Dhoni Stella 1 Description

DHONI STELLA I & II are Maldivian luxury dhonies, each with just two air conditioned cabin-suites, catering for 2-6 passengers and available for private charter only. Maldives enthusiasts will experience a really unique holiday, sailing the archipelago with their family or with another couple aboard a genuine and charming traditional boat. DHONI STELLA yachts are wonderful combinations of classic and modern style. Built by using mainly local wood, the finishing touches bring you back to a time of simplicity and elegance, nostalgic of the antique boats on which these cruisers were modeled; though the modern comforts of holiday luxury have certainly not been forgotten. Setting ourselves apart from the other cruisers available in the archipelago, where passengers share the boat with other tourists and follow a pre-planned program, DHONI STELLA guests are free to design their own cruise. You choose the destinations and activities that suit you, including: scuba diving, surfing, snorkeling, fishing, islands hopping and more.

Cruising Area of Dhoni Stella 1

Pref. Pick-upMale Airport, Maldives
Other Pick-upSelected Resorts, Maldives
Summer PortMaldives
Winter PortMaldives
Location Detail
Dhoni Stella 1 is available from Male International Airport or from selected resorts. Yacht delivery or re-delivery other than to Male International Airport is not included in the charter rates.


Wash Basins2
TP in HeadsYes
Electric Heads2
Accommodation Details
DHONI STELLA I accommodates up to 4 guests in 2 cabins, one with 1 king bed and the other with 2 twin beds convertible into 1 double bed. All the cabins are individually air conditioned and have shower and toilet. Crew has a separate companionway, heads and shower.


Length71 Feet
Beam16 Feet
Draft6 Feet
A/C NightYes
Sun AwningYes
Bimini TopYes
Num HatchYes
Guest SmokeOutdoor Only
Children AllowedYes
Min Child AgeNone
Water Maker125 l/h
Water Capacity2000
Internet AccessOnboard WIFI
GeneratorOnan 7 kW
Max Speed10
Cruising Speed8
Fuel Consumption30 Litres/Hr
TurnaroundMaldives Islands
EnginesYanmar 210 HP - Onan 7 kW
Satellite Phone

Water Sports

Dinghy (Feet)19ft/6m Boston Whaler
Dinghy Hp100 hp
Dinghy Pax6
Snorkel GearYes
2-Man Kayak1
Standup Paddle1
Swim PlatformsYes
Boarding LadderSide
Fishing GearYes
Gear TypeTrawling-Spinning
Fishing Rods2
Fishing PermitYes

Scuba Diving Scuba Diving Symbol

Resort CourseDISCOVERY SCUBA DIVING is available for beginners: US$ 80++
Full CourseNot available
Air CompressorOnboard
Wet Suits2
Weight Sets6
Num Divers4
Night Dives1
Diving Info
Every diver is required to submit proof of his/her training by means of a certificate and a valid personal diving insurance. DAN memberships with insurance (individual or family) are available at www.daneurope.org for divers from Europe and Middle East, www.danasiapacific.org for Asia/Pacific countries, or www.diversalertnetwork.org for USA and Canada.
Dive Costs
SINGLE DIVE: US$ 50++ (including guide, tanks and weights).
Maximum number of divers on board: 4.
Maximum number of dives per day: 2.
Maximum number of night dives per cruise: 1.

Regulator (octopus) per dive: US$ 08++
BCD per dive: US$ 08++
Wetsuit (3mm shorty) per dive: US$ 06++
Dive computer per dive: US$ 08++

Note: masks, fins and snorkels for adults are available on request free of charge. Fins and masks for children are not available on board.

The above rates are subject to 10% Service Charge and 16% GST


iPod/Device HookupsYes


Special DietsYes

Green Initiatives

Make Purified Drinking WaterYes
Re-Usable Water BottlesYes

Dhoni Stella 1 Crew Profile

Crew Number4
CaptainAhmed Niyaz
LicenseSkipper Class-5
First Mate - Divemaster
First Mate - DivemasterAbdulla Muallim
LicensePADI Divemaster

Captain Ahmed Niyaz

Niyaz (nick name Kudey), is one of the most experienced crew members of the archipelago. He is on board of the Dhonis Stella since their construction in 2006. He has an extensive knowledge of the archipelago and he is working on the local live-a-boards since the 90´s. He has been the steward and assistant captain of the Dhonis for years and he has been promoted captain of Stella 1 in 2018.

