South Malé & Vaavu Atoll

Small-Group Experience

Private Charters Available

An Unforgettable Private Liveaboard Maldives Experience

Awake to the sun rising over the Indian Ocean. Snorkel in 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 life. At the end of your day relax on deck gazing up at the millions of stars above you. Watch the beautiful islands slide past on the horizon as you sip a chilled drink and tan on the sun deck, while the experienced crews navigate you through the beautiful reefs and channels of the Maldives. There are plenty of opportunities to relax as well as participate in snorkeling and swimming.

Trip Details

Trip Details

Price

  • USD 1699 per person (minimum 6 persons)
  • No single supplement


Start

Arrival on day 1 by midday


Meeting point

Velana International Airport (MLE)


Duration

8 days & 7 nights


Group size

  • Post-COVID we will operate with a maximum of 10 persons.
  • A minimum of 6 guests is required for this trip to run.

Participation requirements

  • At present all guests staying on local islands are required to take a PCR prior to departure.
  • Not suitable for children under 6 years old.

Included

  • Twin/double standard cabin
  • Meeting guests on arrival at Velana International Airport
  • Return transfer of guests from the airport to boat
  • Full board meal plan – breakfast, lunch, snacks, high tea, and dinner

 

  • Welcome drinks on arrival
  • Tea and coffee (house coffee)
  • Unlimited water
  • Unlimited sunbathing and swimming
  • Snorkeling equipment and guide
  • Local island tours
  • Sandbank visits
  • Hedhika experience
  • Cultural dinner
  • Special BBQ dinner on the beach of the sandbank or uninhabited island (weather permitting)
  • Night-fishing trip including lines, hooks, and bait (weather permitting)
  • Sightseeing visit to the capital of Maldives, Malé
  • Dingy or dhoni transfer to dive points, snorkeling points
  • Music and movies library
  • Secret Paradise guide
  • Local Tax ($3 green tax per person per night, 10% service charge, and 12% GST)

Not included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Diving

What to bring

Full details will be provided in our welcome information pack


Important note

  • Day-by-day itinerary subject to change due to weather and ocean conditions.
  • Alcoholic beverages available onboard from USD $4 (payable at end of the cruise).
  • Diving available upon request.
  • Some activities may be subject to change due to Maldives safe tourism guidelines.

Highlights

Live aboard a boat in the Indian Ocean.

Snorkel with turtles and nurse sharks.

Try your hand at fishing and eat your catch for dinner.

Discover island life through experiences such as traditional dancing and music.

Relax on idyllic beaches on islands and sandbars.

Unforgettable meals under the stars and delicious local dishes.

Learn how to protect the biodiversity and marine life of the Maldives.

What to Expect

Arrive at Malé International Airport for the start of your Maldives sailing cruise. Here you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your safari home for the next 7 days. You will settle into your cabin and be given a full tour of the boat before beginning your voyage of discovery!

Following a tour briefing, we start our cruise south to Guraidhoo in South Malé Atoll where there is the opportunity for your first underwater encounter! Your guide will provide a safety briefing and highlight how to protect the reefs by being a responsible snorkeler, they will also 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.

Equipped with your fish ID card you may be able to encounter and identify oriental sweetlips, humpback red snapper, grey large-eye bream, unicornfish, threadfin butterflyfish, collard butterflyfish, saddleback butterflyfish, Madagascar butterflyfish, Meyers butterflyfish, Clark’s anemonefish, and Maldivian anemone fish to mention just a few!

When at anchorage, you can choose to do as much or as little as you please. Options include snorkeling and swimming, fishing, or just relaxing.

Day 2: Following breakfast, you have the opportunity to tour the fishing village of Guraidhoo. Accompanied by a guide, time is spent exploring the island with the opportunity to meet the local people, learn about the local way of life including a visit to the Mosque, the local school, and the harbor. Watch children playing in the street and identify local fruit trees as you wander the narrow maze of sandy roads. Discover why seagrass is so important to this fragile environment and discover what parrotfish and the beach have in common!

Following lunch taken on board, cruise to Fulidhoo, Vaavu Atoll, during which time is yours to do as you please. We will be on the lookout for manta rays and if encountered will have the opportunity to snorkel with these underwater ballerinas! Relax on the sundeck, sit in the shade of the sun canopy, and watch the beauty of the Maldives pass you by and maybe catch sight of dolphins.

When at anchorage, there will be the opportunity to join a guided snorkel tour or you can choose just to relax on deck and take in the view!

Following breakfast, cruise south through Vaavu Atoll to a beautiful picture-perfect sand bar. Here you have the opportunity to swim, snorkel with parrotfish, black surgeonfish, blacktip reef sharks, and Moorish idols, or just lie back and relax.

When at anchorage, you can choose to snorkel, swim, fish, visit the sandbank or just relax on board. As the afternoon cools down there is the option to spend time on the beach, giving back to the country that has welcomed you to their shores by supporting a beach clean. Our reward will be a refreshing fresh Kurumba (coconut water) followed by an ocean swim!

This evening enjoy a beach dinner ‘Robinson Crusoe’ style before having the option to spend the night camped on deck under the stars! (Subject to weather conditions)

Day 4: This morning we cruise to Felidhoo where there will be snorkeling 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 its history depends on tuna fishing and the locals are excellent fishermen using pole and line and are happy to share their skills with you. Your catch will be freshly prepared for you to enjoy.

Following breakfast, we continue our cruise through Vaavu Atoll. Time is yours to look out for wildlife, doze on deck, or catch a tan. Close to Alimatha, there is the opportunity to snorkel with nurse sharks if the conditions are right, as well as turtles, black trevally, giant trevally, bluefin trevally, and maybe white tip reef sharks. Late afternoon, we cruise to the local island of Fulidhoo and transfer ashore for traditional hedhika – Maldivian savory and sweet snacks served with black tea and the opportunity to tour the island before returning on board for a relaxing evening.

Day 6: Following breakfast, cruise north back into South Malé Atoll. Before lunch, head into the water to a snorkeling point where it is common to encounter turtles. Just before sunset, transfer ashore to the local island of Gulhi. Visit the boatyard to stand in awe at the size of the boats under renovation, chat with the ladies sweeping the streets, and finally refresh and recharge with a cool Kurumba (coconut) whilst watching the comings and goings at the harbor.

Dinner this evening is a selection of local dishes accompanied by traditional dancing and the beat of the ‘bodu beru’ where the crew will play the ‘bodu beru’ – big drum and sing to a rhythmical beat until they reach a crescendo.

Following breakfast, we take the opportunity for a final snorkel at Embudu. Following lunch, cruise back to Hulhumale lagoon. Late afternoon there will be the opportunity to make a visit to Malé before returning to the boat for a farewell dinner.

After breakfast on day eight, it is time to say goodbye to the Maldives. You are transferred back to Velana International Airport where the tour ends.

MV Felicity

A traditionally crafted and built Turkish gulet MV Felicity has a length of 28m, a beam of 6.85m, and a draft of 2.60m.

With two decks and 7 cabins, the Felicity accommodates 12 passengers comfortably. All cabins are air-conditioned with an attached bathroom including shower, small wardrobe, drawer and storage facilities, portholes, and a DC wall fan.

There is an outdoor dining area and an indoor area just in case of rain! The indoor saloon area is furnished with a dining table and seating plus banquette seating and is equipped with a TV-DVD-stereo area and an equipment-charging area. The communal open-air deck space is furnished with sun mats and banquette seating.

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Two peoople relax on a chair in the shallows of the ocean
Three snorkelers pose for a photo
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