Overview

Maldives Dhoni cruises are one of the most authentic ways to explore the Maldives. While traveling in a dhoni- a traditional fishing boat, you get to experience the traditional feel of Maldivians. The boat accommodates about ten people at ones, and it can easily cross from atoll to atoll, which means you can explore far beyond the average all-inclusive resort hotels. You will have a relaxed life onboard the dhoni, and you will also get to see lots of water lives. As you cruise along, you may witness spinner dolphins chasing you while snorkeling you may encounter eagle rays, reef sharks, giant manta rays, plus countless reef fish hiding in the coral.

This seven-day cruise is all about relaxing, snorkeling, and exploring interesting local culture, beyond the scope of tourist resorts. Even if its a cruise tour, you won't be at sea all the time. After all, you would miss the beautiful beaches, traditional lifestyle, wonderful traditions and performance, and lots if you just sailed on the sea. You will not be able to dive as there are no such facilities in a dhoni, however, before the trip, the boat crew will take your shoe size to make sure there is snorkeling equipment with your name on it. You will have flippers and a mask to use throughout the week. 

The Maldives Dhoni Cruise is a seven-day trip that starts and ends in Male. You will be traveling through Felidhu Atholhu, Male, and Dhiggaru Island in the Maldives. Cruise the astonishing islands of the Maldives by traditional dhoni along the white sands, blue skies, and crystal-clear waters. Experience the tranquil blue waters and perfect beaches that make these islands so popular, snorkel among the spectacular corals of the Indian ocean. Enjoy relaxing sea breezes every day and capture some stunning pictures in this tropical paradise. This trip enables you to interact with local villagers, snorkel and discover a wide variety of water lives, enjoy the performance of traditional drumming called Bodu Beru, stroll around some traditional villages, experience the authentic way of life of Maldivians, and lots more.

Packing

To navigate through rocky patches of the sea bed, it will be best if you carry swim shoes. Traveling on the sea means a lot of sun exposure, so don't forget to bring lots of sun cream and other sun protection like caps, sunglasses, etc. However, make sure you bring biodegradable products as the chemical products are harmful to coral. Bring various pairs of the swimsuit as you will mostly be on deck or beach, so you will require various swimsuits to mix up your holiday photograph. The Maldives is very conservative regarding dress, so while out of dhoni, you need to wear dresses that cover knees, shoulders, and abdomen. So make sure you carry those types of clothes. You will not require any special kind of shoes to travel in the islands during this trip, so sandals or flip flops will suffice. 

Trip highlights

What's included?

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport transfer

What's excluded?

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance

Itinerary Show all

Day One:

Male/ South Male Atoll

After a brief meeting regarding the further trip, we will transfer you to the dhoni boat, then settle in and set sail on a journey of Maldives. Before going to the waterfront, our airport representative will meet you and escort you to Male. We will have breakfast on the boat and then set sail to embark on an adventurous journey south. We will be riding around two to three hours and pass through the Vaadhoo Canal to the South Male Atoll, a relatively smaller and more peaceful neighbor to the more developed North Male Atoll. Here, vegetation and white sand inhabit most of the island, and clear turquoise water and gorgeous reefs surround the island. From here, we cruise further south to the Vavuu Atoll, where we will stop to explore the uninhabited and scenic islands of Kudiboli and Kuda Anbaraa. 

Note: None of the islands in this region requires any exclusive footwear. You will be fine even in flip-flops, which has the obvious advantage of being quick to get on and off - ideal for walking through sand. We spend the afternoon snorkeling. However, if you don't want to snorkel, you can simply relax onboard. Over our seven days' trip, we will most probably see underwater life like green turtles, reef sharks, and giant manta rays, as well as smaller stingrays and eagle rays. At each stop, you will also have plenty of time to swim alongside a rainbow of small, colorful fish, including the famed Clown Fish. You can ask our knowledgeable representative about the underwater species that you will come across; he can give you details on those.

Included Activity

  • Maldives' islands offer some of the most stunning snorkeling and marine life watching opportunities in the world. The ocean around the country is a primary feeding ground for many species of tropical fish due to its low islands and abundant coral reefs. This underwater city contains about seventy different species of colorful corals accompanied by more than 700species of fish and other marine life. While snorkeling in the waters of this country lets you experience all of these marvelous underwater worlds.

Enjoy afternoon tea with a freshly baked cake every afternoon, served by our skilled chef.

The Dhoni Cruise includes every meal. Often the menus are the freshly-caught fish each day, curries, and pasta. Drinking water, tea, and coffee are readily available, and you can purchase alcoholic and soft drinks on board. Dhoni accepts the US dollar onboard, and you can also choose to pay your bill for drinks in cash or by credit card at the end of the cruise.

The cabins onboard are compact, but with enough room for two people and luggage. However, you may also choose to enjoy sleeping under the stars on deck on the tranquil ocean.

