The Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. It’s known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. The capital, Malé, has a busy fish market, restaurants and shops on the main road and Friday Mosque made of carved white coral.
- Boat Sailing
- City Tour
- Scuba Diving
- Sea Kayaking
DAY 1: ARRIVAL
Upon arrival at Velana International Airport (MLE) you will be greeted and transferred to your guesthouse on Hulhumale. Settle in after your flight before taking your first steps on the sands of this tropical urban paradise. For those arriving early there is an optional walking tour to the island of Vilimale situated on the west side of Male which is often described as the ‘quieter side of Male’.
DAY 2: FERRY TO RASDHOO
On the morning of day 2, your guide will accompany you to Male to transfer by early morning local ferry to the local island of Rasdhoo, North Ari Atoll. Upon arrival you will have time to settle in before taking lunch. As the afternoon cools down accompanied by your guide time is spent exploring Rasdhoo with the opportunity to learn about the local way of life including a visit to the Mosque, stop and chat with children playing in the street and watch the ladies of the community begin their evening meal preparations. Stop by a local cafe to sample traditional ‘hedika’ – Maldivian savoury and sweet short eats served with black tea.
Rasdhoo is close to some of the best dive sites in the Maldives so if you’re a diver get yourself signed up at the local dive centre. Divers may wish for an early start tomorrow and opt to join a dive to Hammerhead Point. During the manta season (November to April) there are opportunities for spectacular close encounters with these majestic large rays.
DAY 3: SNORKEL TOUR & SUNSET KAYAK
Following breakfast accompanied by your guide explore the Rasdhoo house reef for your first underwater encounter! Your guide will provide a safety briefing on responsible snorkelling and act as your ‘spotter’ pointing out marine life that may not have caught your eye. They will assist less confident or inexperienced snorkelers, ensuring your equipment is comfortable and you feel safe in the water. Once you have your confidence there are regular snorkeling excursions to nearby reefs giving non divers the opportunity to discover the colorful marine life and coral reefs in this area.
Late afternoon you will head out for sunset kayaking tour. Kayak through the beautiful lagoon to a nearby sandbank, from where you can enjoy the sun set in the ocean.
DAY 4: TRANSFER TO UKULHAS
On Day 4, transfer by public ferry late morning to the next local island destination of Ukulhas. You will arrive just in time for lunch. After lunch take time to explore the island with your guide and learn more about the tradition of fishing in the Maldives and discover why it was the island to lead the way for environmental practices. Not only does Ukulhas have some beautiful beaches the local community here are particularly friendly and will be delighted to engage in conversation with you and show off their home island.
DAY 5: FREE DAY
Following breakfast the day is yours to do as you please. For the energetic enjoy the many excursions available including diving, snorkeling and a variety of watersports. For those less active perhaps an excursion with a picnic lunch to a nearby sandbank or uninhabited desert island suits. The house reef at Ukulhas is worth getting in the water for and can be accessed easily from the beach, your guide will be happy to accompany you on a guided house reef snorkel.
Why not book a whaleshark day trip to South Ari Atoll. South Ari Atoll is very lucky to have a probable unique year-round population of Whale sharks. Nowhere else in the world boasts Whale sharks every single month of the year and furthermore many of the sharks seen are the same individuals time after time. You may encounter 1 or 2 sharks in half an hour or given that they are wild creatures in their natural habitat we may not encounter one for the whole time we are searching. However the unpredictability all adds to the excitement! If we do spot them we will have the opportunity to snorkel alongside them, a truly magical experience.
DAY 6: TRANSFER TO MATHIVERI & DOLPHIN CRUISE
On Day 6, the morning is yours to enjoy as you please. Lunch can be taken before boarding the local ferry to head to our third island destination of Mathiveri. Once again you will be provided with a briefing on the island and activities available. Spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring the island with your guide, stop for a refreshing drink at a local café or just relax by the ocean listening to the gentle lap of the waves on the shore. This evening before the sun sets we head out in search of dolphins which can often be seen jumping and spinning as the sun sinks on the horizon.
DAY 7: FREE DAY
Following breakfast a guided house reef snorkeling tour is available for those that wish to join.Keep your eyes open for turtles and if you are lucky manta rays. The afternoon is yours to do as you please. Perhaps visit Mathiveri Finolhu, a private uninhabited island fringed with a white sandy beach and surrounded by crystal clear water. As this is an uninhabited island, it is possible to wear a bikini.
DAY 8: DEPARTURE TO MALE
Following an early breakfast join the public ferry for the return journey to Male. Arriving back in Male by 14:00 your guide will assist with your transfer onto Velana International Airport (MLE) where your tour ends.
For guests with a night flight a complimentary Male walking is offered.
USD999 per person based on double/twin sharernSingle Supplement: USD500rnChild (2 -11 years) USD499rnPrice including:rn• Budget guest house accommodationrn• Breakfastrn• Airport and domestic transfer assistancern• Island tours & hedikaa experiencern• Guided house reef snorkelingrn• Dolphin Cruisern• Sunset Kayakingrn• Secret Paradise Guidern• Local tax ($3 Green tax per person per night, 10% service charge and 12% GST)rnrnWhen:Arrival Day (Day One) Wednesday due to ferry schedulesrnSpeedboat transfers available at extra cost.rnStart:Check-in available on day one from MiddayrnMeeting Place:Velana International Airport (MLE)rnDuration:7 Nights/8 DaysrnTransportation: Public ferryrnGroup Size: Group tours 1-8 personsrnImportant Note: The Maldives is a Muslim country and therefore alcohol is not available on local islands. Subject to availability day/evening visits to resorts can be arranged. Bikinis are also not allowed to be worn on local island beaches; however, all of our guesthouses offer either private gardens/balconies or private (non-chargeable) beach areas for guests where bikini swimwear can be worn.rn
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