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Sailing Maldives

Unrivaled luxury, stunning white-sand beaches, and a breathtaking underwater world make the Maldives an ideal destination for a tropical holiday. There is a lot to explore on the island country, with its luminous blue waters and the best beaches in the world. Sounds too good to be true? Read ahead for more surprises. 

Why Is the Maldives Famous for Sailing?

The Maldives welcomes you with its coral islands, blue lagoons, shimmering sand, and towering palm trees. Whether you want to sit back and relax or go on an adventure, Maldives has it all. Here are more reasons it has become a favorite tourist destination worldwide: 

Safe Paradise 

In a world full of chaos, Maldives has no armed conflicts or robberies. No pirates have been reported in its waters. It is a no-hurricane region and safe for cruising and sea airplanes. The barrier reef acts as a buffer and protects the islands from storms and high waves of the Indian Ocean. Adventure enthusiasts are thrilled to explore its eye-catching marine life and top-class water sports. 

Ideal Temperature

Being near water, the temperature in the Maldives remains warm and gentle throughout the year. The land temperature is between 23-30°C, and the water temperature is around 29°C during the day. The Maldives witness its peak season in January and February with just 10 hours of average sunshine. 

Easy Tourist Visa

Unlike other top destinations, entering the Maldives is very easy in terms of paperwork. A tourist visa is granted on arrival to all nationalities. No pre-arrival visa is required. You need to clear some basic entry requirements to get immigration.  

What Should You Know About the Maldives?

The Maldives is a scenic beauty with around 1200 islands spread over 400 miles south of the Indian Ocean. It includes about 1192 coral islands and 26 natural atolls. The North Male atoll, the South Male atoll, and the Baa atoll are the most popular. Around 200 islands are inhabitable, but the rest are divided into premium resorts. The Maldives lies at sea level, as it is the flattest country on earth. 

How to Reach the Maldives? 

Maldives has only one international airport on its Hulhule island, MLE (Male International Airport). It connects the Maldives to major Asian countries like India, Sri Lanka, and China. 

You can book direct or chartered flights from Dubai, Europe, Singapore, the UK, and Russia. The Maldives also has five domestic airports to travel from one island to another.

You can even travel by Maldives own national airline – Maldivian, or choose other major airlines of different countries. As mentioned earlier, no prior visa is needed. You will get an entry permit on deboarding at the island port. Taking a flight is the best and fast way to reach the island country. The flight takes about 7 to 11 hours, depending on where you are boarding from. If you decide to go offbeat, you can book a cruise and travel through the sea. 

Taking a cruise to the Maldives is both very expensive and time-consuming. The sailing time might vary from 8 to 100 days, depending on the starting location. If you board a cruise from Mumbai, India, or Sri Lanka, it will take around 8 to 10 days. Sailing from far-off countries like the USA and Europe is possible, but those opportunities come only once or twice every two years. The itinerary is very long and takes 4-5 months to reach the Maldives.

The Weather in the Maldives 

As the Maldives has a tropical climate, it remains warm and pleasant year round. The average temperature ranges between 23 and 30°C. Though there are no hurricanes in the Maldives, you will usually experience strong winds and rainfall. The climate of the Maldives is determined by the Indian ocean and the two monsoons: the Northeast monsoon and the Southwest monsoon. The ocean water is the reason for slowly releasing the absorbed heat, which is soothed by cold sea breezes. 

There is a dry and wet season in this island nation. The dry season is the best time to visit the Maldives for adventurers as you can best enjoy water sports with minimum rainfall. So, book your travel dates between November and April. The wet season lasts from May to October. 

The weather is perfect for harboring diverse marine life around the resorts. Fishes, baby sharks, sting rays, whales, turtles, mollusks, crabs, shrimps; they got it all. Not just animals, you will also be surrounded by many exotic plant species like tropical vines and mangroves in the marshy regions. 

Yacht Choices in the Maldives for Sailing 

The Maldives offers a great variety of sailboats to sail across turquoise waters and sunkissed islands. Catamarans, luxury crewed Yachts, and bareboat yachts are popular in the Maldives. Sailing adventure is not only a sport but a calming experience. 

You can book a Maldives yacht charter or private sailboats to sail the Indian Ocean. The Yachts are booked to explore other locations and try underwater activities. As you are in the Maldives, you will never fall short of places to visit. Some sailing routes have specific stops on different islands. The choice of yacht and route is up to you and your budget. 

Food in the Maldives 

Seafood, local fruits, and spices make up most of the Maldivian cuisine. The capital city of Male is the best stop for those who want to explore the local life and local cuisine of Maldives. Tuna fish is the staple food of Maldivians. 

‘Mas Huni,’ a mixture of tuna, onion, and grated coconut, is a local delicacy best enjoyed with bread. Another popular dish is ‘Bis Keemiya,’ a snack filled with either tuna or boiled egg. Fried Yams, Prawns, Crabs, Lobsters, and Fish curry are some other popular dishes in the Maldives. 

