Best time to visit Maldives

Boating in Maldives 2024-2025

The resort you stay at is just a small part of what the Maldives has to offer—take a boat and enjoy turquoise adventures

Best time: November–May

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The Maldives include around 1190 islands, out of which only up to a hundred are resort islands, and all the rest are mysterious tropical lands, often totally uninhabited and waiting to be explored by boat. For an authentic experience take a traditional Maldivian Dhoni boat. The most popular are so-called "liveaboard" cruises which also include diving opportunities. Manta Rays and Whale Sharks are regular encounters. Besides, liveaboards are known to be cheaper than other boat tours. However, even without all those perks, it's always delightful to glide on turquoise waters and enjoy breathtaking surroundings, no matter which vessel you choose. Most boat trips start in the capital of Male. The season runs mostly between November and May.

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When is the best time to go boating in the Maldives?

From November to May, you can enjoy the peak season for boating in the Maldives. However, depending on your preferences and planned activities, the perfect time to visit may be different. From May to October, the monsoon season may affect boat trips, but it's an ideal season for surfers and those looking for affordable rates and fewer crowds. Show more

Where do most boat trips in the Maldives start?

Male serves as the main entry point to the Maldives, and most boat trips start from the various jetties in the capital city. There are numerous options from hiring private yachts to group tours that depart from the jetty or the resort islands. Show more

What type of boat is recommended for an authentic experience in the Maldives?

Traditional Dhoni boats are the perfect option for an authentic Maldivian experience. For centuries, these wooden boats have been used for fishing, transportation, and trading. There are various types and sizes of Dhonis available; from small sailing boats to larger motorized vessels. For those seeking personalized service and modern amenities, luxury boat charters are also available. Show more

Are liveaboard cruises the only option for boating in the Maldives?

Absolutely not, liveaboard cruises are just one of several options available when boating in the Maldives. There are various boat trips to choose from, including private yacht charters to guided tours on traditional Dhonis. Liveaboards offer longer stays at remote dive spots, making them popular among divers but are costlier than other boat tours. It depends on your preferences, budget and how long you plan to be on board. Show more

What marine life can you expect to encounter while boating in the Maldives?

The Maldives' waters are home to a diverse range of marine life, guaranteeing exciting sightings during your boat trip. You'll encounter sharks, manta rays, whale sharks, turtles, dolphins, and colorful reef fish. Manta rays and whale sharks are most commonly spotted during diving trips, and dolphins and turtles can be seen during sunset or sunrise excursions. The boat guides provide safety briefings to ensure you have a thrilling but safe experience. Show more

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