Bucket list destination!
The bluest seas, turquoise reefs, white sandy beaches and palm trees await!
Turquoise blue lagoons
Swimming, snorkeling & Diving
Secluded white sandy beaches of newly formed Sandbanks
Cruising in the Maldives is one of the best ways to truly experience the unique splendour and tranquillity of this tropical paradise. Sample island life, relax on white sandy beaches and appreciate the beauty of different atolls, both above and below the ocean. A holiday in the Maldives conjures up images of white sands, swaying palm trees and crystal turquoise waters, creating an idyllic paradise. Experience it all, eating on beautiful beaches, night explorations and more!
Today we take an overnight flight from London to Male.
Welcome to the Maldives! The Yasawa Princess will be anchored just off of Villigili, which is a convenient 20 minutes boat ride from Male International Airport. You will be greeted on arrival and the Guest Arrivals Officer will assist you to the boat’s private tender for your transfer. On arrival to the boat you will be helped with your check in and there will be a welcome briefing including safety procedures and an introduction to your Yasawa Princess cruise experience. During this informal session you will meet guests onboard, the dive team and the crew members who will assist you throughout your cruising holiday. This will be followed by a pre-dinner cocktail on the bar/restaurant deck where you’ll be able to watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean.
Today we depart from Male and cross the Vaadhoo Channel to South Male’ Atoll. We’ll spend the morning and afternoon visiting the beautiful Sand Bank (Kalhuhuraa), where you can relax and soak up the sun and take a dip in the warm Indian Ocean. *Beach umbrellas will be placed on the sand bank for some shade.
Today we will visit Rannali, a small boutique resort island located on the western edge of South Male’ Atoll with easy access to the surrounding reef for snorkelling. Spa and other facilities can be booked directly on the resort.
In the early morning we will cross the channel into Vaavu Felidu Atoll to reach Alimatha Sand bank (approx 5hrs) located on the Eastern Edge of the Atoll. A big turquoise lagoon surrounds this sand bar and an attractive reef to snorkel. The whole day will be spent on this sand bank and lunch will be served on the boat. Sun umbrellas will be placed for shade if the conditions are favourable.
Optional: Night Snorkelling Session on Alimatha Resort House Reef, this excursion has been one of the favourites among our guests. Huge Nurse Sharks, Sting Rays & Trevally can be spotted throughout this experience.
In the morning we’ll cruise to Anbaraa, a small picnic island located on the north-western side of Vaavu Atoll that has easy access to the reef for snorkelers. Tonight, enjoy an evening BBQ – the crew will set up a dinner under the stars on the beach. This is probably one of the favourite and most memorable evenings of our cruise. The chefs will prepare a Maldivian beach BBQ with drinks and music, whilst you enjoy the amazing beauty and a spot of stargazing.
After an early morning crossing the channel, we’ll arrive in South Ari Atoll (approx. 6hrs)
Oshagali Finolhu – A Tender will be ready as soon as we reach this sandbank in South Ari Atoll. The reef surrounding the sandbank has lot of healthy hard corals which snorkelers love. Lunch will be served on the boat and you will return to the sand bank in the afternoon.
Today we will take a short cruise from Oshagali to Ariadhoo. Ariadhoo is an agricultural island with lots of plantation. There is access to a sand stretch to relax, with easy access to the ocean for swimming and snorkelling.
In the late afternoon we will visit Maamagili, where we will experience the local lifestyle. This is also a good opportunity to do some souvenir shopping!
Today the boat will be anchored off Maamagili which is where the domestic airport is situated for any mid cruise arrivals/departures. At least one excursion will be provided to guests staying onboard for the following week. You can also enjoy relaxing onboard.
*Diving can be arranged depending on Dhoni availability.
Hurasdhoo is a small deserted island with a white sandy beach surrounding the island. Beach umbrellas will be placed if the conditions are favourable.
Optional Manta Ray excursion: Guests will go out to Rangali Madivaru, a manta ray cleaning station. Peak Season (January –April)
Embudu is a small deserted island on the western edge of the atoll, with a little plantation and a long stretch of white sandy beach.
Morning and afternoon excursions are arranged, and if conditions are favourable beach umbrellas are placed for shade on the beach. The House reef of the island is good for snorkelling, and with a bit of luck you might find turtles or Eagle rays passing by.
