Buddha's Island + Maldive Dhoni Cruise

Buddha's Island + Maldive Dhoni Cruise

22 Days
From
$4390
$4127

Buddha's Island + Maldive Dhoni Cruise

22 Days Starting in Negombo and ending in Male Airport

Visiting:

Negombo

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Anuradhapura

,

Girithale

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Sigiriya

,

Kandy

,

Dalhousie

,

Nuwara Eliya

,

Ella

,

Udawalawe National Park Safari

,

Galle

,

Unawatuna

,

Colombo

,

Malé

,

Vaavu Atoll

,

Meemu Atoll

,

Dhiggaru

,

Felidhoo

,

Fulidhoo

,

Male

,

Temple of the Tooth

Tour operator:

Explore!

Physical rating:

Low, Moderate

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

SLM

Group size:

4 - 18

Age range:

Adult

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:

$4390

$4127 (USD)

tourhub discount: $263


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Tour Overview

Combine two of our favourite trips on a journey through enchanting Sri Lanka and the pristine Maldives. Our first two weeks are spent touring the cultural highlights of 'the pearl of the Indian Ocean' before cruising through paradise in the Maldives. Wildlife in Sri Lanka - Search for leopards, elephants and sambar deer on game drives in the country's national parks Culture in Sri Lanka - Walk around ancient capitals, sacred religious sites and see the 'temple of the tooth' Maldives Dhoni experience - Spend a week cruising, snorkelling and relaxing amongst crystal clear waters.

Highlights

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    Wildlife in Sri Lanka - Search for leopards, elephants and sambar deer on game drives in the country's national parks

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    Culture in Sri Lanka - Walk around ancient capitals, sacred religious sites and see the 'temple of the tooth'

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    Maldives Dhoni experience - Spend a week cruising, snorkelling and relaxing amongst crystal clear waters

Places You'll See

Kandy

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Asian Elephant

Sri Lankan smiles

Buddha's Island + Maldive Dhoni Cruise

Monitor Lizard at Galle Fort

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Join trip in Negombo

Location:

  Negombo


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Arrive in Negombo, the famous coastal town famous for its fishing industry and golden sands. This relaxing beach resort is a short distance from Sri Lanka's capital city, and is the perfect place to spot locals bringing in the day's catch and watch the sunset.

For those arriving on time our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 6pm for the welcome meeting and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner. There are no other activities planned today, so you are free to arrive in Negombo at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), which is 30 minutes' drive from our hotel. Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.

If your flight arrives earlier in the day there is the option to head to the beach or make use of the hotel facilities which features a swimming pool and gardens overlooking the Indian Ocean.

icon Day 2: Game drive in Wilpattu National Park; drive to Anuradhapura

Location:

  Anuradhapura


Accommodation:

  Hotel


A three-hour drive north takes us to Wilpattu National Park. En route, we will visit a nearby fishing village which uses traditional-style outrigger canoes, known as 'oruvas'. Along the way we hope to spot the toddy tappers climbing tall coconut trees to collect sap from the flowers. This is used to make Arak - a local whisky-type spirit.

Despite the park's location in Sri Lanka's dry zone, it boasts nearly 60 lakes and is renowned for leopard, elephant and sambar deer spottings. We will go on a jeep safari in the hope of spotting the elusive leopard. We choose to visit this park, rather than the more touristy Yala National Park further south because we believe it offers our customers a better experience. The same animals can be seen here as in Yala, however it is less crowded, making our visit more enjoyable and responsible. Leaving the park, we drive to nearby Anuradapura, where we will spend the next two nights.

icon Day 3: Full day to explore the ancient citadel

Location:

  Anuradhapura


Accommodation:

  Hotel


This morning, we explore the ancient capital of Anuradhapura - a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its well-preserved ancient ruins. One of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, it was founded around 500 BC. Its golden age began around 260BC, when the King and his people converted to Buddhism. The city became vast, spreading over many miles. There were hospitals for the sick, hostels for travellers and artificial reservoirs to ensure a good water supply.

Of great interest are the 2,200 year-old Sacred Bo-Tree; the Brazen Palace, once a nine storey residence for monks; the 4th century Smadhi Buddha masterpiece and the Ruvanvalisaya Dagoba - a 90 metre-high dome-shaped shrine towering over the surrounding countryside.

