Maldives Island Experience
Pure tropical heaven and island vibes
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Group Size: Max 16
Trip code: TTML
Duration: 8 days
Idyllic islands, glistening white sandy beaches, aqua blue waters, secluded turquoise lagoons. That’s right - We’re talking about the Maldives! 8 days sailing the seas on a 90ft boat sounds a-boat right! Exceptional white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, views for days and of course, the jaw dropping untouched marine life are just a few things you’ll experience whilst in the Maldives.
- Comfortable twin-share rooms throughout the tour
- Spot dolphins, turtles and other exotic marine life
- Give back to the community by participating in beach clean ups
- Explore the local culture with visits to mosques and local islands
- Explore a well known luxury beach destination on a backpacker budget
Day 1 - Welcome to the Maldives
You made it! You've arrived in paradise. Fly into Velana International Airport, and we'll meet you there on arrival. Take a minute, a deep breath; this is the holiday of a lifetime. We'll pick you up and transport you to our start hotel where we'll be spending our first night. Settle in and relax; it's going to be a magical 8 days. The day is yours to spend as you please. Later on, we meet up for a welcome dinner to get to know your fellow sailors who you'll be spending the next 8 days with. The evening is young, so after some delicious cuisine, we head to the beach to watch the moon rise. Perfection.
Day 2 - Dolphins, Dinner & Drinks Under the Stars
Time to live our best boat life as we transfer to our floating home for the next 7 idyllic days - Felicity! Hello MTV, welcome to our crib, time for a boat tour! Trust us; it’s a beauty. Picture this, sailing the Maldives’ crystal clear, aqua blue waters on a 90ft boat. Yeah, that’s us! Settle into your cabin, decide whose bed is whose before we have our briefing. Let’s do this! We set sail for the ultimate SailVenture, heading south to Guraidhoo in South Male Atoll. Put those sunnies on, sit back and relax on the sundeck as you watch the beauty of the Maldives pass you by. Look out for a dolphin or two! We drop anchor, grab a snorkel and jump in and explore some of the most stunning marine life in the world. We explore the local island of Guraidhoo & immerse ourselves in local life. We visit a mosque & the harbour before getting to know some of the locals. Discover succulent fruit trees as you wander the narrow maze of sandy roads before taking traditional afternoon tea in a local cafe, ‘Hedikaa style’. Pure perfection. We head back on board for dinner & drinks under the stars.
Day 3 - Manta Rays, Beach Cleans and Bucket Lists
GoPros at the ready, slap that suncream on; we’ve got a big day ahead! We cruise in style across the channel into Vaavu Atoll. On the way, keep an eye out as you may spot one of the ocean’s majestic giants.. Manta Rays! If the weather is right, it’s the ultimate Maldives bucket list ticking experience! We head to the southern part of Vaavu Atoll to a picture-perfect sandbar. Swim, snorkel, lay on the golden sandy beach, whatever floats your boat. Let any worries you have melt away as you sunbathe in the unspoilt beauty of the Maldives. Late afternoon we head to an uninhabited island we have all to ourselves. We complete a beach clean before taking a swim to cool off. Work hard, play hard, right? In the evening, we enjoy a private beach dinner BBQ, castaway style! End the night camping out on deck under the stars. Sweet dreams.
Day 4 - Marine Life & Beach Parties
Carpe Diem! Sea-ze the day! We’re sailing to Felidhoo for the ultimate snorkelling extravaganza; you won’t want to miss this. Head underwater to experience diverse marine life multi-coloured coral reefs and float the day away in the aqua blue waters. Chilled out vibes only, afterwards we head on land to shop till we drop for souvenirs and enjoy a delicious Maldivian afternoon tea. Indulge in delicious cuisine before we head to a secluded sand bar ready to dance the night away. Icebox filled with beers in hand and all the best noughties tunes playing prepared for a party under the stars. Feel the sand between your toes, the cool crisp taste of that first beer hitting your lips; yeah, this is the holiday a lifetime.
