The Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is a small archipelagic state in South Asia, situated in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 700 kilometers from the Asian continent’s mainland.
Whale Shark Snorkeling Package- Half Day Excursion
Encountering whale sharks is the most popular activity in this South Ari Atoll area throughout the whole Maldives. Choosing the nearest location, Dhigurah Island, to stay for one night and participate in the whale shark excursions will benefit you with the most convenience & budget. • The combo package provides a snorkeling trip at the whale shark area and accommodation based on B&B at a comfortable guest house in Dhigurah and a nearby island (upon request). The half-day trip takes around 3-4 hours including searching, cruising & snorkeling. • Normally the snorkeling is arranged in small groups instead of big crowded team, each and every snorkeller will be paid special attention under the care of the experienced boat captain and guide. A full set of snorkeling equipment is included and well maintained. • The rest you need is a bit of luck to see the giant.
- Coffee and/or Tea
- Use of Snorkeling equipment
- Restroom on board
- All Fees and Taxes
Terms and condition
- Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Most travelers can participate
- Wheelchair accessible
- The dress code is smart casual
- A maximum of 16 people per booking
- The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
- Passport name, number, expiry, and the country is required at time of booking for all participants
- A minimum of two people per booking is required
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
Full-Day Maldives Adventure
Enjoy a day exploring a small part of the Maldives archipelago. We combine snorkel points with a local island tour, lunch, time relaxing on a sandbank, and complete the day with a sunset cruise in search of dolphins. Your tour starts on a beautiful sandbank set in a blue lagoon approximately 45 minutes from the capital. Relax under the shade of a sun umbrella, swim in the warm waters, or snorkel the house reef. An ideal location to learn to snorkel with your guide or refresh your skills. Between islands, we offer the chance to snorkel, keep your eyes open for sea turtles, reef sharks, and rays the Maldives are home to. Cruising north we visit the island of Huraa offering firsthand information about local island life and time to take lunch. As the sun begins to set we will head to the east of Hulhumale to a channel where there is a high probability of encountering dolphins, there is never a guarantee of sightings but when we are lucky watch them jump and perform!
- Return speedboat transfer from Hulhumale’ jetty
- Snorkeling Equipment/Fish ID Card
- Buoyancy aid
- Lunch and light refreshments
- 500 ml Water
- All taxes, fees, and handling charges
- Professional guide
- Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Most travelers can participate
- Safety has always been important to our business, this is why our guides are Emergency First Responders & Life Guard Certified.
- We are now working on ensuring our tours will meet the criteria required in a post-COVID world including but not limited to social distancing and sanitation.
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. This experience requires good weather.
- If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
Maafushi: Water Sports Rentals – Jet Ski, Paddle Board, Or Canoe
Jet ski (15 or 20 mins)
Canoeing (60 mins)
Stand up paddleboarding (60 mins)
Terms And Condition
Confirmation will be received at the time of booking Not wheelchair accessible Stroller accessible Near public transportation Most travelers can participate This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives
Taj Exotica welcomes you to 69 well-appointed seas view luxurious villas with fine -wood furnishings, an infinity pool overlooking clear blue lagoon water, sun decks, and balconies, and top-class amenities. The accommodation features personal sundecks, and balconies with an attached premium bath, Nespresso coffee machine, LCD television, rain showers, electric kettle, freshwater plunge pools in the perfect lagoon setting. The Deluxe Lagoon Room Pool Villa is built on stilts with endless views of the turquoise blue water of the mesmerizing Indian Ocean. Indulge in world-class wellness experiences at the Jiva Grande, pick your choice among fine dining venues, dive into water sports and recreational options in your piece of heaven. Relish seafood at the Deep End, settle down for a pleasurable meal from the teppanyaki kitchen at 24 Degrees or sip a chilled cocktail at the Equator Bar. Make lifetimes of memories as you holiday in the exquisite comforts and safety of this awesome property. The spirit of Tajness also ensures the highest safety standards with well-trained staff, minimum contacts at touchpoints, non-invasive thermal screening, digital payments, physical distancing, and so much more.