In the afternoon, we travel eight miles to the mountain peak of Mihintale. It is believed that this was the site of a momentous meeting between the monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa, introducing Buddhism to the country. Exploring Mihintale involves climbing a flight of 1,840 shallow stone steps, and a short final section with uneven steps and a hand rail leading to the summit of the Missaka Mountain. There are excellent views from the top looking back to Anuradhapura.

icon Day 4: Visit Dambulla's cave temples en route to Giritale

Location:

  Girithale


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Travelling towards Giritale, we pause to view the magnificent Standing Buddha of Aukana, which stands 12 metres high. Sculptured in the 5th century by a master craftsman, it is still relatively isolated in its jungle setting.

Our next stop is Dambulla, where a great series of caves have been turned into temples dating from the 1st century BC. This World Heritage Site still attracts scores of worshippers. We will visit five separate caves, which contain a large number of Buddha images and a few sculptures of Hindu Gods. After enjoying a traditional Sri Lankan lunch of 'rice and curry', we reach the small town of Giritale - our base from which to explore Polonnaruwa. Our hotel for the night looks out over a large and picturesque 7th century man-made lake.

icon Day 5: Visit Polonnaruwa and drive to Sigiriya

Location:

  Sigiriya


Accommodation:

  Hotel


This morning we explore the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, which reached its height of glory in the 12th century, when it was a thriving commercial and religious centre. The city still maintains many of its spectacular buildings and monuments, with arguably the most impressive being the Quadrangle. This sacred precinct originally housed the tooth relic. It contains a superbly decorated circular shrine which is one of the most ornate buildings in the country. The neighbouring audience hall and bathing pool are also worth a visit. Close by, the curious round structure of the Circular Relic House has a beautifully preserved moonstone carved at the foot of a flight of steps. Another famous feature of this deserted city is the group of carved images of the Buddha, known as Galvihara. These four colossal figures are all hewn out of solid granite and the Reclining Buddha alone is no less than 14 metres long. We then continue driving towards our accommodation.

In the early afternoon, we have the option to take a jeep safari in either Minneriya or Kadaula National Park, where we can search for herds of wild elephant. Your Explore Leader will be able to advise you of the likelihood of good elephant sightings at the time you are in the area. The parks are also home to a large array of birdlife, including painted storks.

icon Day 6: Climb Lion's Rock at sunrise; drive to Kandy

Location:

  Kandy


Accommodation:

  Hotel


An early start this morning as we plan to climb Sigiriya Rock ahead of the crowds and whilst it is cool. The ruins of this 5th century 'Sky Fortress' are one of Sri Lanka's major attractions, a stupendous sight to behold and a feat of consummate engineering skill. Built in just seven years as a fortified palace to protect the reign of merciless King Kassapa, who had assassinated his father and deposed his brother, it is seen as one of the world's best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. Unfortunately for the king, despite its impregnable reputation, he was defeated here by his brother after a reign of just 18 years.

A switchback series of steps and steel stairways ascend to the top. Halfway up, tucked beneath a sheltering overhang of rock, are the famous frescoes - the Sigiriya Damsels, their colours still glowing. Before our final ascent to the summit, we pass between a set of enormous lion paws carved out of the rock - all that remain of an ancient gateway that gave Sigiriya, the 'Lion Rock', its name. Once at the 200 meter summit, magnificent views can be enjoyed of the surrounding jungle and countryside.

This afternoon, a two-hour drive takes us to Kandy. En route, we stop to visit the woodcarving centre at Naula and a spice garden.

icon Day 7: Discover the Temple of the Tooth

Location:

  Kandy


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Sitting on a plateau 500 metres above sea level and 112km northeast of Colombo, Kandy is, in climatic and cultural terms, a world apart from Colombo. Serving as the capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom until falling to the British in 1815, it is a place of cultural and spiritual importance. Buddhists from all over the world come here specifically to visit the Temple of the Tooth, the Dalada Maligawa. The costly jewelled shrine of the Holy Tooth, said to be Buddha's left canine, is kept in the upper floor of the original building. This relic was brought from India 1,500 years ago and every year, at the time of the August full moon, it is paraded round the town with great pomp and circumstance.

