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Report That Yachts No Longer Allowed To Cruise Maldives

By doina — last modified Jul 05, 2006 01:13 PM

Published: 2006-07-05 13:13:09
Countries: Maldives

S/V Something Special writes:

Unfortunately Maldives is no longer available to "officially" cruise the atolls other than North and South Male Atoll. In May there was a cache of dope found in 15m of water. Of course there was no markings and no way of knowing where it came from. The govt. blames foreign yachts. Therefore they now constrict cruising to the two atolls only.

We cruised the atolls in June, staying away from the resorts and found nice sailing inside the atolls and some good anchorages. At that time Male Customs began charging $400. US just to cruise from Male to Addu (the most southern atoll). Of course we checked out in Male to avoid the fee. We also met up with Stolen Kiss whom recently wrote an excellent article on anchorages from Male to Addu. Too bad it cannot be done anymore.

We have spent many months in Maldives at various times over the past 6 years to cruise and lived on the boat while working. Its sad to say but Male is growing and tourism has turned the locals into money hungry people. They are mostly nice when there is money involved.

Boats can still go directly to Addu as a stop before Chagos or Seychelles, but there are limited supplies. If you stay less than 72 hrs no check in is required.

Noonsite is investigating this and will post further information on Maldives formalities when received