- Valid per person on double occupancy.
- 03 nights accommodation in the Deluxe Lagoon Pool Villa
- Meals on Half Board Basis.
- Speed Boat transfers.
Terms & Conditions:
Rooms are subject to availability at the time of confirmation.
Bookings will be confirmed only upon receipt of payment as per the booking terms.
Rate is based on per person sharing basis.
These prices are subject to change without prior notice under certain circumstances.
These rates are available for the GCC and Africa Market (excluding South Africa).
Seaplane transfer provider imposes a luggage restriction of 20 kg for check-in luggage and 5 kg for hand luggage. Additional luggage will be charged at USD 5.00/ AED 878.37 per kg.
Seaplanes operate during daylight hours only. Guests arriving in Male on an international flight, landing after 15:30hrs, will need to find their overnight accommodation in Male at their own expense. They will be transferred to the resort on the following day.
Departure transfers from the resort to Velana International Airport are scheduled between 06:00hrs and 16:00hrs, connecting all international flights leaving from 09:00hrs onwards. Guests departing from Male on an international flight earlier than 09:00hrs will need to leave the resort one day before the date of departure to reach the airport on time.
Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply depending on the date of travel.
Passengers are solely responsible for meeting the passport and visa conditions of the country of travel.
Passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of departure.
Due to matters outside our control, such as adverse currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, taxes, etc., the prices are subject to change without notice.
The passengers must ensure on their own that they have a valid passport for the necessary period as per the traveling destination immigration rules. The passengers should also arrange for visas before traveling with this holiday package.
GB HOLIDAYS does not accept any responsibility if the passenger cannot travel because of a passport or visa issue. The cancellation policy will be applicable as per the booking terms and conditions
Maldives Culture & Beaches Island Hopping 8D/7N
- Island-hop around the breathtaking South Male Atoll
- Dine with local families to immerse yourself in the local culture
- Enjoy tropical paradise to its fullest with plenty of free time
- Starting and ending in Male, the trip Maldives Culture & Beaches Island Hopping 8D/7N is a guided cruise trip that takes 8 days. You will travel through Hulhumale, Male, and Gulhi in the Maldives. Maldives Culture & Beaches Island Hopping 8D/7N is a trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals, and others.
- Discover the pristine nature and rich culture of the Maldives on this amazing island-hopping adventure around the South Male Atoll. Snorkel in crystalline waters, dine with local families
Proposed Day wise Itinerary
Day 01 Hulhumale, Maldives
Velana International Airport Pick-Up & Transfer to Hulhumale
Upon arrival at Velana International Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your guesthouse on Hulhumale Island. Settle in after your flight before taking your first steps on the sands of this urban tropical paradise. For those arriving early there is an optional tour to Male to enjoy sunset cocktails on the roof of one of the tallest buildings providing a bird’s eye view of the surrounding islands. Overnight in Hulhumale.
Day 02 Guraidhoo Maldives
Male Tour, Ferry to Guraidhoo & Dinner with a Local Family (B/D)
This morning your guide will accompany you on a tour of the capital city. Visit the fish market and local market, President’s Palace, Sultan Park and Friday Mosque before transferring by local ferry to the island of Guraidhoo, in the South Male Atoll. Upon arrival in Guraidhoo, you will have time to settle in before either relaxing in the garden at the guesthouse or on the local public beach to watch the sunset. This evening you will dine with a local family to discover traditional Maldivian food and culture. Expect great company, but don’t expect silver service, as traditionally meals are eaten without the aid of a knife and fork! Overnight in Guraidhoo.
Day 03 Guraidhoo Maldives
Snorkeling Day Trip (B/D)
Following breakfast, you will be taken by speedboat to nearby coral reefs for your first underwater encounter! The coral reefs of the Maldives are inhabited by an incredible diversity of marine life. Snorkel through waters teeming with colorful fish and corals. Keep your eyes open for turtles, sharks, and rays! Upon return to Guraidhoo, enjoy a free afternoon to relax on your own or participate in optional watersports, diving, or surfing. This evening you’ll enjoy a relaxed beach BBQ dinner. Overnight in Guraidhoo.
