7 Night Maldives Discovery Cruise

Highlights

  • Live on board a boat in the Indian Ocean
  • Snorkel with turtles and sharks, relax on idyllic beaches
  • Discover authentic island life
  • Enjoy delicious local meals and BBQs under the stars
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What you'll do

Overview

This is a holiday dreams are made of. Cruising the Indian ocean on a traditional wooden sailing boat with only your nearest and dearest. Fully crewed and catered, so all you have to do is relax and enjoy the stunning scenery, stop to snorkel or float on the turquoise water in Paradise.

Awake to the sun rising over the Indian Ocean. Snorkel areas that are famous throughout the world for their stunning beauty and abundance of marine life. Visit unspoiled islands and sample the local way of...Read All

Arrival Day

Upon arrival at Male International Airport you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your floating home to begin your voyage of discovery!

Cruise south through South Male Atoll to Guraidhoo. This is time for you to settle in to your cabins and get ready for your 7 night cruise of discovery. As you set sail, relax on the sundeck, sit in the shade of the sun canopy and read a book or watch the beauty of the Maldives pass you by and maybe catch sight of dolphins.
Once anc...Read All

Go ashore at Goidhoo and discover Maldivian local life

Enjoy your first breakfast on board, and then, accompanied by your guide you will transfer ashore by dingy to tour island of Guraidhoo. As you wander the narrow maze of sandy roads and  exchange greetings with locals, you will learn about the Maldivian way of life and discover the local plants flowers and  fruit trees. Along the shoreline of the beach discover why seagrass is so important to this fragile environment.
Following a light lunch served by your crew on board,  you will rel...Read All

Sand bar swimming and Robinson Crusoe beach dinner

Following breakfast, cruise south through Vaavu Atoll to a beautiful picture-perfect sand bar. Here you have the opportunity to swim, snorkel with parrot fish, black sturgeon fish, black tip reef sharks and Moorish idols, or just lie back and relax.
When the captain drops anchor you can choose to snorkel, swim, fish, visit the sandbank or just relax onboard.

As the afternoon cools down there is the option to spend time on the beach, you can even take part in a beach clean, suppor...Read All

Snorkelling at Vaavu wreck and fishing

This morning you will cruise to Felidhoo where there will be snorkelling opportunities, which if conditions are right will include the famous Vaavu wreck. Make sure to have your camera at the ready! Look out for moray eels, silver steak anthias, yellow back anthias, scale fin anthias, fusiliers and, blue green chromis. Have you ticked everything off your fish ID card yet?

This evening at sunset, experience the art of Maldivian line fishing! The Maldives is unique in that throughout his...Read All

Snorkel with sharks and turtles, taste traditional Hedika

Following breakfast, you will continue your cruise through Vaavu Atoll during which time is yours to look out for wildlife, doze on deck, or bask in the sun. Close to Alimatha, if conditions are right there is the opportunity to snorkel with nurse sharks, as well as turtles, black trevally, giant trevally, blue-fin trevally, and maybe white tip reef sharks.

Late afternoon, you will cruise to the local island of Fulidhoo and you can go ashore to take a walk and tour the island, then try...Read All

Gulhi island boat yard tour and traditional dancing

Following breakfast, you will cruise north back into South Malé Atoll. Before lunch, you can head into the water to a snorkeling point where it is common to encounter turtles.

Just before sunset, you will transfer ashore to the local island of Gulhi. Visit the boatyard there  to see the enormous boats under renovation, chat with men working on the boats,  as you walk down the sandy streets, chat to local ladies working outside,  sweeping the streets, and finally refresh and recharg...Read All

Snorkel at Hulhumale and Guided tour of Male

Before we cruise back to Hulhumale we head out for our final underwater encounter!

Your guide will lead you through two awesome snorkeling sites that encapsulate the beauty and wonder of the Maldives’ marine environment, leaving you with a deep sense of appreciation and a desire to protect this remarkable paradise. Keep your eyes open for turtles and sharks.