Dhoni Stella 1 Calendar

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Dhoni Stella 1 Reservations & Port Locations

Start DateEnd DateDetails (Holds can be challenged)
Sep 18, 2024Oct 02, 2024Booked: Male, Maldives Islands* to Male, Maldives Islands*
Oct 12, 2024Oct 19, 2024Booked: Male, Maldives Islands* to Male, Maldives Islands*
Oct 24, 2024Oct 31, 2024Booked: Male, Maldives Islands* to Male, Maldives Islands*
Jan 07, 2025Jan 14, 2025Booked: Male, Maldives Islands* to Male, Maldives Islands*
Jan 16, 2025Jan 20, 2025Booked: Male, Maldives Islands* to Male, Maldives Islands*
Jan 25, 2025Feb 02, 2025Unavailable: Male, Maldives Islands* to Male, Maldives Islands*
Feb 03, 2025Feb 13, 2025Booked: Male, Maldives Islands* to Male, Maldives Islands*
Feb 14, 2025Feb 21, 2025Booked: Male, Maldives Islands* to Male, Maldives Islands*
Mar 06, 2025Mar 11, 2025Booked: Male, Maldives Islands* to Maldives, South Asia*

Dhoni Stella 1 Rates / week

The prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter.
Low price: $8,932
(normal rate)
High price: $16,971
(normal rate)
The high and low prices of this yacht depend on both the number of guests and the traveling season. Send us an inquiry for exact pricing.

Dhoni Stella 1 Special Offer!
Discount: 10%!
Offer: 10% OFF ON CHARTERS WITH 2 ADULTS. This offer is applicable if only two adults are on board.
Old price: $8,932 - $16,971 / week
New price: $8,039 - $15,274 / week (Save: $893 - $1,697 / week)
Maximum guests: 2

Yacht terms: All Inclusive
An all-inclusive charter covers all provisioning and running expenses. This includes a captain and crew that is fully trained and committed to your safety and enjoyment of your trip. A chef will provide the kind of exceptional, personalized meal preparation that you would expect of a five-star restaurant. The listed rate may not include all local taxes, cruising permits, premium beverages and scuba activities. Inquire for more information.

Dhoni Stella 1 Special Offer 2!
2 Nights Free
Offer: Book a charter of 7 nights aboard Dhoni Stella 1 for charters between May and October 2024 and pay only 5 nights. This offer is NOT combinable with other offers.
Minimum nights: 7
Travel before: Oct/31/2024

Dhoni Stella 1 Special Offer 3!
1 Night Free
Offer: CRUISE 10 NIGHTS PAY 9 NIGHTS. This offer is combinable with the 2 PAX SPECIAL.
Minimum nights: 9


Private charter per week on Full Board (up to 4 passengers in 2 cabins):
Low Season (May-Oct): US$ 12,505
High Season (Nov-Apr): US$ 14,738

FESTIVE SUPPLEMENT: US$ 319 per night (between 24-Dec and 6-Jan included).

CHARTER RATES INCLUDE: All meals, water/soft drinks/tea & coffee, airport pick up/drop off, crew (including skipper and chef); fuel (up to 3 hrs average per day of navigation - US$ 100 for additional hour); motorised tender/dinghy, WIFI Internet, beach BBQ, fishing, land excursions, private snorkelling/dive guide, kayak and SUP board, Service Charge (10%) and VAT (16%).

CHARTER RATES DO NOT INCLUDE: Green Tax (US$ 6 per person per night), alcoholic drinks, scuba diving, and yacht delivery or re-delivery other than to Male airport.

This offer is applicable if only two adults are on board.

This offer is combinable with the above offer.

This offer is applicable only in the low season May-Oct24 and it is NOT combinable with the other offers.

Notes: Passengers cruising between 27th December and 4th January (incl.) must book a minimum of 7 nights.
Eventual supplements could be charged in case of increase of fuel rate or modification of the current local taxes.

Dhoni Stella 1 Guest Reviews


Hi Max, we had a lovely 10 days on the boat, really relaxing and so many stunning memories. We’ll write a more comprehensive review for you when we return to the UK. Many thanks again for hosting us on such a wonderful holiday. We’re relaxing now at the resort, with our bodies feeling the occasional swaying motion to remind us of Stella 1. Have a great New Year.


Many thanks for the great 10 days on board the Stella! Mallah, you are a very good leader and divemaster, picked great dive sites, and kept a watchful eye on our safety. Kudey, you are an outstanding captain navigating through high winds and the best fishing sites. Suranga, we enjoyed all the meals you have prepared for us! We are very impressed that you can do so much variety and we loved the traditional Maldivian flavors. Shobuj, thanks for everything you did. Until we meet again, all the best, John and Kathy.


Hi Max, Just wanted to say a massive thanks to you and the team - we had the best time. Your service prior to booking, the boat, the food, the islands/things we did were all amazing. And to top it off the crew were unbelievable - seriously the best. Thanks again to all for making it a honeymoon we’ll never forget. We really hope to come back one day soon. Cheers, Phil and Marcella.


Hello Max, we have finally settled in back home in California and have a minute or two to let you know we are still sharing our amazing Stella Yacht adventure with all our friends. Your yacht and crew, were exceptional. The food could not have been better. All three meals each day were different and delicious. The attitude and positive energy from each crew member aboard your boat made every day wonderful. The beautiful islands and unbelievable water speak for themselves. We argue there may not be better islands to vacation to. I must tell you, our dive master Maullim was the best and most exceptional person we met in over 60 days of travel. He is incredibly special and we hope to see him again. We wish you all very good luck this next season and forever.


