It was the year 2007 when the boating industry formed an organization called the Liveaboard Association of Maldives with the principle objective of getting a safe harbor for the growing cruising industry.
Years passed by while the members and management of the industry waited while conducting continuous communication with the government in order to find a proper solution in obtaining a designated harbor facility with support services for the industry.
Twelve years after the organization was formed, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s current government recognized the initiative and gave the status of a national organization on 23rd December 2018, changing the name of the Industry NGO to National Boating Association of Maldives (NBAM).
Exactly one year after celebrating its national status, Hon. Ali Waheed, Minister of Tourism announced the location of a designated harbor for the industry to be developed at Dhiyaneru 2, about 8 kilometres from the capital Male’ and Hulhumale'.
A long awaited dream of a 40 year old industry receives hope that the government has listened to the request and it will become a reality soon.