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Buddha's Island + Maldive Dhoni Cruise SLM

Trip Duration 22 Days
 

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Buddha's Island + Maldive Dhoni CruiseScores 8.8 out of 10 based on 11 reviews
(9 out of 10)

Brenda

Comox, British Colombia, Canada
A fantastic tour with an absolutely fantastic guide Tikiri ! Highlights were seeing elephants just randomly walking along the highway, traveling through the tea plantations, and climbing Adam's Peak with the pilgrims. Only one thing I would like to mention on the negative side is the elephant safari in Minneriya National Park (the second elephant safari we went on) I felt that the drivers of the safari trucks were stressing the elephants by encircling them with so many jeeps getting way too close to the herd. I understand that the type of terrain and vegetation (very high elephant grass) inhibits the viewing of these elephants in this particular part of the world and the park probably feels pressured to deliver good viewing to the tourists as it is probably tourist dollars that fund the preservation of the park but the elephants were in distress encircling the babies, thrashing their trunks on the ground, the matriarch was so stressed she had diarrhea, and I believe this probably goes on all day til the park closes at dusk. Perhaps if the park could construct some high viewing stations that tourists could safely and more humanely view these elephants from would be better. Once again thankyou Explore for another great trip !
Confirmed traveller: 20 March 2016
Published on: 28 March 2016
(7 out of 10)

T

This is really 2 separate tours so my score for the leader is an average. The guide on the Sri Lanka portion was excellent. He interacted with the travellers, was extremely knowledgeable, approachable, always prepared, and he and everyone on his team were extremely professional.

For the Maldives portion of the trip, although the staff worked hard and were good at their jobs, they were not always professional. The guide seemed uncomfortable with the guests and only interacted with us when necessary. Because the team is all fairly young (early 20's), I really think that this portion of the trip would benefit greatly from having a mature adult on staff involved on each boat to cut down on the rough-housing and inappropriate behaviour that occurred on a daily basis. Wrestling on a boat while mooring or preparing to disembark is dangerous, not only for those involved, but for everyone onboard.

The activities on both tours were fun and engaging but more effort could've been made to bring the group together in the Maldives.
Confirmed traveller: 20 March 2016
Published on: 03 April 2016
(9 out of 10)

Christine

Wales
Really interesting and varied tour of Sri Lanka, encompassing coastal and inland regions. Highlights were walking to summit of Adam's Peak and the local train journey to Bandarawela. The Maldive Dhoni Cruise was memorable, excellent company and crew, crystal clear waters and good snorkelling. The boat was basic but great fun and very relaxing. The food on the boat was excellent. I would thoroughly recommend this tour !
Confirmed traveller: 20 March 2016
Published on: 03 July 2016
(8 out of 10)

Glyn

Abergavenny
Learning to snorkel in sea water as warm as a bath with better views. Watching the pilgrims climbing Adams peak in the darkness.
Confirmed traveller: 06 March 2016
Published on: 07 March 2016
(7 out of 10)

Ivan

Sechelt B.C. Canada
The Maldive portion was absolutely amazing in every way. The Sri Lanka portion was good, but was a follow up trip after Northern India. Tough act top follow.
Confirmed traveller: 06 March 2016
Published on: 09 March 2016
(8 out of 10)

Josephine

Sheffield
Overall a very enjoyable trip but with three reservations . (1) The Adams Peak excursion was too hard and busy with little reward for the effort needed to reach the top . It should be replaced with say an extra day in Little England and a walk from there (2) The accommodation in Kandy was too far out and had obviously not been used for some time prior to our visit ( brochure stated hotel in Kandy ) Only rescued by guides diplomacy and decent food . The train journey was woefully overcrowded and whilst I realize this is out of your control some dialogue with the Sri Lankan government suggesting perhaps a
separate more profitable tourist train or extra reservable coaches might be in order.
Confirmed traveller: 28 February 2016
Published on: 09 March 2016
(10 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Soo many highlights. Seeing a wild Leopard, hundreds of wild elephants, whale watching; seeing a huge blue whale and a group of orca. Climbing up huge rocks and looking out at the view. Snorkeling with manta rays, eagle rays, loads of turtles and a little reef shark. The trip was amazing!
Confirmed traveller: 30 September 2015
Published on: 14 April 2016
(9 out of 10)

Melanie

Yorkshire
A wonderful well organised trip overall- would highly recommend!
Confirmed traveller: 12 July 2015
Published on: 27 September 2015
(10 out of 10)

John

Stratford on avon
Brilliant guide for the Sri Lanka element - very organised and efficient...the consummate professional and a really nice guy.
Guide on the Maldives extension was at the other end of the continuum ... Also anice guy, but perhaps too laid back?
Difficult to manage the health and safety aspects of snorkelling on the reefs, but he did not spot when people were having difficulty, which was a concern.
Confirmed traveller: 15 March 2015
Published on: 10 October 2015
(10 out of 10)

Robert

Wilmette, Illinois USA
I have traveled with Explore for years .... somewhere around 25 trips or so. Many similar tour companies are all variations on a theme .... but Explore does it consistently a little bit better than even the best of the competition. My wife and I always book with Explore if the itinerary suits our interest. Great value for money.
Confirmed traveller: 01 February 2015
Published on: 29 September 2015