Four Seasons Explorer Maldives
Four Seasons Explorer is our most intimate resort experience: a luxurious three-deck catamaran that embarks on 3-, 4- and 7-night cruises, plus private leisure, surf and manta ray charters into the undiscovered Maldives. It sails between the enchanting garden island of Kuda Huraa and the pristine hideaway of Landaa Giraavaru in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Each August, it plays host to surfing’s hottest invitation-only event: the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy.
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Bright and airy, our State Rooms provide picturesque views from large port windows. Unwind in your air-conditioned room with one king bed or two twin beds, a comfortable couch, a writing desk, a DVD/CD player, an MP3 cable connection, a refrigerated private bar, a telephone and an in-cabin safe. Enjoy five-star service on the high seas, with a fully equipped, five-Star PADI Dive Centre with nitrox, a stargazing telescope, a massage by a resident spa therapist and laundry service. Bathed in natural light from large port windows, your room boasts contemporary teak furnishings and Indian fabrics in calming tones.
Enjoy spectacular scenery from the expansive panoramic windows of your elegant Explorer Suite. Showered in sunlight from expansive windows, your suite boasts contemporary teak furnishings and cool, subdued fabrics. Take advantage of a refrigerated private bar, along with a DVD/CD player, MP3 cable connection, telephone and in-cabin safe. Enjoy your ensuite bathroom with a full bathtub, separate shower, WC and vanity. It is connected to a walk-in wardrobe.
Aboard Four Seasons Explorer, each day begins with an array of buffet and à la carte breakfast choices. Lunch and dinner menus change daily, themed on regional creations from India, the Maldives, Asia, Europe and the Americas – always with fresh ingredients, gourmet flourishes and complemented by a surprisingly extensive wine list. Dine in the air-conditioned dining room or its al fresco area.
For those who fish, the chef is pleased to discuss preparation ideas for your catch of the day.
Meals are all-inclusive – with the exception of alcoholic beverages – and vary between buffet and table service, shared in the company of other passengers.
Four Seasons Explorer’s resident spa therapist offers natural therapies inspired by Asia’s ancient healing principles. Retreat to the private treatment area on the upper deck – curtained for privacy yet open to the refreshing sea air – or indulge in a massage at one of the secluded beaches visited during the cruise.
Treatment highlights include the restorative and deeply relaxing Indian herbal-oil massage and the hydrating and refreshing sun-soother wrap, with fresh aloe vera and toning lavender mist. Fees apply.
During daily snorkeling excursions, guests can venture out with our marine biologist, take the plunge off the back of the vessel or snorkel off the beach at any of our numerous island stop offs.
Take to the waves with waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, fun tubes and kayaking. Smaller waves between January and March offer optimal conditions for wakeboarding and waterskiing. All watersports are available on request, subject to currents and conditions.
Venture out by dhoni for some bottom-line fishing, fish from the back of Four Seasons Explorer each night or indulge in handline fishing off the vessel at sunset. Trawling by tender is available on request.
Savour gourmet Four Seasons cuisine on uninhabited islands, embark on an adventure with our marine biologist, cast yourself away on a secluded sandbank or visit remote villages for cultural experiences and souvenir shopping – even enjoy a game of football or rugby on a sandy beach.
Surfaris are 7 or 10 days – shared or private charters – during July and August when surf conditions are at their peak. Setting sail from Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa, surfing enthusiasts will visit rarely surfed breaks in the Outer Atolls, accompanied by two expert Tropicsurf guides, enabling the group to split in two based on wave preferences and personal ability. It’s a recreational surfer’s dream – diverse yet reliable waves give the option to challenge oneself, hone skills, or simply cruise and enjoy the ride. No experience is necessary either: it’s the perfect opportunity to learn.
Travelling with a non-surfing partner? There are plenty of parallel activities to keep them busy and ‘blissed out’ too: snorkeling, windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, water skiing, deep-sea fishing, island sightseeing, beach barbecues and deserted island massages.
Sophisticated web forecasting allows the team to accurately determine swell and wind forecasts. The complex bathymetry of the atolls means there are often hidden gems that others simply do not know about. The result: surfers get to visit remote regions, ride pure and uncrowded waves, and experience the spirit and true freedom of surfing at its sublime and soulful best.
Divers can usually expect two dives in the morning and one in the afternoon, with the option of additional sunrise, night and wreck excursions. From May to November, the currents move large quantities of plankton through the atolls, attracting manta rays and whale sharks to the eastern side of the country. From December to April, the wind reverses, resulting in 30 to 40 metres (100 to 130 feet) of incredible visibility and consistent, near-perfect conditions.
Dive itineraries adapt to currents and conditions, seasonal marine visitors and the diving requirements of those on board. Every cruise aboard Four Seasons Explorer is unique.
Four Seasons Explorer is geared towards qualified divers. It is the ideal vessel on which to hone your dive skills, increase your underwater confidence and develop specialty skills in thrilling new areas.
Development courses offered on board range from Advanced Open Water Diver to over 12 specialties, including Enriched Air Nitrox, Deep, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Drift and Underwater Naturalist. Or just join us for fun to explore some of the most unspoilt and mesmerising dive sites in the Maldives. Please contact the dive team prior to embarkation to discuss any particular dive interests or course requirements.
Join Guy Stevens and the team from The Manta Trust – the world’s leading manta ray charity – onboard Four Seasons Explorer for a thrilling insight into the world of manta rays and whale sharks
Improve your free-diving technique, learn how to take ID photos and help record critical environmental information as you immerse in every aspect of the research experience.
Complemented by the superlative water sports, leisure and diving facilities of the world’s only floating Four Seasons ‘resort’, this is a unique opportunity to engage with the Maldives ‘gentle giants’ alongside some of the world’s leading experts.
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