The Maldives are an archipelago of close to 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean whose landmass, although small, spans 41,5 thousand square miles, thus promising exquisite sailing grounds for luxury charter yachts. Of spectacular beauty and undeniable charm, only one-tenth of the islands are inhabited and mostly by luxury resorts, giving charter guests the more cruising grounds to marvel at. Each island is bordered with a magical crystal-turquoise lagoon outlined with colorful coral reefs that charter guests will discover from aboard their luxury charter mega yacht, luxury charter catamaran, luxury charter powerboat or luxury charter sailing yacht. Hop on with Sunreef Yachts Charter and discover each tiny atoll lined bordered with sparkling waters, perfectly powdery and shiny beaches and plenty of year-round sunshine. Winter is the dry season on the Indian Ocean so there is no better time to explore the Maldives than during a winter charter in the months of October-April. Ready? Let your charter begin!
Day 1: Male to Baa
Fly in to Male, the country’s only port of entry, at the Male International Airport located on the neighboring island of Hulhule. If you spare some time for visiting, make sure to stop by Friday Mosque dating back to 1656 where the interior features carvings of Arabic writings and decorative patterns. Walk over to the Independence Square on the island’s north coat, a small yet highly important spot for locals where every bigger political demonstration in the country takes place, or visit Sultan Park and National Museum, the only surviving edifice of the ancient Sultan’s palace now home to the Maldivian National Museum.
After lunch onboard you will sail north-west to the Baa Atoll internationally known for many coral islands luxury resorts where sun-worshipers from all over the world decide to spend their luxury vacation in this pristine slice of paradise. You can choose to dine aboard the yacht with the islands in the background or visit Soneva Fushi Resort & Spa, an ultimate hideaway located on Kunfanadhoo, just on the eastern side of the atoll.
Day 2: Baa Atoll
The Baa Atoll might just be the best atoll to start your adventure acting as a great example of the rich biodiversity found in the Maldives such as imposing mangroves and a wealth of tropical fauna. Faru, ring-shaped reefs endemic to the Maldives, are also found on these islands.
Take out the water toys available aboard your luxury charter catamaran or luxury charter powerboat as the Baa Atoll is best to be discovered from beneath the water mark. In Kihaadhuffaru Thila you will find stingrays and the nurse sharks so prepare your mask, tubes and fins and snorkel away in glistening turquoise waters. The deserted island of Gemendhoo will be perfect for a romantic lunch or dinner in a tropical location, however staying overnight on these uninhabited islands is forbidden so you must step back onboard for the night.
Day 3: Baa Atoll
Continue sailing through the Baa Atoll and anchor just off Kudarikilu lagoon. Take your dinghy or tender ashore and spend the day discovering authentic island life- visit local schools and markets abundant in fresh produce and traditional Maldivian products such as typical colorful woven mats known as thund’du kunaa that you will be able to take home with you as a souvenir.
Day 4: North Male Atoll
Sail back south to the North Male Atoll where you will reach Huvafen Fushi with wonderful beaches for basking in warm sunrays. The list of attractions does not end here, Huvafen Fushi underwater spa is one of the world’s top spa resorts. Choose a massage treatment in a double room while admiring vibrant fish swimming among abundant coral reefs. The resort also offers supreme dining in both indoor and outdoor restaurants and bars in the plushest of surrounding of transparent aqua-blue waters, glistening white-sand beaches, tropical fauna and ubiquitous sunshine.
Day 5: Maadhoo Finolhu
You will spend today sailing around this remote and deserted tropical haven surrounded by none other than an extensive lagoon. This stretching turquoise aquarium is filled with bright fish that you will see from up close when you take out your snorkeling equipment or when you simply plunge directly into the warm waters from the swimming platform of your luxury charter yacht. Your Chef will prepare some bread crumbs for you and you will quickly become the fishes’ best friend! Take your underwater camera and don’t leave without taking that one perfect shot.
