General information about The Maldives
Concerning the Maldives
The Maldives is a tropical paradise with white sand beaches and clear blue ocean. In the Indian Ocean, it is an archipelago of about 1000 coral islands organized into 26 coral atolls. They are located south-southwest of India and are considered to be part of Southern Asia.
What am I able to do in the Maldives?
You can eat as little or as much as you like! The Maldives is well-known for its fantastic diving and snorkeling options. The crystal clear water and shallow lagoons are ideal for snorkeling with an incredible variety of sea life, while the reef walls provide a kaleidoscope of underwater life for more experienced divers. The archipelago’s many hidden lagoons and isolated islands are also ideal for an adventure-filled family vacation or a romantic break for two. Relax and enjoy the sun.
Elysia Charters provides the following tour options in the Maldives:
- Maldives Surf Trip
- Surf Boat Trip Maldives
- Maldives Surf Holidays
- Maldives Surf Charter Boats
- Maldives Luxury Surf Charter
- Private Yacht Charter Maldives
- Yacht Rental Maldives
A Maldives surf trip is truly excellent and its a popular fishing charter destination (see detailed information in the relevant sections)
Is a visa required to visit the Maldives?
You will be given a free 30-day visa upon arrival. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date.
What immunizations do I need?
Normally, Maldives authorities do not demand vaccines. If you are from a Central African or South American country, or if you have traveled through these countries before arriving in the Maldives, you must have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Malaria does not exist in the Maldives.
What can’t you bring into the country?
Pornographic materials in any form, spear guns, harpoons, alcohol, pork products, and drugs are all strictly prohibited (the penalty for importing of drugs is severe, usually life imprisonment). More information is available at www.customs.gov.mv. All luggage, including hand luggage, is scanned upon arrival in the Maldives. If you purchased liquor, beer, or alcohol-containing items from a duty-free shop on your way to the Maldives, these things must be bonded in the airport’s customs department upon arrival. These items will be returned to you before to your departure. It should be noted that alcohol can be obtained on the yacht at a reasonable price!
What should you wear when visiting one of the nearby residential islands?
The Maldives are a Muslim country. Dress modestly when visiting nearby residential islands and airports. Your entire body should be protected from shoulder to knee. Skimpy shirts and short skirts/shorts are not appropriate for women. Nudity is prohibited in all areas.
When is the best time to visit The Maldives
The Maldives has a warm, tropical climate with year-round average highs of 29°C to 31°C and lows that rarely fall below 24°C. The months of December through April are the driest, with minimal rain and low humidity, making this the busiest holiday season. Remember, it’s the tropics, so rain can fall even during the “dry” season. Temperatures remain mild from May to November, but rain is more frequent, particularly in the afternoon, and heavy winds and storms are possible. Even during this time, there are generally long periods of bright sunshine.
When is the best time to go to the Maldives?
It is all up to you. The greatest time to visit if you want to explore, snorkel, and soak up the sun is during the dry NE monsoon season, which runs from November to April, with January and April being the finest months. The SW monsoon wet season is (you got it) wetter, with greater winds and rain; it lasts from May to October. The finest surf happens at this time of year.
Both the dry and wet seasons have advantages for divers: during the dry season, visibility is excellent due to currents beginning to flow from the northeast in November; currents begin to lessen in February. Water temperatures are a few of degrees lower during the wet season, which appears to attract more hammerhead sharks and reef sharks, who concentrate in shallower areas than during the dry season. However, visibility is reduced since the currents are weaker.
Is the weather usually good?
There may be days of unsettled weather with rain and wind, as is common in the tropics. This is more likely to occur during the southwest monsoon. We can’t control the weather, so there may be some rain and wind during the Dry Season, as well as long stretches of sunshine during the Wet Season. Bring a book or some movies for rainy days, although hopefully you won’t need them. Anyway, a poor day in the Maldives always beats a good day at work!
What Time Zone is the Maldives in?
GMT plus 5 hours
Which currencies should I bring with me?
Rufiyaa, or MVR, is the Maldives’ indigenous currency. Rufiyaa and US Dollar are the only currencies accepted at local shops (USD). Just outside the Arrivals Hall is a currency exchange booth. There is also an ATM where you can get local currency. Payment for alcohol on is made in USD. If you’d like to tip the crew, USD would be greatly appreciated.
