Sailing amongst the 26 atolls of the Maldives archipelago, surrounded by miles of open sea and exploring the offerings of gorgeous isolated beaches, coves and calm lagoons augmented by ideal sailing weather is one of the best holiday experiences that anyone could have. For holiday makers, there is probably no better or more scenic way to make most of their vacation than by enjoying the astonishing colour and variety of the marine life in the islands. Catamarans, luxury or bareboned, crewed or otherwise provide one of the most comfortable and best ways of negotiating the coastline of the Maldives. Their double hull provides a comfortable ride and the shallow draught, retractable rudders and reinforced hull bottoms provide anchorage options that allow access to almost every kind of beach, island, lagoon and reef. Many resorts offer catamarans for hire with sailing lessons thrown in for free. Catamarans also come in various sizes allowing everyone who hires them freedom of movement across the beautiful seascape.
Well-equipped catamarans that can carry multiple passengers offer diving safaris or relaxing cruises through the islands. Fitted with the latest nautical equipment, well-appointed contemporary cabins and public areas, they provide a range of luxurious facilities and amenities including all the gear for several water sports that makes chartering such a vessel worthwhile. These vessels will pick up passengers from designated points and follow a schedule that introduces visitors to uninhabited islands, Maldivian fishing villages, resorts. They will also take visitors to spots where they can experience great encounters with dolphins, whales, sharks and rays. Hiring a catamaran of whatever size and getting around will most definitely be a better holiday experience than sitting on a beach or by a pool or even snorkelling on a house reef.
As a tropical country, the Maldives enjoys plenty of sunshine and temperatures around 30 degrees C throughout the year. April to October falls within the Southwest Monsoon period and considerable rain, high winds and waves and sudden squalls are experienced from time to time during this period. October to May falls within the North East monsoon period and the wind is light to moderate, perfect weather for a day out on a catamaran. However, the general opinion is that Maldivian weather is comfortable for sailing year round.
The first views of Adaaran Prestige Vadoo from the air is of a little green dot with a frill of white sand and a tail of water villas strung out over an aquamarine ocean. Once on terra firma, gorgeous first impressions of this popular Maldives Island resort are confirmed. At this idyllic Maldives resort guests enjoy a selection of spacious, well-appointed contemporary over-water villas that set the tone for a relaxing, informal ambiance reflected throughout the resort and leads to a serene and totally relaxing holiday experience.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and hopes to visit them all someday.