Maldives Boating Awards 2018 — Winners Announced!

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At a gala held at the main convention centre of Dharubaaruge in capital Male' Sunday evening, winners of Maleives Boating Awards 2018 were announced in 27 categories. They include:

Liveaboard Operator of the Year: Voyages Maldives

Liveaboard Brand of the Year: Carpe Diem Maldives

Bunkering and Fuel Supplier of the Year: The Hawks Pvt Ltd

Best Liveabaord Yacht Built: Leo Safari

Best Surf Safari: Horizon 2

Most Preferred Marine Equipment Supplier of the Year: Deep Blue Marine

Most Preferred Marine Paint of the Year: International Marine Paint, Seagull Marine

Most Preferred Marine Engine of the Year (Outboard): Yamaha, Alia Investments

Most Preferred Marine Engine of the Year (Main Engine): Yanmar, MTCC

Most Preferred Marine Generator of the Year: Sole Diesel

Best Dive Safari: Sachika

Best Fishing Safari: Dolphin 1, Blue K Safari Maldives

Best Crew Team: Marselia Star

Captain of the Year: Mohamed Naseer, Horizon 3

Dive Guide of the Year: Fathuhulla Mohamed, Dune Maldives

Surf Guide of the Year: Ahmed Mauroof, The Perfect Travel Group

Best Boat Design: Scubaspa Ying

Best Production (Fibreglass, 5-26ft): Conquero, Guarantee Fibreglass Fabrication

Best Production (Fibreglass, 27-40ft): AS Coast Craft, Al Shaali Marine Maldives

Best Production (Fibreglass, 26-40m): Dive Craft Cruiser 53, Mac Board Yard

Marine Engineering Service Provider of the Year: VAM Co.

Dockyard/Slipway of the Year: Al Shaali Marine Maldives

Best Liveaboard Yacht Builder: Waterline Maldives

Liveaboard Travel Agent/Tour Operator of the Year: Maldives Holiday Collections

Most Preferred Insurance Provider of the Year: Allied Insurance

Special Award for Contributions to the Marine Industry: Maldives Marine Expo

Boating Personality of the Year: Ismail Hameed

An initiative of Liveaboard Association of Maldives (LAM), Maldives Boating Awards recognise the strength of the boating industry and the services rendered by the service providers. The annual awards are presented in 27 categories across various sectors and standards.


The gala was officiated by economic minister Fayyaz Ismail. Several other ministers and top government officials as well as industry leaders also attended the ceremony.


Now in its fourth year, the awards aim to encourage and raise service standards within the Maldivian boating industry.