You would love to know that you can earn delicious meals by fishing. You can either go on your own or get guided tours at specific permitted locations. Many resorts allow you to barbecue your catch and eat it. While there are ample non-vegetarian food options in the Maldives, vegetarian food is also available.  

What Should You Not Do in the Maldives? 

The Maldives is an easily accessible destination for many travellers. But, there are a few pointers to keep in mind before you start planning your trip:

Do Not Litter The Sea

We should never pollute our seas and oceans. Even if you are on a carefree vacation, be careful that you do not throw anything in the beautiful waters. As a global citizen, you should help preserve marine life and aid the cleaning staff in keeping islands clean. 

Poaching and Smuggling 

The Maldives is home to rare species like sea turtles and black corals. Selling or purchasing different species is illegal and may have dire consequences. Smuggling of drugs, ammunition, or weapons is strictly forbidden in the Maldives. 

Disrespect Islam Religion

You should know that the Maldives is an Islamic nation where most people follow the Muslim religion. You are free to do and wear anything on the private resorts and islands. But, if you have booked an island with local people, do not show affection on the streets or consume alcohol in the local areas. There is no particular dress code, but avoid wearing bikinis. 

Sailing in the Maldives

The best way to enjoy the crystal clear waters of Maldives is by sailing. Imagine sitting on a deck and looking out into the vast blue ocean. Peaceful boats can quickly be booked at most resorts and offer a picturesque experience. A fascinating thing about the Maldives is that every island has its charm, quirks, and specialties. 

Tourists can opt for various boats when it comes to sailing. The two most popular choices are ‘The Dhoni’ and ‘The Sea Farer.’ Both are triple-deck sailboats that provide unique sailing experiences but differ in some aspects. 

The Traditional Dhoni 

Dhoni has a room for 10 passengers and all the amenities you may need during the sale. The five modernized twin cabins come with small windows and en suite bathrooms. All meals are included in the package, excluding alcoholic and soft drinks. 

The Main deck has a lounge, dining area, and sun deck to get that beautiful tan. The Upper deck also has a lounge and open platform to sit and enjoy the serene view of the ocean. 

The cabins are located on the lower deck. You will only find North American 110V flat plugs in the Dhoni, so carry your adapters accordingly. 

Jumping into the sea from a sailboat is on every traveller’s bucket list. Lucky for you, Dhoni is equipped with fishing and snorkel gears to give you that underwater tranquility. You get an experienced crew, including a skipper, local chief, chief experience officer, and two deck hands. 

The Sea Farer

Sea Farer is more grand and magnificent than Dhoni. With larger cabins, it can host 14 passengers. You won’t get enough of this sailboat’s elegant and modern infrastructure. There are four attached cabins with bunk beds, two with separate single and double beds, and one en suite cabin with a double bed. Yes, the prices of the cabins vary with choice. 

The main deck has a big covered dining area, one premium cabin, a bridge, and a lounge with a library and television. The complete upper deck is a sun deck with beach chairs to sit back and relax. The lower deck has the rest of the six cabins with the crew. The 88-foot Sea Farer is installed with 220V North American flat plugs for charging devices. 

Travellers are free to use the fishing and snorkeling gear, jump into the sea and explore the serene beauty. The rear deck of Sea Farer is more close to the ocean. You can get down the steps, dip your legs into the waters, and have the time of your life.  

What Will Your Vacation Look Like in the Maldives? 

The Maldives has an endless number of offers to keep your itinerary full. Every travel website and expert advice different packages and routes. The vacation also depends on the number of people you are with and the number of activities you plan to do. 

Any trip to the Maldives that is less than a week is not recommended. Do plan at least a week’s trip to enjoy the place to a good extent. So, keeping this in mind, we have made a personalized itinerary for you to make the most of your trip in the least amount of time.  

Day 1 

You arrive at the Male International Airport or Cruise Port. Take a safari or sea airplane to your booked resort island or hotels. Settle down, take it in, and freshen up. You can go to the main restaurant to eat or order food in your room. Visit the beach and enjoy the view. 

Day 2

Have your breakfast by 9 a.m and savor their famous black tea. Take a bus tour of the island and explore the location. Have lunch and return to your rooms in the late afternoon as the UV index increases. Go jet skiing or e-boarding in the evening.  

Day 3 

Book a two-day yacht from your resort to visit the local islands and explore the local markets and cuisine. Get an insight into the city life of the Maldives and collect some souvenirs and mementos. You can also buy some t-shirts and handicrafts from the bazaars. 

Day 4

Lay on the top deck of your yacht in the middle of the ocean and soak in the sun. Try more water sports by visiting popular locations on your yacht. Go for snorkeling or scuba diving at popular diving points, and swim between the coral reefs and sharks with a divemaster. 

Day 5

Come back to your resort. Take some best. Have your meals and again visit the beach. Well, we couldn’t get enough of the beaches. Head on a motor boat for dolphin watching. Return to the island and head to the lounge or bar to party the night away and make some new friends. 