In the late afternoon when you have made our final stop in Hulhumale lagoon, you will disembark  journey to Male an...Read All

Departure Day

After your last breakfast on board you will say farewell to your captain and crew as you head back to Male airport for your departure home or to your next destination.

What's included

Included

  • 7 Nights accommodation in a Standard Cabin including breakfast
  • 7 days lunch, snacks, high tea and Dinner
  • Unlimited house tea and coffee
  • Unlimited water - please bring your own re-fillable bater bottle.
  • Guided Snorkeling activities
  • Guided Local Island Tours
  • Hedika experience
  • Cultural dinner with music
  • Sand bank BBQ dinner ( or deserted island beach BBQ dinner)
  • Night fishing trip with lines and poles, hooks and bait
  • All dinghy and dhoni transfers to islands and snorkelling points
  • Engilsh speaking guide for all activities
  • Music and movie library on board.
  • Beach towels and bathing towels
Your local host

Maldives Paradise Team

We are an award winning sustainable tour company. We are mindful of ensuring we promote local tourism in line with Maldivian culture and traditions. Through education of our team, our guests and locals, we aim to protect the environment and limit where ever possible any negative impact to local life. We are based in the Maldives and we specialise only in the Maldives. Through our connections with The Maldives Ministry of Tourism we receive the most up to date travel advice and tourism announcements as they are made. We make it our business to know what is happening throughout the Maldives so that you don’t have to spend time researching. We have visited every local island and every resort we recommend, we have stayed at every accommoda... Read All

We are an award winning sustainable tour company. We are mindful of ensuring we promote local tourism in line with Maldivian culture and traditions. Through education of our team, our guests and locals, we aim to protect the environment and limit where ever possible any negative impact to local life. We are based in the Maldives and we specialise only in the Maldives. Through our connections with The Maldives Ministry of Tourism we receive the most up to date travel advice and tourism announcements as they are made. We make it our business to know what is happening throughout the Maldives so that you don’t have to spend time researching. We have visited every local island and every resort we recommend, we have stayed at every accommodation option to ensure we can provide you accurate, honest advice and information. We audit our property partners on an annual basis to ensure the standards we require for our guests are maintained and you are ensured a safe and comfortable stay. We care about each individual guest’s needs and requirements. We know that everyone travelling counts and so will always be happy to tailor-make an experience.

Location

Your seven night adventure is based on the wooden sailing boat, the  MV Felicity, which has 7 fully air-conditioned cabins, and can accommodate 12 guests onboard, she is complete with a professional crew. You will arrive in Male airport and be transferred to your boat – home for the next 7 nights. Your sailing route will take in Fulidoo, Vaavu Atoll, Felidhoo, Alimatha, then back to the South Male Atoll; Gulhi, and Hulhumale. You will have the opportunity for amazing snorkelling experiences to spot turtles and sharks as well as stunning array of multi coloured corals and fishes. Anchoring by remote islands you will have chance to experience local Maldivian life and culture in guided tours and trips. Your accommodation on the Felicity will be in twin cabins each with ensuite toilet, and shower with hot and cold water. There is a salon with bar facilities, and an outside deck with dining table and chairs. There is a large sundeck with sunbeds, a fully equipped PADI dive centre, and windsurf, canoe and dinghy.

All meals are provided, either prepared on deck or on land during a stop. Drinks are available at an extra charge – there is a bar tab payable in cash at the end of the trip.

FAQs

Do the crew speak English

Some of the crew do speak English, there is also an English speaking tour leader on board with you.

Are soft drinks and alcohol available ?

Yes - these are payable locally in cash at the end of the trip

Can we scuba dive?

Yes if you have a PADI certificate and log book - please bring them with you as you will need to present them before being allowed to dive. The cost for certified divers is $75 per session.
For non certified divers a discovery session is available the cost is $100 per session.

Are beach towels provided?

Yes both beach towels and bathing towels are provided.

How much should we tip the crew?

Gratuities are usually around $10-$20 per person per day

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