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Yachting, North Male Atoll

Four Seasons Explorer
North Male Atoll
Tel: 960 664 4888's insider take:

While underwater life deserves plenty of attention in the Maldives, even those who dive under need to come up for air. Linger atop the ocean's undulating surface, having fun on a Hobie Cat or cruising aboard a luxury sailboat; or go for something with considerably more kick, like the speedboats maintained by all of the major resorts. Among the countless boats that sail these equatorial waters, the 129-foot, triple-deck Four Seasons Explorer stands out as one of the most decadent. The luxury catamaran accommodates up to 22 guests for three-, four-, and seven-day cruises between secluded locations and picturesque sandbanks. Cruise alongside bottlenose dolphins or jump in to swim among them. Snorkel or dive with a marine biologist in rarely visited waters, home to unicorn fish, giant Maori wrasse, and vermilion rock cod, plus spotted eagle rays, sharks, and rare turtles. The yacht's dive center is managed by international instructors and is equipped with Nitrox Air plus top-quality gear. Back on board, Four Seasons spa therapists join the expedition to unknot swimmers' muscles. Smiling staff are on hand to arrange sunset fishing from the local dhoni boat and dig dinner tables into the sand for beach barbecues.

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