Maldives vacations, Dhoni cruise

Spend eight blissful days cruising the Maldives on a traditional wooden dhoni. This small group trip is relaxing, yes – but you can never get bored when there’s the possibility of snorkelling with manta rays.
Male Vavuu Atoll Kuda Anbaraa Island Meemu Atoll Dhiggaru Island Felidhoo Fulidhoo Embudhoo Reef Cruise on a traditional dhoni Optional activities include: snorkelling
US $1720ToUS $2130 excluding flights
9 Days
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Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 16.
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Late availability on these dates: 11 Feb, 25 Mar, 01 Apr, 15 Apr, 06 May
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US $1720ToUS $2130 excluding flights
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 16.
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Maldives cruising
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Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.


13 Reviews of Maldives vacations, Dhoni cruise

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2022 by

10/10. It was memorable in every way. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2022 by

Five stars for me, but then we love the rustic authenticity Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2021 by

Peaceful stunning gorgeous food lovely friendly helpful crew amazingly friendly knowledgeable tour leader Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Feb 2016 by

The size of the boat the crew and natural beauty of the Maldives was a win win situation. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2016 by

The snorkeling was great - saw many beautiful fish, turtles, sharks, dolphins, Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2014 by

Seeing a dolphin chasing a flying fish was extraordinary...and one of so many fantastic sights and experiences on board. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Jan 2014 by

The best vacation I have ever been on....So many wonderful memories of this vacation, the great group of people I met, the dolphins swimming in their natural environment and releasing a turtle back into the sea after having found it caught up in a fishing net. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Dec 2013 by

The most memorable parts were the multiple shades of blue, and the clear underwater views of the Maldivian coral and fish. A great team on the boat (Captain Mog, Super Chef Bablu, Waiter Ahmed and Room boy Yoonus). Not forgetting our guide Bongo. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Mar 2013 by

The best vacation ever! Being in a boat with only a handful of people around, visiting remote areas that most other tourists don't get to see was the best thing about the trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Feb 2013 by

It was truly an amazing vacation, the beautiful blue sea, fantastic snorkelling, wonderful food, friendly crew. This was the best vacation I have had. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Dec 2013 by

Relaxing and enjoyable...the best parts were Snorkelling and seeing manta rays, dolphins and other wildlife and relaxing and reading on the dhoni. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2013 by

Excellent, great guide and crew, relaxing time...Living on a boat was great fun, good trip to Saklikent Gorge walking through the rapids, the sea kayaking at Kekova was fun too. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2013 by

Definitely the snorkeling, all of it even if some highlights like following the manta ray or spying on two octopuses gliding hand in hand were particularly exciting. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet and people

This trip avoids the large International resorts altogether, stopping at small local fishing villages on lesser known atolls to gain a genuine insight into the traditional Maldavian lifestyles away from the tourist industry.

We sleep aboard a locally owned and operated converted traditional fishing vessel known as a “Dhoni” with all our food supplies being bought or caught locally, thus ensuring a direct contribution to the local economy of the islands.

Limiting our group size to just 16 minimizes the impact of out visit – “smaller groups leave fewer footprints”Our boat crew and leaders have been trained to operate the Dhoni cruise in a manner to minimise our impact on the amazing coral atolls that form the focus of our snorkelling excursions from our boat.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. CoolEarth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.

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