Is Dhoni Stella for you?

If you want freedom, excitement, adventure and a small amount of indulgence, then yes, it probably is.

Thanks for a great time!

I did find the perfect adventure for us in the form of Dhoni Stella.

Over Reef with family

We love fishing and on this trip aboard Over Reef we enjoyed our favorite hobby endlessly!

Quick Reviews

First cruise with family

My family had an amazing week aboard Stella 2: enjoying snorkeling, dolphins watching, eating in front of beautiful islands and fishing every day.

Wonderful time aboard Over Reef!

Trip of a lifetime! The best vacation we have had. The crew was absolutely fantastic. The yacht was very clean and the food was excellent. We will definitely be back!

Fantastic Crew!

Captain Hameed and crew enhanced our unforgettable experience off the beaten path. Aju, Imran and Karthik catered to our every need aboard Dhoni Stella 2.

Latest Reviews

  1. Switzerland
    Laure & Family

    Hello Max, our family is back in Switzerland, a little disappointed to have to wear shoes and street clothes again. But that's life, all good things must come to an end. We had an incredible week travelling with the whole Stella 2 crew. 4 great people, attentive, professional to the tips of their fingers. Aju, always with good advice and attentive to our wishes and ideas for the day's program. Hameed, who led us to places and ensured calm and pleasant navigation. Imran, who looked after us and our children from morning to night with such kindness. Suranga who spoiled us and introduced us to a varied and fresh cuisine - how does he manage to cook all these marvels, including fresh bakery on the open sea??!!!?? We would like to thank him once again for the extra effort he put into introducing our son Simon, who eats gluten-free, to his cuisine. Never before has a chef taken so much time and care to prepare such culinary delights just for him. Our cruise took us to discover the Maldives from another angle, and to meet sea creatures we'd never thought we'd encounter. Thank you Aju and Hameed. Imran does an incredible job, between preparing the tables for the meals, the always beautiful and clean rooms, and everything else. Once again BRAVO and thank you all 4. The rooms on the boat are magnificent and very spacious. Big up for the confort and quality of the bedding. We wish the whole crew a well-deserved rest and hope to see them again one day. Best regards, Jean, Simon, Laure & Nicola

    Stella 2 / April, 2024
  2. UK
    Phil & Friends

    We are now back in the UK following our fantastic trip to the Maldives. I wanted to say how much we enjoyed Over Reef. The crew were excellent, very knowledgeable, helpful, and fun to be with. They were all first class and we wanted you to know that. You have the dynamics on that boat perfect. Chef cooked ace food... although my waistline has expanded as a result – delicious - and Nasru gave us some of the best diving we have ever experienced. A great team. Thank you for organising such a great experience, Max. I am already thinking about where we could go on our next charter with Over Reef. Further south rather appeals but more about that again. Do give our very best regards to all the crew they were fantastic. Best regards. Phil

    Over Reef / February, 2024
  3. Italy
    Mario & Friends

    The "manager" of the boat, Aju, was welcoming, helpful and cheerful even until 3 in the morning! The cook, with his contagious smile, after the first spaghetti with tomato sauce, which was delicious, delighted us with vegetables and spices and much more. We enjoyed Imran's table decorations, and his magnificent sand sculpture of the whale shark expertly illuminated by ecological lamps dug into the sand and adorned with bush sprigs. The Captain enlightened us with his smiles and always with "common sense". Our boat holiday was, like last time, fantastic and perfect. Excellent staff with the friendly Aju who we managed to make dance and laugh while getting in tune with us. Everyone was very helpful, friendly and professional. Compliments !!!

    Stella 2 / February, 2024
  4. USA
    Cedric & Family

    Hello Max, to us everything was perfect. The crew were so so nice and so welcoming. We would love to charter with you again and if we did we would specifically request the same crew a second time as they were so amazing. We were so so well taken care of. The boat is incredibly comfortable and a very nice space. From a crew and trip perspective I don't really see areas that need improvement as everything was incredible. Suleman is the most impressive hardworking person we have met. He was AMAZING. I hope he knows just how much we appreciated him. Cedric & Family

    Over Reef / December, 2023
  5. Spain

    Hello Max, we are delighted with our stay aboard Stella. The ship is beautiful with an exquisite decoration and a super nice and comfortable dining room! All the crew are very professional and attentive at all times to any request from us. The chef makes delicious and healthy meals and the dive master is very nice with beautiful experiences under the sea !!!! We loved all !! We will come back for sure! Thank you very much. Greetings Sílvia

