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So much to discover

  • Brand New Coastal & Island Cruise
  • Explore the extraordinary underwater worlds of the Maldives
  • Discover idyllic islands and stunning sandbanks
  • Enjoy two unforgettable beach barbecues on a desert island
  • Try traditional Maldivian-style line fishing under starlit skies
  • Experience a sunset cruise in the middle of the Indian Ocean
  • Enjoy an informal walking tour of Malé, the world’s smallest capital city
  • Experience local life visiting the inhabited island Maamigili
  • Cruise the flattest and lowest country in the world
  • Optional excursions: night snorkelling, additional night fishing, or go in search of manta rays or whale sharks

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Return flights & transfers
11 uninhabited island visits & 2 inhabited island visits
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Expert tour manager
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Overview

Embark on a unique and unforgettable cruise exploring the best of the Maldives aboard the three-star MV Yasawa Princess. The Maldives is one of the lowest countries in the world, with coralline beaches at around four feet (1.2 metres) above sea level and its highest natural point measuring just under eight feet (2.4 metres). What makes these numerous tiny islands so special is that they’re actually the crowns of coral reefs and submerged volcanic mountains – in fact, just 1% of the Maldives is land-based, so one of the best ways to explore this archipelago is by boat. Its 1,192 coral islands are grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, comprising ring-shaped coral reefs and sand bars. Only 200 of the islands are inhabited, which means there are many idyllic desert islands awaiting your fresh footprints on their unblemished shores. 

From the mid-16th century, the region came under the influence of European colonial powers, from the Portuguese to the Dutch, with the Maldives becoming a British protectorate in 1887 until 1965. 

Traditional Maldivian cuisine, which is influenced by neighbouring India and Sri Lanka, offers a tantalising variety of flavours. Local menus typically feature freshly caught fish and all manner of ingredients obtained from coconuts, such as its refreshing water, grated flesh and creamy milk – an essential element of many Maldivian curries and drinks. For breakfast, mas huni – grated coconut mixed with finely chopped tuna, onion and chilli – is often served with roshi, Maldivian flatbread similar to chapati. Western food will also be available on your ship if you want a taste of home.

Your days are filled with carefree pleasures, such as relaxing on pearly white-sand beaches in the shade of natural tropical vegetation, taking a dip in crystal waters of sparkling azure hues, and gazing at the glittering night sky. There are plenty of opportunities to snorkel beneath the warm waters of the Indian Ocean – your swimming pool for two weeks – and immerse yourself in remarkable underwater worlds. The average sea temperature ranges from 20 - 30 degrees. Blessed with natural reefs, the Maldives is home to fascinating marine life, from colourful tropical fish to whale sharks, manta rays and turtles. So kick off your shoes, forget the news, relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the welcoming hospitality of this unique island nation.



Your itinerary


DAY 1 - DEPARTURE

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Arrive at the airport for your overnight flight to Malé via Colombo.

DAY 2 - ARRIVAL IN MALÉ

MV Yasawa Princess

On arrival you’ll be taken by dhoni (traditional Maldivian wooden boat) to the Yasawa Princess, your charming home for the next two weeks, where the friendly crew will help you check into your comfortable cabin. During this evening’s informal welcome meeting, you’ll be briefed on the cruise itinerary, meet crew members and the other guests on board. Enjoy your complimentary pre-dinner cocktail as you catch the first of many spectacular sunsets over the Indian Ocean.

DAY 3 - KALHUHURAA SANDBANK

DAY 4 - RANNALHI ISLAND

DAY 5 - ALIMATHA SANDBANK

DAY 6 - ANBARAA ISLAND & BEACH BBQ

DAY 7 - OSHAGALI SANDBANK

DAY 8 - ARIADHOO DESERT ISLAND

DAY 9 - ANCHOR OFF MAAMAGILI

DAY 10 - HURASDHOO DESERT ISLAND

DAY 11 - EMBUDU DESERT ISLAND

DAY 12 - RAIYDHIGAA ISLAND & BEACH BBQ

DAY 13 - ALIKOI RAH

DAY 14 - MAAYAFUSHI SANDBAR

DAY 15 - MALÉ

DAY 16 - RETURN FLIGHT

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Personalise Your Holiday

Drinks packages & snorkelling equipment - from £280 per person

For an additional £280 per person, drinks and snorkelling equipment to be included daily throughout the cruise (the cocktail of the day is served during happy hour, alcoholic beverages served from 12 noon).

Please contact us to pre-book or for more information.

Transfer Times

Please note that the MV Yasawa Princess will be anchored away from the shore, and transport to the ship will be by dhoni boat. This will take approximately 20 minutes. All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic and sea conditions. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us.

Airport Ship Transfer time
Malé International Airport MV Yasawa Princess 30 mins

FAQs

Why should I choose Riviera Travel?

We care deeply about our customers and the holiday experience they have. We’re passionate about travel and we want all aspects to be perfect, with personal service and attention at every step of the way. Our world-class holidays include everything you need, with no detail overlooked. We carefully curate every aspect of your trip based on our own first-hand experience and expertise built up over decades in the travel industry.

What is included in the price?

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a lower main-deck cabin and includes:

  • Scheduled return flights to and from Malé, via Columbo. 
  • Fourteen nights with breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard the three-star MV Yasawa Princess
  • All transfers
  • Local taxes
  • Port charges
  • All excursions as mentioned
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

We guarantee there are never any hidden costs or surcharges, inflated prices or artificial discounts.

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