Weather and sailing conditions:
The Maldives is a small country comprised of over 1000 islands and atolls located in the Indian Ocean with a tropical climate. The temperatures are consistently between 22°C and 33°C all year round. There are two monsoon seasons, the first between June and July and the second between November to April. The best time to rent a catamaran in the Maldives is during the second monsoon season, as it has less rainfall and more stable wind conditions. While December and January tend to be the most popular months to rent a catamaran in the Maldives, November or May can be great months to go as well due to the still idealistic conditions - lower levels of rain than in the summer months, and less tourists.
Getting to the Maldives
As the Maldives are a series of islands located in the Indian Ocean, the most reasonable way to get there is via flying. The main international airport, Velana International Airport, is located in Hulhulé, which is nearby the capital, and makes a good starting point to get to other islands that are less accessible internationally. Depending on where your charter base is at, you can go from here directly to Malé for a visit, or you can hop on another Maldivian aircraft to begin your journey from another island. There are also boats and ferries between some islands, which could be a reasonable choice as well, depending on your catamaran charter location in the Maldives..
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Top sights and cultural expeditions
The Maldives capital Malé is referred to as "the king's island” due to the historical significance of the ex-dynasty that once ruled the Maldives. Not only is "the king's island” historically significant, but it is also the most populated island in the Maldives, making it a good starting point for familiarizing yourself with the local culture and practices. We recommend starting in Malé to truly grasp the essence of life and to find yourself enamoured by local history, food, and events.
Marine life exploration and relaxation made easy
Rich marine biodiversity fills the waters surrounding the Maldives with vibrant and unique life, some of which can only be found in this part of the world. If you are a fan of exploring the ocean and its flora and fauna, there are around 200 different species of coral, over 1,000 species of fish and 21 species of whales and dolphins. You will be delighted to snorkel in any of the 187 coral reef systems dispersed throughout the surrounding areas and swim alongside the brightly coloured fish... Maybe you will even spot a sea turtle or get the opportunity to dive with sharks! Either way, the marine ecosystems here are diverse and plentiful with so much to offer that you will never run out of beautiful, shocking, and incredible things to see below the surface.
Not only can you dive into a world unknown below the surface, but on land you can experience relaxation like never before! The multitude of islands make it easy to discover a new, untouched stretch of beach, a hidden atoll or a private place to take a stroll. Imagine the ocean breeze cooling your skin during the hot summer while you unwind doing whatever it is you please in the moment... Finish a good book, take a dip in the turquoise water, sunbathe on the soft sand... The possibilities for relaxation are endless when you charter a catamaran in the Maldives!
Healthy, fresh, delicious Maldivian cuisine
Are you a foodie at heart? The Maldives would love to welcome you! Taste the delicious Maldivian cuisine and indulge your taste buds in flavours and textures you have never experienced. Predominantly using fish, coconut and starches, the Maldivian cuisine is generally fresh and healthy, not to mention packed with flavour! Spices and seasoning methods stem from Indian cuisine, as well as traditional Maldivian practices. The use of coconuts and fish as the main ingredients in their dishes originate from the accessibility of these items, due to the surrounding tropical environment.
A local favourite that is eaten with many meals is a traditional bread called "roshi” in the Maldives, but otherwise known as a chapati or roti depending on the region in question. This is an unleavened flatbread that works well with many different flavours and textures and can be eaten alongside nearly any dish for some added warmth and savoury goodness—give it a try when you rent a catamaran in the Maldives!
Another Maldivian specialty waiting to delight your palate is "mas riha,” a warm tuna curry cooked with loads of ultra-fragrant spices and coconut milk and served with either white rice or roshi. The coconut milk rounds out the flavour for the perfect savoury dish with a hint of sweetness.
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