Explore the island paradise of the Maldives in this 8-Day Whale Shark Snorkeling Cruise and experience the ultimate in marine life encounters and marine conservation.
This unique hand-curated 8-Day Whale Shark Snorkeling Cruise in the Maldives 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.
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 couples, solo travellers and families with a passion for the ocean and responsible travel. Discover new places and cultures, learn more about marine life, enjoy outdoor activities and water sports and bask in pristine natural surroundings.
On this special 8-day Maldivian island hopping voyage, explore the stunning beauty of South Male & Ari Atolls. Discover the charm and natural beauty of the local islands of Dhangethi, Dhigurah and Gulhi, both above and below the surface.
Snorkel with majestic whale sharks and learn about these gentle giants from the Maldivian Whale Shark Research Program-coordinator, who will travel with us. Assist in data collection, identify individuals and take measurements under water!
Meet local NGO Save the Beach, visit a coral nursery and learn about the efforts locally to regenerate coral reefs and how you can assist the process.
With your expert local guide learn about the importance of the humble seagrass in sea turtle conservation efforts, embark on a tropical forest walk, visit deserted sandbank islands, complete beach cleans, watch mesmerizing sunrises & sunsets and of course, kick back and relax as you sail your worries away, onboard the lovely MV Felicity gullet.
Your onboard guide will familiarise you with all things Maldivian culture, from tours of the local islands and villages, to sampling afternoon tea snacks ‘hedhika’, to enjoying a Maldivian theme night featuring a traditional ‘Bodu Beru’ musical drumming & dance performance.
8-Day Whale Shark Snorkeling Cruise in the Maldives: Itinerary
DAY 1:• Arrive in Maldives & board MV Felicity • Cruise to Maafushi in South Male Atoll • Responsible snorkeling briefing and acclimatization snorkel • Snorkel seagrass meadow • After dinner presentation by Save the Beach on coral reefs
DAY 2:• Visit Maafushi and coral nursery with Save the Beach • Seagrass presentation and identification on the island • Cruise to southern part of South Male Atoll
DAY 3:• Kick-start the day Maldivian style, with an early morning snorkel before breakfast • Cruise into South Ari • Snorkeling • Discover Dhangethi Island - sample 'Hedikaa' snacks • After dinner Whaleshark Presentation by Maldivian Whale Shark Research Project
DAY 4:• Whale shark safari • Data capture with MWSRP • Visit Dhigurah Island • Tropical forest walk & refreshing swim
DAY 5:• Whale shark safari • Data capture with MWSRP • Afternoon visit to a remote uninhabited island • Beach Clean Up • BBQ Beach dinner
DAY 6:• Cruising • Snorkeling • Gulhi island visit • Maldivian theme night including Bodu Beru musical performance on board.
DAY 7:• Morning Snorkeling • Cruise back to Hulhumale • Afternoon Snorkeling • Villimale visit to coral nursery
DAY 8:• Breakfast on board. • Check out 9am • Departure to airport