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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.

Tour Highlights

  • National Parks - Enjoy a jeep safari with the hope of spotting a leopard, elephant and sambar deer in the wild
  • Anuradhapura Polonnaruwa, Dambulla and Sigiriya - Explore ancient capitals, painted cave temples and the dramatic 'Sky Fortress'
  • Kandy and the Hill Country - Explore the rich cultural heritage of the 'Hill Capital' and the lush tea plantations and colonial charm of the surrounding area
  • Horton Plains - Trek amongst unique flora and fauna on this beautiful plateau, and peer down over an 880 metre escarpment at 'Word's End'
  • Unawatuna and Galle - relax on the white sand beaches of the south coast and soak up the laid-back, artistic vibe of Galle
  • 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 Negombo

  • 2
    Jeep safari in Wilpatu National Park; Drive to Anuradhapura

  • 3
    In Anuradhapura; visit Mihintale

  • 4
    Visit Aukana en route to Giritale

  • 5
    Visit Polonnaruwa; drive to Sigiriya

  • 6
    In Sigiriya; drive to Kandy

  • 7
    In Kandy

  • 8
    Drive through the Hill Country

  • 9
    Optional walk on Horton Plains

  • 10
    Drive to Bandarawela

  • 11
    Drive to Unawatuna

  • 12
    In Unawatuna

  • 13
    In Unawatuna

  • 14
    Bus 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

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    Tour ends in Male

Trip notes

Each departure date has it's 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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Customer rating:
Buddha's Island + Maldive Dhoni Cruise
Included meals 20 6 6
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
14 nights Standard Hotel
1 night Hotel
6 nights Simple Boat
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s)
Group Size
Generally 12 - 18