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Buddha's Island + Maldive Dhoni Cruise SLM

Trip Duration 22 Days

Highlights Of Sri Lanka & Cruising The Maldives

This comprehensive tour of the 'Pearl of the Indian Ocean' covers Sri Lanka's many highlights at a relaxed pace. Uncovering ancient cities, rock carvings and gilded temples, we discover its rich Buddhist history and culture. Other highlights include the spectacular Hill Country, wildlife-filled national parks and an idyllic tropical coastline, where we enjoy some down-time. Along the way, we are welcomed by generous hospitality and friendly faces. From here we fly to Male in the Maldives where we cruise among the remote atolls of the idyllic Maldives, aboard a traditional dhoni. We eat and sleep aboard the boat as we sail between the unspoilt palm-fringed tropical islands of South Male, Felidhoo and Meemu. Along our way, we visit small fishing village communities and stop to swim or snorkel at beautiful coral reefs.

Kandy Perahera
Every year there is a spectacular 10 day Festival in Kandy called the Esala Perahera. A replica of the famous Buddha's tooth relic is paraded around the town followed by a huge number of performers and elaborately adorned elephants. The scene is noisy, colourful and tremendous fun. If you are on the 23rd July or 30th July departure you will be able to see this spectacle while you are in Kandy.

Tour Highlights

  • Leopards - Take a jeep safari in Willpaththu National Park
  • Mihintale - Explore the caves where Buddhism began in Sri Lanka
  • Aukana - Visit the Standing Buddha, a UNESCO world heritage site
  • Dambulla - Explore 5 of the ancient painted Cave Temples
  • Sigiriya - An early morning climb to the dramatic Sky Fortress
  • Kandy - Visit the unique Temple of the Tooth
  • Seven-day cruise - Relax on board a traditional dhoni boat, with all meals included and freshly prepared by the boat crew
  • Uninhabited islands and pristine beaches - Visit unspoilt, idyllic corners of the Maldives
  • Remarkable snorkelling and swimming - Enjoy warm, clear water and spot manta rays, turtles and clown fish on spectacular reefs.


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.

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  • 1
    Join tour in Negombo

  • 2
    Game drive in Wilpatu National Park; drive to Anuradhapura

  • 3
    Full day to explore the ancient citadel

  • 4
    Visit Dambulla's cave temples en route to Giritale

  • 5
    Search for elephants in Minneriya National Park

  • 6
    Climb Lion's Rock at sunrise; drive to Kandy

  • 7
    Discover the Temple of the Tooth

  • 8
    Drive to Dalhousie for an ascent of Adam's Peak

  • 9
    Stop at a tea planation on the way to Nuwara Eliya

  • 10
    Drive to the hill town of Bandarawela

  • 11
    Transfer to the coastal town of Unawatuna

  • 12
    Stroll through the Portuguese Fort at Galle

  • 13
    Free time to relax on Unawatuna's quiet beaches

  • 14
    Early morning wetlands visit en route to Negombo

  • 15
    Fly to Male

  • 16
    Sail to Vavuu Atoll and explore Kuda Anbaraa Island

  • 17
    Snorkel in the clear waters of the Meemu Atoll

  • 18
    Cruise to Dhiggaru Island for a Bodu Beru display

  • 19
    Visit the traditional village of Felidhoo

  • 20
    Discover Hulhidhoo reef before sailing to Fulidhoo

  • 21
    Sail to Male stopping to snorkel at Embudhoo Reef

  • 22
    Tour ends in Male

Trip notes

Each departure date has its own dedicated trip note, detailing all you need to know about that trip. Whether you've already booked, or weighing up your options, please choose carefully the relevant itinerary for you.

We have the following different versions of the Buddha's Island + Maldive Dhoni Cruise trip available at present.

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Buddha's Island + Maldive Dhoni Cruise
Why Book this trip
This tour is the perfect way to explore the paradise island of Sri Lanka in depth and then relax and experience the real Maldives. You'll see wildlife, ancient ruins and bustling local life before an idyllic week of snorkelling, swimming and visiting traditional fishing villages.
Included meals 21 6 7
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
14 nights Standard Hotel
1 night Simple Guesthouse
6 nights Simple Boat
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s)
Group Size
Generally 12 - 18