Rent a boat in the Maldives for your next holiday! The Maldives are a group of islands located in the Indian Ocean. On these islands you’ll find paradise, especially for fans of water sports and sun lovers. There are 26 atolls and its capital is the most populated city, Malé. The country is made up of 1,200 islands, of which 203 are inhabited, so a boat rental holiday in the Maldives is a great opportunity to get a first-hand look at the variety and cultural richness that every island offers.
The Maldives are located southwest of Sri Lanka and 450 km from India. They have a tropical and humid climate. In the country, the official religion is Islam. In addition, it is also one of the smallest Asian countries in terms of population, as well as one of the lowest lying countries in the world. The official language is Dhivehi, also an official language of Sri Lanka, however, English is widely used for trade and in some schools. The official currency is the Maldivian rupee. It is an ideal destination for your next boat holiday as the temperature rarely drops below 25ºC.
There are currently no ports officially operating in the Maldives for large vessels such as catamarans and yachts; however, there are 2 ports in the capital Malé, which are the main ports connecting the rest of the islands:
Island Sailors Marina, located in Dhidhdhoo. It has the basic services like water, electricity and gas station, as well as 25 moorings for boats with a maximum length of 30 meters and a draft of up to 5 meters.
Malé Southe West Harbor: it’s located on the island of Male, and has 5 moorings for boats up to 9 meters in draft and 30 meters in length.
If you decide to spend your holiday sailing on a boat in the Maldives, there are some amazing routes you can do. Due to the Maldives' privileged position in the Indian Ocean and the number of islands that make up the archipelago, you can visit many of these islands, such as the island of Gan, the largest of all, on your boat. Or if you stay in another destination different to the capital, you can’t miss Malé, as well as the Giravaaru people, who have self-proclaimed themselves as the original settlers of the islands.
Another option is to travel from the Maldives to Sri Lanka, the only Western Asian country from where flights and ferries operate and travel to the Maldives. Travel from its capital, Sri Jayawardenapura and from here you can also get close to India, and its culture.
The Maldives are one of the top destinations for lovers of water sports, such as scuba diving, due to the great beauty of the coral reefs surrounding the archipelago. On the other hand, you can also enjoy a few days relaxing and enjoying the sun, the beaches and the turquoise water. It’s possible to take a trip to one of the uninhabited islands that are all over the Maldives, it’s very common for tourists to do. If on the other hand you want to enjoy the culture of the country, you can visit the inhabited islands, where activities such as fishing or handicrafts are very common.
During your boat holiday in the Maldives you can do different sport activities such as snorkeling or diving as it is among the five most popular destinations for it. You could even see reef sharks or go fishing, one of the most common activities among the inhabitants of the island.
If you also want to experience the culture of the capital, you can go to the Friday Mosque, also called Hukuru Miskiiy or climb one of the exclusive terraces in the city to enjoy one of their typical cocktails, or also enjoy the nightlife , As beach parties and barbecues are a typical form of fun in the area.
What to see in the Maldives
During your holiday in the Maldives you will be amazed with the exuberant nature is abundant on each island in the archipelago. Some of the most popular places to admire are the seabeds, their coral reefs, or some of their most popular endemic species, such as the whale shark, the world's largest fish and one of the most sought after species, which can reach up to 15 meters. You could see a Mantaray, which can reach 8 meters in length and weigh 1,500 kilograms, it has no sting in its tail and it is completely harmless.
Perhaps the main reason for the Maldives’ fame and popularity is because of the beauty of the beaches. Characterized by its fine white sand and the transparency of its waters, you can find these beaches on many islands that are also uninhabited and secluded. You have to relax on them and spend a few hours in the sun. There are around 90 beaches in perfect conditions for tourists, since most of them belong to resorts, so there is a low percentage of public beaches. The best can be found on the island of Malé, such as the beaches of Makunudu, Fuamulaku and Pink Rose, all are exceptionally beautiful.
However, if you want to find more hidden beaches you can visit the Rihivelii, Cocoa Island or Ari atoll and visit such places like the beach of Hulumale, which is on an island of the same name. It stands out for its tranquility, which, accompanied by its exuberant nature, make it one of the hidden beaches of greater beauty. On the beach of Vaadho, on the other hand, you can enjoy the light show known as the "sea of stars". Sometimes you can see plankton glowing in the water due to a luminescence effect on their bodies which shines and makes for a spectacular experience.
The typical Maldivian food is influenced by neighboring countries, namely India and Sri Lanka; however, in the Maldives there is a different type of sweetness, a softer spice and definitely an exotic flavor. Because the country is completely surrounded by water, fish is a dominant element in its cuisine. The fish is nearly always accompanied with tasty coconut and rice.
You have to try some of the delicious local dishes! Firstly, try Kuli Boakiba, a fish pie considered as snack that is prepared with tuna and coconut and is somewhat spicy. Another you should try is Los Ghula, an appetizer that consists of dumplings stuffed with smoked tuna, coconut, curry leaves, onion, Ginger and lemon, then the dough is filled with flour and coconut and fried and guarded, a clear fish soup that is prepared with cooked tuna, and other ingredients such as curry, onion and lime.
Tropical fruits such as papaya, mango and pineapple are aboundant in the Maldives, as well as bananas. The holidays are accompanied with Hun hakuru folhi, a coconut cake, sugar and flour, and bodibaiy, a sweet rice with sugar.
One of the great advantages of booking your holiday with a boat in Maldives is the weather that you can enjoy on the islands.
The climate of the Maldives is moderately tropical, characterized by being warm and mild throughout the year thanks to the proximity of the Indian Ocean, despite the monsoons that occur in winter and summer. The temperature is warm and constant throughout the year, with an average between 25ºC and 30ºC.
Throughout the year, the temperature remains almost the same in the Maldives. However, the daily temperature ranges from around 30 ° C during the day to 23 ° C at night. On the other hand, the minimum average temperature recorded in the Maldives was 17ºC on April 11, 1978. In the more popular tourist months, from November to April, the average temperature ranges from 27ºC to 29ºC in the latter, where you can enjoy a warm but pleasant temperature.
If you decide to rent a boat in the Maldives for your next vacation, knowing the hours of sun that you can enjoy in the area is of great importance. This way you’ll know the time that you can devote to the navigation with sunlight, as well as enjoying other activities such as sailing, diving, or surfing. The average daily hours of sunlight are between 6 and 8.
The Maldives are located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, so it is an isolated destination only accessible by sea or air.
Although there is no airline that does direct flights to the Maldives from Spain, it is the fastest and easiest way to get to the country. To fly from Spain to the Maldives you will need to stop in London, Paris, Frankfurt or Dubai. Some of the companies that fly from these places are Qatar Airways or Emirates. The price of the ticket also varies depending on the time of year.
The flight time from London to Male is about 10 hours and 20 minutes.
The main airport is the Hulule international, on the island of Hulule, located 2 km from Male, a journey of 15 minutes. There are boats that run from the airport to Malé 24 hours a day. They leave every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes after midnight. It has facilities like banks, shops, post offices and restaurants.
There is currently no ferry company that travels to the Maldives from any country, the only way to arrive by sea is to make a cruise that stops in Malaysia or Singapore. For transportation through the islands, transfers are made, either on your own hired boat or in the so-called Dhoni, the typical Maldivian boat, which is usually free or at a reduced price.
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