“The Maldives has seen a steady increase in visiting superyachts over the past few years,” according to Maldives Yacht Support Director Abdulla Waheed. The idyllic group of islands situated in the Indian Ocean is currently hosting a large number of high profile private and charter yachts enjoying Caribbean-like weather in a unique environment.
According to Waheed, it is the destination’s endless watersports and diving possibilities along with high end luxury facilities on land that attract superyachts to the islands each year. The central and northern atolls seem to be the most popular gathering spot for these visiting yachts, but according to Waheed, the cruising possibilities around the islands are infinite.
The lack of a dedicated superyacht marina means that superyachts are forced to spend their time at anchor here, however, such facility developments are being investigated but would require the financial assistance of a backing partner.
According to Waheed, the Maldives are becoming a popular destination for yachts having completed a summer season in the Med that are looking to enjoy fair weather and an alternative to crossing the Atlantic. From here some yachts venture to Thailand before stopping in the Maldives again ahead of the voyage back to the Mediterranean for another summer season’s cruising. Just some of the yachts having visited the Maldives this past season include Octopus, Savannah, Event, La Familia, Titania and Roma. Superyacht Jade 696 is also currently in the region, which is avalable for charter through Northrop & Johnson.