Day 04 Guraidhoo Maldives
Island Life Tour (B/D)
Enjoy breakfast with a local family, allowing you access to authentic Maldivian culture and cuisine. Enjoy the rest of the morning at your leisure. As the afternoon cools down, head back on land to explore Guraidhoo accompanied by your guide for the opportunity to learn about the local way of life. Visit the local Mosque, the boatyard where you can see how the local boats are built, stop and chat with children playing in the street, and watch the ladies of the community begin their evening meal preparations. Stop by a local cafe to sample traditional ‘hedhika’ – Maldivian savory and sweet snacks served with black tea. This evening enjoy a beach dinner under the stars accompanied by a performance (optional extra) of traditional dancing and the beat of the ‘Bodu Beru’ where a group of men sits around the ‘Bodu Beru’ – big drum and sing to a rhythmical beat until they reach a crescendo. Overnight in Guraidhoo.
Day 5 Maafushi Maldives
Ferry to Maafushi, Sandbar Day Tour & Dolphin Cruise (B/L/D)
Enjoy an early breakfast before ferrying to the island of Maafushi. After checking into the guesthouse, we will head out snorkeling where you will have another chance to enjoy the underwater beauty of the Maldives. We will stop at a sandbank for a picnic lunch and time to swim or lie back and soak up the sun. Heading back to Maafushi, we will cruise the Indian Ocean in search of dolphins. Enjoy dinner at your guesthouse. Overnight in Maafushi.
Day 6 Maafushi Maldives
Maafushi Free Day (B)
With so many activities and excursions available from Maafushi, we leave today for you to enjoy as you please. Relax on the beach, choose to visit a resort for the day, or for those feeling energetic there are many optional watersport activities available locally. Optional diving trips can also be organized for certified divers. Overnights in Maafushi.
Day 7 Gulhi Maldives
Discover Gulhi (B)
Following an early breakfast, you’ll take a short 20-minute public ferry journey to the quiet local island of Gulhi. Once checked in to your guesthouse, your guide will accompany you on a tour of the island. Visit the boatyard to stand in awe at the size of the boats under renovation, chat with the ladies sweeping the streets and finally refresh yourself with a cool Kurumba (coconut) watching the comings and goings at the harbor. Ready for relaxation you can choose to head to the bikini beach or for the more energetic snorkel from the island beach. Optional watersports and diving trips can be organized for certified divers.
Day 8 MALE, Maldives
Velana International Airport Drop-Off (B)
After breakfast, you will take a ferry back to Male. You will be dropped off at Velana International Airport by 10:00 am. We wish you safe travels for your journey onward!
- 7 Nights in the guesthouse
- 7 Breakfast(s)
- 1 Lunch(es)
- 4 Dinner(s)
- Airport transfers & all ferry transport as per itinerary
- Velana airport pick-up & drop-off
- Ferry transfers
- Ocean excursions
- Snorkeling day trip
- Island life tour
- Sandbar day tour & dolphin cruise
- English-speaking guide throughout the tour
Terms and condition
No additional cancellation fees apply for this Maldives Culture & Beaches Island Hopping 8D/7N tour. You can cancel the tour up to 90 days prior to departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 89 days of departure.
A deposit of 367 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 89 days before departure. For any departures within 28 December, 2020 full payment is required.
Maldives Culture & Beaches Island Hopping 8D/7N tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads’ travel insurance.
For this Maldives Culture & Beaches Island Hopping 8D/7N tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility of each individual traveler, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend checking with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.
All timing for Tours is shown for pickup only.
Timing subject to availability and weather conditions.
- Rates are net and Non-commissionable
- Rates subject to availability
- Tourism Dirham Fees Paid by Guest directly to the hotel
- All Tours On SIC Basis
- Minimum 2 Pax Required
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