Is it okay if I use my phone?
Most areas in the Maldives have decent mobile phone reception. If you need to make a lot of phone calls while in the Maldives, we recommend bringing a second phone and purchasing a SIM card upon arrival. Dhiraagu and Ooredoo are the two telecommunications service providers. Both brands’ outlets may be found on the right side as you depart Arrivals. You can purchase a local sim card along with an internet package. Onboard, there is free WiFi (15GB per trip). If you go over your data allocation, you can purchase more aboard.
What if there is an accident?
Every Maldives inhabited island has a pharmacy, a doctor, a small clinic, or a hospital. If something goes wrong, you’ll be transferred to the nearest resort or small island, as each has its own doctor/clinic. On board, there is a first aid kit, and our staff is trained in first aid. All visitors must have travel insurance that covers medical emergencies and repatriation if necessary.
Is it necessary for me to book the entire boat?
Yes. The yacht is available for exclusive usage. That is, if you charter the yacht, only you and your chosen guests will be on board. In three double en-suite cabins, we can accommodate 2-6 persons. You can bring up to three couples or four singles on board (one cabin can convert into a V-berth twin share). More information can be found in the Yacht and Private Charter section.
Is there a minimum night stay requirement?
Our minimum reservation duration is 6 nights. There is so much to see and do in the Maldives that anything less and you’ll be missing out on some of the good stuff!
When is check-in and check-out?
Check-in time is 13h00 and check-out time is 11h30; however, with advance notification (and subject to availability), we can accommodate early and late check-in and check-out times to correspond with your arrival/departure flights. If you have a late evening departure on your final day, you can enjoy dinner on board for a nominal fee.
Only youngsters above the age of six are accepted. It is very advised that children be able to swim. Children are always the responsibility of their parents. In some cases, management will make an exception and allow youngsters under the age of six. Please contact us if you require any other information.
What amount of money should I bring?
At the end of the journey, you will need USD to clear your account for alcohol purchased on board. When you make a reservation, we will send you a Liquor Price List so you can estimate your costs.
It’s also a good idea to have some cash on hand in case you want to buy something on one of the nearby islands when you visit. Some islands have modest curio shops, but the majority only have supply stores where you may obtain food and drink.
Photo and video bundle
We offer a $300* video package for your charter that includes GoPro and drone footage. A lovely memento of your spectacular vacation. If you’re going on a surf trip, you can also get a photo package for $100 per person.
*25% discount if charter is less than 7 days.
Crew gratuities are optional and at the guests’ discretion. They would be grateful if you were pleased with the service you received. How much should you tip? If you are pleased with the service, a gratuity of 8 to 15% is suggested.
How do I get to the yacht?
Where can I stay if I arrive in the Maldives before the trip?
If you want to arrive in Maldives before the commencement of your journey with us, you can stay in Hulhumale or Male for the night. Please contact us if you need hotel recommendations; we can recommend the best places to stay. Please keep in mind that the only hotel in the region that can sell alcohol is the Hulhule hotel in the airport precinct.If you need to leave your surfboard bags at the airport, there is a Left Luggage service available; pay at the Information kiosk. Bags are charged a daily fee of $6.
Will someone be waiting for me at the airport?
Yes. A representative from Elysia Charters will meet you at the airport and escort you to the yacht.
Where can I find the yacht?
The yacht is based in the atoll of North Male. Private speedboat transportation will be provided from the airport to the yacht. It is also feasible to fly in/out of the nearest airport and transfer the yacht to any place in the Maldives. The domestic airport in Male is located very next to the international airport. It should be noted that yacht moving may involve an additional fee. Please contact us for additional information.
How am I going to get to the yacht?
When you arrive, an Elysia Charters representative will greet you and lead you to the private motorboat that will take you to the yacht. The yacht will be based in either the Hulhumale lagoon or a nearby island, depending on the itinerary. The maximum transfer duration is 25 minutes, depending on location.
Life onboard a charter yacht
Will I become seasick?
The yacht is a catamaran, therefore having two hulls makes her extremely stable and reduces shaking. Every night, we hope to anchor in the calm waters of a lagoon. If you are prone to motion sickness, please carry suitable medication. Wrist acupressure bracelets can also be beneficial. Most people discover their “sea legs” within a day or two.
