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Maldives Yacht charters

12 Knots offers yacht rentals in the Maldives - country of paradise islands located in the Indian Ocean. Chartering a yacht in the Maldives, is usually much cheaper than staying at a hotel. 12 Knots provides sailing yachts and catamarans for bareboat and crewed charter in the Maldives.

Free cancellation of reservation without obligations! You may reserve any boat and it will be on hold for you for 4 days free of charge




“The boat was in super condition”

The charter was excellent, everything perfect. The boat was in super condition (brand new), and very clean. The staff was helpful, and very kind. We enjoyed the trip very much and are looking forward to our next booking.

Gerzsenyi Andras





“We all enjoyed the vacation very much”

Hi Grigory, The boat was in great condition! and it really is a beautiful location. Thanks for all the organizing you’ve done to make the trip a success. Mark

Mark Etheridge

New Zeland




“We tried to make the most of it, but it was far from ideal”

Hey Grigory, thanks for asking. The boat was not in good condition. For example, there were no mooring, deck or motoring lights, so we feared a boat would hit us while we slept, and were not complying with the law while sailing at night. The anchor w…

Oscar Serra





“This was our first bareboat charter”

This was our first bareboat charter and we had a lot of questions. Julia and Grigory were great at walking us through the process and connecting us with a skipper. The boat was fabulous, and Raffaele is a talented skipper. Happy to say we had a wonde…






“Everyone had a very nice time”

Thank you - it was a really nice experience. You were very helpful during our departure and arrival. The boat was amazing, well outfitted, and everyone had a very nice time. I'll be sure to send you some photos over the weekend. We also have some dro…

Jeff Ott





“Thanks for arranging everything”

Hi Grigory, thanks for checking in! It was awesome! Boat great condition and the charter company very professional! Thanks for arranging everything. We are planning two trips next year, maybe you can help: 1. 2 week trip St. Vincent / Grenadines with…

Alberto Goosen





“Great company that provides great…”

Great company that provides great customer service and find the best deals. I'm especially grateful to Grigory for helping us negotiate and reschedule our multi boat sailing trip that had to be postponed because of COVID-19. Great job and thank you!…

Igor N



Weather in the Maldives

The Maldives is a state consisting of almost 1,200 coral islands stretching from north to south. It gained it’s independence in 1968. The climate is subequatorial, hot, the maximum temperature of water and air is about 30 ° C. The best time for chartering the boat is from November to March, when the northeast monsoons prevail. The rainy season lasts all summer.

Great plus of this destination is well-established air traffic: most European countries to the archipelago have direct flights almost every day.

The flight from Europe to the Maldivian Hulule Airport takes about 10 hours. Some tourists may need to have a visa, but it is usually automatically stamped at the airport upon presentation of a voucher issued by a travel or charter company.

Sailing in the Maldives

The Maldives is one of the most spectacular places in the world. A lot of photos with snow-white coral sand and shallow turquoise waters that you may see in calendars and desktops are made there. The islands are a mountain range that has sunk under the water and protrudes slightly above the surface of the sea. This is the “lowest” country in the world: the average height above sea level is only 1.5 meters.

The archipelago has a reputation of a paradise, which is preferred by lovers and newlyweds, however, serene romance is far from the only format available for tourists. If you want to fully enjoy the beauty and diversity of the “flower of India”, we recommend renting a yacht in the Maldives. This is an unforgettable experience that will allow you to see many amazingly beautiful places - both above and below the surface of the water. To rent a yacht in the Maldives means to get impressions inaccessible to ordinary "beach" tourists and to take not only beautiful, but also interesting pictures.

The Maldives is famous for the fact that each island is either one luxury hotel with fantastic white beaches and bungalows, or an uninhabited island with amazing flora and fauna. Several islands, including the only island city of Male, are inhabited by locals. There is also a marina where you can rent a yacht. Most popular in the Maldives is the rental of a catamaran or premium yacht. A catamaran with less draft allows you to walk as close to reefs as possible. In general, given the large number of reefs, it is better to rent a yacht in the Maldives with a captain or if you have sufficient yachting experience.