Day 6: Vaadhoo and Alifush islands, Raa Atoll
Wake up to a wonderful sunshine and enjoy a delicious onboard breakfast before sailing back north-west but this time around to the Raa Atoll. When you arrive, enjoy a morning session of diving, snorkeling or swimming in the peaceful aqua waters around Vadhoo Faru before heading north to neighboring Alifushi Island. It is one of the inhabited islands in the Maldives where you will find a world-renowned typical Maldivian village known for craftsmanship as well as traditional boat building. Streets on Alifushi are carpeted with coral sand and lined with archetypal housing and impressive verdant palm trees.
Day 7: Maroshi, Shaviyani Atoll
Just a short sail away to the north-east is what separates you from the Shaviyani Atoll. Out of 51 islands comprising the atoll, only 16 rest inhabited thanks to which this destination is a perfect sailing ground for luxury charter yachts. Cross over to Maroshi Island, an inhabited strip of land home to a famous and very important landmark for the islanders- the historic Haani Tree dating back to the 16th century, the age marked by Maldivian struggle against the Portuguese.
Day 8: Haa Dhaalu Atoll
The northern provinces of the Maldives promise unforgettable relics to view around the island of Maamakunudhoo on the southwestern side of the atoll. The site offers some of the best shipwreck diving in the region with translucent waters being home to several wrecks sunken here throughout the ages, including Persia Merchant settled in the sea in 1658 or Hayston sunken in 1819. Each island of the atoll has its own story to tell so take your time to listen in to the locals on inhabited islands or admire the beauty of deserted ones as you make yourself comfortable on a lone beach that you will claim your own for the day.
Day 9: Haa Dhaalu Atoll / Haa Alifu Atoll
You will spend some of today further exploring the Haa Dhaalu Atoll before leaving for the northernmost atoll in the Maldives, the Haa Alifu Atoll. The Utheemu Island in the atoll is the birthplace of Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, a national hero who fought against the Portuguese invaders in the 16th century. Visit his majestic whitewashed residence and soak in the splendor of this island exuding plenty of traditional charm.
Day 10: Haa Alifu Atoll
Continue your stay on Haa Alifu. After a delicious local breakfast aboard your luxury charter mega yacht or charter power catamaran, enjoy a morning session of snorkeling, swimming or diving and explore vibrant fishes inhabiting the turquoise waters. Choose an abandoned island for beachcombing and visiting the perfect slice of paradise to relax under swaying verdant palm trees and pick-nick on glistening white sands. There is nothing more serene and romantic than a day spent on your own deserted paradise!
Day 11: Haa Alifu Atoll / Shaviyani Atoll
Today you will start you way back south and as you leave Haa Alifu, you will stop by Shaviyani Atoll of which a few islands boast a population modest in numbers. Visit both these inhabited as well as deserted islands of the atoll and explore the abundant exotic flora of the region, powdery paradisiacal beaches and wonderful sailing grounds aboard your luxury charter powerboat.
Day 12: Shaviyani Atoll / Lhaviyani Atoll
Part today for Lhaviyahi Atoll and admire the plush surrounding of this exotic location. Anchor off Ekulivaru Island comprising Lhaviyani. This charming atoll will fast have you under its spell and you will never want to leave! Four of the fifty islands of the group are luxury resorts, visit one of them for lunch or dinner or unwind during a massage.
Day 13: Lhaviyani Atoll / Baa Atoll
Sail back to the West to visit Baa again. Spend the day swimming with gray reef sharks, turtles and barracudas or take out your diving equipment to make discover underwater wonders. You may also want to lounge around under a verdant palm tree and read your favorite book or listen to soothing music.
Day 14: Baa Atoll / Male Atoll
Today you will reach Male again from where you will be heading back home from the Male International Airport. If you didn’t have enough time to visit the country’s capital when you arrived to the Maldives, make sure to spare time today before departing.
We hope you enjoyed your stay in the Maldives with Sunreef Yachts Charter! Picture-perfect memories and wonderful souvenirs will never cease to remind you of magnificent two weeks spent here. Your next adventure with Sunreef Yachts Charter is just around the corner, pack your bags and come explore what is yet to be discovered…