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.
Day 1: Hulhumale’ (North Male’ Atoll) – Kuda Bandos (Sand Bank) or Kuda Wataru (Sand Bank) – 1h15
You will begin your cruise from Hulhumale’ at 2 pm, and set sail 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, you will spend the night in this picturesque location.
Day 2: Kuda Bandos (Sand Bank) – Kuda Wataru (Sand Bank) – Boduhithi Finolhu (North Male’ Atoll) Night Sailing – 8h00
After breakfast the boat will sail for 1 hour and arrive at the sand bar named Kuda Wataru. The guests can enjoy snorkeling, swimming and relaxing on the beach. After lunch, the yacht will arrive at Boduhithi Finolhu sand bank which is also a beautiful place to snorkel, swim or kayak. At 5 o’clock, the boat will move to a nearby lagoon name Ziyaaraiy Fushi and dinner will be served overlooking the lagoon. You will sail overnight for 8 hours toward the Goidhoo Atoll, arriving at 6:30 in the morning.
Day 3: Shahjahan Sand Bank (Goidhoo Atoll) – Innafushi – 2h00
After night sailing from the Ziyaaraiy Fushi lagoon you will arrive in the morning at 6:30 at the Shahjahan sand bank where you will discover a paradise on earth for snorkeling, if you are lucky you may have the chance to swim with manta rays. This is a magnificent sand bank with white powder like sand. After lunch, the yacht will be anchor at Innafushi, an uninhabited island, guests can swim, kayak, snorkel and relax on the beach. Dinner will be served at anchor in Innafushi.
Day 4: Muthaafushi (Baa Atoll) – 4h00
After breakfast, we will sail towards Muthaafushi, the yacht will arrive for lunch after the 4 hour sail. This is a beautiful, uninhabited island where you can take a tour around the island and also go swimming, kayaking and snorkeling or just relax on the beach. You will spend the night at this calm, peaceful anchorage.
Day 5: Maarikilu (Baa Atoll) – Meedhoo – Raa Atoll ( Local Village) – 3h30
After breakfast, the yacht will sail to Maarikilu, an uninhabited Island. After a 3 hour navigation, you will discover the island’s large variety of tropical vegetation and the marine life paradise surrounding the lagoon. While there, you can explore the island’ s beach and enjoy snorkeling , swimming or kayaking. By 5:30 pm, the yacht will sail for 30 min toward Meedhoo, an interesting village with modern neighbourhoods. In the evening you can walk through the streets bustling with local life. The night will be spent in the local village.
Day 6: Kotte Faru – Vandhoo – Rasmaadhoo Island (Raa Atoll) – 3h00
After breakfast, you will sail for 2h30 to Kotte Faru, an uninhabited island. After lunch, you will take a short sail to Vandhoo, another amazing island where you can snorkel and enjoy exploring the island. In the late afternoon, we will sail for 30 min Rasmaadhoo island, a beautiful and peaceful local village.
Day 7: Dhoragail (uninhabited island) – (Gemana Finolhu) (Raa Atoll )
After breakfast, we will arrive at the uninhabited island Dhoragail. There, you can explore the island’s beach and enjoy snorkeling, swimming or kayaking. After lunch, we will move towards Gemana Finolhu. You can take a walk on the beach or relax and watch the beautiful coral reef surrounding the lagoon. The night will be spent in the lagoon of Gemana Finolhu.
Day 8: Funadhoo – Unoodhoo – Royal Island (Baa Atoll) – 3h00
After breakfast, you will arrive in Funadhoo at 11:30 am. Visit the island and snorkel in the unspoiled lagoon. After lunch, you will sail for 30 min to another beautiful island, Unoodhoo, where you can enjoy watching the natural beauty and abundance of marine life in the surrounding lagoon. You will spend the night at anchor in front of Royal Island.
Day 9: Royal Island (Sand Bank) – Eydhafushi (Baa Atoll) Night Sailing – 8h00
After breakfast, we will sail to the royal island sand bank were u can enjoy fantastic snorkeling around the beautiful coral reef or relax on the beach. After lunch, the boat will start sailing towards a beautiful and peaceful local village named Eydhafushi, where you can enjoy exploring the island. Dinner will be served on the boat. At midnight, you will cross the channel and arrive in the morning at the north male atoll.
Day 10 : Eriyadhoo or Cuculu (Sand Bank) ( Nord Male Atoll ) – 5h00
After breakfast, you will arrive at Eriyadhoo Island or Cuculu sand bank where you can go snorkeling on the beautiful reef – during lunch, the boat start sailing to Kuda Bandos or Sinam sand bank – then, yacht will sail towards the base in Hulhumale’ and arrive at 06.00 pm.
Day 11: Disembark in Hulhumale at 7:00 am
* Royal island Resort and Eriyadhoo Resort can only be used the dive center no beach or restaurant or any other facility of the resort. If diving clients are on board they can go to dive center and do the diving.
By Bus then local boat (Boston whaler) (25 mn from the airport to Hulhumale Lagoon)