Day 5 - Nurse Sharks, Line Fishing & Famous Sunsets
Devour a delicious breakfast onboard to the gentle waves of the surrounding aqua blue waters. You’re in paradise. We continue our cruise through Vaavu Atoll, so sit back and relax. Close to Alimathaa, there’s an opportunity to swim with Nurse sharks if the conditions are right. Keeping all our fingers & toes crossed for this bucket list experience. Late afternoon we cruise to the local island of Fulidhoo and head ashore for traditional ‘hedika’ - delicious Maldivian savoury & sweet snacks. YUM! We also have a tour of the island and take a look around. Later in the evening, we experience a world-famous Maldives sunset; vibrant oranges & reds cover the skies as we learn the art of line fishing. Trust us - you’ll have a fin-tastic time! The Maldives has a unique history that depends on tuna fishing, so we learn from the very best - the local fisherman! Perfect your skills using a pole and line and grab that catch of the day! It’ll be freshly prepared for dinner tonight! What an experience.
Day 6 - Singing and Dancing
Another morning in blissful tropical paradise. Enjoy some delicious breakfast onboard as we sail, wind in our hair back north into South Male Atoll. Lather the suncream on and sunbathe on the open deck listening to some old school jams under the glistening sun before we drop anchor and jump in! Explore the glistening turquoise waters as we swim with turtles! Head underwater and experience the diverse marine life and colourful coral reefs and fish. Before the sun sets, we head ashore to the local island of Gulhi. We visit the boatyard and get to know the locals immersing ourselves in local culture and history by learning their stories. Time to freshen up with a Kurumba (that’s a coconut for all you newbies). We’ve got a big night ahead! Sample local dishes, learn traditional Maldivian dancing as the crew play the ‘bodu beru’ and sing along to the beat of the drum. You may not have the voice of an X Factor winner or be able to shake your hips like Shakira, but it’s an unbelievable night so enjoy every minute!
Day 7 - Marine Life & Farewell Dinner
It’s our last full day together but trust us, it’s an epic one! Enjoy breakfast onboard before one final snorkel.. Dive down and swim amongst the rainbow fish, the vibrant and tranquil marine life and of course, don’t forget to get those snaps for the gram to make your friends back home jealous.. It’s only right. Snorkelling has you working up an appetite, so we grab lunch on board before cruising to Hulhumale. Later in the afternoon, we head over to Malé to grab an ice cream! It’s your last day, so treat yourself, order 3 scoops of delicious chocolate ice cream and enjoy every minute of it. You deserve it. In the evening, we have a farewell dinner onboard! The food is out of the world, the cocktails sweet and as delicious as ever. Celebrate your last night aboard by partying on deck, hugging your brand new travel fam uncontrollably or buying the whole boat a continuous round of beers.. Whatever you fancy.
Day 8 - Back to Male
It’s time to bid farewell, goodbye, adios, dhanee! That’s goodbye in Maldivian.. But you know that. You’ve spent 8 days here already, you legend. We have one last delicious breakfast onboard before checking out by 9am and grabbing our transfer back to Malé International airport. It’s been a wild, crazy, unbelievable 8 days in tropical exotic ocean bliss, and we hate to say goodbye. Your group leader is on hand to help with any onwards plans you may have. Hey, even if you need a hug or two. It’s been the trip of a lifetime, and for that. This isn’t goodbye, it’s sea you later?
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Most expensive: £957 December, 2023
You should arrive into Male International airport in the Maldives by mid-morning on your start date, as the activities start at 2pm. You will be collected from the airport.
Your trip ends back in Male on day 8 and an airport transfer is included. Please book an onwards flight for after 12pm.
7 nights of accommodation are included, all of which are in twin/triple rooms. 1 night in a twin share guesthouse in Male. The rest will be onboard the boat.
Our huge 90ft beauty of a boat passes the dream holiday vibes for sure. With 7 fully air conditioned cabins accommodating up to 15 guests onboard there’s no better way to sail the Indian Ocean. Our accommodation is 6 double rooms and 1 triple all complete with ensuites. We’ve got all the good stuff! Sunbathe the days away out on the large sundeck, relax in tropical heaven on the sunbeds aboard. Hey it’s even got a bar too so grab yourself a beer and enjoy. With open air dining, TV/DVD & music facilities onboard you really do have everything you could ever need. As we spend the days snorkeling, swimming, surfing and diving,
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners are included.
As the Maldives is an Islamic nation, there are restrictions regarding alcohol. It is prohibited to bring alcohol into the country. Your luggage is x-rayed on arrival and alcohol found is confiscated. Tourists can buy and drink alcohol on board liveaboard vessels and at private island resorts. Alcohol is prohibited on local islands where the local population live.
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years old. This trip is designed for 18-39 year olds.
British passport holders can get a 30 day visa for the Maldives upon arrival. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your date of entry to the Maldives. Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date information.