This morning's sight-seeing includes attending the Temple of the Tooth Ceremony and a visit to the serene Peradeniya Botanical garden. Your afternoon is free to continue your exploration of this delightful old highland town.

In the evening, we hope to have the opportunity to watch a performance by the famous Kandyan dancers, admiring their impressive costumes and graceful dances, accompanied by a thundering drum beat.

icon Day 8: Drive to Dalhousie for an ascent of Adam's Peak

Location:

  Dalhousie


Accommodation:

  Guesthouse


After a free morning, we drive to Dalhousie in the foothills of Adam's Peak. Here, we have the opportunity to ascend this sacred peak, known locally as Sri Pada. A depression at the top of the peak is said to be Buddha's footprint and, each year, thousands climb to the top for sunrise. Shortly after midnight, we join pilgrims for our ascent. There is a stone staircase which we follow right to the top. It can be tough on the legs, and some may find it physically challenging, but you can go at your own pace, take your time and savour the experience. We reach the top in time for sunrise, when spectacular views all around us.

For anyone not wanting to climb the peak, there is free time to explore the small town of Dalhousie, or relax at our guesthouse.

icon Day 9: Stop at a tea planation on the way to Nuwara Eliya

Location:

  Nuwara Eliya


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Returning from the peak early this morning, we enjoy a well-earned breakfast before making our way to picturesque Nuwara Eliya.

Known as 'Little England', here we will find red telephone boxes, Victorian colonial architecture and pretty rose gardens - legacies from its era as a hill country retreat for any homesick British. The cool climate provided a sanctuary in which to immerse themselves in familiar pastimes, such as polo, golf, cricket and fox hunting. This part of Sri Lanka is also an important tea growing area and plantations stretch over rolling hills for as far as the eye can see, interspersed with the occasional tea-making factory.

We have free time for the rest of the day to explore this colonial treasure.

icon Day 10: Drive to the hill town of Ella

Location:

  Ella


Accommodation:

  Hotel


This morning, we make our way to the hill town of Ella. We have the option to travel by train through beautiful countryside, winding through the mountains on a rail network that was introduced during British Colonial rule and has changed little since. Passing by impressive waterfalls and travelling through lush tea plantation country, we are likely to see colourfully-dressed tea pickers working in groups. The train can be busy and seats are not always available, so it is also possible to travel to Ella by road through similarly impressive scenery. Arriving in Ella late in the afternoon, we have the opportunity to explore the town before retreating to our hotel which is perched on a hillside amongst the lush green scenery.

icon Day 11: Drive to Udawalawe, explore the National Park by Jeep and visit the elephant transit home

Location:

  Udawalawe National Park Safari


Accommodation:

  Tented Camp


This morning we visit Ravana Ella Falls, one of the widest waterfalls on the island, before continuing south through the hill country until we reach the plains and the small town of Wellawaya. Travelling onwards to Udawalawe National Park, we are likely to spot a 51 foot image of the Buddha known as Colossi of Buduruvagala, rising majestically above us along with other Mahayana statues. Udawalawe, designated a national park in 1972, covers some 31,800 hectares and is surrounded by mountains, a mix of rolling grasslands, teak plantations, rainforest and scrub. Renowned for its large herd of elephants, the park is one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see them, and is also home to deer, wild boar, buffalo, jackal and leopard. The resident bird population is also second to none, including a magnificent collection of birds of prey, chief among them the impressive white-bellied sea eagle. The afternoon is spent exploring the park by jeep and visiting the Elephant Transit Home where orphaned elephants are cared for until they are old enough to be released back in to the wild.

icon Day 12: Stroll through the Portuguese Fort at Galle

Location:

  Galle


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Continuing southwards this morning, we descend through a huge region of rice paddies before reaching the coast. We travel through the small fishing port of Tangalle, home to a project supported by the Travel Foundation, where women learn to make traditional Beeralu Lace. Selling the lace helps them to become more self-sufficient. We will visit and learn a little of their craft and support these ladies who lost their breadwinners in the 2004 tsunami.