Cuisine in the Maldives

Sailing yacht or catamaran charter actually gives travelers the ability to move around in a floating mini-hotel. You may hire a cook who will be happy to prepare traditional local dishes for you. Cuisine in the Maldives stands on three pillars: seafood, fruits and coconut milk. The main dish of the archipelago is tuna with rice, which is served with various seasonings and sauces. Smoked tuna “maskhuni” with coconut pulp, lime juice and spices is also popular. If you decide to rent a yacht in the Maldives and go on a cruise around the islands, you will have a chance to try these and other dishes in their many variations.

In addition to the natural beauties and gastronomic delights, the Maldives is distinguished by a distinctive culture, in which Arabian, African and Asian influences are distinctly traced. For an active traveler seeking not only to relax in a hammock under palm trees, but also to get acquainted with real life, a yacht charter in the Maldives is a very attractive option.


Interestingly, in the Maldives, the main transport are sailing and motor boats. Most of the transportation is carried out by boats and seaplanes. Land public transport does not exist, since only two islands have roads. Any island can be crossed in 1.5-2 hours. Between the islands "dons" constantly transport people and goods. Large Vedis boats are used for long voyages to distant atolls.

However, those who choose a yacht charter will use all these means of transportation only out of curiosity, because they will always have at their disposal a comfortable vessel that meets all requests and wishes.


Fans of diving and snorkeling will especially appreciate this option: renting a yacht in the Maldives will give them a chance to easily reach distant atolls, where the purity of the water provides fantastic visibility and the underwater world amazes with paradise colors and bizarre shapes. The Maldives is an excellent place for diving, and few tourists avoid the temptation to plunge into the bright waters of the Indian Ocean with a mask or scuba diving at least once. In addition to coral reefs, you can look at caves, the remains of sunken ships and other attractions.


Another adventure worth renting a yacht in the Maldives is fishing. Popular fishing species are sailboat, barracuda, swordfish, tuna, blue and black marlin, sea bass. Despite the fact that many resorts organize morning, evening and night fishing expeditions on speed boats and sailboats, yacht rental gives in this sense much more freedom. We recommend anglers to take an experienced guide to help: fishing in these waters has its own characteristics. For example, due to the fact that the fish is often characterized by large size and strength, it may take considerable effort and dexterity to pull you out, and tackle can require remarkable strength. So if fishing is adrenaline for you, and not meditation, your option is to rent a yacht with a team experienced in this sport. Also note that the law prohibits fishing in places that have the status of protected areas (this can be any coral reef near the hotel), therefore it is better to deal with it under the guidance of a local expert. An imposing fine is imposed for poaching, even unintentionally.

Renting a boat

And of course, you can always rent a yacht in the Maldives for a romantic trip, a spectacular wedding or other celebration. 12 knots will find the right boat for your sailing vacation.

So, if you decide to rent a yacht in the Maldives, then you are either a fan of underwater beauty or who wants to visit the most amazing beaches of the Indian Ocean. For those and other Maldives - just a fabulous paradise with an abundance of all kinds of diving centers and beautiful hotels. Seekers of peace and solitude are recommended to visit uninhabited islands, for landing on which you must obtain permission in advance. Yacht parking on these islands is usually free.

Yacht charters in the Maldives will allow you to see unique places like: Fulhadhu Beach with palm trees and a sand scythe leaning towards the water, Maadhu Beach, where you can taste local dishes right by the water. Taking a yacht on a charter, you will not be attached to one hotel, but you will be able to see different islands and take away with you a lot of unforgettable impressions.

Yacht Charters in the Maldives: Key Benefits

  • Great opportunities for landscape and underwater photography
  • Hundreds of interesting diving sites
  • One of the best exotic fishing spots in the world.
  • A large number of diverse islands, including uninhabited

Frequently Asked Questions about yachting in Maldives

How much does it cost to rent a yacht in Maldives ?

The price of yacht charter in Maldives depends on number of factors (age & size of the boat, time of the year). On our web site you may find boats from $3,974 per week and all the way up to $79,900 per week. The median price for a one week charter in Maldives is around $31,016

How many boats are available for rent in Maldives ?

We offer professional fleet of 6 yachts available for bareboat or crewed charter in Maldives.

What are the main yacht charter bases in Maldives ?

Most of the boats for charter in Maldives are available at the following bases: Hulhumale - 12 boats

What boats are available for charter in Maldives ?

The following yacht types are available for bareboat charter in Maldives : 1 - Sail yachts 2 - Powerboats 6 - Catamarans
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