The Arrival

‘Savaadheetha Dhathuru’ – The Maldives Yacht Rally to Commence this February 2024

The ‘Savaadheeththa Dhathuru’ Maldives Yacht Rally, is the first sailing event organized by the Maldives Integrated Tourism Development Corporation (MITDC) where sailors from across the globe participates on a journey across the Maldives seas, making stops at local islands, exploring the culture and traditions, and experiencing local lifestyles. The event aims to promote nautical tourism as well as local island tourism.

The Maldives Integrated Tourism Development Corporation (MITDC) is a 100% Maldivian Government SOE mandated to support and to foster the development and growth of the mid-market segment of the Tourism Industry.

‘Savaadheetha Dhathuru’ successfully completed two editions and is in the preparation of the 3rd edition. After completing almost all islands of the Northern Region the rally is set to sail the Southern Region of Maldives.


The theme for this year’s sail celebrates the theme of “Maldives: Small Country, Big Heart.” Discover how this captivating nation with its idyllic islands and warm-hearted locals offers an experience that is larger than life.

The rally will start from K.kudagiri on 10th February 2024 , crossing the equator and will end at the most southern point of Maldives S.Gan on 29th February 2024 . From crossing the equator to riding the thrilling waves at the best surfing spots of Maldives, snorkeling with gentle nurse sharks, exploring the famous shipwreck of Vaavu Atoll, reaching the southernmost point of the world, visiting the island where Star Wars Rouge 1 was filmed, indulging in exhilarating big game fishing, visiting the Royal Air Force Station at S. Gan and discovering the best tiger shark dive spots, every moment will leave you breathless.

MITDC highlights this event as a tribute to one of the greatest King (Sultan) to rule the small island nation, As-Sultan al-Gaazee Muhammad Thakurufaanu al-Auzam or more famously known as Bodu Thakurufaanu. Muhammed Thakurufaanu is most famous for liberating the country from Portuguese occupation back in the 1550s. Sultan Muhammed Thakurufaanu travelled on the famous battleship, namely “Kalhu Oh Fummi” he built, making frequent stops at islands fighting colonial Portuguese power heading towards the capital Male’ island where he defeated the Portuguese garrison leader, Andreas Andreas (or sometimes referred as Viyazoaru) and claimed freedom for the Maldivian people.

The legacy of his heroism is celebrated every year as the National Day of Maldives. He was given the title of ‘Savaadheeththa’ in recognition of his bravery; hence the name ‘Savaadheeththa Dhathuru’ was chosen for this event which is designed to trace the journey taken by Sultan Muhammed Thakurufaanu.

Savaadheeththa Dhathuru is  an exclusive tour through the Maldivian history, highlighting memorials dedicated to Sultan Muhammed Thakurufaanu, and visiting historic sites related to his endeavor. Savaadheeththa: A title given solely to Muhammed Thakurufaanu, defined as the great, noble; like the strength of the sun.

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