Do you have internet access?
There are no unlimited internet packages available in the Maldives. On each trip, we provide 15GB of data for free to the entire party. This should be enough for emails and social media posts. We ask that you use the Internet responsibly (no Netflix or other video sites) and disable all automatic updates on your iPhone, Android phone, and laptop. Please update your devices before boarding, and if you enjoy watching movies, please bring them with you rather than streaming them.
If your group requires more than 15GB of data, additional data can be purchased on board. If you intend to use the internet extensively, it is advised that you obtain your own local SIM card and data from the service providers at the International Airport. Simply ask our airport agent for assistance in obtaining a data plan. These are $30 for 15GB.
What do I need to bring?
You don’t need a lot of clothes. You should be OK with a couple T-shirts and shorts – you always need less than you think! Please keep in mind that each cabin has limited hanging and shelving space. A hat/cap and sunscreen are required to protect against the tropical sun. Bring a beach towel and your own toiletries as well (shampoo etc). We supply bath towels and soap. You will be barefoot on the yacht, therefore no shoes are required. When exploring nearby islands, bring a pair of flip flops or sandals.
A decent rule of thumb is to pack whatever you believe you will need and divide it by at least half, if not more! Believe us!
What kind of luggage should I bring?
Please bring a soft bag rather than a hard suitcase for your luggage. Due to space limits, hard luggage is difficult to store on board, and it is much easier if you have a soft or collapsible bag that can be quickly stowed. You actually don’t need to carry much in terms of clothing, so you can pack light. If your group will not be using all three cabins, you can bring hard luggage, which can be stored in the extra cabin.
Hardshell carry-on luggage can fit adjacent to the base of the bed on either side, however it is preferable to have this area free for your own comfort.
What is your stance on smoking?
Smoking is permitted on the yacht’s aft and foredecks. You are not permitted to smoke inside.
Is there a mosquito problem?
Mosquitoes on board are uncommon when anchored offshore. However, on exceptionally quiet windless nights, there may be one or two. Just in case, bring mosquito repellent. You will most likely meet mosquitos if you visit the islands in the early morning or late afternoon/early evening. In these cases, repellant comes in handy. Malaria does not exist in the Maldives.
Can I charge my camera or any other electrical equipment while on the boat?
Yes, the yacht is equipped with 220v plugs and universal plug adaptors. There are 12V plug ports with USB chargers for your phones and tablets as well. Each cabin is equipped with both a 220v and a 12v socket.
Will my cabin get hot?
Air conditioning is individually controlled in each cabin. While the generator is running, the air conditioner is activated. It is normally turned off after 11 p.m. All cabins include several openings and portholes to ensure proper airflow. Each cabin has a fan as well. We found that air conditioning is only necessary on really hot, windless evenings. It is available all night for a nominal fee to cover the costs of the extra fuel necessary for the generator.
Do you have any snorkeling equipment?
We have a limited supply of masks, snorkels, and fins on board. However, for a flawless fit, we recommend bringing your own equipment.
Do you have any fishing equipment on board?
We have two trawling rods, one casting rod, one bottom fishing rod, and a selection of basic lures and skirts on board. It is recommended that you bring your favourite fishing equipment if you are an avid angler. Lures and skirts are available for use, but please keep in mind that if they are lost, you will be charged for them.
What kind of toys do you have?
There are two Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) and several inflatables available for usage by guests. A bat and ball set, a volleyball set, and a soccerball are available.
What other forms of amusement are available?
The bar has a TV and a huge selection of DVDs. The master cabin also has a television. A Bose music system with speakers around the yacht is connected to an iPod on board. Checkers, chess, backgammon, and cards are among the available games. A guitar is also on board.
Meals & Drinks
What meals are provided?
All meals and snacks are included in our daily cost. Our menu is diverse and freshly produced, combining Asian and Western food. Everything from delectable Thai cuisine to grilled lamb chops, handcrafted thin crust pizzas and hamburgers, or perhaps freshly caught seafood. Salads, veggies, and freshly baked bread or rolls are served with meals. Snacks and fresh fruit are available all day.
With early notification, we can accommodate special dietary needs. Please keep in mind that vegan, vegetarian, lactose intolerant, glucose intolerant, and other similar special diets will be subject to a small daily cost.
Are beverages included?
