Policy on Responsible Travel

We seek to provide tourists with a memorable vacation while leaving a small imprint, expressing our passion for the Maldives and introducing them to the extraordinary diversity and fragility of this magnificent island nation.

We adore this beautiful underwater wonderland and its inhabitants. We are aiming to decrease our influence on the environment and local communities in order to protect their collective futures.

The majority of visitors to the Maldives stay at foreign hotel groups’ luxury resorts. Choosing a Maldives luxury surf charter allows guests to experience the genuine Maldives and appreciate its people and sites while learning more about its culture, wildlife, and ecology. This policy is applied to all our services, including:

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Environmental Awareness

As a sailing yacht, we travel responsibly by relying on the wind to guide us through the atolls. When wind conditions aren’t ideal, we can still operate our engines, but we do so in a way that saves gasoline.

We are able to tread lightly in the areas we visit because our maximum party size is only 6 guests. Our itineraries are meant to get us “off the beaten path” and away from the area’s congested with luxury resorts as rapidly as feasible.

We understand that for some people, witnessing marine animals in their natural habitat is the primary reason for traveling. Swimming with dolphins, manta rays, or friendly sharks is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Our captain delivers information about the marine environment, wildlife, and reef and shore ecosystems found throughout the route, as well as how to interact responsibly with all of the species and flora encountered. Guests benefit from the skipper’s strong connection to and knowledge of the ocean, earning him the moniker “Sea Whisperer.”

The yacht is outfitted with solar panels, which complement our energy needs while reducing our reliance on the generator as much as possible. Guests are encouraged to use power sparingly, and while air conditioning is provided, the cabins are well-ventilated and have fans, so air conditioning is only used when guests desire it. If guests choose to sleep outside beneath the stars, we have two double air mattresses accessible (up on the flybridge or on the trampolines in front). Nature’s air cooling is far superior!

  • Plastic pollution is a clear issue in the Maldives, affecting even desolate islands distant from the tourist region. We make every effort to restrict our own use of single-use plastics on board. Plastic water bottles are avoided because the yacht has its own water-maker and rain-catcher.
  • All garbage is collected at island garbage collection stations. Unfortunately, recycling is still not widely available in the Maldives.
  • Because we are aware of the damage that anchoring may cause to coral reefs, we anchor in sandy regions wherever feasible to avoid damaging the coral.

We recognize that as a small independent enterprise, we have limitations, yet we are encouraged by Margret Mead’s comment.

“Never underestimate the power of a small group of thoughtful, devoted citizens to change the world.” It is, indeed, the only thing that has ever happened.”

This idea inspired us to do everything we could to make a difference.

The Maldives will be one of the first countries to be negatively impacted by climate change (due to rising sea levels), despite the fact that it generates all of its power by burning fossil fuels. This irony inspired our company’s owner to launch a project to examine the island nation’s tidal energy potential.

Maldives Luxury Surf Charter "Yet Another Unridden Wave"

Presidential approval was gained, finance was sought, and a top Scottish institution was contracted to carry out the initial phase of a tidal energy research project. It was determined that ocean power may potentially meet a large amount of the country’s energy demand. Regrettably, a government change has hampered further inquiry to date. However, with a pro-environment political party just retaking power, it is hoped that the project will soon advance to the next level, and that one day the Maldives will be able to generate majority of its power from ocean energy.

​The proprietor of the company was also part of a team that provided the Maldives president with a framework proposal for becoming a carbon-neutral country in 2007. A “Green tax” was mentioned in one section of the proposal. This recommendation became law in 2009, when a new environmental levy was imposed on all tourists. The tax revenue is used to build sewerage facilities, supply clean drinking water, and set up waste management systems in local communities.

Considering the Community

Our approach to responsible travel entails operating in a manner that is sensitive, respectful, and attentive of the Maldives’ cultural and religious identity, and we encourage our guests to respect this as well as the traditions of the people and places they experience. Our team is always available to provide extra information, advise, and direction in this area.

We stop at small local communities along the way so that tourists can experience traditional Maldivian lifestyle and culture in a non-touristy setting.

We shop locally as a corporation. Before a journey, we will stock up at the main island’s markets and then augment supplies en route at local settlements. We urge our guests to purchase locally and buy things that are locally sourced and sustainable. If clients want to dive, we make arrangements with independently owned diving centers on nearby islands. This all funnels extra money into local areas.

​Our washing, maintenance, repair, and servicing needs are met by small, independent local suppliers.

We rely on local representatives for our meet-and-greet arrival service, as well as transfer to the boat, and we provide specialist local guides for optional city tours if clients have time in Male before departure. This not only ensures that our travelers benefit from local knowledge, but it also means that we employ locals, which helps to pump cash into their communities.

If overnight stays are required due to flight times, local guesthouses and small independently owned motels are preferred over hotel chains.

We have friends on many of the local islands we visit, and we try to introduce our passengers to them whenever feasible in order to promote relationships between residents and tourists.

