Diving, Kayaking, & Snorkelling in the Maldives with Whale Sharks: A Scientific Expedition – 5 Days
Learn about the Maldives’ marine life as you search for whale sharks with a team of professionals.
Kayak around the Indian Ocean’s turquoise waters and visit various sand bars.
Go snorkelling and/or SCUBA diving along pristine coral reefs and possibly swim alongside sea turtles, reef sharks, various colourful fish, and maybe even some manta rays!
Stay at a locally owned property for privileged insight into Maldivian culture.
Diving, Kayaking, & Snorkelling in the Maldives with Whale Sharks: A Scientific Expedition
This trip invites you to embark on a one-in-a-lifetime adventure filled with fun, education, excitement, and marine life! You will get to stay at a locally owned venue with a real cultural immersion on the stunning island of Dhigurah.
Enjoy Maldivian culture as you explore the island with your local guide. Your guide will provide you with insight while a team of whale shark scientists provide unique and educational information before your snorkel experience. This epic short break is perfect for those looking to enter an exciting new world coloured by blue. Escape modern day pressures and enjoy the sunny side of life.
DETAILS OF THIS EXPERIENCE
The trip starts with your landing at Malé International Airport, where you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your accommodation by speedboat. Buckle up, you’re in for a ride.
Day 1 is all about settling in.
We suggest you take your time and explore the beautiful island. After all, the local paradise island of Dhigurah located in South Ari Atoll will be your home for the next few days.
Your small hotel is well located in the South Ari Atoll, close to the hottest dive spots. Your accommodation features air conditioning, complimentary water, mini fridge, complimentary tea, coffee and WiFi. Every evening you will enjoy the buffet with a great variety of food for all tastes.
Day 2 begins with a lovely breakfast served at the guesthouse before heading out for some kayaking and local exploration.
Before kayaking the Indian Ocean’s fantastic waters, you will get briefed. The day will consist of kayaking, coral reef snorkelling, a few spots at sandbars which includes lunch, and some down time for those interested in relaxing and or sunbathing before heading back to the island. Once the day cools down you will then get to explore the Dhigurah and learn about the local way of life. You will have the opportunity to stop and chat with families. Watch Maldivian women prepare supper, and even step into a local café for some traditional hedika.
Day 3 is all about coral reef exploration.
You will spend the morning snorkelling along the colourful coral reefs and keeping your eyes peeled for some welcome guests. During this time, you may come across some manta rays, blacktip reef sharks, clownfish, angelfish, green turtles, and or hawksbill turtles, among others. You will then get to decide how you would like to spend your afternoon, you can either continue to enjoy swimming, go for a SCUBA course, and or on a professional PADI excursion to see what the deeper Maldivian waters have to offer. Please note that the SCUBA options are not included in the package as price varies with experience.
In the late afternoon you board your local Dhoni (fishermen's boat) and go in search of dolphins while enjoying a spectacular sunset. Dhoni is the very charismatic old vessel, originally used by the local fishermen from the Maldives. Although it is not guaranteed, your chances at spotting wild dolphins at this time are very high. Add this encounter to the stunning pink sky which is serve as your backdrop and you are in for a truly moving experience!
Day 4 is filled with learning and photo opportunities.
Not only will you get to hang out and learn from, the Maldives Whale Shark Research Team you will also get to go in search of these incredible creatures alongside the team. Make sure to bring your camera!
You might also get to experience a natural phenomenon along your travels! Bioluminescent waters anyone?
The Maldives is known as a magical paradise for factors other than its incredible beaches. The Indian Ocean surrounding the Maldives is notorious for having bioluminescent waters. This means that the waters light up at night and become a mesmerizing neon blue…seriously, google it. It’s a stunning occurrence that very few people get the opportunity to witness. Please note that if you’re interested in seeing bioluminescent waters in the Maldives you should try to visit the atolls between the months of July and February. The possibility of witnessing this natural phenomenon is greater during these months.
Bioluminescence is completely unpredictable, therefore cannot be guaranteed. However, if you are lucky enough to be on the islands when it happens, a night time kayaking adventure could be arranged. We suggest you ask locals about the phenomenon as soon as you arrive to ensure you don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity. Good luck, we hope you get to fulfill all your neon beach lit dreams!
WHY IS THIS A
Going to the Maldives is on many travel enthusiasts’ bucket list, not only will you get to fulfil this lifelong dream during this Diving, Kayaking and Snorkelling in the Maldives with Whale Sharks, you will also get to experience true Maldivian culture.
There is more to Maldives than the stereotypical romantic getaway. This experience allows you to skip the contrived resort experience and go straight to the authentic Maldivian experience.
This epic 5-day adventure takes you around some of the world’s most stunning waters and colourful coral reefs. You will get to learn about conservation, get privileged views into everyday life on the islands, and swim around with fascinating creatures.
This trip is for adventurers looking to fill their hearts with magic and their spirits with enough soul-stirring excitement to last a lifetime.
AGENDA FOR YOUR ADVENTURE
- 15:00 Meet at Malé International Airport
- Transfer by boat (three hours ride) to Dhigurah Island in South Ari Atoll
- Check into your local guesthouse, your base for the next 4 nights.
- Free time to settle in and buffer dinner included at the hotel.
- After breakfast, head on west side of the island for your kayaking excursion
- Safety briefing, and paddling the area
- Regular stops for snorkelling the colourful reef
- Picnic lunch in a typical sand bar with time to relax before to head back to hotel
- Afternoon exploration of the island with local guide for cultural insight
- Evening back to hotel for buffet dinner
- Morning snorkelling in hot spot for exotic marine life
- Afternoon can be snorkelling or SCUBA diving (discover course or fun dive, extra charge)
- Late afternoon, board local dhoni, sailing cruise to see dolphins at sunset
- 15:00 back in land you go to a local tea shop and sample tea and cakes
- Evening back to hotel for buffet dinner
- Morning meet Maldives Whale Shark Research Team
- Lecture about whale shark’s natural habitat, behaviour, threats
- Snorkelling with the team and helping with whale shark ID photography
- Return to the hotel at lunch time, free to experience traditional flavours from local restaurants (not included)
- Afternoon is free to relax
- After early morning breakfast, transfer back to the airport
Inclusions: 4 Nights in Deluxe room in 3* accommodation half board (4 breakfast and buffet dinners), 1 picnic lunch, return transfer from the airport, return boat ride from Male to Ari Atoll (3 hours), Snorkelling or diving Equipment (Certified divers only), Services of qualified guide, lecture and tour from the Whale Shark Research team, dhoni sunset sailing cruise with dolphins, guided kayaking and snorkelling tours and local tax (10% service charge and 12% GST).
Exclusions: Travel insurance, meals not stated in itinerary, personal expenses, tips and gratuities.
Voucher info: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this experience.
Local operator information: Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
Cancellation policy: If you cancel at least 90 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 90 and 46 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 15 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel between 45 and 21 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel between 20 and 8 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 75 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 7 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
WILDTHENTIC TRAVELERS TESTIMONIALS
"A great place to base yourself for water activities.
For a short stay this is a good place to base yourself and not expensive like the resort islands. 4-day package included excellent snorkeling, boat trips and guides. You are well looked after by the local guide, UB in my case, thanks mate. Ferries, boats, etc are all organised you just have to turn up. Accommodation is not a resort, however is quite comfortable and food is of good quality. I added scuba dives which are well worthwhile. Maafushi itself is a bit limited in other activities so if adding extra days, I'd do it at another island to see and experience more. The Malé tour was a good way to end."