Experience the crystal-clear waters of the Maldives, its colorful underwater world, mind-boggling variety of fish and some of the spectacular wall and drift dives, from whale sharks to manta rays, moray eels to white tip reef sharks; you can have face-to-face encounters with the most magnificent marine creatures. It’s the abundance of marine life that really sets the Maldives apart. The atolls offer excellent reef diving, much of it done at a leisurely drift pace. The Indian Monsoon Current sweeps along the island chains, moving nutrients – and sometimes divers – along. Deep, nutrient rich water flows up along the walls, feeding the sponges and soft corals clinging to the rock sides. Inside the atoll lagoons, rock pinnacles – thila – vault up from the bottom to scratch the water’s surface. In the channels, divers explore swim-through, caverns and overhangs festooned with colorful sponges, invertebrates and gorgonians. At well-known cleaning stations, wrasse and shrimp service turtles, manta rays, and other large marine species. Qualified Dive Instructors on board Anastasia will show you the Indian Ocean’s most amazing aquatic sights on any diving expedition.
Big game fishing normally done during the day, and in Maldives it can be one of the most unforgettable adventures of a lifetime for keen fishermen and first-timers alike. To catch big game like sailfish, marlin, barracuda, yellow-fin tuna, wahoo, swordfish and many other big fishes, outside the atoll in early morning is the most suitable time. Fishing gear can be arranged on request and our crew will provide information about protected marine areas and best fishing areas.
Night fishing in Maldives is one the most popular type of fishing for visitors. You can catch snappers, emperors, barracuda, squirrel fish and jacks during night fishing. Amidst the sparkling breathtaking view, night fishing is a treat for fishing buffs. Though, fishing does not require expertise first-timers too can enjoy the thrill of fishing. Night fishing is a special Maldivian form of evening entertainment in which you could enjoy the peace and stillness of the night under starry skies.
One of the most interesting things to do in the Maldives is to try out Excursion to an Inhabited Local Island. There are quite a number which allows you to chill out, entertained or educated on the culture and heritage of the Maldivian people. Get an insight in to the lives of villagers by visiting these islands. Learn about their rich culture heritage and local handicrafts. Local Island visit will no doubt leave everlasting memories during your cruise on-board Anastasia.
A day-time trip to a desert island is an experience of its own. The raw, unspoilt vegetation surrounded by blinding beaches and dazzling sunbeam-lined waters are like a phantasm. These islands are a popular attraction among both tourists and locals as they offer some of the most picturesque environments created by the azure blue ocean and the white sand. The islands are ideal getaway for couples wanting a perfect celebration to their romance. A heavenly paradise, a visit to the desert islands will definitely be a cherished experience. Tucked away in the immense expanse of the Indian Ocean, the desert islands are some of the most pristine retreats in the world.
On board Anastasia, a not to be missed option in Maldives is the beach barbeque dinner on a desert island. Fresh fish from the surrounding sea are offered Barbequed on a beach when you request on booking. Usually our yacht will anchor before sunset at the location and the guest get to enjoy the best Natural Islands of the World which will be an unforgettable experience.
Seaplane photo flight offers you the sightseeing sensation that gives you the opportunity of a lifetime. The seaplanes are ideal for sightseeing and photography. Their high wings, large view windows and untainted glass present panoramic views and unrivaled photo opportunities.
You are guaranteed a magical tour above some of the most spectacular scenery in the Maldives. You will fly over the shallow lagoons, pristine and uninhabited islands, a variety of tourist resort islands, fishing villages and the continuously hue-shifting seas of the Maldives. This opportunity is available for extra charge to all our guests upon request when booking and enjoy the perfect Maldives picture from the right angle. Best to arrange on your day of departure as the trip starts and finishes from Airport.
The abundance of marine life is a source of attraction for not only diving enthusiasts but also for those passionate about snorkeling. While Maldives is renowned for romance (top honeymoon spot) and diving, it really makes a strong case for being one of the top snorkeling destinations in the world. The atoll topography is just right for ideal snorkeling conditions. Most reefs offer a stunning snorkel experience with water temperature between 26-30 Celsius. Around 70 different species of colorful coral reefs make up the flora of this underwater city with more than 700 species of fishes and other aqua marine life taking the role of the fauna. On request our crew will be honored to show you one of the magical beauties Maldives has to offer.