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review 23 Jan 2020

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The snorkling, the beautiful country and the people

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Much better to be out on the sea then staying in one place.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

No but everyone seems to be thinking about it.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Successful and enjoyable

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Marie Loiuse Was lovely to meet you both before you boarded Felicity. Thank you for taking the time to place your review, great to hear you enjoyed your week on board Felicity with your guide UB and the crew. Like yourself it was the underwater world, the country and the people that captured my heart and led me to move to the Maldives 9 years ago. I hope your memories see you through the remaining cold days of winter in the northern hemisphere! Your holiday as with all the tours we offer, has a positive benefit on local communities the environment and conservation, below are just a few examples that relate specifically to the Discovery Cruise: With the exception of myself, all of our team are Maldivian and we only partner and support local Maldivian businesses. Therefore, you can be assured your holiday $ remains in the Maldives and allows locals the opportunity to benefit directly from tourism.You will have received a Green Fins Responsible snorkeling briefing to ensure that in the water everyone follows practices to protect the reef systems. Through education in the the form of presentations by our guides, we hope to create guest awareness on the issues the Maldives faces such as waste management, plastic recycling and the protection of sea-grass. Felicity was one of the very first safari boats to remove the use of individual plastic water bottles and offer water to guests in the form of a cooler, reducing the level of plastic waste considerably over the course of one year. The guides completed a beach clean at the sandbank you visited during your cruise and we as a team regularly support clean up events. We launched #STRAWWARMV in 2018 to encourage our partners to ditch the straw which was very successful and you will recall you were provided with metal straws. I hope the above reassures you that your holiday had a greater impact than you may think. Again, thank you for your comments which I will also share with UB and the crew. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Kind Regards Ruth

review 20 Jan 2020

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Swimming with sharks, dolphins, sting rays and a myriad of colourful reef fishes.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be honest about your confidence in the water. There were some quite long snorkels and I used a life jacket for most.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It certainly benefitted the 9 strong crew and whoever sold them the food. Beyond that, no idea. We know there were schedules to be kept to, but we would have sacrificed a couple of snorkels to have done some sailing.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Brilliant. We were very lucky that there were only 4 of us on a boat with room for 12, but the crew were all helpful, cheerful ... fantastic. It was like being on holiday with a group of friends.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear John, Thank you for taking the time to place your review, great to hear you enjoyed your week on board Felicity with your guide UB and the crew. Absolutely agree with your point regarding being honest about your confidence in the water. Only by having a full knowledge of everyone's abilities can our guides then take any additional steps to maintain everyone's safety in the water. As you will have discovered, we always have a guide at the front and the back of the group as well as a support vessel alongside in the event that anyone get's tired or into difficulty, help is on hand and the opportunity to get out of the water available. Your holiday as with all the tours we offer, has a positive benefit on local communities the environment and conservation, below are just a few examples that relate specifically to the Discovery Cruise: With the exception of myself, all of our team are Maldivian and we only partner and support local Maldivian businesses. Therefore, you can be assured your holiday $ remains in the Maldives and allows locals the opportunity to benefit directly from tourism. You will have received a Green Fins Responsible snorkeling briefing to ensure that in the water everyone follows practices to protect the reef systems. Through education in the the form of presentations by our guides, we hope to create guest awareness on the issues the Maldives faces such as waste management, plastic recycling and the protection of sea-grass. Felicity was one of the very first safari boats to remove the use of individual plastic water bottles and offer water to guests in the form of a cooler, reducing the level of plastic waste considerably over the course of one year. The guides completed a beach clean at the sandbank you visited during your cruise and we as a team regularly support clean up events. We launched #STRAWWARMV in 2018 to encourage our partners to ditch the straw which was very successful and you will recall you were provided with metal straws. I hope the above reassures you that your holiday had a greater impact than you may think. Again, thank you for your comments which I will also share with UB and the crew. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Kind Regards Ruth

review 8 Dec 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The people -- particularly the crew of Felicity. Amazing, welcoming, thoughtful, and enthusiastic.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It's always hard to tell, but I don't feel that we had a major negative impact. And we appreciated how much the operator thought about how to limit environmental impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fabulous!

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Ardice Thank you for taking time to write your review, it is appreciated. Great to hear you and your family enjoyed your time on board Felicity with UB and the crew. Was lovely to be able to meet with you all upon arrival following all our correspondence, nice to be able to put faces to names. As a team we work hard to support and promote sustainable and responsible tourism. We are only too aware that the environment in which we live and travel with our guests is fragile and under threat in many ways. I hope that the presentations that UB provided and the discussions you would I am sure have had would have assisted in increasing your knowledge of various aspects of marine life, coral growth and sea grass. As a local business one of the aspects I am most proud of is that with the exception of myself, all our team are local and all our revenue remains in the Maldives with local businesses or individuals, a business profile that is very unique in the Maldives. Therefore all our guests can travel with us safe in the knowledge that their holiday money has a direct impact on local people and communities. Thanks again for taking time to feedback on your trip and UB is already looking forward to welcoming you again! Have a great festive period! Kind Regards Ruth

review 24 Feb 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Underwater world. Seeing a multitude of Maldivian islands, hospitable crew, fantastic food and brilliantly knowledgeable guide. Grasping some of the real Maldivian life.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Pack very little. Sun factor clothing for snorkelling trips. Book it!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Definitely local crew and captain make the trip.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Ann, Delighted that you and your family enjoyed your cruise with us. From the photographs that your husband sent I see that his fishing skills kept you in good supply of fresh fish throughout the week! As a business we are proud that with the exception of myself all our team of guides are local and that we partner with only local operators ensuring it is local people and business who benefit financially. Whilst I am a local island girl at heart myself, cruising is definitely one of the best ways to explore the Maldives and cover a large area in a short period of time and it certainly sounds as though you experienced the best our island paradise has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Kind Regards. Ruth.

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