Maldives catamaran cruise
The cruise to the Maldives remains indelible in the eyes and hearts of all those who are lucky enough to be able to take it. This island state made up of more than a thousand coral islets forming 26 atolls, is located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, about 800 km south-west of the coast of Sri Lanka. A heavenly place, synonymous for decades of luxury holidays. But, compared to the stillness, albeit pleasant, of a resort, exploring the Maldives by boat or catamaran provides the thrill of experiencing the sea and the islands in a more active approach, not to mention the possibility of visiting many more destinations. If you choose Maldives catamaran charter you will have the choice between 10 multihull boats from the best shipyards such as Leopard, Fountain Pajot, and Lagoon, all equipped with luxury cabins each of which has a private bathroom. It will be like visiting dream places while staying in a suite overlooking the sea! The catamarans in the Maldives have dimensions between 40 and 62 feet, are equipped with modern equipment including freezero ice machine (for cocktails ...) air conditioning, inverter, heating and TV. On request, equipment for snorkeling, deep sea fishing, SUP can be brought on board. Imagine a swim in a transparent lagoon followed by a session of sport fishing, perhaps profitable that will bring you a nice barracuda on the barbecue! The starting points are two: Male and Hulhumale. The first is the capital of the state, a city of 100 thousand inhabitants on an islet that it occupies entirely and is joined by a bridge to the international airport. The second is an artificial island built by pumping sand from the bottom of the sea, which today has become quite touristy and full of bars, restaurants and shopping. The capital, founded by the Portuguese, is worth a visit, also to understand the Maldivian culture very different from the stereotype of the tourist village. Do not miss the always colorful and feverish fruit and vegetable and fish markets, where a purely local trade is concentrated. Then the National Museum and the Hukuro Minsky mosque, built in 1656 and embellished with splendid coral inlays. Remember two things: the society is quite conservative and strongly Islamic and also the number of scooters is impressive, almost one per capita! Leaving the city, going to the marina, the cruise on the catamaran can begin: the Maldives charter operators will assist you with due professionalism. Once you set sail, you are really spoiled for choice: North Malè, with its white beaches, the Baa atoll with the perfect backdrops for diving, the unspoiled nature of Maayafushi, Himmafushi the shopping island. The latter is touristy but offers truly unique handicrafts such as rosewood sculptures of sharks and manta rays. Again, for diving enthusiasts Hammerhead Point, one of the most famous places in the world where it is also possible to observe hammerhead sharks. For whale sharks, on the other hand, you can go to the Ali Dahl atoll. Finally, Halaveli Wreck, a site famous for allowing the underwater exploration of a sunken merchant ship. A dream sea, from pastel blue to emerald green, and everywhere relaxing beaches of pure white. As the slogan says, the sunny side of life. Remember that the surroundings of Male are beautiful but rather touristic; the great advantage of a catamaran holiday is the possibility of getting away from them to discover less man-made atolls, if not really deserted! And if the distances don't allow it, there is always the seaplane option that can take you anywhere, even to the most remote islands of the archipelago to experience a day like Robinson Crusoe.