Overview

Day 1 - Flight 
Day 2 - Malé
Day 3 - South Malé Atoll 
Day 4 - Rannalhi 
Day 5 - Vaavu Felidu & Alimatha
Day 6 - Anbaraa 
Day 7 - South Ari Atoll 
Day 8 - Ariadhoo 
Day 9 - Return Flight 

Maldivian Magic

A relaxed cruise in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean exploring the beautiful Central Atolls with time for swimming, snorkelling or diving

The Maldives, a tropical nation composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls and more than 1,000 coral islands, is draped pearl-like across the Indian Ocean. Known for its crystal white sands, sheltered blue lagoons and marvellous coral reefs teeming with marine life, it redefines paradise. Each island is a coral encrusted peak from a range of submerged volcanoes, stretching from just off the Indian sub-continent to south of the equator.

Combining the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the traditional tranquility of local island life, the best way to experience the beauty of the atolls is to island hop by small ship, truly the ideal way to absorb the Maldivian essence.

A comfortable yacht is the best way to explore the world’s most beautiful archipelago, a slowly disappearing paradise of white palm-fringed beaches and turquoise seas. Swim with mantas, eagle rays and reef sharks. Experience the thrill of night snorkelling and fishing.

The islands have an excellent reputation for superb snorkelling and world-class dive sites. For the more adventurous there is the chance to explore the underwater world with a series of dives or individual dives. This magical Maldivian realm is the ultimate destination for total relaxation, a place where you can expect to lose all sense of time, kick off your shoes, lay back and relax. Truly ‘barefoot’ living at its most delightful.

Key Features

No Single Supplement
Natural Wonders
Small Ship Sailing
Drinks Included
Group Size: 2 – 20

 

Day 1 Fly overnight from your chosen airport via Dubai to Malé via Colombo.

Day 2 Transfer to MV Yasawa Princess, a 20 minute boat ride from Malé. Enjoy a cocktail and watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean. (L, D)

Day 3 Depart from Malé and cross Vaadhoo Channel to South Male’ Atoll. Visit beautiful Kalhuhuraa to relax, soak up the sun and take a dip in the warm Indian Ocean. Diving options: Vaagali Caves, an easy dive site with overhangs and an abundance of schooling fish, and Vaagali Thila, a pinnacle in the channel with fine coral and marine life and maybe schooling sharks. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Cruise to Rannalhi island, on the western edge of South Malé Atoll. Evening fishing trip using traditional hand lines. Diving options: Guraidhoo Corner, a super site known for its reef formation and colourful marine life. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Cross the channel into Vaavu Atoll and cruise to Alimatha on the eastern edge of the Atoll where a beautiful turquoise lagoon surrounds the sand bar. Optional night snorkelling (payable locally $15). Diving options: Miyaru kandu, a channel dive known for larger pelagic, shark and eagle rays and Devana kandu, a channel with a central reef. Turtles have been sighted in the shallower waters. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Morning cruise to Anbaraa located in Vaavu Atoll, with easy access to the reef for snorkellers. Enjoy an evening Maldivian BBQ under the stars, experience the amazing beauty of the area and enjoy a spot of stargazing. Diving option: Rakeedhoo kandu, a corner of the channel with well grown hard coral and overhangs, covered with soft corals overhead. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Cross the channel to South Ari Atoll and Oshagali Finolhu. A tender will be ready on arrival. This is a particular favourite with healthy hard coral. Diving options: Kuda Rah Thila, a protected dive site and small pinnacle with soft corals and overhangs and Machafushi Wreck, a deliberate scuttle of a small cargo freighter, where much fresh coral has grown, making it a healthy artificial reef. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Short cruise from Oshagali to Ariadhoo, a plantation island, with access to its beaches to relax and easy access to the ocean for swimming. Visit Maamagili to experiencing the local lifestyle and perhaps purchase some handicrafts. Optional shark excursion (payable locally $15). Diving options: Maamagili Corner and Kudadhoo Beyru. Both are dive sites outside of the atoll and are easy wall dives with the opportunity to spot whale shark. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Morning flight from Maamagili to connect with the homeward flight from Malé via Dubai via Colombo. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Marine sightings cannot be guaranteed. Excursions may involve transferring to dhoni and smaller craft by the reef, remember non-slip beach shoes and a dry bag for your gear.

The ship has a fully equipped dive school run by professionals, so you can learn to dive, or if you are certified, you can dive in each location, chargeable locally at $50 per dive. Diving courses are bookable and equipment hire available on board (full details on request).

Whist our minimum group size is 2, the cruise will not operate with less than 13 people.

2019

per person in a twin/double Lower Deck cabin
Sri Lankan Airlines from London Heathrow

Date Price
March 31 £2295
October 13 £2095
October 27 £2295
November 10 £2195
December 8 £2195
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Limited availability, on these dates:
Apr 14, Apr 28, May 26, Jun 9, Jul 7, Aug 4, Sep 15, Oct 13

Single supplement £350

Cabin Upgrades

Middle Deck £195
Upper Deck £450 

Flight Options

Emirates from Manchester/Glasgow nil 
Emirates from Birmingham £50
Emirates Business Class from £2395

Independent Arrival

Save £500
Arrival transfer add £30
Departure transfer add £30

Price Includes

Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, expert local guides and local representative, night snorkelling and night fishing, snorkelling equipment, Wifi in public areas. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included

Travel insurance, visa procurement, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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