In the afternoon we'll visit the pretty coastal town of Galle passing through Koggala where we may be lucky enough to see the famous stilt fisherman balancing precariously above the ocean. An important trading centre since ancient times, the fortifications that can be seen in Galle today were built by the Portuguese and then the Dutch from the 16th to the 17th centuries. The fort ramparts of this World Heritage Site protect the harbour and a myriad of fascinating old houses, churches and warehouses. Today, the town has a strong arts vibe, with foreign and local artists, writers, photographers, designers and poets drawing inspiration from their surroundings. Boutique shops and cafes around the town showcase their work. There is a lot to explore in the town and simply wandering its streets, soaking up its unique atmosphere is a great way to spend an afternoon. If you feel that you haven't spent enough time here on this afternoon's sightseeing tour, you have the opportunity to come back tomorrow.

icon Day 13: Free time to relax on Unawatuna's quiet beaches

Location:

  Unawatuna


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Today is free to relax on the beaches of Unawatuna, or explore more of nearby Galle. For those seeking pure relaxation, local Ayurvedic massages with natural, aromatic herbal oils are highly recommended. Alternatively, between the months of December and April, you might prefer to go on a whale watching trip in the hope of spotting humpback and blue whales.

icon Day 14: Early morning to relax on the beach before driving to Colombo

Location:

  Colombo


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Take some time to soak up the last few hours on the beach before we journey back to Colombo for our last night- a total travel time of just a couple of hours. Once in the capital we spend the afternoon exploring Sri Lanka's capital city. We'll wander around the historical 'fort' area, now the business district, whose buildings are like a slice through Colombo's colonial history and visit the Pettah neighborhood, famous for its bustling open air bazaars and markets. We will also visit the most important Buddhist temple in the capital, Gangaramaya, which is an oasis of calm in an otherwise frenetic city and end the trip by the Galle Face Green, an urban park along the sea front where locals gather to often play cricket and gather for other daily rituals.

icon Day 15: Fly to Male

Location:

  Malé


Accommodation:

  Hotel


This morning we fly to Male and after meeting up with our representative and the rest of the group we walk to our hotel close to the harbour in Male. The circumference of the island is little more than 5 kilometers so it's very easy to explore on foot. After freshening up at the hotel we will walk down to the Mosque, to the fish market and along the waters edge to watch the ferries coming and going.

Please note that from January to early April 2017 Colombo airport will be closed for several hours during the day. This means that we will be flying to Male in the early morning. You will be able to check in to the hotel early and will be provided with lunch before meeting with the rest of the group.

icon Day 16: Sail to Vavuu Atoll and explore Kuda Anbaraa Island

Location:

  Vaavu Atoll


Accommodation:

  Boat


This morning we walk to the waterfront to meet our moored dhoni and crew. We take our breakfast on the boat and then begin cruising south for two to three hours, passing through the Vaadhoo Canal to the South Male Atoll - a smaller and quieter neighbour to the more developed North Male Atoll. Here, many of the islands are inhabited simply by vegetation and white sand, surrounded by clear turquoise water and reef. Heading further south we cruise to the Vavuu Atoll, where we spend time exploring the uninhabited and picturesque islands of Kudiboli and Kuda Anbaraa. When exploring this and other islands in the itinerary, it isn't necessary to bring special footwear. Most customers seem to manage well in flip-flops, and these have the obvious advantage of being quick to get on and off - ideal for walking through sand. Our afternoon is spent snorkelling or relaxing on board. Over the course of the week, underwater fauna we are likely to see include green turtles, reef sharks and gigantic manta rays, as well as smaller sting rays and eagle rays. At each stop, we will also swim among a rainbow of small, colourful fish, including the famous Clown Fish. Our knowledgeable representative will be able to help identify many of the underwater species that we come across.

Today, and each day, afternoon tea with freshly baked cake will be served by our talented chef.

Every meal is included on the dhoni . Menus are likely to include freshly-caught fish each day, as well curries and pasta. Drinking water, tea and coffee are readily available, with alcoholic and soft drinks available for purchase on-board. US Dollars are accepted on the Dhoni and you can pay your bill for drinks at the end of your cruise.

