The exposed top of a submerged mountain ridge, the Maldives is the lowest country on earth, with an average height above sea level of just one to three meters (three to six feet). The islands have long been a welcome sight on the horizon among mariners, positioned as they are along ancient trade routes and sea-lanes. Now, as then, sailors are welcomed by Maldivians and find shelter from the Indian Ocean among its countless protected, deep-water anchorages.
Maldivians trace their roots to several different cultures including South and Southeast Asians, Africans, and Arabians. Cultural diversity can be seen in everything from music to boat building. Music is frequently played with a local bodu-beru, or big drum, that is quite similar to African drumming. And the Maldivian dhoni, a sailboat built locally by skilled craftsmen, is strikingly similar to a dhow, the traditional Arabian sailing vessel. If your definition of paradise is a lifestyle stripped to the basic essentials of whether the sky is blue and the sun is shining and where the toughest question to answer is if the beach now astern is more beautiful than the one ahead, the Maldives is your destination. One word will suffice in describing the Maldives, Perfection.
“Everything was perfect during the whole week: the boat, the cruise, the food, the very kind and friendly crew.” -Sara and Luca (Maldives)
Pornography of any kind; idols of any religion; Pork, Alcohol are all banned.
Public observance of any religion other than Islam is prohibited. Shoulder and head coverings in public are recommended.
The climate of Maldives is warm year round, determined by the monsoons. However, being on the equator, the monsoons are mild and not as defined as in neighboring countries. Of the two monsoons, the southwest monsoon from May to October brings some rain and wind. The northeast monsoon, from November to April, is the dry season with very little wind. The temperature varies little.
The west coast is drier than the east coast and the central highlands. The far south and southwest receives minimal rainfall and is a semi-desert. The east coast is hot and humid during the rainy season and receives the most rainfall. This region also may be hit by cyclones between February and March. Along the coast temperatures range from 27°C/81°F to 32°C/90°F in the wet season and 18°C/64°F to 22°C/72°F in the dry season.
The extreme northern part of the Maldives has a wind climate featuring a steady westerly from May through August and a northeasterly from December through February. The ocean wind speeds during June, July, and August are from 11.5 k to 14.4 k. The northeast is of 7.5 k to 9.5 k from December through February. September and October have significantly stronger northwest winds than March and April.
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 the 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 Dhigghiri – 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 Ranvaeli 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 sand bank, 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 (Noth Male’ Atoll).
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.
Access and Location Transfers
By Bus then local boat (Boston whaler) (25 mn from the airport to Hulhumale Lagoon)
The meteorological bulletins can be obtained by internet on weather report Maldives or call 331 7171 “Dial Weather” to hear weather bulletin. http://www.meteorology.gov.mv
The central market of the capital island Male is within 5 minutes by feet from the jetty. (A list of supply is available for those who wish it). The Male Waterfront has several stores, souvenir shops, restaurants and cafés.
Internet Wifi available at most of the cafés in Male Island.
Roaming is available in Maldives. The area code of Maldives is 00960. The Sim Card and top up card are available on board the yacht for sale.
Credit Cards accepted / Cash dispensers / Local currency / Currency accepted
Local currency may be retrieved by credit cards Visa or MasterCard or any ATM.
US$ 1.00 = Maldivian Rufiya (Mrf) 12.75
Euro 1.00 = Maldivian Rufiya (Mrf) 16.7941 (The rate may vary from day to day)
Soft luggage is highly recommended for convenient storage.
Languages: English, Dhivehi
Things to Know and Precautions
Alcohol, pornography, pork, narcotics, dogs, firearms, spears guns or idols of worship can not be brought to the country.
Topless bathing and nudity is strictly forbidden in islands of Maldives. Reasonably modest dresses such as shorts and t-shirts are appropriate to visit islands.