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General Information Maldives

The republic of the Maldives is an impressive chain of small islands stretching over nearly 900 kilometers across de Indian Ocean, South-West of the tip of India. As a result of wind, waves and coral growth, islands come and go. Officially there are around 1200 islands, but the number depends on the classification.

The islands are set in 26 ring shaped atolls, which enclose a lagoon of 35-70 meters deep, from which reefs and islands rise steeply. Of the islands, only 200 are classified as locally inhabited islands, in addition to another 80-odd resort islands.

The weather in the Maldives is split into a dry season (September - May) and a wet season (May - September). Although the hours of sunshine do not differ very much between the seasons (about 8 hours per day), in the wet season there are virtually daily showers that last for about an hour. Only occasionally there are days of solid rain. The wind in the dry season is light to moderate from the North-East, in the wet season it is typically moderate from the South-West. Squalls rarely bring more than 30 knots of wind. This makes the Maldives a year-round destination with a low season from June to August.The islands of The Maldives form one of the greatest diving centres in the world, with its crystal clear waters and magnificent turquoise lagoons being home to a variety and abundance of colourful marine life and stunning coral reefs. The weather is great, year round with water temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius and great visibility. 

The Maldives is also a fishermen's paradise, with game fishing on the open sea between the atolls. The main species of game fish are King Mackerel, Kingfish, yellowfin tuna, sailfish, barracuda, wahoo, jackfish, and dorado.

Indian Ocean Charters has been the only sailing catamaran charter company in The Maldives since its start in 2005. Our crew has local knowledge and will bring you to the best dive and snorkel spots. Each catamaran has 4 sets of dive equipment is on board that can be used by certified divers.

The chef will prepare delicious food and will bring sundowners at the end of the day when you watch the beautiful sunsets. Free from tourists, experience the luxury and beauty of this part of the world in the total privacy of your catamaran.

The Maldives is easily accessible by air from Europe, Middle East and Asia, serviced by both scheduled and charter carriers (for more info, go to www.visitmaldives.com). Visas are issued at the airport and customs formalities are quick and trouble free.

Alcohol (although we are licensed to serve alcoholic drinks on board) cannot be brought into the country.

Explore the beauty of The Maldives in a different, exciting and active way. Ask for a QUOTE today and find out that a week on board our 44-ft catamaran "Kingfish" or 48ft catamaran "Sailfish" gives excellent value for money.