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Yacht Experiences

Coral, culture, and conservation in the Maldives

Discover the effervescent coral and secluded sandbanks of the Maldives on an adventurous island-hopping yacht expedition. Spend your charter diving with whale sharks, exploring ruined temples, and relaxing on pristine beaches.

When to go:
November – April

PARADISE & NELIVAR MOUNTAIN

Land on Paradise Island in the heart of the Maldives’ 1200 island cluster. Here, amid the sugar sand beaches and turquoise lagoons you’ll be escorted to your yacht. Once you’ve settled in and met the crew, it’s time for an afternoon of deploying the jet skis, waterskis, or something more mellow like a paddleboard as you explore directly off of your charter.

Round off a delightful day with an award-winning, sandbank dinner as the sun melts into the Indian Ocean.

On to Dhigu—a protected marine area with superb surfing and colorful coral. Discover the Maldives’ best breaks before returning to shore for a gourmet picnic prepared by your crew.

Dive beneath the surf to explore the hidden overhangs and caverns of Nelivar—an underwater mountain that slopes to the ocean floor, and the habitat for stingrays, jackfish, and much more.

JEWELLERS ISLANDS & SUBSIX

Have breakfast with the view of the beautiful Dhaalu Atoll before you. Afterward, explore Rinbudhoo and Hulhudheli—known as Jewellers Islands, the inhabitants continue their ancestral practice of jewelry crafting. With the tale of a banished royal jeweler echoing in your imagination, try jewellery-making yourself using the traditional tools for working precious metals.

After your artisan experience, descend 20ft beneath the surface of the sea to dine at award-winning Subsix. While dining on inventive, fresh seafood cuisine, watch the undersea views from your table.

Join the curious marine life you spotted at your meal with a dive at the Dhaalu Atoll. Swim with dolphins, turtles, and sharks, and if you’re fortunate come within touching distance of a manta ray.

CORAL SCULPTORS & DHANGETI VILLAGE

Explore deserted Fenfushi island, once the home of a community of skillful coral sculptors. Among the remains, you’ll discover carved tombstones and mosques that attest to their skill and carving history.

Dive the Ari Atoll, famous for its clear water and impressive array of marine wildlife. Discover the exclusive dive site of Panettone, where the underwater rocks, with their profusion of sea fans and soft corals, create a mesmerizing underwater tapestry.

Arrive amid giant banyan trees at the village of Dhangeti. You’ll meet local craftsmen who will demonstrate how they use these unique trees for crafting and building. Afterward, for a deeper connection, share a meal with the villagers.

MANTA TRUST & BAA ATOLL

After seeing the remarkable concentrations of manta rays in the Hanifaru Bay Marine Reserve Area, meet the Manta Trust. You’ll assist this organization in their essential conservation work in helping to preserve these endangered species.

Onto the baby Grey Reef Sharks and turtles of Anga Faru next, where a rock pinnacle acts as a shark nursery at this incredible dive site.

Onto an underwater ship graveyard next, where you’ll dive wrecks cloaked in soft and hard corals for a profound encounter with the power of nature.

At the Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve, discover the 1700 species of fish, 250 varieties of coral, and rare species such as green turtles that make up the world’s seventh-largest coral reef.

Explore a deserted island and kayak the mangroves and waterways of the Baa Atoll islands. Look out for lizards, geckos, and fruit bats flying between palm groves.

OLHAHALI CAVE & CORAL FRAMES

Arrive at the incredible surf and stunning beaches of the Kaafu Atoll. With an expert instructor, develop your surfing technique and catch the perfect wave. Make it more exclusive with your own film created by a Pelorus-supplied professional surf and marine photographer.

Refreshed after a beach picnic, discover the Olhahali Cave. Dive into the 131ft cave system and discover the fascinating wildlife and coral living within this twisting, tunneling habitat.  

Help out with an exclusive conservation project in Fushifaru by planting coral frames to encourage growth, including one shaped like a manta ray.

Accompanied by an expert local guide, discover some of the Maldives’ best deep-sea fishing where you can cast a line without any interruptions whatsoever.

Travel to nearby Naifaru next for a cultural immersion, listening to the islanders’ tales and myths, and, if you’re fortunate, watching a performance. Following this memorable final evening, say your goodbyes to the crew and return to the mainland to fly home.