CLOUD 9, a floating restaurant and entertainment venue located in the Mamanucas, shut down operations on Friday and cancelled all activities planned for this long weekend including filming by a New Zealand television crew and an event that allowed locals to mingle with touring US band Common Kings.
On Friday Attorney-General and Minister for Tourism Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said in a government statement that Cloud 9 was in breach of the Surfing Areas Decree 2010 and operating illegally .
He said he would liaise with acting Commissioner of Police Ravi Narayan with a view to immediately close the operation
Police has confirmed it was monitoring all will activities on the recreational floating platform.
"The Attorney-General has made the government's stand very clear and as officers of the law, we will abide by it," spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said.
Cloud 9 director Tony Philp said he was surprised and shocked by the statement.
He said no notice was given and he was seeking legal advice before deciding on the next course of action.
Cloud 9, stationed about one kilometre away from the world famous surf spot Cloud Break, has played host to several high profile tourists including executives from the world's biggest search engine, Google.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, in a statement said the decree made it clear that any commercial venture permitted had to be confined to surfing and other water sports.
"It does not allow for the activities that have been conducted on Cloud 9, which include organised parties, the serving of alcohol, the playing of loud music and an advertised nightclub.
"The Decree is explicit — to enable unrestricted access to any surfing area by all personsâ€¦engaged in providing and promoting surfing and any water sport."
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the activities being carried out on Cloud 9 also went against the government's intention to create economic and commercial opportunities for locals in surrounding areas.
"The protection of the environment in these areas is paramount and the government cannot allow any activity that may lead to damage or destruction in these areas.
"Cloud 9 presents a clear threat to that provision in the decree."