What it all boils down to:

​To present our clients with meaningful and often life-changing experiences while on a Magical Maldives voyage, establishing in them a deeper knowledge and understanding of this magnificent yet fragile marine ecosystem.

Snorkeling In The Maldives With Turtles And Tropical Fish

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Code of Conduct for Travelers

We’ve put up some simple principles to assist our guests respect the people, animals, habitats, and ecosystems they come into contact with while sailing with us. All of our visitors are expected to be courteous and considerate to the staff, locals, fellow travelers, and anyone else we may encounter.

Before you leave,

No such thing as a foolish question exists. Please ask as many questions as you need in order for us to best prepare you for your trip. Upon booking, you will receive a copy of our Trip Notes, which will contain most of the detail regarding living on board and what you will need to bring. To reduce our usage of single-use plastic bottles on board, we ask that each guest bring a reusable water bottle to use for drinking water in their cabins at night.

Please keep in mind that bringing narcotics, alcohol, pornographic materials in any form, spear guns, or pork products into the Maldives is forbidden.

​Consider using environmentally friendly toiletries and sunscreen on board.

Your security

Our major concern is your safety. On arrival, there will be a safety briefing, and guests are advised to pay attention and agree to follow the skipper’s and crew’s instructions completely.

The skipper will always be in command of the vessel and will guide passengers on when and where to swim from the boat. To ensure their personal safety and the protection of sea life, all passengers must follow the skipper’s orders.

Be adaptable. The skipper will choose the route for your charter based on the current wind and weather conditions. This is frequently changing, and we must be adaptable in terms of timing and itinerary. The captain’s decision is final.

Guests should immediately report any concerns regarding safety, security, or unsafe behavior to the crew so that they can respond quickly. Report any strange scents or sounds to the crew, as these could indicate a significant mechanical problem or something on fire.

The surroundings

Take only photographs and leave only bubbles. This also applies to any land-based operations. Original things such as shells, sand, and pebbles should be left in their natural habitat. If you notice trash, plastics, or other debris, we invite you to gather it and dispose of it aboard the boat.

Please do not annoy, chase, harass, or embrace marine creatures! Use passive interactions in all of your diving and snorkeling activities.

Our employees are encouraged to object to any activity that they consider may cause harm or is incompatible with the welfare and conservation of the marine, reef, or shore environment and ecosystem.

We will do all possible to ensure that you view a diverse range of marine creatures. However, please keep in mind that there are no guarantees when it comes to animals, so any sightings are considered a bonus.

The neighborhood

The Maldives is a Muslim nation. We expect all visitors to respect their host country’s traditions. Ladies must cover their shoulders and thighs when visiting inhabited islands; no skimpy tops or short skirts/shorts. Men should not expose their chests. Bikinis and costumes are acceptable on desolate islands. Nudity is prohibited in all areas.

Alcohol is not permitted on populated islands.

Maldivians on native islands are naturally shy and rarely interact with outsiders. Before photographing or filming somebody, always ask if they want their picture taken.

Purchase a few goods from the local village store, and shop from traditional artists and for locally manufactured products, helping to keep traditional crafts alive and favoring local products over imported stuff. Rather than buying souvenirs at the airport, buy them on the islands. Please keep in mind that negotiating is not a local custom.

Please do not distribute candy, spare change, or tiny presents. This merely creates an expectation where none previously existed. Despite the fact that most settlements are modest, the residents enjoy a reasonable quality of living.

Onboard life

Please be mindful of water and power consumption.

Despite the fact that it is surrounded by water, water on board is valuable. The water-maker can create 100L per hour and is powered by the generator. We request that guests take “boat showers” by getting wet, turning off the water, soaping up, and then rinsing off. Also, turn off the water while brushing your teeth, washing your face, or shaving.

When leaving the room, turn off all lights and the fan, and unplug any computers, chargers, or other electronic devices that are fully charged. Use air conditioning as little as possible because it requires the generator to be turned on. We supply air conditioning till 11 p.m. so the boat can be “silent” for the night. If you need air conditioning for the entire night, it is available for a modest fee.

Please refrain from using hair dryers or irons unless the generator is turned on, as the high load of these products puts a burden on the batteries.

Waste should be disposed of properly. Organic trash may be dumped overboard, but all other waste must be disposed of in the designated garbage cans. We request that beverage cans be crushed before disposal since it decreases the amount of space they take up in waste bags, allowing us to utilize fewer bags every trip.

Guests are always accountable for their behavior. Excessive alcohol consumption affects judgment and lowers your capacity to notice and avoid potentially hazardous circumstances. This is especially important while at sea. Guests who drink alcohol do so at their own risk.

Excessive alcohol consumption and drug or other controlled substance usage, whether legal or illegal, that endangers you, other guests, or our personnel is grounds for removal from a charter. It is illegal to use or possess illegal drugs or other illegal substances. Guests who are removed from the charter are responsible for all costs associated with their removal, including their own hotels and transportation home. If you are removed from a charter due to a major violation of the Conduct policy, no refunds will be refunded.