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Maldives Dhoni Cruise

White sands, blue skies, and crystal-clear waters – cruise the extraordinary islands of the Maldives by traditional dhoni. Experience the turquoise lagoons and perfect beaches that make these islands famous. Learn the local way and dive the spectacular corals of the Indian Ocean. Every day offers relaxing sea breezes and countless photo opportunities. Indulge yourself in this tropical paradise.

  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: AFMS/126825
  • Starts: Male, Maldives
  • Finishes: Eboodhoofinolhu, Maldives
You will Visit
  • Male

Itinerary

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Day 1: Male/South Malé Atoll

Transfer to the town of Male for a tour before boarding the boat in the afternoon. Have lunch on board, settle in, and set sail on a voyage of discovery.
You will be met by airport representatives who will transfer you to Male before going to the waterfront to meet our boat captain and crew. Once settled into our cabins, we will depart.

Cruise south for 2-3 hours through the Vaadhoo Canal to a nearby island in South Malé Atoll; probably Guraidhoo, a small inhabited island where the plan is to moor in (or just outside) the small harbour for the first night on board.

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Day 2: South Malé Atoll/Ambara

After a relaxed start, continue to the southernmost point of South Malé Atoll before crossing the channel to Felidhoo Atoll. Reach the idyllic uninhabited island of Ambara by early afternoon. Enjoy the rest of the day at the beach or snorkelling the crystal-clear waters around the island.
Continue to the southernmost point of South Malé Atoll before crossing the channel to Felidhoo Atoll. The main industry here is fishing and there is typically an opportunity to see traditional boat-building on at least one of the islands.


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Day 3: Ambara/Fenboa Finolhu

Cruise across the Meemu Atoll and arrive to Fenboa Finolhu, another beautiful uninhabited island. Stay the night with plenty of time to enjoy the beach and snorkel amongst the reefs.
Cruise south for 2-3 hours, crossing to Meemu Atoll. As with the rest of the journey, stick close to shore (weather permitting) and cruise close to many of the stunning islands.

Meemu Atoll has 34 islands of which 25 are uninhabited. Here more than anywhere, we are likely to experience the true Maldivian way of life.

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Day 4: Fenboa Finolhu/Dhiggaru

Head east towards the island of Djiggaru, stopping along the way to snorkel on a reef, arriving in the late afternoon. Spend the evening enjoying the laid back pace and traditional way of life of the locals. With some luck, get an invitation for an evening performance of Bodu Beru (Big Drum), the traditional folk music of the country.

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Day 5: Dhiggaru/Felidhu Atholhu

Head back to Felidhoo Atoll and its administrative centre, Felidhoo. Take time to wander through the village and learn something new about the lives of the islanders.

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Day 6: Felidhu Atholhu/Eboodhoofinolhu

Enjoy the longest journey of the trip back through the islands of Felidhoo and South Malé atolls. There are plenty of opportunities to swim and snorkel or to explore the islands en route. The day's destination is Emboodhu Finolhu, one of the northernmost islands of South Malé Atoll.

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Day 7: Eboodhoofinolhu/Male

In the morning, make the short crossing to Malé. The tour ends on arrival at Malé International Airport.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • Dhiggaru Bodu Beru Performance
    • Snorkelling in the Maldives
    • Seven days aboard a traditional dhoni boat
    Accommodation
    • Traditional dhoni boat (6 nts)
    • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
    Transport
    • Traditional dhoni boat
    Group Leader
    • Skipper/CEO, crew
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Tour Highlights:
  • Cruise through some of the world's most beautiful islands
  • Uncover isolated beaches
  • Explore small fishing villages
  • Swim and snorkel the vibrant coral reefs of the Indian Ocean
  • Savour local cuisine


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Alice B. Posted on: 

This was a wonderful way to visit the Maldives and to do some serious snorkeling.

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Claudia B. Posted on: 

I loved the tour. The ship's crew was amazing, always ready to help and satisfy our requests!

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Florence G. Posted on: 

It was the most amazing trip I could ever have imagined! I loved waking up to the sunrise over the Indian Ocean, with the sea breezes kissing my cheeks, and the waiter bringing us fresh coffee every morning as we woke up! The snorkeling was fantastic and I have snorkeled in Venezuela, Aruba, Mexico and Costa Rica and this was far superior to any of those countries. It is a trip I highly recommend to everyone who loves eating fish and snorkeling!

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Christine M. Posted on: 

This is a great trip for people who love swimming and snorkeling. Food was great. Boat good. Enjoyed the trip very much. A great relaxing holiday.

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