The Maldives  

The Maldives sits delicately atop a vast underwater mountain range: 1,191 coral islands and sandbanks grouped in a double chain of 26 natural atolls, spread magnificently across 298 km2 of the Indian Ocean. Its unique geography and topography has earned this far-flung destination a label for escapism and relaxation. 

The Maldives nurtures a spectacular diversity of fauna and flora, and its reef structures and crystal clear waters are renowned for their treasure trove of marine life. You can snorkel or scuba amid gentle turtles and dogtooth tuna, ‘grumpy’ wrasses and balletic manta rays. You might even find yourself up close and personal with a formidable whale shark – the biggest fish in the sea and a year-round resident of the Maldives.

Central to the chain of islands is the North Malé atoll, where the Maldives’ capital Malé is located. Anchor off the private island resort of Bandos and visit their award-winning spa for a perfected Asian therapy. Explore Kihaadhuffaru Thila, a top dive site with waters rich in stingrays and nurse sharks.

Baa atoll – a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve since 2011 – is a short sunset or sunrise cruise away. As well as the many hard and soft corals to dive or snorkel, Hanifaru Bay is one of the few places in the world where whale sharks are known to congregate to breed. The Baa atoll is also known for its large population of manta rays – catch sight of them at their cleaning and feeding grounds in shallow waters. 

For an unforgettable experience on land, indulge in a secluded evening BBQ on an uninhabited island. Sit at the water’s edge with the waves lapping at your feet, and watch the sun set on another day in paradise.

For adrenalin dive seekers, a cruise to Hammerhead Point in the Rasdhoo atoll is a must. On the outer reef, the depth drops rapidly to over 200m; but with clear water, visibility is superb. For the best chance of seeing a hammerhead, try an early morning dive – hammerheads are often seen to descend at dawn!

There’s much more to the Maldives than marine life. There are a multitude of activities on offer for land lovers too, such as gentle walks through the mangroves of uninhabited islands, or sunset yoga with coconut trees overhead and fine white sand at your feet. 

During the day, visit traditional Maldivian villages and discover the local markets selling handcrafted goods. And if you’d like to experience life below sea level but have a fear of diving, then eat at Ithaa, the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant. Located five metres below the surface, the dining room can cater to up to twelve people and boasts panoramic views of vibrant coral gardens.

The smallest Maldivian atoll by population, Felidhu is home to the Dewana Kandu national park, famed for being one of the most exhilarating drift dive sites in the world. There you can glide past underwater caves and overhangs populated by eagle rays and reef sharks. 

This atoll is far removed from the bustle of Malé, and has only three inhabited islands. It’s an ideal location to end your trip in total seclusion.

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When to go? 

December to March is high season, with temperatures floating around 28 degrees above and in the water. February and March tend to see the hottest and sunniest days. 

Which Yacht? 

55.00m Amels 2017
12 guests & 13 crew
From EUR 290,000 per week


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