Maldives 1997: Atoll Explorer
A really nice boat, with about 20 air conditioned cabins and bar, and a well-run Eurodivers dive centre on board. A happy atmosphere, run by a Bristol captain and his mate, Cap'n Rob and Susie. The Restaurant is open at the sides. The top deck is superb - almost entirely given over to sunbathing, with plenty of shade if you want it, and even a couple of jacuzzis!
We joined the boat at Kurumba in North Male Atoll, then visted various resort islands: Laguna Beach in South Male Atoll, Kuramathi in Rasdhoo Atoll (while here we went to the uninhabited island of Madivaru for a memorable picnic - superb snorkelling). Then on to Ari Atoll, visiting Ukalash (an inhabited island), Fesdu, Gaathafushi (another uninhabited island for a fantastic barbecue meal on the sand under the stars) and finally Halaveli, before returning to Kurumba.
MV Atoll Explorer. The restaurant is midships, with the dive centre at the stern.
Dinner on board.
Dhonis (Maldivean boats) on the beach on the inhabited island of Ukalash.
Kids playing behind the boat-building shed on Ukalash.