Often regarded as one of the finest methods of exploring the island paradise that is Maldives yacht excursions around the archipelago have hit an all time high in recent times. Due to the ready availability of yacht charters and sailing operators as well as the country’s topographical features which lends itself to sailing tours there has never been a finer time to set sail and uncover what paradise has to offer. As a collective of literally thousands of coral islands the Maldives is a splattered masterpieces floating on the Indian Ocean. Unlike traditional holiday destinations the Maldives can almost entirely be explored via boat as it is at times the only means of travel between destinations within the country. Made up of more than 1100 tiny islets the archipelago is teeming with coral reefs and marine bio-diversity, aspects that are accessible to those who charter a yacht and discover what the beach laden heaven has to offer at their own pace.
Catamaran tours are popular among seasoned visitors as it is ideal for deep sea navigation as well as coral reef spotting. The age old vessels with their low draft also make the perfect transportation device from one breathtaking island to another although luxury dhonis have also entered the foray in the past few years. Fully equipped with all the luxuries of a state-of-the-art yacht, the modern dhoni has been inspired by the magical Kalhuofummi dhoni of local hero Mohammad Thakurufaanu and are the premier live boards designed according to the design elements of the famed vessel. Known as a Dhoni Stella these larger than life yachts offer the best of both worlds with modern day comforts housed in an iconic design dictated by no less than myth and legend.
Other than island hopping yacht tours can also be organized to include specific water sporting activity bases such as diving hubs, snorkelling points or be indulgent getaways taking visitors from one luxurious resort to another. Two day mini-cruise options as well as week-long live board experiences can also be a part of a tour depending on one’s needs. Some of the most popular tour options include safari style southern expeditions that uncover the remote atolls in southern Maldives while engaging yacht cruises around the Ari Atoll, Kaafu and Vaavu are also available. They can range from 3 day outings to seven day long trips with ancient shipwrecks, five star meals and underwater encounters thrown in to the mix.
Travellers in search of a breathtaking Maldives resort should look no further than Adaaran Meedhupparu for reservations. Providing holidaymakers a scenic hideaway on a stunning location this stylish rest is among the best Maldives hotels in the archipelago.
Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.