Our cabins are compact, but with plenty of room for two people and luggage. However, many customers choose to enjoy the tranquillity of sleeping under the stars on deck for at least some of the nights.

icon Day 17: Snorkel in the clear waters of the Meemu Atoll

Location:

  Meemu Atoll


Accommodation:

  Boat


Today we sail south for a further two to three hours, crossing to Meemu Atoll - home to one of the longest stretches of reef in the Maldives. On this or other crossings, we may be lucky enough to be chased by spinner dolphins, who like jumping in our wake. We are also likely to see flying fish, sometimes leaping right over the deck of our dhoni. Meemu Atoll is made up of 34 islands, of which 25 are uninhabited. Some of the inhabited ones grow yams, and all of them are largely dependent on fishing. Here more than anywhere, we are likely to experience the true Maldivian way of life. Shortly after entering the atoll, we arrive at Fenboa Finolhu - another beautiful uninhabited island where we aim to base ourselves for the night. We will have plenty of time to enjoy the white-sand beach and to snorkel on the reef. This evening, we can look forward to a barbeque beach banquet in an idyllic spot on the island, laid on by the dhoni crew.

icon Day 18: Cruise to Dhiggaru Island for a Bodu Beru display

Location:

  Dhiggaru


Accommodation:

  Boat


After a relaxed start, we head east to the inhabited island of Dhiggaru. Here, we drop our anchor by a particularly good snorkelling reef. Later in the afternoon, when it has cooled down a bit, we plan to go ashore to meet the island's inhabitants. We may be struck by the traditional, yet relaxed, way of life in the island's lively village. Very few tourist groups visit and we must remember to dress and act respectfully, removing our shoes when visiting a house or a mosque. In the evening, we hope to be invited to a performance of Bodu Beru (Big Drum) - the traditional folk music of the country.

icon Day 19: Visit the traditional village of Felidhoo

Location:

  Felidhoo


Accommodation:

  Boat


Today, we head back to Felidhoo Atoll and its administrative centre, Felidhoo. With a population of about 400, this is the least populated of all the country's administrative centres. Again, we take time to visit the village and have the opportunity to enjoy another Bodu Beru performance.

icon Day 20: Discover Hulhidhoo reef before sailing to Fulidhoo

Location:

  Fulidhoo


Accommodation:

  Boat


By now, we are likely to be feeling completely relaxed, as our routine of reading, sunbathing and napping between island stops and snorkelling spots has become second nature. With a subtly different name to our previous day's stop-off, we break today's journey with a visit to Fulidhoo Island. Once again, we meet the locals and gain more of an appreciation of their life in this tropical paradise. After a further visit to the island of Hulhidhoo, we anchor by a large reef, where we can spend time snorkelling.

icon Day 21: Sail to Male stopping to snorkel at Embudhoo Reef

Location:

  Malé


Accommodation:

  Boat


Our last full day on the boat sees us cruising back towards Male. We take the opportunity for some final snorkelling and swimming, before enjoying a farewell meal with our boat crew.

icon Day 22: Trip ends in Male

Location:

  Malé


The trip ends after breakfast on our dhoni in Male.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Male at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available on the dhoni. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Male International Airport (MLE).

What's Included

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    Fully Guided

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

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    Accommodation

    6 nights simple boat 14 nights comfortable hotel 1 nights comfortable tented camp

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    Meals – Half Board

    Breakfast: 21 Lunch: 7 Dinner: 7

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    Game Drives on Safari

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    Country Entry Visas

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    1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

Why Book this Tour

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.

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Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

Yes

Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

Yes

Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

Yes

What is the maximum group size?

16

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

No

    Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

    Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

    I'm going on a walking/cycling trip-do I need to train?

    It will depend on the grade and how fit you already are. Check the trip page for details of the walking or cycling grade and how far you’ll be walking/cycling each day. For moderate or challenging trips in particular we’d recommend doing some walks or cycles before you leave to build up your fitness and prepare you for the distances being covered.

    Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We have a wide range of ages nationalities on our small group trips and they come from all walks of life.

    Should I get travel insurance?

    Yes–it is a condition of booking that you are fully insured when travelling with us

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    At Explore, we're the experts in adventure travel. Our small group adventure holidays have been running since 1981. Today, Explore is one of the most trusted travel companies in the UK with over 500 trips to more than 120 countries.

    Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes, but there are no concessions for doing so, and we must have a record in your booking advising as such before the trip departs.

    Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Being a responsible company is a large statement, something that has to be entwined within the very fibre of a company. Discover the charities and partnerships we support as part of this at https://www.explore.co.uk/about/sustainability/charities-and-partners

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    We want to be as clear as and as honest as possible about what happens if you decide to that you no longer wish to travel on your trip. Our booking conditions have details of the costs you’ll incur when you cancel-these charges depend on how long it is before your planned departure.

    What is the accommodation like?

    We choose comfortable accommodation in the best locations possible. We opt for small, local and family-run accommodation where we can, as opposed to large chain hotels. We typically use hotels that are the equivalent of European 3-star, and you’ll usually have an en suite room. Occasionally, where we want to get off the beaten trail we may stay in more basic accommodation.

    What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Sustainability is embedded within the fibre of Explore, it emanates from the inside out. But as we enter a new decade it is clearer than ever that our world needs help, and Explore has created a sustainability strategy based on the 2015 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

    What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Our flexible booking and safety policies mean you're protected before and during your travels with us. Receive a full refund if your trip is cancelled, transfer your trip free of charge up to 10 days before departure minus any irrocoverable costs.

    Do I need to be very fit to book with you?

    All our trips require some level of active participation. This could be on a cultural trip, trek, safari, expedition or voyage. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip.

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Final documents will include a comprehensive trip itinerary, climate and country information, budgeting and packing advice visa and passport information and details on optional activities available.

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes on most of our trips. Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room, known as our single room option. On some trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided o

    Do we have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel

    It’s now a condition of booking a trip with us that customers should have one of the following before they travel - — Be vaccinated against COVID, having received the full recommended course, and allowing enough time for immunity to take effect. Full vaccination includes any booster required to keep the vaccine valid. — Have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR) within 72hrs of departure.

    Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Explore will only offer hotels that have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with local government guidelines. We will ensure these measures include; enhanced room cleaning, ventilation, social distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in public areas, food safety, staff re-training and minimising contact within the properties.

Reviews

Buddha's Island + Maldive Dhoni Cruise (07-Dec-2019)

A thoroughly enjoyable holiday with two very different experiences. No hesitation in recommending this trip.

A thoroughly enjoyable holiday with two very different experiences.

No hesitation in recommending this trip.


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Andrew

04-Jan-2020

Buddha's Island + Maldive Dhoni Cruise (07-Dec-2019)

This trip was a perfect Christmas treat - lots to see and do in Sri Lanka followed by a chilled float around the Maldives. Thank you

This trip was a perfect Christmas treat - lots to see and do in Sri Lanka followed by a chilled float around the Maldives.

Thank you


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Susan

04-Jan-2020

Buddha's Island + Maldive Dhoni Cruise

A thoroughly enjoyable holiday with two very different experiences. No hesitation in recommending this trip.

A thoroughly enjoyable holiday with two very different experiences.

No hesitation in recommending this trip.


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Andrew

01-Apr-2020

Buddha's Island + Maldive Dhoni Cruise

This trip was a perfect Christmas treat - lots to see and do in Sri Lanka followed by a chilled float around the Maldives. Thank you

This trip was a perfect Christmas treat - lots to see and do in Sri Lanka followed by a chilled float around the Maldives.

Thank you


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Susan

01-Apr-2020

Dates & Availability

Sunday

Oct 16, 2022

Sunday

Nov 06, 2022
  • tourhub discount: $263 (USD)

$4390
$4127 (USD)
$4390
$4127 (USD)

tourhub discount: $263

Sunday

Oct 16, 2022

Sunday

Nov 06, 2022
  • tourhub discount: $343 (USD)

  • Including Flights from the UK

$5710
$5367 (USD)
$5710
$5367 (USD)

tourhub discount: $343

Including Flights from the UK

Sunday

Oct 23, 2022

Sunday

Nov 13, 2022
  • tourhub discount: $263 (USD)

$4390
$4127 (USD)
$4390
$4127 (USD)

tourhub discount: $263

Sunday

Oct 23, 2022

Sunday

Nov 13, 2022
  • tourhub discount: $342 (USD)

