Kandolhu Island in Maldives hosts a ship that is something different than the typical Dhoni or glasfiber speedboat, that most resorts here in Maldives. With the sleek design and elegance, Ari Explorer – the yacht at Kandolhu Island is very impressive. Travellersplanet was set to go out with Ari Explorer for a reef exploring snorkeling trip. We got up on yet a beautiful sunny morning, and had our breakfast at The Market with the snorkeling gear packed and ready to go.
We walked over to the diving center, and quickly realized that we were the only once going on this trip, so we had this beauty of a yacht all for ourselves. Ari Explorer is a 25 meter vessel, beautiful crafted in white, with a wooden deck. In the front and the back of the ship there is big sitting areas, kitchen, indoor living room and 6 rooms downstairs with bathrooms. We are not into the right nautical terms, but you get the point.
We sailed away from Kandolhu under the sunny skies and after little half hour sailing, we were at the first reef. Air Explorer has a staircase on right side, so getting in the waters was very easy. We visited two different reef during the trips, and as always the snorkeling in the Ari Atoll did not disappoint. Clear waters, lot of fish, turtles and beautiful corals. What more do you need?
Ari Explorer also provides many other experiences. Of course both snorkeling and diving, but the team at Kandolhu can also arrange a lot of other different things, like dining cruises, sunset cruises, yes anything you can imagine.
After our visits to the two reefs, the staff on the ship put up the sails on the ship and we moved on towards Kandolhu only by windpower. It was so fantastic to sit and relax, enjoy the silence and sea, while the nature took care of our return to the island.