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Plan your itinerary  with the Maldives Cruising Guide

Maldives Cruising Guide

by Max Molteni
This volume is the most comprehensive to cover the Maldives archipelago. The text provides a full range of sailing directions as well as anchorage locations, supported by detailed charts and aerial photos in full colour. A substantial introductory section provides important information on the country, as well as covering navigation, equipment and cruising formalities. Climate & weather - crucial to planning cruises in these waters - are discussed at length and a chapter is devoted to fishing, surfing and scuba diving. The itineraries section provides abundant explanatory advise on approaches, navigation, anchorages, harbours and places of interest for all the Maldivian atolls. All the subject matter is clearly presented and indexed for easy reference. Attached to the volume is a full colour map (36 x 100cm) of the entire archipelago indicating useful waypoints for the approaches and through the passes. Maldives Cruising Guide is an essential source of information not only for cruising yachtsmen but also for anyone planning to visit these unique and fascinating islands. Editor: www.frangente.com. Discover sample chapters in this page and click here to buy the complete edition.
Plan your itinerary  with the Maldives Cruising Guide

Fishing

by Max Molteni
'From time immemorial the traditional method of fishing in the Maldives archipelago has been using rod and line [...]. Recent years have witnessed important developments in fishing the yellow-fin variety of tuna fish,whose price has more than tripled as a result of strong demand from Europe. The Maldives also provide plenty of satisfaction for sport fishing, for the more or less expert. Fitting out your craft with the basic equipment makes it easy to have fresh fish every day. The fishing season in the archipelago follows the alternating monsoons: as we have seen previously, during the monsoon from the North-East the entire Eastern sector of the archipelago is subjected to incoming oceanic currents which trigger the renewal of the marine food chain and, as a result, ensure the best opportunities for sport fishing. With the monsoon which blows from South-West the situation is reversed and the ocean currents lap the western part of the atolls, where marine fauna will thus abound. According to climactic situations, the aims of the catch and personal preferences, anglers in the Maldives can enjoy all known kinds of sport fishing'. From Maldives Cruising Guide, Max Molteni. Editor: www.frangente.com.
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Scuba Diving

by Max Molteni
'Diving in the Maldives can be split into three broad categories: diving in the shoals, diving to the wrecks and diving on the corners or inside the passes. Diving in the shoals is the simplest form. The shoals are generally circular in shape and can at times be subject to currents which are more or less strong. Fish in the shoals are sedentary and divers should not be surprised if, even after a number of years, they come across the same specimens seen previously. Some shoals are extremely colourful, thanks to the massive presence of soft corals and sea fans, providing an excellent opportunity for macro-photography enthusiasts. The treacherous Maldivian seabed has for centuries been a frequent hazard for vessels in transit, so much so that the waters of the archipelago are now littered with wrecks. These wrecks have also been joined by boats purposely sunk by diving centres nearby to create new diving points and a new habitat for marine species. The most exciting dives in the Maldives however are without a doubt to be experienced in the passes. The presence of strong currents and the deeper profile of the seabed make excursions in these waters advisable only to expert divers, accompanied by a local guide. In these cases each diver should have a safety balloon and a whistle with him, to be able to easily signal his position on the surface to the support boat at the end of his dive'. From Maldives Cruising Guide, Max Molteni. Editor: www.frangente.com
Plan your itinerary  with the Maldives Cruising Guide

Navigating in the Maldives

by Max Molteni
'An ideal yacht for the Maldivian archipelago must be able to sail well in conditions of slack wind (average wind speed 10 knots), and must have a powerful and reliable engine. Furthermore, because of the frequent presence of surfacing reefs, it must be able to change course easily and be equipped with a modest keel of a couple of metres at most. Boats drawing more than 2.5-3m will find that their movements will be significantly limited. Avoid venturing into areas with lots of knolls (called giris) and if there is a moderate or rough sea, try sailing leeward of the coral reefs, using their presence to protect the boat from the waves. When possible, skirt the perimeter of the atolls on the side opposite the direction the wind is coming from, to take advantage of the efficient protection this provides. In the early hours of the morning and shortly after sunset navigation can be extremely difficult because of the low sun on the horizon. Difficulties increase if the sea is calm or if there is a slight sea, because the ocean surface refracts the sun’s rays to a greater extent. So plan to reach your next anchorage when the sun’s position will be favourable. Aim to sail in the early hours of the morning when the monsoon winds generally blow less intensely, especially when you have to cross the ocean channels between the atolls'. From Maldives Cruising Guide, Max Molteni. Editor: www.frangente.com
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Surfing

by Max Molteni
'The Maldives have by now become a very popular destination as well for lovers of wave surfing. In the period from February to October the atolls of Kaafu, Meemu,Thaa, Laamu and Gaaf Dhaalu provide enthusiasts with plenty of satisfaction. It is however surprising that some surfing points, including Pasta Point and Lohis, are reserved for guests of the resorts on whose coral reef the waves break. In the Maldives the boundaries of the resorts extend by law as far as the reef which surrounds them, far beyond the perimeter of the islands on which they are located. This is why you can speak in terms of ‘exclusive waves’ for resort guests, when talking about some Maldivian breaks'. From Maldives Cruising Guide, Max Molteni. Editor: www.frangente.com.
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Yacht charter

by Max Molteni

'Tourist charter cruises in the Maldives first started in the early 70’s, using local fishing boats equipped with berths and toilets for the purpose. In the second half of the 80’s local industry started to build more comfortable vessels with three or four cabins, especially designed for cruises lasting several days, known locally as ‘safari boats’. During the 90’s numerous motor-yachts of ever increasing size were launched, with six or eight cabins,equipped with private facilities and air conditioning and desalination units to produce fresh water [...]. The recent coming of the most renown international hotel chains to the archipelago has raised the quality of tourism offered and has as a consequence also provided a stimulus for the local nautical industry to develop superior quality vessels for charter use'. From Maldives Cruising Guide, Max Molteni. Editor: www.frangente.com

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