Maldives yacht charter
The Maldives is a tropical destination that is best explored by superyacht to make the most of its hidden treasures both above and below the waterline. Spanning over 107,000 square kilometres and 26 atolls comprising some 1,100 islands – of which only 200 are inhabited – the Maldives is a peaceful paradise.
Think crisp white sandy beaches on remote atolls only accessible by yacht or boat, with sparkling clear water lapping at your ankles. This is barefoot luxury at its very best. Water lovers will surely be drawn to make the most of a superyacht’s tenders and toys, whether you wish to head below the surface snorkelling and diving, or enjoy the fantastic windsurfing and kitesurfing conditions.
What kind of experiences are there to enjoy on a yacht charter in the Maldives?
Most superyacht charters start from the capital Male. Cultural highlights include the bustling fish market, the 17th century Old Mosque built entirely from coral, and the colourful bungalow-style Muliaa’ge Palace, completed in 1919, for the future Sultan by his father.
The Kuda Bandos island in the Male Atoll has a fantastic tropical forest where you can explore the local flora and fauna, including unique species of tropical bird and reptile. To experience the indigenous culture, head to Dhigurah or Mamigili, where local communities continue practising their centuries-old way of life.
Diving is a popular pursuit for many visiting the Maldives. Head to the nutrient-rich coral reef of the Ari Atoll to swim among the huge schools of tropical fish as well as barracuda and vast groups of manta rays.
Head over to the reef sites at Madivaru, Mushimasmigili or Kandholhudho, equally enjoyable when explored by snorkel or in full dive gear. Africa Banks is a particular favourite spot for many visiting superyachts, and charter guests can enjoy the local fishing and diving followed by a beach barbecue at sunset.
When is the best time to charter a yacht in the Maldives?
The main charter season in the Maldives falls between November and April, with the most popular period being from December to March.
Average temperatures in the Maldives range between highs of approximately 29C (84F) in December to 31C (87F) in March. The sea temperature in December is usually around 28C (82F) and 29C (84F) in August.
Where can you visit on a yacht charter in the Maldives?
Although there are a number of historical and cultural attractions on the Maldives’ capital Male, most charter guests will spend the majority of their time cruising the wider archipelago of 1,100 islands. There is a vast choice of islands – both inhabited and uninhabited – and surrounding reefs to explore.
Whether you are looking for a relaxing and peaceful yacht charter or are keen to focus on watersports activities, a yacht charter can be tailored to your preferences. If you wish to spend time ashore, Kuda Bandos is a great option for charter groups with children, who can explore the island’s unique wildlife. Africa Banks often rates highly on a yacht charter itinerary, for its watersports options as well as the chance to enjoy your own desert-island style beach barbecue.
What are the major yachting ports in the Maldives?
Most superyachts cruising in the Maldives will spend their time at anchor as there is little in the way of formal marina infrastructure for large vessels within the country.
Yacht charterers visiting the Maldives will usually fly into Male and then either take a second, smaller internal flight out to their yacht in another part of the country – perhaps by seaplane – or they will be picked up by the yacht’s tender in Male and be transferred to their vessel waiting in the nearby water.