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Maldive Dhoni Cruise

Tours - Maldive Dhoni Cruise      
BOARD:  Mixed Meal Plan    DATE: 17/02/2018    NTS: 14 NIGHTS
An incredible peak season offer, combining the truly unique Maldive Dhoni Cruise and a week in Biyadhoo for a hugely reduced offer!!

A combined £700 discount per person and an upgrade from Full Board to All Inclusive upon your arrival to Biyadhoo!

Offer includes:
- Return international flights from Heathrow to Male
- Return resort transfer
- 7 nights on the Maldive Dhoni Cruise Tour
- Transfers to Biyadhoo resort
- 7 nights All-Inclusive stay in a Standard Room
- Free upgrade to All-Inclusive and huge discounted rates!

Our expert team have travelled extensively throughout the Maldives, so if you would like any more information, don't hesitate to contact us today!
FROM £2499

This tour is ideal if you want a chance to chill out and explore the real Maldives. The first night is spent in Male where you can experience the life of the majority of locals. The remainder of the trip consists of idyllic days filled with snorkelling, swimming and relaxing on deck or visiting traditional fishing villages and meeting the inhabitants of these beautiful islands.



Our Opinion


This is a truly unique way of seeing some of the most beautiful islands in the world. Not only will you get to visit some of the hottest tourist properties available, but you'll also get a first-hand view of the true, authentic side of the Maldives whilst also getting to take part in some incredible activities as well.




Tour Highlights


Relax on board a traditional dhoni boat, with all meals included and freshly prepared by the boat crew

Uninhabited islands and pristine beaches - Visit unspoilt, idyllic corners of the Maldives, far away from the tourist resorts

Remarkable snorkelling and swimming - Enjoy warm, clear water and spot manta rays, turtles and clown fish on spectacular reefs

Traditional fishing villages - Spend time with the local people to gain an appreciation of their life in this tropical paradise

Impressive barbeque banquet - Prepared by the boat crew on a sublime white-sand beach






Day 1: Join tour in Male - The tour begins today in Male and after meeting up with the Explore representative and the rest of the group, walk to the hotel close to the harbour. The circumference of the island is little more than 5 kilometers so it's very easy to explore on foot. After freshening up at the hotel you will walk down to the Mosque, to the fish market and along the waters edge to watch the ferries coming and going.


Day 2: Sail to Vavuu Atoll and explore Kuda Anbaraa Island - This morning walk to the waterfront to meet our moored dhoni and crew. Have your breakfast on the boat and then begin cruising south for two to three hours, passing through the Vaadhoo Canal to the South Male Atoll - a smaller and quieter neighbour to the more developed North Male Atoll. Here, many of the islands are inhabited simply by vegetation and white sand, surrounded by clear turquoise water and reef. Heading further south we cruise to the Vavuu Atoll, where we spend time exploring the uninhabited and picturesque islands of Kudiboli and Kuda Anbaraa. When exploring this and other islands in the itinerary, it isn't necessary to bring special footwear. Most customers seem to manage well in flip-flops, and these have the obvious advantage of being quick to get on and off - ideal for walking through sand. Our afternoon is spent snorkelling or relaxing on board. Over the course of the week, underwater fauna we are likely to see include green turtles, reef sharks and gigantic manta rays, as well as smaller sting rays and eagle rays. At each stop, we will also swim among a rainbow of small, colourful fish, including the famous Clown Fish. Our knowledgeable Explore representative will be able to help identify many of the underwater species that we come across. Today, and each day, afternoon tea with freshly baked cake will be served by our talented chef. Every meal is included on the dhoni . Menus are likely to include freshly-caught fish each day, as well curries and pasta. Drinking water, tea and coffee are readily available, with alcoholic and soft drinks available for purchase on-board. US Dollars are accepted on the Dhoni and you can pay your bill for drinks at the end of your cruise. Our cabins are compact, but with plenty of room for two people and luggage. However, many customers choose to enjoy the tranquillity of sleeping under the stars on deck for at least some of the nights.



Day 3: Snorkel in the clear waters of the Meemu Atoll - Today we sail south for a further two to three hours, crossing to Meemu Atoll - home to one of the longest stretches of reef in the Maldives. On this or other crossings, we may be lucky enough to be chased by spinner dolphins, who like jumping in our wake. We are also likely to see flying fish, sometimes leaping right over the deck of our dhoni. Meemu Atoll is made up of 34 islands, of which 25 are uninhabited. Some of the inhabited ones grow yams, and all of them are largely dependent on fishing. Here more than anywhere, we are likely to experience the true Maldivian way of life. Shortly after entering the atoll, we arrive at Fenboa Finolhu - another beautiful uninhabited island where we aim to base ourselves for the night. We will have plenty of time to enjoy the white-sand beach and to snorkel on the reef. This evening, we can look forward to a barbeque beach banquet in an idyllic spot on the island, laid on by the dhoni crew.


Day 4: Cruise to Dhiggaru Island for a Bodu Beru display - After a relaxed start, we head east to the inhabited island of Dhiggaru. Here, we drop our anchor by a particularly good snorkelling reef. Later in the afternoon, when it has cooled down a bit, we plan to go ashore to meet the island's inhabitants. We may be struck by the traditional, yet relaxed, way of life in the island's lively village. Very few tourist groups visit and we must remember to dress and act respectfully, removing our shoes when visiting a house or a mosque. In the evening, we hope to be invited to a performance of Bodu Beru (Big Drum) - the traditional folk music of the country.



Day 5: Visit the traditional village of Felidhoo - Today, we head back to Felidhoo Atoll and its administrative centre, Felidhoo. With a population of about 400, this is the least populated of all the country's administrative centres. Again, we take time to visit the village and have the opportunity to enjoy another Bodu Beru performance.


Day 6: Discover Hulhidhoo reef before sailing to Fulidhoo - By now, we are likely to be feeling completely relaxed, as our routine of reading, sunbathing and napping between island stops and snorkelling spots has become second nature. With a subtly different name to our previous day's stop-off, we break today's journey with a visit to Fulidhoo Island. Once again, we meet the locals and gain more of an appreciation of their life in this tropical paradise. After a further visit to the island of Hulhidhoo, we anchor by a large reef, where we can spend time snorkelling.


Day 7: Sail to Male stopping to snorkel at Embudhoo Reef - Our last full day on the boat sees us cruising back towards Male. We take the opportunity for some final snorkelling and swimming, before enjoying a farewell meal with our boat crew.



Day 8: Tour ends in Male - The tour ends this morning after breakfast. Once we have said our goodbyes to the crew, we disembark the dhoni and are transferred to Male International Airport.






This cruise is perfect if you're looking to extend your trip beyond the 8 days. With flights regularly transferring in the Middle East, you could spend a week in Dubai on your way home, or even find yourself a nice island in the Maldives to relax on before or after your cruise starts/ends. Contact our team if you want to discuss any extensions to this tour.



Need to Know - What's Included


Included meals: Breakfast - 7, Lunch - 6, Dinner - 6

Transport: Boat

Trip staff: Boat Crew, Cook, Explore Representative

Accommodation: 6 nights simple boat, 1 night standard hotel