While others were chasing whale sharks on the outer reef, or manta rays on the inner reef, we relaxed, read books, swam and beach combed. This is a very peaceful anchorage, with easy access from the ocean.
The entrance over the inner shoal showed around four meters at low tide (03deg 31.77 North, 072deg 54.34 East).
The anchorage is marked just off the sand spit islands in the this image (03deg 31.03 North, 072deg 54.74 East).
Whilst you could anchor further to the north, it is advised not to anchor further south, to stay clear of the seaplane landing area there.
Many resorts in the Maldives do not welcome cruising sailors, applying steep landing fees or simply banning yachts all together. In fact we have friends who were literally chased out of the anchorage by security guards, at the nearby Hilton resort.
So we were pleased when on our second day a catamaran approached us with a crew and guests from the Lux* Resort, to the south in the image at right.
He did invite us to make a booking so we went for lunch the next day.
They also celebrate coffee culture, flying in green beans from around the world and roasting each day in a glazed coffee house that is a design feature, just off the main lobby.
Domenik suggests calling reception to book, or emailing him, the day before. Contact details are in the Maldives Cruising Services Guide that can be downloaded here.
There are about four seaplane flights each day to the resort, direct from Malé.
Google Earth KAP charts for this location can be downloaded via the tabs at the top of this page.