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Beyond Luxury on board Silver Angel in the Maldives

6th Nov 2013

With sheltered superyacht anchorages a-plenty, step aboard the 64.5m (211’6) Benetti built Silver Angel to easily flit from resort to resort, en route exploring uninhabited islands, remote dive sites and fishing grounds that are inaccessible to all but the water traveller in the less-chartered waters of the Maldives.

Let Camper & Nicholsons take you on an unforgettable charter in the Maldives on board the 64.5m (211'6) Silver Angel inspired by the Further Afield feature in the Autumn edition of SEA+I. Starting your charter in the Port of Malé, cruise through to the North Malé Atoll, and anchor off the boutique island resort of Baros. 

The next day, rise early and jump in to explore the underwater world around Kihaadhuffaru Thila using the scuba diving equipment provided by Silver Angel. The waters are teeming with stingrays and nurse sharks. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at anchor on the elegant Art Deco themed sundeck outside the Kudarikilu lagoon, before taking the tender to the islands inside the lagoon for an insight into the local way of life. Discover the village markets where locals weave traditional Thun’du kunaa mats.

Freshen up for lunch whilst the crew set up loungers on the uninhabited island of Gemendhoo. Enjoy a barbecue of the catch of the day expertly prepared by your chef, Barbara Sgouromallis, on your own desert island. Fishing is a way of life in the Maldives but if fishing is not for you then set off in the kayaks to admire the dogtooth tuna, salt fish, Wahoo and red snapper as they mill just beneath the surface. Spend the afternoon on deck spotting one of the thirty or so species of whale and dolphin as they bask in the shallow waters of the atolls before leaving early evening to feed offshore at night. Enjoy another dinner ashore by fire torchlight or dine on board.

Following a few days in the Baa Atoll, cruise on to neighbouring Raa Atoll. Rise before sunrise and practice yoga on one of the deserted sandbanks set in the middle of the ocean while the sun’s rays break through dawn to greet the day. Discover the famous heritage site Redhinge Usgandu on the island of Ugulu. Cruise on and dive in the waters surrounding Vaadhoo Faru. Numerous anchorages that also double up as great fishing spots surround the island. Step ashore onto the neighbouring island of Alifushi where you will find a traditional boat-building village.

If all of this sounds too relaxing, then you can always fine-tune your golf using the Tee-it golf machine on deck, challenge your family and friends to whizz down the huge inflatable slide or simply stay in shape in the state-of-the art gym.

From the Raa Atoll, cruise on to the Shaviyani Atoll. The island of Maroshi is home to the historic Haani Tree – a famous landmark dating back to the days of the Utheemu brothers and their struggle against the Portuguese.

After a dose of culture ashore, move on to the Haa Daalu Atoll for more great dive spots, including a number of unique wreck dives. Known as the graveyard of several ships, Maamakunudhoo in the southeast of the atoll has the wreck of the Persia Merchant, which sank in 1658, and the Hayston, which was wrecked in 1819.

Cruise north towards the Haa Alif Atoll. The archipelago is home to Utheemu – the birthplace of the legendary hero Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu who freed the nation from the Portuguese. Following a few days exploring the northern-most atoll, overnight cruise to the Shaviyani Atoll for more great diving before moving on to the Lhaviyani Atoll. Here you can spend a night ashore in a local home on the island of Naifaru, dine at the Kanuhura resort, or simply discover uninhabited island after island.

As you come to the end of your cruise through the atolls of the Maldives, enjoy one last dip in the dazzling Jacuzzi with unparalleled views of the sea and understand why Silver Angel has a peerless charter reputation.

For more information on chartering in the Maldives and Silver Angel, please contact your nearest Camper & Nicholsons broker.

by Camper Nicholsons

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Aboard Silver Angel you can easily flit from resort to resort, discovering an array of unique uninhabited islands as you go