The price includes soft drinks, drinking water, tea, and coffee. (It is worth noting that many other charters charge for soft beverages and only supply a limited amount of drinking water; with Elysia Charters, everything is provided. On board, alcohol and cocktails can be purchased at reasonable prices; the bill must be settled in cash (USD) at the end of the journey.
Surfing the Maldives
How does the Maldives’ surf season work?
The South-West monsoon, which lasts from May to October, is the ideal time for a Maldives luxury surf charter. The swell is at its peak in June/July/August. Conditions in the “Southern Atolls” are ideal during the North-East monsoon (December to April). More information can be found on the Surfing page.
What kind of waves can I expect?
The Maldives is subjected to the same swells as Indonesia, with the exception that its higher latitude and South-East exposure provide less challenging surfing. The waves are less powerful than in Indo and typically break on dead reef, making it a good spot for intermediate surfers. Nonetheless, it receives solid swells and double overhead situations are probable. There is an even split between the left and right. All waves crash upon the coral reef. Some are deeper and more hollow than others. There are mellow cruiser walls and bombing barrels. You have an option.
What degree of surfing skill should I have?
To appreciate a Maldives surf trip, you should be at least an intermediate surfer. If you wish to surf the Southern Atolls, you should be aware that the waves can be pretty powerful, therefore you need have some experience. If you’re just getting started, some protected waves are great. Because you will have sole use of the yacht, you will be able to travel to waves that are appropriate for your ability level.
What kind of boards should I bring, and how many should I bring?
A two-board quiver is adequate, with a standard short board plus a step-up board for bigger days. Use a board cover or board sock for each board to safeguard it while onboard the yacht and during the dingy transfer to the line-up. Please keep in mind that the boardbag size limit for domestic flights is 8ft, with a maximum of two boards per bag. Extra luggage fees apply.
Is it necessary for me to carry wax? What else do I need to bring?
Yes. Male has one surf shop that offers wax, however it is rather pricey. Bring a base coat and tropical wax with you. We strongly advise replacing your wax with RSPro Hexatraction. It is a clear traction put to your board that is far superior to wax. No more soiled boardshorts, and no more slippage due to wax melting. Everything is so much easy now! Use the code KERRYFRIENDS at checkout to receive a 10% discount.
Even if most people surf without them, bring your booties to protect yourself from the reef cuts. The take-off zone is normally sufficiently deep, and the reef is flat and mostly dead. Remember to bring your leashes and fins (an extra leash is a good idea). A rash guard or long-sleeved T-shirt, as well as a surf hat, are strongly advised for sun protection. Because you’ll be near the equator, bring plenty of sunblock with a high SPF. It’s a good idea to keep a dent repair kit on hand just in case.
Will I go surfing every day?
Planning your trip during peak surf season can ensure you get some decent waves. Unfortunately, neither the weather nor the surf can be guaranteed. Neptune may be fickle, and like any other surf spot, it can be flat or blown out at times. Expect some downtime on your journey. Relax and unwind. Our skipper is an avid surfer and will do everything possible to get you to the finest wave possible.
There will be some travel time between surf places depending on where you are surfing. If you are traveling from atoll to atoll, the yacht may need to sail for a few hours in the morning or afternoon to transport you from point A to point B. Cast a line in the water, grab a book, watch a movie, and unwind. We generally do not go overnight for safety concerns.
Even if the ocean isn’t cooperating, there’s enough to do. Snorkeling and fishing are excellent, and there are numerous abandoned islands to explore.
Is it congested?
The North Male atoll surf breaks can get crowded in June, July, and August. The surf is fairly consistent at this time of year and can handle a big number of surfers spread out throughout the seven breaks. If you want to avoid crowds, go during the months of March, April, May, September, and October. The swell may not be as constant, but there are still some decent waves to be had.
Surfing in the Central and Southern atolls is less crowded than in the North Male area, yet it is still feasible to have the entire line-up to oneself. Elysia Charters provides the ability to customize your trip in order to find the least busy wave zones.
Is there a surf guide on board?
The skipper is an avid surfer who is well-versed in the local breaks and circumstances. The yacht crew have been surfing in the Maldives for the past 15 years.
Is there someone who can shoot pictures?