Max, we had a fabulous time aboard Stella. Thanks for giving us extra time on the last day so we could squeeze in an early morning channel dive. Despite the variable weather, we were able to do one dive a day, a night snorkel among nurse sharks, had all the time we wanted on a lovely sandbank and three good nights´ sleeps. Hats off to your dedicated, very professional and fun loving crew who are so skillful in assessing the weather, high winds, currents, dive conditions and our capabilities to make this a super fun and safe journey. Stella is a beauty! The cabins are spacious, comfortable and the en-suites impeccably cleaned. A tissue box in the bedroom would have been appreciated. Fay commented about the lack of storage in the dining room, but I rather like the simple esthetics of the dining area with no clutter. Three nights gave us a sweet sampling but really too short. We want to come back for 10-14 days! Now I know why you have so many repeaters. Thanks and have a great year ahead!


Hello Max, I wanted to express our sincere appreciation for a wonderful experience aboard Stella 1. We cannot say enough about the wonderful crew. Bill really enjoyed diving with Nasru, as he was so knowledgable and helpful with diving tips and guidance. Kuday is nothing short of amazing as he runs around like crazy, multi-tasking, all the while with a gentle smile and asking what more he could do for us. Dhodtey very confidently took us through some very rough seas and kept us safe. Saranga made us beautiful meals but fell sick the last day. I hope he is feeling better. Credit to Nasru, and his amazing chicken curry, we did not starve! We enjoyed ourselves so much we would like to come back next year. We will definitely spread the word about the wonderful time we had aboard Stella 1. Thank you so much to you and your wonderful crew!


We are now well back in Denmark (- 2 °C and light snow), after a great and inspiring week onboard Stella 1. Hereby some feedback as promised. It was a week filled with joy, new experiences, great company - and it certainly lived up to our expectations. We would especially like to say thanks to your hard-working and very competent crew, so please also convey our message to them. Malla, as our main point of contact, managed to make us feel comfortable at all times - but besides from this, he was also a great source of information about the Maldives. We are by nature very curious, and Malla was always ready to explain about daily life in the Maldives. We really appreciate his way with guests and his great sense of humor. We had expected that we would have to do most of the snorkeling activities on our own, and were therefore very pleased to learn that Nasru was onboard and ready to go snorkeling with us on a regular basis. He took us to snorkeling places, which we would never have found on our own, and was always happy to share his vast experience and knowledge. Great to learn about snorkeling in the Maldives from someone that experienced! In the passengers form, we asked for local dishes and fish/seafood. And we got it! Kumar did a great job in preparing delicious and nice-looking dishes, despite the limited space and the heat in Stella´s galley. Everything presented in a nice and appealing way. And our favorites were of course the days when fresh-caught fish were available. On top of all this, a very kind, caring and trust-worthy captain, Dhotte, who managed to calm down a sometimes rather concerned Lone - when the waves got a little too big. And who let Christian take care of the rudder at more calm times. So: A great team, with whom it was a pleasure to share Stella 1 for a week.


Myself and Kate have been to the Maldives before. It’s a wonderful place full of stunning resorts, but you probably already know that. However there is so much more to enjoy in the Maldives than just a luxury room with a powder soft white beach directly outside your door. Let me tell you about our holiday. I received a questionnaire about our preferences for food, drink, activities, in fact just about everything that I might want to give my opinion on. This was a nice touch. Once on board, a quick look around the boat confirmed that it is exactly as described and in fact bigger than the photos suggest. The food was fantastic and varied - Maldivian, Italian, English - a lot of fresh fish, fresh fruit, beautiful curries. It is quite remarkable what can be produced from such a small kitchen in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The service from the steward was exemplary, he really did make a difference. From serving breakfast in the morning, to ensuring the air conditioning in the bedroom was on at night, his attention to detail was faultless. The boat itself has a rustic charm not found on modern super yachts. Solid and homely, it’s deceptively large compared to the photos. The bedrooms (there are two) are 5 metres x 3 metres with a small en-suite shower room that is perfectly sufficient. The dining area, which is at the front of the boat, is open, cool and features a large solid table that can seat six. At the back of the boat there is a platform that is used for diving and fishing. There is also a small dingy that is used for visiting islands and fishing in the evening. In the evening the crew tend to stay at the back of the boat giving guests complete privacy, just in case you were wondering! So is Dhoni Stella for you? If you want freedom, excitement, adventure and a small amount of indulgence, then yes, it probably is. I’ll put it like this. After spending 10 fantastic days on Dhoni Stella, I really don’t think I would want to be trapped on an island for a full holiday again. Would I go back? Yes, tomorrow if I could and almost certainly next year to sample the delights of what the Ari Atoll has to offer.