Maldives holidays, Dhoni cruise

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04 Aug 2018
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18 Aug 2018
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10 Nov 2018
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29 Dec 2018
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Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Maldives holidays, Dhoni cruise

This trip avoids the large International resorts altogether, stopping at small local fishing villages on lesser known atolls to gain a genuine insight into the traditional Maldavian lifestyles away from the tourist industry.

We sleep aboard a locally owned and operated converted traditional fishing vessel known as a “Dhoni” with all our food supplies being bought or caught locally, thus ensuring a direct contribution to the local economy of the islands.

Limiting our group size to just 16 minimizes the impact of out visit – “smaller groups leave fewer footprints”Our boat crew and leaders have been trained to operate the Dhoni cruise in a manner to minimise our impact on the amazing coral atolls that form the focus of our snorkelling excursions from our boat.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforests.

16 Reviews of Maldives holidays, Dhoni cruise

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Reviewed on 09 Feb 2016 by

The size of the boat the crew and natural beauty of the Maldives was a win win situation. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2016 by

The snorkeling was great - saw many beautiful fish, turtles, sharks, dolphins, Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2014 by

Seeing a dolphin chasing a flying fish was extraordinary...and one of so many fantastic sights and experiences on board. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Jan 2014 by

The best holiday I have ever been on....So many wonderful memories of this holiday, the great group of people I met, the dolphins swimming in their natural environment and releasing a turtle back into the sea after having found it caught up in a fishing net. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Dec 2013 by

The most memorable parts were the multiple shades of blue, and the clear underwater views of the Maldivian coral and fish. A great team on the boat (Captain Mog, Super Chef Bablu, Waiter Ahmed and Room boy Yoonus). Not forgetting our guide Bongo. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Mar 2013 by

The best holiday ever! Being in a boat with only a handful of people around, visiting remote areas that most other tourists don't get to see was the best thing about the trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Feb 2013 by

It was truly an amazing holiday, the beautiful blue sea, fantastic snorkelling, wonderful food, friendly crew. This was the best holiday I have had. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Dec 2013 by

Relaxing and enjoyable...the best parts were Snorkelling and seeing manta rays, dolphins and other wildlife and relaxing and reading on the dhoni. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2013 by

Excellent, great guide and crew, relaxing time...Living on a boat was great fun, good trip to Saklikent Gorge walking through the rapids, the sea kayaking at Kekova was fun too. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2013 by

Definitely the snorkeling, all of it even if some highlights like following the manta ray or spying on two octopuses gliding hand in hand were particularly exciting. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2012 by

Snorkeling twice a day with the colorful fish. Incredible! The water is crystal clear azure, the sun is strong, living on a boat was fantastic! Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2011 by

I would like to commend our tour leader Yousourie (spelt wrong!). He is a highly intelligent, courteous and amendable young chap with a maturity and civility well beyond his years. He was very passionate about the rubbish in the Maldives and I hope that "responsible traveller" can somehow develop his initiative on this. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2009 by

Fantastic. First time I have snorkelled and would definitely do it again. Food was great and the fish was the freshest I have eaten. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Feb 2008 by

A very enjoyable trip with the Maldives making a nice relaxing contrast to the busy Sri Lanka itinerary. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2007 by

The whole holiday was excellent. The most memorable bits were probably the snorkelling (which was as superb as we had expected) and the warmth of the welcome given by the boat crews and the people in the villages we visited. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2007 by

The most memorable part was the flight into Male, the atolls and the turquoise waters were every bit a beautiful as I hoped. The reefs/atolls were also full of fish and having snorkelled both in the Red Sea and Andaman Sea, this was definitely the best so far. Read full review

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