without damage it is refunded.
  • Damage Waiver: The charterer agrees to pay a non-refundable damage waiver at the time of booking, as well as a reduced damage deposit on embarkation that is refundable upon completion of the charter should no damage occur.

Ever considered a Cabin Cruise?

As pioneers in the industry, Dream Yacht was one of the first to develop the Cabin Cruise concept. It’s an ideal choice for solo or couples travelers seeking relaxed adventure, exotic destinations, and unique local cultures in an intimate, social setting – in comfort at sea.

Our promise

Private accommodations

Comfortable and private standard double cabins with ensuite bathroom

Curated itineraries

Experience world-class destinations, local culture and excursions with our expertly curated itineraries


An affordable and intimate experience without the need to book an entire yacht or provide sailing qualifications

Vetted crew

Enjoy our professional crew with a strong local knowledge and friendly service

Full board meals

Enjoy fresh and delicious cuisine prepared and served daily

Choose your mood

Relax on deck socializing with fellow travelers, kayak or snorkel from your yacht, or enjoy exploring ashore

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Simply wonderful! Fred + Isabelle were so accommodating and did so much for us. Isabelle’s food was incredible. Thank you so much!


Exumas Cabin

Great class. Very professional and great service!


Antigua Bareboat

Just what we needed to get out of a year of lockdown, see new places and connect with nature. Highly recommended for your next sailing adventure!


St. Martin Bareboat

Excellent cruise and wonderful stay on board. Skipper attentive, very pleasant and very professional.


Guadeloupe Skippered

I have just returned from another fantastic week of sailing at your base in Pula and would like to thank everyone involved for making this possible at such short notice and without any problems.


Guadeloupe Bareboat

The marina itself is a perfect base with super facilities! The Lagoon 42 was in good condition and the skipper was fantastic and knew the area very well.


Croatia Skippered

What an EXCELLENT experience. We just returned from a week long charter with skipper from Corfu, sailing around the beautiful islands of the Ionian Sea. Paxos, Antipaxos and the old town of Corfu were beautiful and the secluded bays we got to visit thanks to our local skipper Nicholas were simply stunning. Fly and Flops was yesterday – we will only charter with Dream Yacht for the foreseeable future.


Greece Skippered

Our group of 10 had a WONDERFUL time in French Polynesia from May 21-28, 2022! The food was fantastic: captain and cook, husband and wife: Henry and Mehee (sp) were amazing and the whole experience on board was a dream! We can’t wait to book another trip through Dream Yacht


Tahiti Crewed Premium

Dream Yacht provided a great sailing experience for my extended family on 2 monohulls from Scrub Island. The boats were in very good condition and perfectly prepared, the staff friendly and helpful. I had worked for a number of charter companies over the years but Dream Yacht is one of the


British Virgin Islands Bareboat

I am in the Maldives right now and having the time of my life. Captain Jack and the crew are professional, safe and fun! The boat is optimal and the food is delicious. The chef even bakes CAKE! The beds are surprisingly comfortable and we sleep 9 hours every night. If you like island hopping, there is no better option than Dream Yacht. We will be booking Tahiti next year.


Maldives Cabin

The new boat was in perfect condition and best condition for exploring bays and islands. I could never have imagined that this could be so much fun and enjoyable and we are already looking forward to the next upcoming trip in the Ionian


Scandinavia Bareboat

Baja is now my favorite place. There was something for everyone: sailing under northerly winds with mostly calm evenings, snorkeling, fishing, secluded sandy beaches, pelican feedings, being greeted by barking sea lions, and exploring the geology of Ispiritu Santo Island. Dream Yacht Base La Paz provided competent professional support with a well-equipped and maintained boat. We were wonderfully cooked by an on-board chef arranged with Dream Yacht, which meant more free time for all of us. An unforgettable vacation and adventure connected with nature.


Mexico Crewed Premium

All the staff were fantastic and made our trip a memorable one. Incredibly friendly and welcoming, the food was fantastic. The service throughout the trip was always top notch!


Thailand Cabin

Absolutely recommendable. Perfect service. Will charter again and recommend Dream Yacht Charter anytime.


Turkey Bareboat

I just returned from 3 weeks of fantastic sailing with my family on one of your catamarans in Sardinia. My thanks to our skipper Simone and Daniela, our cook.


Sardinia Skippered

For a first cruise as a skipper, the Mediterranean is perfect. The service of Dream Yacht is too!


France Bareboat

We had an incredible trip and got engaged on our very first night of sailing! We will surely come back one day. We were beginners, we were guided very well and that gave us a lot of confidence.


Australia Bareboat

The experience on board far exceeded our expectations. Isabelle provided exceptional three course meals. Her creativity and delicious meals were incredible. Thomas was an excellent skipper, he “felt” our needs. Thanks guys!” Spira, bareboat with crew in New Caledonia.


New Caledonia Crewed Premium

Once again a fantastic sail with a great crew. Thanks again to a great captain and cook. Was totally fantastic.


Seychelles Cabin

A very excellent sailing vacation – especially the crew was fantastic. I would sail with Dream Yacht again and highly recommend them.


Guadeloupe Bareboat

I loved the vacation and am not sure this trip can ever be topped. Everything about it was incredible. The captain and crew were great, helpful, friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. We loved it.


Greece Crewed Premium

We just returned from one of your Lagoon 52F’s last week in St. Thomas! We had the trip of a lifetime sailing around St. Thomas and St. John!


US Virgin Islands Bareboat

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