The Maldives boasts nearly 1200 sparkling islands each one is home to serene beaches and perhaps some of the best beaches in the world. The country has everything anyone could ever dream of in a tropical island, which attracts over a million tourists every year. With dazzling crystal-clear waters, fringed palm trees, vibrant coral reef filled with tropical fish, blue skies almost all year round, and friendly locals, it’s hard to find anything unlikable about this Indian Ocean paradise. There are plenty of things to do here: explore the spas to get a balanced mind, body, and spirit; try every kind of water sport from paddling around a lagoon to flying several meters above the water on a parasail; or try delicious and fresh seafood while admiring the ocean.

The first thing that comes to people’s minds when you mention the Maldives is a luxurious island paradise. It is, indeed, glamorous, every resort is built on its own private island which isolates you from the world. It’s the perfect place for honeymooners or anyone who wants to chill in heaven far away from chaotic cities. There are hundreds of resorts to choose, whether you want a private pool, personal butlers, or in-room massages, you can have it all here. You can pick any exclusive hotels you like and have the most luxurious vacation ever. However, if you plan to go island hopping while learning the country’s culture, there’s plenty of guesthouses to choose from.

What better way to explore this picture-perfect country than by sailing on its blue waters. A cruise in the Maldives is a thrilling adventure, but it will give you a holiday you will remember for the rest of your life. You can go sailing with a group, but if you don’t want a crowded boat, many private yachts are available. You can enjoy the ocean breezes while admiring the turquoise waters, have a blissful breakfast on the deck, stop at a populated island to get closer to the country’s culture, picnic in uninhabited islands, dive to see the incredible underwater scenery, explore volcanic atolls, or just laze around under the sun. If you’re lucky, cruising you can also watch dolphins dancing in the crystal clear waters.

There are plenty of boats you can charter, whether you want to cruise on a sailing yacht, a motor yacht, or a catamaran. You can have a week on a crewed yacht, island hopping for 14 nights with an expert sailor, or a day solo trips if you’re an expert sailor. Many of the boats are equipped with the latest navigational gear to ensure a safe sailing as you explore numerous islands. The Maldives has three clearance ports: Male (the capital) in the middle, Uligan at the very north end, and Fan at the very south end.  However, anchoring can sometimes be a challenge since the anchorages are often very deep and compromised of atolls. It is advisable to always anchor before dark.