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Maldives Sailing Safari tour
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Maldives Sailing Safari

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
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This 8-day Maldives sailing cruise takes you island hopping on board a deluxe safari boat, stopping at local islands, deserted beaches and sandbars with plenty of snorkelling & swimming. Private charters are available for 2-14 people

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Trip Includes

  • 7 nights accommodation on board a deluxe sailing safari boat with AC cabins, fully-equipped bathrooms, TV / DVD / music library, sun deck and more
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Free 30-day tourist visa on arrival to all nationalities
  • Local guides

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Itinerary

Day 1, Arrival transfer, board safari, cruising
Upon arrival at Malé International Airport we will meet & greet you, and transfer you to your safari boat; home for the next 7 days. Once settled into your cabin you'll get a full tour of the boat before heading out into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean! If you arrive early there is an option to spend some time at Kuda Bandos Picnic Island. In the late afternoon we'll cruise to Guraidhoo in South Malé Atoll, during which you can relax on the sundeck and watch the beauty of the Maldives pass you by and you may even catch a glimpse of dolphins. Once safely anchored in Guraidhoo, you can choose to do as much or as little as you like with options include snorkelling, swimming and fishing.
| OVERNIGHT:
Cabin on board the boat
| MEALS:
Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS:
Extra night - pre-tour

Day 2, Cruising, local island visit
This morning you'll experience a traditional breakfast at the home of a local family on the island of Guraidhoo. After breakfast we'll take you on a guided tour of a local island fishing village where you'll have a chance to meet the local people, learn about their way of life, including a visit to the Mosque, the local school and the boatyard, where you can learn how the common wooden boat known locally as a ‘dhoni’ is built. You'll also take breakfast with a local family. After lunch we cruise to Vaavu Atoll and when safely at anchorage you can again relax and unwind or enjoy some more energetic options like visiting the nearby sandbar or snorkelling over the corals.
| OVERNIGHT:
Cabin on board the boat
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3, Cruising, local island visit, Hedika experience
After breakfast we cruise through the Atoll enjoying the stunning beauty of the Maldives, with it's idyllic palm fringed islands and crystal clear, turquoise waters. In the late afternoon we transfer ashore to another local island for traditional 'hedika' - Maldivian savoury and sweet short eats served with black tea and an opportunity to explore the island.
| OVERNIGHT:
Cabin on board the boat
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4, Sandbank, free time, evening fishing
Breakfast this morning is taken alfresco on a sandbank and then the morning is free to enjoy relaxing on board or exploring the sandbank. For anyone feeling more energetic, a dip in the warm waters is a must or you could enjoy the excellent snorkelling available close by. After lunch we take a leisurely cruise across to another island, where in the evening at sunset you'll 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.
| OVERNIGHT:
Cabin on board the boat
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5, Cruising, picnic island & dug out dinner
After breakfast we depart to a beautiful uninhabited picnic island, with a picture perfect sand bar. Here you'll have the chance to swim, snorkel or just lie back, relax and soak up the sun. In the evening you'll enjoy a beach dinner ‘Robinson Crusoe’ style before making a choice to spend the night camped on beach or on deck under the stars(Subject to weather conditions and atoll permissions)!
| OVERNIGHT:
Cabin on board the boat or camping on beach
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6, Cruising, Cultural dinner
Today we begin our cruise back towards Malé. There's no rush and so there's plenty of time to relax or take a dip en route. Just before sunset we'll set ashore on an uninhabited island to enjoy fruit cocktails and a delicious dinner consisting of a selection of local dishes accompanied by traditional song and dance set to the beat of the ‘bodu beru’ where a group of men sit around the ‘bodu beru’ – big drum and sing to a rhythmical beat until they reach a crescendo.
| OVERNIGHT:
Cabin on board the boat or camping on beach
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7, Cruising, Malé free time, Farewell Dinner
After breakfast the morning is free to relax on board or do some more snorkelling to explore the myriad marine life. Following lunch we'll cruise back to Hulhumalé lagoon. Later in the afternoon there's a chance to make a visit to Malé where you could visit the fish market and local market, Presidents Palace, Sultan Park and Friday Mosque. At the end of the day you'll return to the boat for a farewell dinner.
| OVERNIGHT:
Cabin on board the boat
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8, Departure transfer to airport
After breakfast you'll check out 1000am then we'll transfer you back to Malé airport in time for your flight home.
| OVERNIGHT:
N/A
| MEALS:
Breakfast
| EXTRAS:
Extra night - post-tour, 3-night resort island extension

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 14

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • International Flights (available on request)
  • Visas, if required
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Any other items not mentioned above
Note: This tour requires a minimum of 8 travellers to run. Should this number not be reached you will be able to transfer onto one of our other Maldives land-based tours that includes all the same activities, just based in local guesthouses or hotels instead of on the boat.

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