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Destinations Guide: The Maldives

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If seclusion and serenity are priorities for you while cruising or chartering a megayacht, the Maldives should suit you well. With 1,190 individual islands—only 200 of which are inhabited—spread over 26 atolls, the Maldives offer abundant opportunities to explore sandy beaches, underwater flora and fauna, and some of the best coral reefs around the world. There are additionally world-famous resorts offering restaurants and spas.With the Maldives characterized by warm temperatures and sunshine dominating the days, it’s no wonder megayacht owners and charterers are increasingly interested in the islands.

Now is an ideal time to visit, as the dry season extends from January to March.The following 12-day itinerary comes courtesy of Ocean Independence, which has the charter yacht Jana (pictured above, off one of the many islands) available right now in the region. The charter brokers at Ocean Independence will customize an itinerary around your preferences, so the information here is provided as a brief overview and starting point from which to proceed.

Day 1: Soneva Gili Lankanfinolhu (North Male Atoll)
On the day of arrival, cruise to this resort not far from Male International airport and arrange a relaxing massage and dinner. An option for a next day morning diving around the famous Manta point.

Day 2: Cocopalm Boduhithi  (North Male Atoll)
Today is an ideal day to go diving near this tropical island. It offers the possibility of seeing sharks and mantas, among other sealife.

Day 3: One & Only Reethi Rah (South Male Atoll)
One of the most famous and finest resorts in the Maldives, One & Only Reethi Rah is a great place to enjoy spa facilities. It also has an excellent restaurant.

Day 4: Olhahali (North Male Atoll)
This place is known as the best BBQ beach island in the area, with pristine white sands and fantastic snorkeling.

Day 5: Cocopalm Dhuni Kolhu  (Baa Atoll)

A true tropical paradise. Another of the Maldives’ finest resorts with outstanding restaurant and spa.

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Day 6: Nibiliga (Baa Atoll)

A great spot for a beach BBQ, with private beach and excellent snorkeling.

Day 7: Soneva Fushi at Kunfunadhoo (Baa Atoll)
Described as “the ultimate Robinson Crusoe island,” this is a stunning place to have lunch. Later, enjoy a swim, snorkeling, or whatever water activity you wish.

Day 8: Hinrundhu Hinrudhoo
A lovely island with a private beach, perfect for BBQ and snorkeling.

Day 9: Four Seasons, Landa Giravaru (Baa Atoll)
Forty-four acres of unspoiled wilderness in the heart of the Baa Atoll. The world-famous Four Seasons resort offers outstanding dining and spa facilities.

Day 10: Conrad Hilton at Rangali (South Ari Atoll)
Enjoy dinner at the famous underwater restaurant.

Day 11: Medhufinolhu (South Male Atoll)
Stop in a great place to have a beach BBQ and snorkeling.

Day 12: Taj Exotica resort (South Male Atoll)
An impressive resort with the possibility to inspect the Rehendi Presidential Villa, perhaps even to arrange a stay (all subject to availability).

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