    Stella 1 / December, 2023
  6. USA

    Max, we got very lucky with the weather for this time of the year. The trip was fantastic. It was mainly due to the crew who were attentive to every detail. Hameed, the Captain, always had a smile on this face. Aju, the First -Mate/Divemaster, found the right places for us to do snorkeling, always looked for places of our interests. Suranga, the chef, cooked some amazing dishes, he adapted his cooking to our likings. Finally, Imran, the Steward, always anticipated our needs, maintaining the cabins. The boat is very unique and being on board was special. We did not want to be on a resort just relaxing. We wanted to see and experience the Maldives. This option was definitely the right one for us. We checked every box on our list from seeing sand bars to watching the wildlife to visiting local villages. My entire family enjoyed the trip very much. I would definitely recommend Yacht Maldives to friends and colleges that are planning a trip. Thank you. Patrick

    Stella 2 / October, 2023
  7. Michela & Matteo

    La barca ha il fascino di un’imbarcazione storica, le sue linee sono tipiche del luogo, adattata con gusto e raffinatezza per ospitare cabine molto confortevoli e curate nei dettagli. Gli spazi delle cabine e dei bagni sono alla pari di una camera di albergo. Gli spazi comuni sono all’aperto. La zona dove si passa più tempo è quella dove si trova il tavolo da pranzo. Questa zona è aperta, ma ad ogni modo può essere ben protetta da vento, acqua e sole dalle tele che si aprono e chiudono al bisogno. La zona prendi sole è nella parte alta della barca da dove si dominano paesaggi mozzafiato. I lettini sono in legno, robusti e molto comodi. L’equipaggio è ciò che rende il soggiorno indimenticabile, 4 persone ognuna delle quali ha un preciso compito per rendere la vacanza indimenticabile. Ognuno di loro lavora in silenzio con impegno e attenzione, passando inosservato, ottenendo lo stupore degli ospiti per il tempismo e la qualità del servizio offerto in ogni momento. Il programma del safari è il risultato di una profonda conoscenza del luogo, della natura degli atolli e delle lagune, permettendo di vivere ogni giorno molteplici esperienze uniche e suggestive. Michela & Matteo.

    Stella 1 / May, 2023
  8. Chris & Laura

    Max, the organisation on your part was very efficient. It was nice to be greeted by the whole crew who were all smiling and pleased to introduce themselves. The first thing I said was that I wanted us to be easy guests, that we were easily pleased and that I wanted us to work with them to have an enjoyable trip. I think they heard this. It was obvious that our questionnaire had been read in detail and that everything was done to reflect our answers and wishes-particularly in regard to food and activities. Captain Niyaz was always smiling and always had the boat in the right place-he also has a very good knowledge of the area. Mallah was very competent at communicating with us and made sure that we were doing the activities we wanted as well as asking for feedback to make sure things were OK or could be made better. He was an excellent divemaster, and very conscientious of our relative inexperience. We were comfortable the entire time. We loved Karthik’s food and think that he enjoyed the fact that we enjoyed local/Indian food over Western food. Sobuj was always eager to please and attentive. Overall Max the trip ticked every box for us. The snorkeling was fabulous, and we really enjoyed the sandbank dinner, despite being rained out at the very end. We both enjoyed the handlining fishing from the boat. It truly was a fun experience! All in all, we would definitely recommend the boat experience to others. We realized how much we were able to do once we got to the resort, and saw the limited access of the individual excursions offered there. Hope to experience another trip with your company in the future! Chris & Laura

    Stella 1 / April, 2023
  9. Fred & Family

    Hello Max! The charter was per/above our expectations! We were very happy with the boat and specially with the crew. All of them, each one with their specific role, were very kind and attentive with us. We will definitely recommend your company/charter to our friends and we hope to come back soon! I am trying to think of something, as constructive feedback, to improve your operations but honestly don’t have much to say here. Again, very happy with the charter, itinerary and crew! Thank you as well for your attention! Best regards, Fred.