Day Two:

Snorkel in the clear waters of the Meemu Atoll

Today, we cruise for more two to three hours to cross Meemu Atoll, which houses one of the longest stretches of the reef in the Maldives. Meemu Atoll consists of thirty-four islands, among which people do not live in twenty-five. All of the inhabited islands' major occupation is fishing while some of them grow yams. More than anywhere in the Maldives, you will get to experience the true Maldivian way of life at Meemu Atoll. Shortly after entering the atoll, we reach another wonderful uninhabited island, Fenboa Finolhu, where we will base ourselves for the night. If you are lucky, you may see spinner dolphins chasing the boat on this or other crossings, who like jumping in our wake. You may also be able to witness flying fish; these fish sometimes leap right over the deck of our dhoni. Today, you will have enough time to relax on the white sand beach and snorkel on the reef. In the evening, we will have a barbeque beach banquet in a peaceful spot on the island, laid on by the dhoni crew.

Included Activity

  • Meemu Atoll Visit (we will visit many inhabited and uninhabited island and experience the true way of Maldivian life)
  • Maldives' islands offer some of the most stunning snorkeling and marine life watching opportunities in the world. The ocean around the country is a primary feeding ground for many species of tropical fish due to its low islands and abundant coral reefs. This underwater city contains about seventy different species of colorful corals accompanied by more than 700species of fish and other marine life. While snorkeling in the waters of this country lets you experience all of these marvelous underwater worlds.
  • In the evening, we will enjoy barbeque beach banquet, laid on by the dhoni crew.

Day Three:

Cruise to Dhiggaru Island for a Bodu Beru display

After breakfast, we head east to the Dhiggaru island. Here, we stop by a great snorkeling reef. Here, you can enjoy snorkeling among the ever-changing reefs and fishes. Later this afternoon, when the temperature cools down a bit, we head ashore to meet the inhabitants of this island to witness their lifestyle. You may be astonished by their traditional yet relaxed way of life in the island's dynamic village. Very few tourists visit here, and the inhabitants are very conservative regarding dress, so we must show respect by dressing conservatively and acting respectfully; you should remove your shoes when visiting a house or a mosque. This evening, we might see the performance of Bodu Beru (Big Drum) - the traditional folk music of the country. The performance of Bodu Beru involves a group of people sitting and singing to the rhythmical beat of drums.

Included Activity

  • Visit Dhiggaru island's village, where you will get to see the lifestyle of a traditional village and enjoy the performance of Maldives' traditional folk music, Bodu Beru (Big Drum).
  • Maldives' islands offer some of the most stunning snorkeling and marine life watching opportunities in the world. The ocean around the country is a primary feeding ground for many species of tropical fish due to its low islands and abundant coral reefs. This underwater city contains about seventy different species of colorful corals accompanied by more than 700species of fish and other marine life. While snorkeling in the waters of this country lets you experience all of these marvelous underwater worlds.

Day Four:

Visit the traditional village of Felidhoo

Today, we return the head to Felidho Atoll and its administrative center, Felidhoo. This is the least populated among all the administrative centers of the country, with a population of about only 400. We will visit the village, and even today, you will get to another Bodu Beru performance.

Included Activity

  • Visit the traditional village of Felidhoo and enjoy another Bodu Beru performance.

Day Five:

Discover Hulhidhoo reef, sail to Fulidhoo

By this time, you are most probably starting to feel relaxed as our routine of reading, sunbathing, and napping between island stops and snorkeling becomes like second nature. Today, we sail to the Fulidhoo island. Stroll the peaceful streets of the capital of Felidhoo Atoll. This small island houses a few wonderful beaches and contains one or two local souvenir shops. At Fulidhoo island, we will interact with the locals and learn more about their life in this tropical heaven. After a further visit to the island of Hulhidhoo, we anchor by a large reef, where we can spend time snorkeling.

Included Activity

  • Maldives' islands offer some of the most stunning snorkeling and marine life watching opportunities in the world. The ocean around the country is a primary feeding ground for many species of tropical fish due to its low islands and abundant coral reefs. This underwater city contains about seventy different species of colorful corals accompanied by more than 700species of fish and other marine life. While snorkeling in the waters of this country lets you experience all of these marvelous underwater worlds.
  • Explore Hulhidoo Reef
  • Visit Fulidhoo island and interact with villages and learn more about their life in this tropical heaven.

Day Six:

Sail to Male, snorkel at Embudhoo Reef

This is the final day of the trip, and we cruise back towards Male. We will do some final snorkeling and swimming at Embudhoo reef, then enjoy a mouthwatering meal with our boat crew.

  • Maldives' islands offer some of the most stunning snorkeling and marine life watching opportunities in the world. The ocean around the country is a primary feeding ground for many species of tropical fish due to its low islands and abundant coral reefs. This underwater city contains about seventy different species of colorful corals accompanied by more than 700species of fish and other marine life while snorkeling in the waters of this country lets you experience all of these marvelous underwater worlds.

Day Seven:

Tour Concludes

After bidding goodbye to the crew, we disembark the dhoni, and then we will escort you to the Male International Airport.

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