Educational

Small Group

Conservation

Cruise the island paradise of the Maldives and experience the ultimate in island hopping, marine conservation and Maldivian culture.

This unique hand-curated cruise itinerary is for anyone with a passion for the ocean and responsible travel. Discover new places and cultures, learn more about marine life,participate in data capture and bask in pristine natural surroundings.

Trip Details

Price

  • USD 1899 per person

No single supplement


Availability

Exclusive Trip

7th November – 14th November 2022


Duration

8 days & 7 nights


Meeting point

Velana International Airport (MLE)


Group size

  • Minimum 6 persons
  • Maximum 12 persons

WHAT ARE THE MALDIVES ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

  • Travelers must have a confirmed accommodation/tour booking.
  • Travelers must have a passport or travel document valid for a minimum 30 days from date of entry to the Maldives.
  • Travelers must have a return flight ticket.
  • The online traveler declaration form IMUGA must be completed within the 72 hour period prior to arrival in country.
  • Travelers who have a history of contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days and/or who have fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat, shortness of breath within the past 14 days should not travel to Maldives.

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
  • Unlimited drinking water – bring reusable bottle
  • All activities as per itinerary

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

Accompanied by Maldives Whale Shark Research Program

Assist in research and data collection

Contribute to coral nurseries and beach cleans

Learn about the unique Maldivian ecosystem and the conservation challenges

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

Snorkel the coral nursery maintained by Save the Beach

Spot sea life like turtles, colorful fish, sharks, and dolphins

Unforgettable meals under the stars and delicious local dishes

What to Expect

  •  Arrive in Maldives & board the MV Felicity
  • Meet Maldives Whale Shark Research Program (MWSRP)
  • Cruise to South Male Atoll
  • A responsible snorkeling briefing followed by your first underwater snorkeling encounter
  • Watch sunset from a beautiful sand bank
  • Meet NGO Save the Beach and learn about Maldives coral reefs and the challenges they face.
  • Kick-start the day Maldivian style, with an early morning snorkel before breakfast
  • Cruise through to South Ari Atoll home of the whale shark.
  • En route stop off for a swim stop & snorkeling opportunity
  • Discover Dhangethi Island – tickle your taste buds with ‘Hedhika’ snacks and learn why seagrass is known as the lungs of the earth.
  •  Enjoy  an amazing colourful Maldives sunset at Dhangethi

The region of South Ari Atoll is very lucky to have a probable unique year-round population of Whale sharks. Learn about these magnificent creatures and how identification can be made before heading out on our own Whale shark safari to capture research data. 

We may see 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. Whale sharks can, at times, swim very quickly – so you may need to work hard to keep up with them in the water!

Together we will collate all data and encounters and input to the MWSRP database, as well as identifying the individual sharks or other megafauna such as manta rays we saw that day. All encounters will feature on MWSRP online portal as well as contributing to the Big Fish Network. 

  • Our second full day whale shark safari with the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme with data collection as detailed on day three.

 Visit the one of the longest islands in the Maldives –  Dhigurah

Take a tropical forest walk & learn about flora and fauna

  • Cruise through central Ari Atoll for more magical snorkeling opportunities
  • Afternoon Robinson Crusoe visit to a remote uninhabited island
  • Give back – join in a Beach Clean Up
  • Cruise back to South Male Atoll
  • Get ready for turtle reef snorkeling and presentation
  • Visit Gulhi island & discover island life in the atoll
  • Maldivian theme night including Bodu Beru musical performance on board.
  • Dawn snorkeling for your final Maldives sunrise
  •  Snorkeling with sting rays and banner fish we end on a high!
  • Visit to snorkel Save the Beach coral nursery on Villimale
  • Return to Hulhumale lagoon
  •  Depart from Maldives

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