Overview

White sand beaches, stunning reefs, world-class surf breaks, diverse marine life, and an abundance of luxury resorts with attractive overwater bungalows- the Maldives is like a dream come true destinations to many travel enthusiasts. The chain of islands with beautiful blue oceans and tropical islands with swaying palm trees and white sandy beaches make up the Maldives. This remarkable archipelagic nation hosts a wide variety of wildlife both on land and in the sea that ranges from tiny geckos to enormous whale sharks. As it is the ocean-locked nation, majority of the wildlife in the Maldives is aquatic with a fantastic diversity of sea life from multitudes of corals to more than 2,000 species of fish, ranging from tiny, colorful reef fish, turtles, moray eels, and rays, to giant pelagic fish, such as tuna, dolphins, sharks, and whale sharks. Another aquatic life that lives in the water surrounding the islands is an octopus, squid, giant clams, various kinds of anemones, and jellyfish. The Maldives' few ponds and marshes also contain freshwater fish like the milkfish, tilapia and smaller species, and even some saltwater crocodiles in marshy areas.

The Marine Wildlife of the Maldives trip starts and ends in Male. This trip is a wildlife tour that takes you Hulhumale, Dhangethi, Dhigurah, and four other destinations in the Maldives within seven days. Marine Wildlife of the Maldives is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals, and others.

Wake up to the sun rising over the ocean, snorkel around some of the most stunning place and a plethora of marine life including Whale sharks, Manta rays, Green, Hawksbill and Olive Ridley turtles as well as Spinner dolphins and Bottlenose. Visit pristine islands, relax on the deck and gaze at the sparkling stars above you. A traditionally crafted Turkish Gulet complete with sails is the perfect way to experience the magic of the Maldives.

Trip highlights

What's included?

  • Six day’s accommodation in twin cabins on board the Felicity
  • All transportation
  • Activities listed in “Included Activities”
  • All meal while on board
  • Tour guide throughout the trip

What's excluded?

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Any personal Expenses

Itinerary Show all

Day One:

Male Arrival, cruise through South Male Atoll

After arriving at Male International airport on the group flight, we will do a short briefing meeting, then transfer by dhoni to board by midday the MV Felicity, where we will be spending the next six days. We will arrive at the Felicity right about the time for a light lunch. After boarding the boat, we sail south to Guraidhoo in South Male Atoll. On this time, you can do anything you please, simply lay back on the sundeck, sit in the shade of the sun canopy and watch as the splendor of the Maldives passing you by and maybe you get to see some dolphins. This afternoon, you may be able to have your first snorkeling excursion and experience the underwater world. If you have only seen the islands of the Maldives, you know its splendid; however, when you see the true wonder of nature under the water, you are sure to be mesmerized. There is an abundance of the reefs encircling the islands and the Atolls with an abundance of diverse corals and its marine creatures living in and around them. This abundance of wildlife with the crystal-clear water makes snorkeling and diving in the Maldives a unique experience and perfect unforgettable memory.

Included Activity

  • The islands of the Maldives have some of the most beautiful snorkeling spots and offer great opportunities for watching marine life. A wide species of tropical fish's primary feeding ground is the ocean that surrounds this country due to its low islands and plentiful coral reefs. This underwater country is home to around 70 species of corals and over 700species of fish and other marine life. Snorkeling in the waters of this country means you get to experience all of these marvelous underwater worlds.
  • Airport pick up, Brief Meeting
  • Transfer to Felicity via Dhoni
  • Cruise through South Male Atoll

Day Two:

Turtle snorkeling safari in South Male Atoll; cross into Ari Atoll

Our first stop of this morning will be a reef that lies on the east side of the atoll and offers the high probability of turtle sightings. This reef is shallow but contains a vast amount of corals that provide turtles with an abundant food source. Like every other Maldivian reef, you will also see lots of fish such as the Boxfish, Porcupinefish, and schools of Bannerfish. The remaining of the day, we cross into Ari Atoll and move south towards the island of Dhangethi. If we have enough time and depending on the sailing conditions, you will get a chance of another snorkeling trip this afternoon, before visiting the local island of Dhangethi. After reaching Dhangethi, we will enjoy a traditional Maldivian afternoon tea. Dhangethi is a classic fishing island of Maldives with interesting tales about the moon and a Maldives Sultan!

