With much of the world starting 2021 still in the grip of Covid-19, many of us are looking to where we can escape to in the New Year. A yacht charter in the Maldives offers a warm year-round climate, dazzling white sandy beaches and beautiful islands with crystal clear lagoons to explore. The crucial point is that the Maldives are open to all travellers unlike most other holiday destinations. But is it too good to be true?
We have answered a list of 4 key questions that highlight all the essentials you need to know before embarking on a yacht charter in the Maldives.
Is it possible to stay in a resort before or after my yacht charter?
Staying at different accommodation has been titled as ‘Split-Stays’. Split-Stays are permitted by the government between tourist establishments and it can be easily arranged to stay in a resort before or after a yacht charter. Permission must be approved by Ministry of Tourism and therefore requests should be submitted at least 48 hours before you are intending to change accommodation.
Can I visit different island resorts for the day during a yacht charter?
On the whole, yes. There are no government restrictions for day-visits to resorts on different islands, as long as the islands are free from coronavirus and they are not being monitored for Covid-19 outbreaks. It is recommended, however, to get permission from each resort you are intending to visit, as many resorts allow guests on a case by case basis.
Can I charter a yacht for one day if I am staying in a resort?
Just as you can visit an island resort for the day from a yacht, you are allowed to charter a yacht for day charters from your resort. As you would expect, it is important to inform the resort you are staying in. Overnight stays are also permitted but require approval from the Ministry of Tourism, and requests should be submitted at least 48 hours in advance.
Am I allowed onshore to go shopping in Malé / visit different sandbanks during a charter?
Unfortunately, shopping trips in Malé cannot be done directly from the yacht. You are, however, permitted to shop in Malé if you are staying in a hotel, which can be organised before or after your yacht charter.
Visiting different sandbanks and atolls from a charter yacht is permitted and remains a key and exciting element to a Maldivian yacht charter itinerary.