All surfers enjoy photos of themselves having a good time in the water! Our skipper is a brilliant photographer, and you can purchase a Photo Package that will ensure you get some great action shots of yourself, including some water shots and drone footage. Inquire for more information.
Can I Dive?
Can I scuba dive while on board?
We do not have dive equipment on board, however we can arrange dives through our local partners at dive schools and resorts. Simply let us know if you want to dive and what kind of dives you want to do, and we will build your itinerary to include this. We will provide prices for the various dives that are available. You must bring your dive certificate with you.
How to Book a Trip?
How do I make a reservation for my trip?
Send us an email or use the Booking Form to make an inquiry. We will answer with a quote based on the amount of guests and days you like to book.
So, what should I do?
A 30% non-refundable payment is required to secure your reservation. The remaining money is due one month before departure. If your departure date is less than one month away, full payment is expected at the time of booking.
The day fees include all meals, snacks, soft drinks, water, tea and coffee, wifi, and use of onboard facilities (such as water toys).
If you want to visit the Central Atolls (Dhaalu, Thaa, Laamu) or the Southern Atolls, there will be a fuel surcharge and an empty yacht re-positioning fee. Purchased alcohol on board must be paid for in USD at the end of the trip. A $6 per person per day Green Tax imposed by the government will be added to your quote.
Is air travel included?
No, your quote does not cover flight fees. If you book one of our Sail/Fly or Explorer Surf packages, we will assist you in booking local domestic flights at an extra cost. Domestic flights and seaplane flights cost around $300 per person one way.
Why Choose Elysia Charters?
A resort vs. a yacht charter
Staying at a resort is fantastic. However, after a few days, it can quickly get tedious! Stuck doing the same things in the same spot. Being on a boat allows you to travel far and wide, to discover secluded beaches, deserted islands, and reefs teaming with fish without having to evade other snorkelers. There will be no one to photobomb your shots except those onboard with you. A private yacht charter Maldives is the best way to properly appreciate what the Maldives has to offer. It’s just ready for an adventure!
Everything is provided.
The fee includes all meals and non-alcoholic beverages. You’ll have to pay extra to go fishing or surfing, or to be taken to secluded reefs for snorkeling, or to visit a deserted island at a resort. All of this is included as part of your Maldives surf holidays experience.
Exclusive charter for a small group
In the Maldives, there are various surfari boats to pick from, however most demand you to share the boat with at least 8-10 other passengers. With Elysia Charters, you can sail alone or with up to six friends and family members. It’s ideal for small groups.
Itinerary completely personalized
You have complete control over what you do and where you go. Please let us know when you book, and we will customize your trip particularly for you. You are not required to follow the mob!
Comfort and style
Perhaps we’re biased, but we don’t believe any other sailing catamaran in the Maldives provides the same degree of luxury, comfort, and service as ours. She is perfect for the discriminating traveler. Nice linen, thick comfy beds, spacious bright airy cabins, fantastic meals, cool cocktails with ice from the ice machine, and superb coffee from our Moka Pot, French Press, or filter coffee. It’s the little details that set us apart from the crowd. Yes, there are less expensive options available, but none will provide the same level of style and quality.
Our South African captain and British hostess will ensure that you sail securely, eat well, and have a good time on board. They are professional, service-oriented, and extremely kind – and will go out of their way to ensure you have an unforgettable experience with us.
2011 Lagoon 450 catamaran 45 feet long with four twin en-suite cabins
Speed – cruises at 6 knots comfortably. If necessary, can reach 8 knots under power. In favorable weather, sails can reach speeds of up to 15 knots.
- Two 54HP Yanmar engines power the vessel.
- Tender Zodiac 3.2m with 20 HP Honda engine
- 11kw generator, 100L/hr water maker, with 375w solar panel
- three anchors (40kg Mantus, 25 kg Delta and local grapple anchor)
- Onboard power of 220V and 12V allows you to charge all of your cameras, laptops, phones, and other devices.
- CD/DVD/iPod/2x flat screen TVs/stereo system
- Each cabin and saloon has its own air conditioning system.
- Comprehensive safety equipment (multiple fire extinguishers, fire blanket, life raft, life jackets, First Aid kit)
- EPIRB, VHF radios, satellite phone, InReach satellite tracker, and two GPS receivers
Policy for Responsible Travel & Code of Conduct
Please refer to our Responsible Travel page for further details.