Marine: Maldives Dhoni Cruise (AFMS)
Countries Visited: Maldives Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Marine - Small-ship adventures on the world's great seas and rivers The poles of the Earth, the wonders of the Galapagos, the mysteries of the Amazon, out-of-the-way Greek Islands and other great places are best (and sometimes only) accessed by boat. Marine trips get you there aboard small ships, exclusive yachts and catamarans.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 10, avg 8.
Meals Included: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Accommodations: Traditional dhoni boat (6 nts).
Cruise through some of the worlds most beautiful islands, uncover isolated beaches, explore small fishing villages, swim and snorkel the vibrant coral reefs of the Indian Ocean, savour local cuisine
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.
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|Day 1||South Male Atoll||Day 1 Male/South Male Atoll (1L, 1D)|
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 Male 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 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni (2.00-3.00 hours)
|Day 2||Ambara||Day 2 South Male Atoll/Ambara (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Continue to the southernmost point of South Male 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: 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni (3.00-4.00 hours)
|Day 3||Fenboa Finolhu||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: 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni (2.00-3.00 hours)
|Day 4||Dhiggaru||Day 4 Fenboa Finolhu/Dhiggaru (1B, 1L, 1D)|
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. Included Activities: Dhiggaru Bodu Beru Performance Transport: 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni
|Day 5||Felidhu Atholhu||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: 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni
|Day 6||Eboodhoofinolhu||Day 6 Felidhu Atholhu/Eboodhoofinolhu (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Enjoy the longest journey of the trip back through the islands of Felidhoo and South Male atolls. There are plenty of opportunities to swim and snorkel or to explore the islands en route. The days destination is Emboodhu Finolhu, one of the northernmost islands of South Male Atoll. Included Activities: Snorkelling in the Maldives Transport: 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni
|Day 7||Male||Day 7 Eboodhoofinolhu/Male (1B)|
In the morning, make the short crossing to Male. The tour ends on arrival at Male International Airport. Additional Notes: Your CEO can offer assistance with any onward travel you may require. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
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