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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 holidays 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 holiday.

Power Catamaran

Cruise faster and see more on the perfect charter boat.

Things to do in the Maldives

Maldives girl in water sea cabin summer vacation

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

maldives pool beach relax vacation

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 holiday 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 holiday 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

Take a look at our Maldives sailing holiday suggestions

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

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 holiday?

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.

What is the cancellation policy for Sail Share?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits.

Our Sail Share cabin cancellation fees are:

  • More than 90 days before original embarkation date: 25% of the charter fee
  • 89 – 60 days before original embarkation date: 50% of the charter fee
  • 59 – 30 days before original embarkation date: 75% of the charter fee
  • Fewer than 29 days before original embarkation date: 100% of the charter fee

How flexible is the itinerary for a Sail Share charter?

Our yacht itineraries are designed by our destination experts and are set to showcase the best of the destination’s highlights. They are set and not flexible, even if you book all the cabins.

What happens if the weather changes while sailing on a Sail Share charter?

The skipper may decide to change the itinerary if there is bad weather.

Can I choose which cabin I want when I book a Sail Share?

Choose a double cabin with shared bath, or private bath for an additional fee.

Are there child or age restrictions for Sail Share?

Minimum Age: 16 years old

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.

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Private accomodations

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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Absolutely amazing! Fred + Isabelle were so accommodating and did so much for us. Isabelle’s food was incredible. Thanks so much!


Exumas Cabin

Excellent. Very professional and great service!


Antigua Bareboat

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


St. Martin Bareboat

Excellent cruise and very good stay. Skipper attentive, very pleasant and very professional.


Guadeloupe Skippered

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


Croatia Bareboat

The marina itself is a perfect starting point with great facilities! The Lagoon 42 was in good condition and the skipper was amazing and very knowledgeable of the area.”


Spain Skippered

What an AMAZING experience. We’ve just returned from a week long skippered charter from Corfu, sailing around the beautiful islands of the Ionian. Paxos, Antipaxos and Corfu Old Town were beautiful and the secluded bays we had the pleasure of visiting thanks to our local skipper, Nicholas, were simply overwhelming. Fly and flops are no longer for us – we’ll be chartering with DYC for the foreseeable future.


Greece Skippered

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


Tahiti Crewed Premium

DYC provided a great sailing experience for my extended family on 2 monos out of Scrub Island. The boats were in great shape and preformed perfectly and the staff were friendly and helpful. Having worked for a number of charter companies over the years DYC is one of the best.


British Virgin Islands Bareboat

I’m currently in the Maldives and having the time of my life. Captain Jack and the crew are professional, safe and FUN! The boat is immaculate and the food is delicious. He even makes CAKE! The beds are surprisingly comfortable and we are all sleeping 9 hours a night. If you like island hopping, there is no other better option than Dream Yacht Charter. We will be booking Tahiti next year.


Maldives Cabin

The new boat was in fabulous shape. We had the greatest possible experience exploring archipelago waterways and islands. I could never imagine this might be so much fun and joy and we are already looking forward for the another upcoming trip in Ionian.


Scandinavia Bareboat

Baja is my favorite place now. There was something for everyone: sailed under northerlies with mostly calm evenings, snorkeled, fished, bummed it on the sandy beaches, enchanted by pelicans feeding, greeted by the barking sea lions and explored the Ispiritu Santo island geology. DYC La Paz base provided competent professional support with a well provisioned and maintained boat. We were nourished well by an onboard cook arranged with DYC freeing us all for more play. A vacation and an adventure connected with nature.


Mexico Crewed Premium

All staff were fantastic and made our trip very memorable. Incredibly friendly and welcoming, the food was amazing. The service throughout the trip was always first class!


Thailand Cabin

Absolutely recommended. Perfect service and set up. Will charter again and will recommend Dream Yacht Charter anytime.


Turkey Bareboat

I just returned from 3 weeks of amazing sailing with my family on one of your catamarans in Sardinia. I would like to express my thanks to our skipper Simone and Daniela, our hostess.


Sardinia Skippered

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


France Bareboat

We had an incredible trip and actually got engaged on the first night of our sail! We will certainly be back one day. Thank you for getting us ready for our charter. We were definitely beginners but he gave us a very thorough but very easy to follow training and it gave us a lot of confidence.


Australia Bareboat

The on board experience was way beyond our expectations. Isabelle provided exceptional three course meals. We could not believe her creativity and delicious meals. Thomas was an excellent skipper. He was always on the lookout for our needs. Thanks guys!” Spira, New Caledonia bareboat with crew charter


New Caledonia Easy Crewed

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


Seychelles Cabin

It’s always a pleasure sailing with DYC in the UK. Great team, great boats, great sailing. Very flexible and work hard to make your trip a success. Many thanks.


Brittany Bareboat

Unforgettable spots to snorkel and beaches. Very experienced crew. Highly recommend.


Cuba Cabin

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