7 Night North Ari Island Hopping
Departs every fourth Sunday in the month. This area is widely regarded as one of the best diving/snorkel spots and when the season is right it is possible to snorkel with manta rays. With an abundance of vegetation and beautiful beaches this tour provides the ideal opportunity to indulge in the activities the Maldives is famous for as well as brushing shoulders with local culture and people.
- Standard Deluxe Room
- Airport and domestic transfer assistance
- Island tours & hedikaa experience
- Guided house reef snorkeling
- Dolphin Cruise
- Sunset Kayaking
The Maldives is a Muslim country and therefore alcohol is not available on local islands. Subject to availability day/evening visits to resorts or bar boats can be arranged. Bikinis are also not allowed to be worn on local island public beaches; however all guesthouse islands offer tourist bikini beaches and properties may also offer either private gardens or balconies for guests where bikini swimwear can be worn.
Includes standard room at
Point Inn Hulhumale
Ukulhas Inn Ukulhas
Royal Reef Inn Mathiveri
or similar subject to availability
Arrival in Maldives at any time day one
No ferry transfers on Friday.
Upon arrival at Male International Airport you will be greeted and transferred to your guesthouse on Hulhumale. Settle in after your flight before taking your first steps on the sands of this tropical urban paradise. For those arriving early there is an optional walking tour to the island of Villimale situated on the west side of Male which is often described as the ‘quieter side of Male’.
This morning your tour leader will accompany you to Male to transfer by early morning local ferry to the local island of Rasdhoo, North Ari Atoll. Upon arrival you will have time to settle in before taking lunch. As the afternoon cools down accompanied by your guide time is spent exploring Rasdhoo with the opportunity to learn about the local way of life including a visit to the Mosque, 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 ‘hedika’ - Maldivian savoury and sweet short eats served with black tea. Rasdhoo is close to some of the best dive sites in the Maldives so if you’re a diver get yourself signed up at the local dive centre. Divers may wish for an early start tomorrow and opt to join a dive to Hammerhead Point. During the manta season (November to April) there are opportunities for spectacular close encounters with these majestic large rays.
Following breakfast accompanied by your guide explore the Rasdhoo house reef for your first underwater encounter! Your guide will provide a safety briefing on responsible snorkeling and act as your ‘spotter’ pointing out marine life that may not have caught your eye. They will assist less confident or inexperienced snorkelers, ensuring your equipment is comfortable and you feel safe in the water. Once you have your confidence there are regular snorkeling excursions to nearby reefs giving non divers the opportunity to discover the colorful marine life and coral reefs in this area. Late afternoon you will head out for sunset kayaking tour. Kayak through the beautiful lagoon to a nearby sandbank, from where you can enjoy the sun set in the ocean.
Today transfer by public ferry late morning to the next local island destination of Ukulhas. You will arrive just in time for lunch. After lunch take time to explore the island with your guide and learn more about the tradition of fishing in the Maldives and discover why it was the island to lead the way for environmental practices. Not only does Ukulhas have some beautiful beaches the local community here are particularly friendly and will be delighted to engage in conversation with you and show off their home island.
Following breakfast the day is yours to do as you please. For the energetic enjoy the many excursions available including diving, snorkeling and a variety of watersports. For those less active perhaps an excursion with a picnic lunch to a nearby sandbank or uninhabited desert island suits. The house reef at Ukulhas is worth getting in the water for and can be accessed easily from the beach, your guide will be happy to accompany you on a guided house reef snorkel. Why not book a whale shark day trip to South Ari Atoll? South Ari Atoll is 90 minutes by speedboat and is very lucky to have a probable unique year-round population of Whale sharks. Nowhere else in the world boasts Whale sharks every single month of the year and furthermore many of the sharks seen are the same individuals time after time. You may encounter 1 or 2 sharks in half an hour or given that they are wild creatures in their natural habitat we may not encounter one for the whole time we are searching. However the unpredictability all adds to the excitement! If we do spot them we will have the opportunity to snorkel alongside them, a truly magical experience.
Today the morning is yours to enjoy as you please. Lunch can be taken before boarding the local ferry to head to our third island destination of Mathiveri. Once again you will be provided with a briefing on the island and activities available. Spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring the island with your guide, stop for a refreshing drink at a local café or just relax by the ocean listening to the gentle lap of the waves on the shore. This evening before the sun sets we head out in search of dolphins which can often be seen jumping and spinning as the sun sinks on the horizon.
Today is yours to do as you please. Perhaps visit Mathiveri Finolhu, a private uninhabited island fringed with a white sandy beach and surrounded by crystal clear water. As this is an uninhabited island, it is possible to wear a bikini. As the afternoon cools down there is the option to spend time on the beach, giving back to the community that has welcomed us by supporting a beach clean. Our reward will be a refreshing fresh Kurumba (coconut water) followed by an ocean swim!
Following an early breakfast join the public ferry for the return journey to Male. Arriving back in Male at 14:00