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Positive Maldives Experience Despite Lack Of Facilities

By doina — last modified Oct 21, 2005 11:33 AM

Published: 2005-10-21 11:33:25
Countries: Maldives

On a recent holiday in Maldives we were amazed at the general lack of facilities for cruising yachts. It obviously is not a priority with the tourism authorities to encourage cruising yachts, but having said that, the Maldives is one of my favourite destinations, and if you can be organised and have the assistance of a competent agent, many of the associated headaches can be avoided.

We were fortunate to enlist the services of Nooranma Travel in the person of Ahamed Nausahad, who assisted us with checking in and refuelling and sourcing of supplies and spares. Very professional and extremely helpful, and I would recommend him. He can be contacted either on channel 16 or through his website www.nooranma.com or e-mail: naushad@nooranma.com I would recommend contacting them before making landfall in Maldives. Checking in is at the small Commercial Harbour which can be scary if the wind is over 15 knots. However once tied up, its pretty much a breeze, as the officials all come to the boat.

Anchorages at the Hulumale Lagoon appear to be quite acceptable, and I suspect will improve with time as Hulumale develops. I would suggest not trying to visit the city of Male with a yacht, but anchoring in Hulumale and using the Ferry to commute.

Rob Wiese, Sept 2005

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