Raiydhigaa – This is a picnic island with a natural harbour. The reef surrounding the island has an enclosed lagoon with 2 narrow channels for vessels to enter. This island has a long white sandy beach on one end. Snorkelers can easily swim from the beach to deeper water. A full day will be spent on the Island, with a picnic Lunch which will be prepared by our Chefs. Guests will be taken back to the boat at 1600Hrs and will return to the island at 1900Hrs for the BBQ Evening. There will be music and entertainment after Dinner.
Alikoi Rah – This is a sandbank located in the centre of Ari Atoll, surrounding a well grown reef. Snorkelers love this house reef as there are a lot of fish, turtles and rays to be spotted.
Sunset Cruise to Maaya Sand Bank
Maayafushi Sandbank – This is a large sand bank located at the northern edge of Ari Atoll. Flocks of common Seabirds can be found on this sand bar. Reef with lots of nice coral and fish for snorkelling. Sun Umbrellas will be setup if the conditions are favourable.
Today we cross Alihuras Kandu heading back to Male’. Enjoy a final swim in the warm Indian ocean as we will stop at a sandbar on our way. The journey from North Ari Atoll to Male’ will take around 4-5 hrs. Once we reach Male’ our dhoni will be ready to take you to Male’ the capital of Maldives, where you can visit the local market, wander around and have an ice cream or do some shopping for souvenirs.
Enjoy a nice relaxing breakfast overlooking the Indian Ocean before your transfer to the airport.
The ship offers a comfortable, friendly and relaxed experience, where the dress code is casual throughout. There are no more than 60 guests at any one time, providing for a very informal atmosphere onboard. The official dress code is shorts and swimwear during the day and casual dress in the evenings both onboard and on the deserted islands, where beautiful soft white sand makes shoes optional.
The dining area and main bar are on B deck where there is also a small air-conditioned lounge with comfy settees, a large LCD TV and DVD player. Beach towels are provided every day of snorkelling and there are sun loungers on the top deck. There is a small laundry room with free use of washing machines and a tumble dryer, perfect for light packing.
All 33 cabins are non-smoking and spread over three decks with sea views: Lower Main Deck: situated on the lower deck of the ship but slightly larger with a double bed or twin beds with porthole. A Deck: situated on the middle deck of the ship, with a double bed or twin beds deck window and door opening onto an outside walkway. Bridge Deck: situated at the very top of the ship next to the Sun Deck, with a double bed or twin beds, deck window and door opening onto an outside walkway.
Each cabin has:
En suite facilities with shower
Daily cabin service
You need to have at least 6 months validity remaining on your passport.
The Maldives provides a 30-day free visa on arrival for all visitors regardless of the nationality of visitors. The 30-day free visa is just one aspect of keeping the Maldives hospitable and open to visitors from different parts of the world.
Please refer to the FCDO website for further information https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/maldives
This is an all-inclusive program with daily excursions letting you experience the culture of local islands, and resorts. Night fishing excursions and delicious evening beach barbecues are also included in the programme. Apart from swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing, with an extra charge you can add diving and game fishing to your leisure cruise list.
For the more adventurous guests they offer a number of exciting experiences, from Introductory dives, Night Snorkelling to Whale Shark & Manta Snorkelling excursions or challenge yourself on a Game Fishing experience. Let your mind wander free as you dive into the ocean, snorkel, and be part of the wonderful experiences that happen only in the Maldives.
There is WiFi however, it can be intermittent and it is chargeable
Double 3 pin 220/240-volt British socket in bathroom/ 110-volt American flat pin in bedroom
US Dollars are widely accepted and please note that the local Rufiyaa currency can only be exchanged once in the Maldives. Credit cards are widely accepted.
Small denominations of US$’s ones & fives for tips.
Bills for diving, extra trips, drinks paid at the end of the trip by credit card. Take more than one or extra US$’s as CC’s may not work on board because of connection.
|Month(s)||Highest temperature||Lowest temperature|
|January||29 °C||24 °C|
|February||29 °C||26 °C|
|March||30 °C||27 °C|
|April||31 °C||27 °C|
|October||29 °C||25 °C|
|November||29 °C||24 °C|
|December||29 °C||25 °C|
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