    Over Reef / April, 2023
  10. James & Family

    The whole experience was simply incredible! We are trying to figure out when we can come back in the future. I think there is no better way to do the Maldives. The amazing crew of Niyaz, Mallah, Karthik, and Sobuj gave our family such a memorable experience. My wife and I really don’t have any suggestions for improvement. Thank you for all your help in making this adventure possible. James

    Stella 1 / March, 2023
  11. Mario & Friends

    La crociera è stata nettamente al di sopra delle nostre aspettative. La barca è stupenda, comoda e in ordine. Lo snorkeling sempre diverso e sempre bellissimo, squali, tartarughe, aquile di mare, murene, delfini e pesci colorati tra coralli meravigliosi di tutte le forme e colori. Il lavoro della guida, Mallah, è eseguito in modo professionale e coinvolgente oltre che simpatico. Un grande compagno di viaggio. L’eccellente staff si è occupato della pulizia delle cabine, della cucina e degli spazi comuni in modo perfetto. Bravo Niyaz, il Capitano, sempre attento e gentile che ci ha fatto sentire sempre in sicurezza. Ottima la cucina spesso con pesci pescati da noi. Speriamo tutti di tornare l’anno prossimo per fare due settimane. Che meraviglia. Grazie! Mario, Gabriella, Danilo, e Elena.

    Stella 1 / March, 2023
  12. Steen

    Back in rainy and cold Denmark again – but with beautiful memories from Maldives. We loved everything: the food was truly amazing. The captain was engaged, informative and very good at finding fishing spots for us. We caught quite a number of fish. Nasru was a good host and he delivered numerous memorable snorkeling experiences for us. We even managed to swim with dolphins which we didn’t expect at all. Soleman was a super steward and also very helpful with fishing gear, cleaning of fish etc. The boat is not as charming as the Stella – but it is off course more spacious - especially the sundeck. Thanks. Steen

    Over Reef / January, 2023
  13. Kirsten

    Hi Max, journey home took a brutal 42 hours since stepping off the Over Reef but it was well worth it! We all agreed that it was an epic trip that exceeded our high expectations. Of course the boat was beautiful and well maintained and we lucked out with great weather and waves, but what really elevated the experience to the next level was your all star crew. We loved getting to know Nasru, Soleman, Captain Adam and Chef Kumar and learning about their lives and the Maldives through their eyes. The service was extraordinary and intuitive. Soleman knew our coffee orders after the first day and was always there with a drink refill or a chilled water before we knew we needed one (and somehow snuck into our cabins and made our beds while also serving breakfast!) But there was also a relaxed friendliness that we all love and prefer over the more formal service one finds at many resorts. You have really great people on your team so kudos to you for attracting awesome talent. The food was also awesome. We all enjoyed the variety that magically came out of Chef's tiny galley and his creativity with spices and vegetables. We ate so well. Every day was a delightful surprise. And we loved diving with Nasru. Equipment on board was in fantastic shape - much of it looked brand new - and Nasru did a great job of planning an assortment of dives for a variety of comfort levels and experience. Thanks for creating a fantastic product and unique experience in the Maldives! Kirsten.

    Over Reef / August, 2022
  14. Craig

    Our expectations were well met and it was a very special experience. A large part of that was due to the crew. All four of them made sure that we were well taken care of and were always looking for ways to enhance the experience. But most importantly they were good guys, friendly and very willing to share their lives and teach us more about the Maldives. My only regret was booking the resort. The resort was ok, however, after the cruise it felt like just filling in time to go home. If we do it again (and we will – hopefully within next six months) I would opt for longer on the boat and go further afield. Thanks again Max for this experience and a very big thank you to Niyaz, Mallah, Kathik, and Sobuj. Regards. Craig

    Stella 1 / June, 2022
  15. Amanda

    We just spent the most outstanding week on Dhoni Stella 1. We can’t speak more highly about all the crew members. They were all accomodating, friendly and knowledgeable about the areas we visited. They were even able to provide us with the ‘WOW’ factor we were hoping for - swimming with a whale shark - even though it is off season. Their knowledge and persistence paid off to our benefit. The thoughtful additions to help celebrate two milestones were also heartfelt. Captain Niyaz runs an hospitable and friendly boat. His immense knowledge of the area waters in addition to the small things such as pointing out the locals- dolphins etc was exemplary. First Mate/Dive Master Mallah was very patient and supportive with us throughout all snorkelling experiences. His keen eye and knowledge of the area and the wildlife made each trip an outstanding experience. His knowledge of local islands was also outstanding and we enjoyed seeing and experiencing these outings also. Chef Karthik’s expertise in cooking flavoursome and various dishes each mealtime was impressive. The food was fresh and clean and every dish provided a different culinary experience. Steward Sobuj completed our whole unique and amazing experience. His hospitality, friendly and helpful manner was enjoyable to wake up to each day. Sobuj’s small touches of turning our beds down and leaving ornamental towel designs was thoughtful and precious. Max was also very easy to communicate with prior to our holiday and was also very supportive and accomodating with making our trip the one we desired. Thank you and will definitely be recommending Yacht Maldives to all our friends. Amanda

