Sailing the Maldives’ Central and Northern Atolls

Sailing in the Maldives
Who: Couples, Honeymoons, Families and Solo Travellers

9 Days

From £5,165pp

Laura and India are here to help give you the inside track.

On this nine-day itinerary experience the North and South Ari Atolls on the Four Seasons Explorer, dipping into different turquoise lagoons, diving the archipelago's best dive sites and being marooned (in a good way) on two of the Maldives' most luxurious private islands.

Itinerary at a Glance:
  • Live the castaway life - albeit that of a very luxurious castaway - at two of the finest island retreats in the Maldives
  • Cruise between the North and South Ari Atolls on the Four Seasons Explorer, diving some of the Maldives' most remote dive sites
  • Hit the waves with a surf lesson at one of the Maldives best surf breaks

Why Book with Original Diving?

Just a few of the extra touches that come as standard on an Original Diving holiday...
100% Carbon Off-setting
UK Departure Assistance
Fast Track UK Check-in
Fast Track UK Security
UK Airport Lounge Access
Pre-booked Airline Seats
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All of the holidays we create are completely tailor-made to you

This sample itinerary is intended to give you a flavour of what we can do
Day 1: International Flight

Your direct overnight flight to the Maldives leaves London in the evening and takes just under ten-and-a-half-hours.

Day 2: Arrive in the Maldives

The flight lands at Male International Airport mid-morning.

Once you have cleared customs you will be met and transferred to the domestic terminal for your 30-minute seaplane flight to Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, located in the Baa Atoll. The flight is a lot of fun as you stare down in awe at the turquoise blue seas and strings of atoll islands below.

Days 2 – 4: Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

Spend the next three days enjoying all that this beautiful resort has to offer, whether you choose to dive, snorkel, or sit back on the beach.

The house reef is just a few fin kicks off the beach, so it is quite easy to spend countless hours floating around the reefs enjoying the diverse marine life. The resort is also close to Hanifaru Bay, which is one of the best places in the world for seeing whale sharks and large numbers of manta rays (between June and October) as they gather to feed in the plankton-rich waters.

When not in the water, visit the Marine Discovery Centre to enhance your appreciation of the resident marine life, rejuvenate with a relaxing spa treatment and take walks along the sand bar extending out from one end of the island. At low tide you can walk all the way along the sand bar but at high tide you'll have to grab a kayak or paddle board and venture out there.

Day 5: Four Seasons Explorer

Today it's time to depart the resort as you board the Four Seasons Explorer, where you will spend the next four days sailing down the North and South Ari Atolls to Four Seasons Kuda Huraa.

Each day you can dive twice in the morning and once in the afternoon, as well as sunrise, night and wreck excursions.

On board you will be given an orientation by a Manta Trust expert before setting sail to Dhonfanu Island, where you will spend the morning snorkelling and diving the pristine reefs before refuelling with a fresh lunch on board.

Spend the afternoon back on the reef or relaxing on board before heading to Dharavandhoo Island to watch sunset. Return back to the boat for supper and watch the night sky.

Day 6: Four Seasons Explorer

Rise and shine for a morning dive on the Dhonfanu reef before sailing to Fares Island to dive the marine rich reef.

Refuel at lunch while watching the changing scenescape as you sail towards Muthaafushi Island, where you will spend the afternoon diving, snorkelling or relaxing on the boat, depending on your mood.

As the sun sets, try your hand at handline fishing off the back of the boat before feasting on a fresh supper.

Day 7: Four Seasons Explorer

Spend the morning diving the Muthaafushi reef for a final time before setting sail towards Kagi Island.

Learn about the fascinating marine life inhabiting these reefs with a fish talk from the resident marine biologist as you sail.

Spend the afternoon diving and snorkelling the Kagi reef or pump up the adrenaline with a range of water sports, from tubing and wakeboarding to water skiing.

Day 8: Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

This morning you will set sail for Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, arriving in time for breakfast.

Upon arrival on Kuda Huraa, spend the rest of the day relaxing back into island life, whether taking a walk along the beach, indulging in a spa treatment or dining on delicious cuisine. For the active adventurer, there is a surf school, with year-round swells perfect for beginners (whilst experienced surfers can catch bigger waves between April and October).

Day 9: Home Time

Sadly, today you will start your journey home. This morning you will be met at the resort and privately transferred to the airport. The transfer is a 25-minute speedboat ride. Your 11-hour flight back to the UK leaves late morning, arriving back in London in the early evening.

All of the holidays we create are completely tailor-made to you

This sample itinerary is intended to give you a flavour of what we can do
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A Rough Idea of Price

While all of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like time of year and level of accommodation, we want to give you as good an idea of how much this itinerary will cost.

This Itinerary

If you would like to book the exact itinerary mentioned above, with economy flights, during mid-season and staying in our preferred room category at our preferred hotels.

From

£6,075pp

Bare Necessities

If you would like to pare back the above itinerary by travelling at non-peak times, staying in a standard room and removing some or all of the guided activities.

From

£5,165pp

Bells & Whistles

If you are looking for something extra special and would like to add business or first class flights, stay in top room categories at some of the most luxurious hotels we work with, and add more activities and guiding.

From

£7,290pp

The guide prices shown are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip. There are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the class of flights, the airline used and the level of private guiding versus shared excursions.

Laura and India are our experts for this itinerary and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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