Deep South – Luxurious Maldives
The Southern Maldives
With extraordinarily white beaches and amazing underwater life, it's no wonder the
Maldives are one of the most visited countries in this part of Asia. The nearly 1,200 islands that make up this
archipelago offer beaches with every grade of sand imaginable, from super fine to white pebbles.
White, green, and blue are the standard colours in this part of the world. Beaches,
turquoise ocean and incredible nature attract the tourist crowds. Despite this, the Maldivian topography lends
itself to perfect privacy; you get the impression every island has its own holiday resort. The options go from
basic, providing little more than a nearby beach and catering, to ultra-luxury, offering all the modern comforts
one would expect. There is even a capsule hotel, perfect for those on a budget.
Our favourite hotel is also our mode of transport — the dive boat. Not only is
it the most comfortable way to get around the Maldives, but as the place where we eat, sleep, and dive, it's the
most convenient. All amenities are literally at our fingertips!
Having travelled with groups to the Maldives almost thirty times, you might think
we've seen it all. But let's not forget, this country stretches nearly 900km longitudinally, the 'other end' can
be quite different. This trip will take us to the deep south, to the equator. In contrast to the northern
atolls, we can expect more pelagic species, fewer people, less noise and generally more open spaces, sky, and
water. Oh, and we'll visit the amazing volcanic atoll of Fuvahmulah, the only Maldivian atoll that is not of
reef origin — a great place to dive with majestic Tiger Sharks!
What have we got planned?
Visit the islands — plenty of opportunities to get off the boat
and set foot on some of the most beautiful islands in the world. Walk along the beach and feel the white sand
underfoot, see local life, homes, temples, farmland, and pick up a few souvenirs on the way.
Wild island party — a fun and unforgettable time spent on a
small remote island: alfresco dining, fantastic Thai cuisine, live Sinhalese music, and a magical sunset beach
Total relaxation — without a care in the world, take in
stunning panoramas of the Maldivian setting as our yacht meanders slowly between picture-perfect islets.
Fascinating diving — visit sites abundant in underwater life,
including whale sharks, manta rays, and many other species that make the Indian Ocean their home!
Sunbathing — on our boat's great sun decks, or even while
sitting in the jacuzzi!
Superb cuisine — experience the region’s incredible food.
Watch a local chef in action and learn to make tasty curries and prepare fresh fish. Try mouthwatering sashimi
prepared from tuna straight out of the Maldivian seas. We also have a go at making sushi!
The Maldives from above — optionally, take a seaplane
sightseeing flight over these paradise islands; breathtaking views!
Fishing — enthusiasts will find nothing better than trolling
for big fish as we sail from island to island. Tuna, mahi-mahi, barracuda, jackfish, and trevally are all ready
to be caught!
Explore Malé — the last day is spent in the capital
Malé. Time for shopping, maybe at the excellent local market, or just admire the stunning views!
Our eight-day SAFARI home is
M/Y Ark Noble, a beautiful, luxurious and modern motor yacht. She takes us on our search
for awesome reefs and sea life through the many picturesque islands of the southern Maldives. We'll dive at
North Ari, South Ari, Thaa, Laamu, Huvadhoo, Fuvahmulah (the volcano!), and Addu —
all excellent and renowned sites.
There are three boats in total::
- Ark Noble — this is
the main boat we live on between dives. With 10 cabins and a length of 38 metres, there’s
plenty of space for everyone. The lower deck contains 6 cabins (4 twins and 2 doubles). The middle
deck includes a lounge with refreshments; this is where briefings are held and is a
place to chill out on the sofas after diving. There is also an additional cabin
(Junior Suite), a restaurant and a kitchen on this level. The upper deck has a partly shaded
lounging area, the Captain’s bridge and 3 additional cabins (Ocean View
Suites). Finally, the exposed deck on top of the yacht is ideal for sunbathing and relaxing in the
Jacuzzi! The boat comfortably accommodates 20 guests.
- Dhoni - is a support boat
(18m) used as our base for diving and storing equipment. As well
as providing divers with more precise water entry and exit, it keeps the noise that goes with diving
away from guests relaxing on the main boat.
These are the amenities you'll find in our cabins: a table, chair, wardrobe, safe,
minibar, Nespresso/tea machine, 42 inch TV, bluetooth speaker, individually controlled air conditioning,
lighting control, hairdryer, ironing board and iron. Bathrooms have hot and cold water, a washbasin, rain
shower, cosmetic accessories, towels, toilet and bidet. Some cabins also have a bathtub.
Cabins are cleaned twice a day, and laundry is collected every morning.
- Divers must have a dive computer.
- Each dive pair must have a delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB) which is deployed
before each ascent.
- Cylinders are 12-litre INT/DIN; 15-litre available on request.
- There are no mandatory vaccinations.
- Bringing alcohol to the Maldives is forbidden.
- Entry to the Maldives is visa-free for up to 90 days.
- Diving insurance is compulsory — this can be purchased through us.
Day 1 — Flight from Warsaw to Malé (with a
Day 2 — Touchdown in Malé before boarding our boat and
enjoying a welcome lunch. We’ll then have our first dives!
Days 3-9 — We set off on our route that will see us diving at
seven atolls in the direction of Fuvahmulah, where we get our chance to dive with tiger sharks. During that
time, we'll hope to come across manta rays, tuna, vast stocks of jackfish and a diverse range of shark species
— including the whale shark! A dive at the Maldives' only WWII wreck, the British Loyalty, is also on the
Day 9 — This morning we disembark and travel to Malé on
a local flight. After touching down, we go on a sightseeing tour of Malé before boarding our evening
flight for the return journey to Poland.
— Touchdown in Warsaw.
End of trip.
NOTE! The itinerary above is a guide only. Arrival and departure logistics, weather and
other factors beyond our control may impact the plan.
PRICE per person:
USD 2780 + flights (De Luxe cabin)
USD 2980 + flights (Junior Suite)
USD 3180 + flights (Ocean View Suite)
Included in the Price:
- double cabin yacht accommodation.
- full board while on our yacht (3 meals a day), water, sodas, coffee, tea.
Fresh juices and smoothies for breakfast. Wine/beer with some meals.
- beach BBQ, fishing, laundry and ironing.
- three dives a day except for the first and last dive days (logistical
- insurance: medical expenses (PLN 120,000), personal accident (PLN 16,000),
baggage (PLN 1,600).
Not Included in the Price:
- return flights from your departing location to Malé. Price depends on
the timing of your reservation and departing location. For logistical reasons, these should be purchased
through our office.
- one-way internal flight — about USD 250/person.
- the cost of mandatory Covid-19 tests required by the Maldivian authorities
and possibly airlines.
- tips — about USD 60/person.
- environmental tax — USD 42/person.
- fuel surcharge — USD 150/person.
- personal expenses, diving equipment, alcohol on the boat, nitrox.
- optional seaplane tour (about 130 USD/person).
- visa fees, passport fees, airport fees, excess baggage fees, etc.
- optional extension to Sri Lanka (please contact us).