    Stella 1 / June, 2022
  16. Henry

    Hi Max, I am a very picky frequent traveller. This was one of our best experiences. It was perfect from A to Z. Communication with you were very easy. The Over Reef is wonderful. The staff was amazing, personable and attentive. Snorkeling experiences with Nasru were great. All was exceptional and exceeded expectations. Last evening celebrating my birthday was so nice; amazing food, beautiful cake and outstanding arrangement of the table, I will remember it for many years to come. We want to thank you so much for everything you did to have such wonderful experience. Sincerely, Henry

    Over Reef / June, 2022
  17. Richard

    Hi Max, we thoroughly enjoyed our charter on Over Reef. The crew are fantastic, they couldn’t do more for us. Nasru is a great divemaster and host. Although we couldn’t find a whale shark on this occasion we did swim with manta rays & dolphins which was a wonderful experience and something we will never forget. I was impressed with the boat, a really good design which gives very spacious accommodation and lounging area surprisingly more than you’d expect for a 54 ft boat. Thanks again to you and your team, I look forward to doing it again soon. Best wishes, Richard

    Over Reef / April, 2022
  18. John & Anne

    Dear Max, I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for arranging a wonderful week for us. From our very first contact with you we were impressed with the prompt professionalism of your replies to every one of our questions. Indeed, that pleasing quality of approach was manifest in all our subsequent experience. The Maldives charmed us, and everything about Dhoni Stella 1 was well up to our expectations, and in many ways even surpassed them. Your team were excellent, helpful, discreet, considerate, and always smiling pleasant company. We would be happy to be quoted in reference as happy customers! Hoping that one day we will have the opportunity to use your services again. Best wishes, John and Anne

    Stella 1 / April, 2022
  19. Adrian

    Hi Max, back in Madrid. Over Reef's crew was fantastic. Friendly and caring, great food (please tell the chef!) and great service. Great dives as well with Nasru. We enjoyed massively. If any, we would maybe have loved to visit some more bank sands or islands to disembark, but as I said great experience, and for sure something we will recommend to our friends here. Best regards, Adrian

    Over Reef / April, 2022
  20. Emily

    We have just spent five days on Over Reef with my father James. I just wanted to email you and thank you so much. We have had the most wonderful time, it is the first time for my partner Mark and myself in the Maldives and it really is the most magical place. Your crew are so fantastic, professional, polite and so kind. Nothing was too much trouble. The food was delicious. Swimming with manta rays, a whale shark and dolphins in the warm Indian Ocean just WOW. We will definitely return next year. Emily

    Over Reef / March, 2022
  21. Jim

    Hello Max, we had an absolutely fabulous time on the Over Reef, you should be proud to work with such and excellent group of people. We absolutely loved all of them. We don’t have anything that we would change about the experience. Next year we would like to book the Over Reef again. Thank you again for putting up with all my uncertainties, I now understand and absolutely love the country of Maldives. Jim

    Over Reef / February, 2022
  22. Gabriela

    Dear Max! Everything was perfect and we had a wonderful time aboard Over Reef. We did not expect such a delicious food and extraordinary service. The guys are so nice, it was a pleasure to be with them. Nasru is an excellent host and a very good dive-guide. Snorkelling with captain Adam was also a highlight for us. And last not least - the ship is really comfortable with a lot of well planned details. We think about coming again. Best wishes. Gabriela

    Over Reef / January, 2022
  23. Dirk & Family

    Hi Max, thank you very much for organizing a great experience for us. We had a great time aboard Dhoni Stella 1, wonderful experiences in the water and really enjoyed the itinerary. The crew did a great job to pamper us all the way. We always felt safe under with the captain Niyaz. He really knows his job and competently steered the crew and the boat. Mallah is a super dive master who not only dives with enthusiasm and competence but also is very attentive to the environment and the ocean. The food was great, we would have taken Karthik with us as a chef. We enjoyed the variety of the food very much. Sobuj topped the service. He was very attentive, did a great job of serving the foods, cleaning the rooms and patiently accompanied the dives and snorkeling with the tender. To be frank, we do not have any suggestions on what could have been better. A big thank you to the crew and to you. Again, all the best and the next tie we will come to the Maldives we will certainly book with you. Best regards. Dirk

