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Although I was born in Zambia, raised in Zimbabwe (two land-locked countries), I am very passionate about travel on the sea. I’ve cruised extensively on luxury small ships and ocean liners around the world – I look forward to sharing my experiences with you.
- from $4,189 PP
- 14 Nights
- Small Group & Private
- Jan - Apr
- 11hrs from London / 19hrs from NYC
The ultimate way to discover the Maldives, spend seven nights on an island hopping cruise followed by a further seven nights in a five-star resort unwinding among paradise on Meeru Island. A dream trip for avid snorkelers and divers, you’ll begin your holiday on the island of Malé before cruising to experience the archipelago’s top dive sites. Daily dives are enjoyed in strikingly clear, warm azure waters filled with vibrant coral and abundant marine life, from white tipped reef sharks and eagle rays, to whale sharks, sea turtles and a wealth of tropical fish.
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At a Glance
- 7-nights island hopping cruise staying on the lower main deck - cabin upgrades available
- 7-nights in a five-star hotel with delicious daily breakfasts included
- Private airport transfers
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner included on the cruise
- Welcome cocktails
- Swimming with whale sharks
- Maldives-style beach BBQ, including drinks and music
- Maamagili village manta ray excursion
- Captain’s dinner
- Dedicated, English-speaking cruise manager throughout
- Expert trip planning advice
- 24/7 support from our dedicated staff
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Malé: Embarkation
After landing at Malé International Airport, you’ll be welcomed by your private driver for transfer to your small ship, just 20 minutes away in Villigili. Hop aboard, get settled in, relax in your cabin or unwind on deck before attending the welcome meeting with your fellow passengers. You’ll be introduced to the captain and crew, with time to get to know everyone you’ll be sailing with over the next seven nights. Sip pre-dinner cocktails in the restaurant or bar and be sure to head to the deck in time to watch the sun dip below the dreamy blue waters of the Indian Ocean.
Day 2 South Malé Atoll: Immerse Yourself in the Dazzling Turquoise Waters
Your cruise begins by sailing to Vaadhoo Kandu channel, as you make your way toward South Malé Atoll. We’ll anchor near the picturesque sandy shores of remote Kalhuhuraa so that you can enjoy a swim in the enticing turquoise waters and unwind on the beach. Soaking up the scenery, it’s so jaw-droppingly beautiful you may have to pinch yourself to believe its real. Continuing to Vaagali you’ll have time to explore caves where schools of stingrays can easily be seen, and around the spectacular coral at Vaagali Thia, watch for sharks the cruising along the current.
Day 3 Villivaru Giri: Dive Among Eagle Rays and Sharks at Guraidhoo Corner
The next stop on this memorable cruise is Rannalhi, a resort island at the western end of South Malé Atoll, a luxurious destination with spas for indulging in pampering treatments, unspoiled white sands, and easy access for snorkeling a vibrant reef. Visiting one of the Maldives top dive sites, Guraidhoo Corner, jump into the pristine waters, swimming among dogtooth tuna, white tipped reef sharks and eagle rays. After reaching Villivaru Giri, you’ll get to check out the impressive sea live there, and this evening you can opt for a night fishing trip where you’ll try traditional line fishing.
Day 4 Alimatha: Experience Island Paradise at Vaavu Felidu Atoll
Sailing towards Alimatha early this morning, crossing the channel into Vaavu Felidu Atoll, you’ll get to enjoy a true island paradise with powdery white sands and aquamarine lagoons, an idyllic spot for sunbathing and snorkelling. Back on board, enjoy a gourmet lunch before exploring Miyaru Kandu, a protected marine area, Miyaru Kandu, with caves, coral formations, and abundant marine life, including eagle rays and sharks. While diving at Devana Kandu, watch for sea turtles to swim by. An optional night snorkelling trip can be enjoyed this evening, bringing the chance to marvel at stingrays, trevallies, and massive nurse sharks.
Day 5 Anbaraa: Maldivian Beach BBQ
We’ll spend a relaxing morning on Abaraa, located on Vaavu Atoll’s north-west side, with an exotic reef teeming with rich aquatic flora and fauna. Jump into the water for a snorkelling session, and then this afternoon you’ll enjoy a dive at Rakeedhoo Kandu, renowned for its magnificent coral and colourful fish. This evening, a traditional Maldivian beach BBQ will be hosted, a fun get-together with a mouthwatering feast, ideal for socialising and relaxing. The best way to end the day is by stargazing over the still waters of the Indian Ocean, far from light pollution, it’s a real treat.
Day 6 South Ari Atoll: Dive the Renowned Kuda Rah Thila
Crossing the channel to South Ari Atoll, visit Oshagali Finolhu. Enjoy snorkelling the reef that lies in a brilliant aqua-coloured lagoon, with hard, healthy coral and abundant marine life before returning to the ship for lunch. This afternoon, we’ll return to the sand bank and you’ll embark on a dive excursion to the protected site of Kuda Rah Thila. One of the most amazing diving experiences, don’t miss the chance to see thousands of blue striped snappers will swimming along the top of the reef. Visit the renowned Machchafushi cargo freight wreck or enjoy a night fishing trip this evening.
Day 7 Maamingili: Swim with Whale Sharks & Experience Daily Island Life
Cruising on to Ariadhoo, home to a coconut plantation, on this uninhabited island you’ll be able to explore the ruins of an ancient Buddhist stupa where monks used to come to meditate, or unwind on the glistening white sands and swim in the clear blue waters. An optional whale shark excursion will bring you up close and personal with the gentle giants from a diving dhoni. Later in the day you’ll get to visit the largest island in the Alif Dhaal Atoll, Maamingili, for the chance to experience lively daily island life while shopping for souvenirs and gifts for your friends back home.
Day 8 - Day 14 Enjoy 7 Nights at the Baros Maldives Resort
Enjoy one last breakfast onboard before saying your goodbyes to the crew and your fellow passengers, taking transfer to Maamingili Airport. From here, you’ll catch a seaplane flight to your next destination, the stunning Meeru Island Resort. Your accommodation is an iconic hotel, set upon stilts above a stunning lagoon. Check-in and relax, you’ll have three nights to spend, immersed in this paradise.
Day 15 Departure from Male
Enjoy one last breakfast taking in the beautiful turquoise water and sumptuous Maldivian breakfast before you are transferred back to Male Airport by speed boat from the island.
What's not Included
- As we have clients from all over the world. Our itineraries do not include flights. If you would like us to include flights in your trip, we are happy to do so. Please speak to your travel specialist at the planning stage to include them.
- Gratuities for local guides
- We strongly advise all guests to purchase comprehensive travel insurance
- Visas if required
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