Included Activity

  • The islands of the Maldives have some of the most beautiful snorkeling spots and offer great opportunities for watching marine life. A wide species of tropical fish's primary feeding ground is the ocean that surrounds this country due to its low islands and plentiful coral reefs. This underwater country is home to around 70 species of corals and over 700species of fish and other marine life. Snorkeling in the waters of this country means you get to experience all of these marvelous underwater worlds.
  • Cruise into Ari Atoll
  • Visit the island of Dhangethi

Day Three:

Full-day Whale shark safari with Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme

The region of South Ari Atoll has a unique year-round population of Whale sharks. Unlike other places in the world, the South Ari Atoll boasts about the sight of Whale sharks every single month of the year, and many of the sharks seen are the same individuals most of the time. Today, a representative of the Maldives Whale Shark Research Team or a local marine biologist will instruct us about these majestic beings and how you can identify them before heading out on our Whale shark safari. Today, we may see one or two white sharks in our half an hour, or we may not see even one of them in the whole time of our search as they are wild creatures living in their natural habitat. But, this unpredictability is a part of the fun when searching for wildlife. If we find them, we will have a chance to snorkel alongside them, which will be a memorable experience. At times, whale sharks swim very quickly, so you may have to work very hard just to keep up with them in the water.

Included Activity

· The islands of the Maldives have some of the most beautiful snorkeling spots and offer great opportunities for watching marine life. A wide species of tropical fish's primary feeding ground is the ocean that surrounds this country due to its low islands and plentiful coral reefs. This underwater country is home to around 70 species of corals and over 700species of fish and other marine life. Snorkeling in the waters of this country means you get to experience all of these marvelous underwater worlds.

  • Visit The Maldives Whale Shark Research Team and learn about Whale Sharks

Day Four:

Morning Whale Shark Safari, snorkeling in South Ari Atoll

Once again today, we go to search Whale Sharks. If you are visiting between December

and March, you may also be able to encounter Manta rays. After lunch, we head to one of

the best snorkeling sites in this area. Here, you may spot some turtles amongst the

colorful corals and fish. While choosing a snorkeling site, the water conditions and

currents play an important role. Other fish species you might encounter today are Dogtooth tuna, Trevally's, Jacks, Sweetlips, Butterflyfish, Wahoo, and Fusiliers. When you are not snorkeling, you will be on board, where you can simply relax.

Included Activity

  • The islands of the Maldives have some of the most beautiful snorkeling spots and offer great opportunities for watching marine life. A wide species of tropical fish's primary feeding ground is the ocean that surrounds this country due to its low islands and plentiful coral reefs. This underwater country is home to around 70 species of corals and over 700species of fish and other marine life. Snorkeling in the waters of this country means you get to experience all of these marvelous underwater worlds.
  • Morning Whale Shark Safari

Day Five:

Morning Snorkeling to spot Manta ray, cruise back into South Male Atoll

If you are traveling between February and April, we will cruise to Madivaru. Madivaru is a marine protected area with two cleaning stations. Here, we may have a chance to spot Manta rays. We will try our best to spot manta rays with our guide and crew connected with a radio network between dive and cruising vessels. However, if we still do not find any manta rays, there will be enough opportunity to witness sharks, turtles, eels, octopus, and rays while snorkeling. While traveling of-season, it is still possible to encounter solitary Manta rays, and we will also make the most of a final opportunity to encounter Whale sharks.

If you are a qualified diver, you will have a chance to dive within this marine protected area, which contains lots of stimulating diving sites (ask your guide about the prices). For those who have never dived, the site offers a Discover Scuba Diving Course to learn the basic safety guidelines and skills required to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI professional. Those who don't want to dive, you will be able to snorkel in this protected area. In the afternoon, we begin cruising northwards.

Included Activity

  • The islands of the Maldives have some of the most beautiful snorkeling spots and offer great opportunities for watching marine life. A wide species of tropical fish's primary feeding ground is the ocean that surrounds this country due to its low islands and plentiful coral reefs. This underwater country is home to around 70 species of corals and over 700species of fish and other marine life. Snorkeling in the waters of this country means you get to experience all of these marvelous underwater worlds.
  • Encounter Manta Rays

Optional Activity

  • Dive within this marine protected area

Day Six:

Cruise back to Male

Today, we head north to anchor in the lagoon off the island of Hulhumale in the late afternoon. In the morning, we will do some final snorkeling in these tropical waters. While cruising, you will have free time to spend on leisure; you can relax on the sundeck, sit below sun canopy, read a book, or just observe the passing beauty of the Maldives. After anchoring in Hulhumale lagoon, there will be an optional Male city sightseeing tour for those who like to get active. In the evening, we see a presentation that provides an overview of the Maldives marine environment and the work being undertaken by local NGO's to protect it for the future.

Included Activity

  • The islands of the Maldives have some of the most beautiful snorkeling spots and offer great opportunities for watching marine life. A wide species of tropical fish's primary feeding ground is the ocean that surrounds this country due to its low islands and plentiful coral reefs. This underwater country is home to around 70 species of corals and over 700species of fish and other marine life. Snorkeling in the waters of this country means you get to experience all of these marvelous underwater worlds.

Optional Activity

  • Sightseeing tour of Male city

Day Seven:

Trip Concludes

After breakfast, we will transfer you back to Male International Airport from where you can take a flight back to your home destination.

Included Activity

  • Transfer to Male International Airport

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