    Stella 1 / January, 2022
  24. Jordan & Friends

    Max, It has been one of the best weeks of our lives, I can’t think of anything that can be improved on everything went very smoothly! Over Reef crew are amazing! Spending the extra time and care to ensure my parents were able to snorkel with us. I look forward to meet you team again in the future. Jordan

    Over Reef / December, 2021
  25. Christina & Friends

    Dear Max & Team, I want to express my heartfelt thanks for a truly wonderful and memorable stay abroad your yachts. Despite the unfavorable weather conditions, some of our most cherished memories from the entire trip took place in your team’s care. From the incredibly delicious food prepared by your on-board chef to the tremendous hospitality shown by your crew (especially our dear friend Nasru!), we couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Not the mention, we loved getting a taste of both Over Reef and Stella 1 – each unique and special in their own right. Thank you for everything you and your team did to ensure we had the best possible experience. A highlight for us was the special dinner prepared on our final night. That red snapper was truly gourmet and the crew created so many special touches that really made the night shine for us. Please extend our gratitude again to Nasru and the full crew. Our hearts are so full with beautiful memories for our time aboard your yachts. Warmly, Christina

    Over Reef & Stella 1 / November, 2021
  26. Suzanne & Friends

    Stella 2 was just perfect for us, the generous cabins, the wonderful crew. They are a great team, polite, discreet, efficient, fun, and always smiling. Suranga is an excellent chef, amazing what varied tasteful dishes he cooked for us, Imran is a perfect and enthusiastic steward and boatman, Aju knows his dive sites like his pocket and we had varied and exciting dives. Hameed of course inspires much confidence in handling the boat even in difficult waters. We will certainly recommend your company to our friends. All my best, Suzanne

    Stella 2 / October, 2021
  27. Luke & Clare

    Stella 1 was awesome. We went diving or snorkeled every day, did a ship wreck dive and a night dive. The dive master, Aju, was great and they took care of everything for us. The food was amazing and so plentiful. Three course meals+ for lunch and dinner every day. They even did dinner on a private beach for us one night, it was beautiful. The whole crew on the boat was fantastic, they took such good care of us. I would say the only thing about the service was that it was a little awkward for us to be “taken care of” as we have never been in a situation like that before. But it was so nice and we had the best time. Luke & Clare

    Stella 1 / September, 2021
  28. Christian & Family

    We are a French-Austrian family with two children 13 and 15 and booked Dhoni Stella 1 for one week. Booking was easily negotiated with Max Molteni via mail and WhatsApp. Due to COVID a valid airplane ticket was enough for making the reservation with a very fair cancellation policy requiring payment only to be affected once we set foot on the Maldives. Pick-up was at our island in the North Male Atoll. From there we went to the Ari, Felidhoo, South Male Atolls and back to the airport. With us on board were Niyaz a very experienced captain, the divemaster and first mate Aju, the chef Karthik and the steward Sobuj. What an amazing team they were! Sometimes the captain himself took us with the tender to see the underwater wonders of the islands, including turtles and manta rays. Aju had to master our diving skills ranging from experienced and intermediate to novice and discover scuba. He did this in an amazing way with nearly 20 dives all together. Breakfast, lunches, and dinner prepared by Karthik were very tasty and we enjoyed very often fresh fish caught by the captain himself. Our cabins were always impeccable and nicely decorated by Sobuj, who made us swim with a whale shark long before the other crowds arrived. It’s a clear 10 out of 10 for this team. We can full heartedly recommend this experience making us discover the Maldives in very different way than just staying on an island. Christian, Géraldine, Nina, Noé.

    Stella 1 / August, 2021
  29. Gabriela & Friends

    Ditch the Cruise Ship on land experience!! If you are looking for a true Maldivian adventure, this is your ticket to PARADISE!!! Amazing authentic cuisine, Maldivian hospitality and a true glimpse into Indian Ocean marine life, an adventure with the Dhoni Stella fleet will not disappoint! Our group was a party of 5 - oldest was 62 and youngest was 11 years old. We spent 8 days on the amazing Stella 2 on an adventure of a life time. Off season had us navigating a schedule off the programmed itinerary due to weather. Our experienced Captain Hameed and crew enhanced our unforgettable experience off the beaten path. Accommodations were very pleasant with great AC for a comfortable night's sleep! Aju, Imran and Karthik catered to our every need. We are frequent world travelers and this experience will go down as one of very BEST! Thanks to Max and crew! You will always be in our memories.

    Stella 2 / July, 2021

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