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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 8.6 out of 10 based on 14 reviews
(9 out of 10)


He's wall , Wirral
The Sri Lankan tour was well balanced with a full on itinerary the first week and a more relaxed second week. Tikari the guide was excellent. We feel that 18 people was too big a group and there was no spare space in the mini bus for rucksacks.

The extension and third week was a wonderful relaxed time on the boat. The crew were superb and along with Teddy the guide excellent at spotting manta rays and dolphins at sea. We enjoyed wonderful food three times a day.
There were two boats sailing together with a total of fifteen people which is not ideal as the guide was dividing his time between the two boats.
We think that Explore should inform customers that alcohol cannot be brought into the Maldives as it s a Muslim country. Any alcohol found in baggage is confiscated by customs and a receipt given for collection on leaving the country. There is also the risk of a night in jail. Alcohol is served on board by non Maldivian members of the crew and wine is 30 /35 dollars a bottle with gin sold by the litre at 60 dollars.
An amazing holiday but please Explore remember that your customers book with you because they like small groups and the numbers seem to be increasing on the tours.
Confirmed traveller: 04 December 2016
Published on: 05 December 2016
(8 out of 10)


A big departure from standard explore as only exercise is the snorkel, but it was a fabulous relaxing end to a "standard" trip. The first night was a disappointment as in a hotel on Male, so holiday only really started on the following day - so felt like a day was lost. I you get sea sick then be aware that the swell can get rough between the atolls but is fair sailing within an atoll. Food was fantastic and boat crew were friendly and helpful. I was expecting to get stir crazy after a few days but I could have honestly done another week. The only down side was the group was split across two boats, however I was told their new boat is larger and can accommodate 16. The berths were only for sleeping in and a little small if you are tall but I git used to it after the first night.
Confirmed traveller: 30 October 2016
Published on: 01 November 2016
(6 out of 10)


Hartford Wisconsin
The Sri Lanka part was for me horrible. The hotels were cheap sub-standard old and in need of extensive updating. The bus was very uncomfortable and in my opinion to small.
The Maldavies was a welcome reprieve from the Sri Lanka part.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 04 September 2016
Published on: 18 September 2016
(9 out of 10)


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
(7 out of 10)


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)


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)


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)


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
(8 out of 10)


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