Maldives Dhoni Cruise

Maldives · about Escorted or Guided Tour

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.

What's Included

Arrival transfer. Seven days aboard a traditional dhoni boat.

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

Group Size Notes

Max 8, avg 6.

Solo Travellers

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Itinerary

Day 1: Male/South Malé Atoll (1L, 1D)

You will be met by airport representatives who will transfer you directly 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.

Included Activities:
Snorkelling in the Maldives

Transport:
Private Vehicle
Dhoni (2.00-3.00 hours)

Day 2: South Malé Atoll/Ambara (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Snorkelling in the Maldives

Transport:
Dhoni (3.00-4.00 hours)

Day 3: Ambara/Fenboa Finolhu (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Snorkelling in the Maldives

Transport:
Dhoni (2.00-3.00 hours)

Day 4: Fenboa Finolhu/Dhiggaru (1B, 1L, 1D)

Head east towards the island of Dhiggaru, 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.

Included Activities:
Dhiggaru Bodu Beru Performance

Transport:
Dhoni

Day 5: Dhiggaru/Felidhu Atholhu (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Transport:
Dhoni

Day 6: Felidhu Atholhu/Eboodhoofinolhu (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Snorkelling in the Maldives

Transport:
Dhoni

Day 7: Eboodhoofinolhu/Male (1B)

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

Additional Notes:
Your CEO can offer assistance with any onward travel you may require.

Included Activities:
Departure Day (Activities)

Transport:
Dhoni

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