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Adventure Cruises in South Male Atoll
About South Male cruises
Relatively close to bustling North Male, South Male Atoll feels like an entirely different world when you are on your Maldives adventure cruise. The atoll measures 36km in length, is 19km wide, and is a typical Maldivian local atoll. South Male Atoll comprises 30 islands, of which 3 are inhabited, 10 are uninhabited, and 17 are holiday resorts. The capital of the atoll and the largest island is called Maafushi.
Top Things to do in South Male Atoll
Another tropical paradise in the Maldives, South Male Atoll offers spectacular adventure aquatic activities, such as guided snorkeling and diving tours with manta rays, eagle rays, nurse sharks and for the lucky ones: dolphins. Beautiful white beaches adorned with waving palm trees welcome you to the islets, where there are several surfing areas. You can disembark at Sandbank Island for a picnic after a stunning snorkeling or diving session, observing the colorful marine life, including turtles.
Local culture and other activities
It is possible to organize a sunset fishing cruise from Maafushi Island, or pay a visit to Bikini Beach where you can swim and snorkel on the vibrant reefs. Being an inhabited local Maldivian island, Maafushi features some nice restaurants and shopping options. Among other dishes, the restaurants serve up traditional Maldivian fish soup, which is a culinary must-try. There is a floating bar off the island for the guests who wish to have an alcoholic drink, as this is not allowed by local Maldivian law.
Best time to cruise South Male Atoll
The Maldives are an all-year-round small ship cruise destination. November to April is the dry season in the Maldives with the finest ocean sailing conditions, whereas the manta rays tend to stay around South Male Atoll from May to October/November. If you prefer to go surfing, the best time to come for your small ship cruise is from March to October. Temperatures in the Maldives vary little during the year, a fairly constant 25-31C. The water temperature does not change much either: 26-29C.
Where do South Male Atoll cruises depart from?
Maafushi Island is the main hub when it comes to South Male cruises.