Day 6 

Wake up late in the morning and go out to have your brunch in the restaurant. Go to the beach for kayaking and parasailing. You can also visit an island with a water park and enjoy fun water slides. 

Day 7 

Pack up your stuff, and get ready to head to the airport in a safari or sea airplane. If you still have some time left, you can again visit the beach or market before your leave. Happy Vacation!

Charter Types in the Maldives 

Don’t think that island hopping is easy in the Maldives. Mind that it may even take 2 hours to transport from one island to another in some cases. So don’t forget to budget your transport from the airport to your island resort. 

Charter means to share. If you hire chartered sailboats or yachts, you will have some companions in the boat. While Charters can be classified into many types based on facilities and build, the main types of charters are: 

By The Cabin Charters 

As the name suggests, you can book your cabin on the yacht. You can get together with other guests on decks in living rooms. It is comparatively cheaper as many people get to share a single boat. 

The prices of By The Cabin charters go up with the amount of luxury and facilities. You can book bigger sailboats with large cabins, private bathrooms, and meals. People who quickly get seasick can book a Catamaran as it is more stable than a yacht while sailing. 

Crewed Charters 

Well, crewed charters are high luxury sailboats with a competent boat crew to serve you during your journey. Whether with family, friends or on a business trip, the crew will take care of your every need. You can fully relax in a crewed charter, as the crew is there to navigate, clean, serve meals and take care of your sailing experience. 

Crewed Charters are expensive as you always have staff at your service. It is a private sailboat that you hire only for your group. There will be no strangers on the charter with you. You are charged hourly or daily to enjoy tranquility in the middle of the ocean.  

What Do People Say About Their Experiences? 

Get ready to hear an honest review about the Maldives in this section. Knowing others’ experiences will give you a fair idea about how you will feel after visiting the archipelago. Whatever you choose from the endless options available, you will rarely be disappointed with your stay in the Maldives.  

Picturesque Backdrop 

Hands down, to the scenic beauty of the Maldives. You cannot take it all at once. People say no matter where you are standing on the island, there is always a picture-perfect view. The clean beaches, clear blue water, and long palm trees are flawless. 

Privacy 

According to our experience, the Maldives offer great privacy to couples and honeymooners as the resort rooms are isolated. Some resort rooms have swimming pools and the ocean right outside the door. You can also get the food delivered to your bed. The only noises you hear are the waves crashing on the shore. People who book hotels and local resorts in populated cities of capital Male might not get the best privacy they desire. 

Competent Staff

People are pretty impressed with the working staff on the island nation. Even with thousands of working staff, you will feel like you are on a deserted island. They make up your bed and clean your room while you are out. Some premium resort visitors also found new designs made of towels, leaves, and flowers on their beds every time they returned. Overall, people found the staff friendly and helpful.  

Expensive 

What else were you expecting from an archipelago in the middle of the ocean? While it might be affordable for people in rich countries, it takes a lot of planning and budgeting for the rest. But after hearing about people’s experience of visiting the island country, it looks like it is worth every penny. Luckily, you can get various cheap packages to make this dream possible. 

Final words

We hope this article helps you plan your dream getaway to the Maldives. Hats off to the Maldives for establishing a successful tourist location in the middle of the ocean. It has some luxurious resorts you won’t find anywhere else around the globe. 

So, what are you waiting for? Quickly mark the Maldives on your bucket list. Plan and book your perfect holiday now and collect memories for a lifetime. The vibrant lagoon, the pristine beaches, the calming greenery, the fascinating aquatic life, and luxury resorts are awaiting you.  

FAQs

Can you sail to the Maldives?

Yes, it is possible. However, it depends on where you live. In Asian countries near the Indian Ocean, daily cruise services operate to and from the Maldives. But, people in far-off countries hardly get opportunities to sail to the Maldives as it takes a couple of months to reach the destination. If you still really wish to sail, we recommend you take a flight to the nearest seaport and then get on a cruise of 8 to 10 days to get to the Maldives. 

Can you rent a yacht in the Maldives?

Of course! Renting a yacht in the Maldives is fun and part of their culture. You get to spend some time with the sea and visit different islands. You can easily make the yacht booking from the resorts you are staying in. We usually do not recommend pre-booking as your mind may change on reaching the destination and exploring other options. 

What is the currency of Maldives? 

The currency used in the Maldives is the Maldivian Rufiyaa. 1 USD is equal to around 15 Maldivian Rufiyaa nowadays. US dollars are also accepted so that you can carry those as well. You can easily exchange the currency at the airport or local ports. 

What water sports should I try in the Maldives?

If you can’t get enough of the water, you can choose from the various water sports available. If you are a beginner, we suggest you opt for kayaking or snorkeling. Adults and professionals can try flyboarding, jet skiing, and e-surfing, where jet sprays in the water propel you. 

The Maldives is also one of the best locations for scuba diving. Fishing village, Banana Reef, and Manta point are some popular diving spots. Some islands also have adventurous aqua parks, including super fun water slides and hurdle games. Hulhumale lagoon is home to the biggest floating water park. 

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