Maldives

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The Maldives has the official name of the Republic of Maldives. It is a state in South Asia, located in the equatorial waters of the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean, approximately 400 miles southwest of India, located on a group of 26 atolls. The country's only city and port is its capital, Male, located on the atoll of the same name. Maldives is the world's largest "coral state", since it is a necklace of 1192 islets, slightly rising (no more than 2.4 m) above sea level. Coral reefs are inhabited by a variety of marine ecosystems from planktonic organisms to whale sharks. There are over 1100 species of fish alone.
Climate
The Maldives archipelago has a stable tropical monsoon climate. Temperatures are constantly high (25C-30C) and the air is humid. From May to November, the rainy season, which is characterized by strong winds, reigns supreme. During April and May there is a transition to the humid southwest monsoon, which dominates until the end of August. Due to equatorial currents, the monsoon influence is more pronounced in the northern islands of the Maldives than in the southern ones.
Yachting in the Maldives
Sailing in the Maldives will amaze anyone with its riot of natural beauty and diversity of underwater fauna, but it is not suitable for novice skippers and has some specific features. First of all, there are no yacht marinas here. At the time of this writing, the only private marina in the entire country built for 30 superyachts is Crossroads Maldives Marina. There are high hopes for another ambitious project: Hulhumalé Yacht Marina. This marina with all the necessary infrastructure should appear on a man-made island and will be able to provide high quality services for 300 yachts.

In the meantime, one can be content with the fact that there are a few ports on the atolls, but repair and refueling issues can not be solved in each of them. The situation with anchorages is not much better. Most islands are surrounded by shallow coral reefs, behind which there are huge depths. Therefore, the few lagoons that can be used as anchorages are open, very deep and do not guarantee all-weather protection. Most of them are located on the resort islands, and hotels set a very high price for the opportunity to use such an anchorage.

Despite this, you can easily find a boat charter in the Maldives. They are usually based in Male', but it is possible to arrange for a yacht to be delivered to your charter party elsewhere in the Maldives. I must say that until recently it was impossible to rent a yacht in the Maldives without a captain. But even now charter companies demand to prove your experience of sailing in the tidal zone in the waters of the coral islands and try to impose their skipper as much as possible.

The official religion of the Republic of Maldives is Islam, which imposes a number of restrictions and prohibitions. For example, here you can not sunbathe topless, and to touch alcoholic beverages is considered a great sin. Tell your team that alcohol can not only be drunk here, but also brought into the country - confiscated everything, including bought in duty-free. The only option is bars on the water, maintained by natives of India or Sri Lanka. There, on the high seas, formally does not apply a ban on drinking alcohol on Maldivian soil.

There is a tourist tax of 12% applies to all visitors In the Maldives on goods and services.

The Maldives has the official name of the Republic of Maldives. It is a state in South Asia, located in the equatorial waters of the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean, approximately 400 miles southwest of India, located on a group of 26 atolls. The country's only city and port is its capital, Male, located on the atoll of the same name. Maldives is the world's largest "coral state", since it is a necklace of 1192 islets, slightly rising (no more than 2.4 m) above sea level. Coral reefs are inhabited by a variety of marine ecosystems from planktonic organisms to whale sharks. There are over 1100 species of fish alone.
Climate
The Maldives archipelago has a stable tropical monsoon climate. Temperatures are constantly high (25C-30C) and the air is humid. From May to November, the rainy season, which is characterized by strong winds, reigns supreme. During April and May there is a transition to the humid southwest monsoon, which dominates until the end of August. Due to equatorial currents, the monsoon influence is more pronounced in the northern islands of the Maldives than in the southern ones.
Yachting in the Maldives
Sailing in the Maldives will amaze anyone with its riot of natural beauty and diversity of underwater fauna, but it is not suitable for novice skippers and has some specific features. First of all, there are no yacht marinas here. At the time of this writing, the only private marina in the entire country built for 30 superyachts is Crossroads Maldives Marina. There are high hopes for another ambitious project: Hulhumalé Yacht Marina. This marina with all the necessary infrastructure should appear on a man-made island and will be able to provide high quality services for 300 yachts.

In the meantime, one can be content with the fact that there are a few ports on the atolls, but repair and refueling issues can not be solved in each of them. The situation with anchorages is not much better. Most islands are surrounded by shallow coral reefs, behind which there are huge depths. Therefore, the few lagoons that can be used as anchorages are open, very deep and do not guarantee all-weather protection. Most of them are located on the resort islands, and hotels set a very high price for the opportunity to use such an anchorage.

Despite this, you can easily find a boat charter in the Maldives. They are usually based in Male', but it is possible to arrange for a yacht to be delivered to your charter party elsewhere in the Maldives. I must say that until recently it was impossible to rent a yacht in the Maldives without a captain. But even now charter companies demand to prove your experience of sailing in the tidal zone in the waters of the coral islands and try to impose their skipper as much as possible.

The official religion of the Republic of Maldives is Islam, which imposes a number of restrictions and prohibitions. For example, here you can not sunbathe topless, and to touch alcoholic beverages is considered a great sin. Tell your team that alcohol can not only be drunk here, but also brought into the country - confiscated everything, including bought in duty-free. The only option is bars on the water, maintained by natives of India or Sri Lanka. There, on the high seas, formally does not apply a ban on drinking alcohol on Maldivian soil.

In the Maldives, a tourist tax of 12% applies to all visitors on goods and services.

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