  • Including Flights from the UK

$5700
$5358 (USD)
$5700
$5358 (USD)

tourhub discount: $342

Including Flights from the UK

Sunday

Oct 30, 2022

Sunday

Nov 20, 2022
  • tourhub discount: $263 (USD)

$4390
$4127 (USD)
$4390
$4127 (USD)

tourhub discount: $263

Sunday

Oct 30, 2022

Sunday

Nov 20, 2022
  • tourhub discount: $337 (USD)

  • Including Flights from the UK

$5620
$5283 (USD)
$5620
$5283 (USD)

tourhub discount: $337

Including Flights from the UK

Sunday

Nov 13, 2022

Sunday

Dec 04, 2022
  • tourhub discount: $271 (USD)

$4510
$4239 (USD)
$4510
$4239 (USD)

tourhub discount: $271

Sunday

Nov 13, 2022

Sunday

Dec 04, 2022
  • tourhub discount: $344 (USD)

  • Including Flights from the UK

$5740
$5396 (USD)
$5740
$5396 (USD)

tourhub discount: $344

Including Flights from the UK

Sunday

Nov 20, 2022

Sunday

Dec 11, 2022
  • tourhub discount: $271 (USD)

$4510
$4239 (USD)
$4510
$4239 (USD)

tourhub discount: $271

Sunday

Nov 20, 2022

Sunday

Dec 11, 2022
  • tourhub discount: $344 (USD)

  • Including Flights from the UK

$5730
$5386 (USD)
$5730
$5386 (USD)

tourhub discount: $344

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Sunday

Dec 04, 2022

Sunday

Dec 25, 2022
  • tourhub discount: $271 (USD)

$4510
$4239 (USD)
$4510
$4239 (USD)

tourhub discount: $271

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Sunday

Dec 04, 2022

Sunday

Dec 25, 2022
  • tourhub discount: $344 (USD)

  • Including Flights from the UK

$5740
$5396 (USD)
$5740
$5396 (USD)

tourhub discount: $344

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Sunday

Dec 18, 2022

Sunday

Jan 08, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $301 (USD)

$5020
$4719 (USD)
$5020
$4719 (USD)

tourhub discount: $301

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Sunday

Dec 18, 2022

Sunday

Jan 08, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $467 (USD)

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$7790
$7323 (USD)
$7790
$7323 (USD)

tourhub discount: $467

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Sunday

Jan 08, 2023

Sunday

Jan 29, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $317 (USD)

$5280
$4963 (USD)
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$4963 (USD)

tourhub discount: $317

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Sunday

Jan 08, 2023

Sunday

Jan 29, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $387 (USD)

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$6450
$6063 (USD)
$6450
$6063 (USD)

tourhub discount: $387

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Sunday

Jan 29, 2023

Sunday

Feb 19, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $316 (USD)

$5260
$4944 (USD)
$5260
$4944 (USD)

tourhub discount: $316

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Sunday

Jan 29, 2023

Sunday

Feb 19, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $395 (USD)

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$6590
$6195 (USD)
$6590
$6195 (USD)

tourhub discount: $395

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Sunday

Feb 05, 2023

Sunday

Feb 26, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $287 (USD)

$4790
$4503 (USD)
$4790
$4503 (USD)

tourhub discount: $287

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Sunday

Feb 05, 2023

Sunday

Feb 26, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $355 (USD)

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$5910
$5555 (USD)
$5910
$5555 (USD)

tourhub discount: $355

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Sunday

Feb 26, 2023

Sunday

Mar 19, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $320 (USD)

$5340
$5020 (USD)
$5340
$5020 (USD)

tourhub discount: $320

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Sunday

Feb 26, 2023

Sunday

Mar 19, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $388 (USD)

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$6470
$6082 (USD)
$6470
$6082 (USD)

tourhub discount: $388

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Sunday

Mar 12, 2023

Sunday

Apr 02, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $316 (USD)

$5260
$4944 (USD)
$5260
$4944 (USD)

tourhub discount: $316

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Sunday

Mar 12, 2023

Sunday

Apr 02, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $383 (USD)

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$6390
$6007 (USD)
$6390
$6007 (USD)

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Sunday

Mar 19, 2023

Sunday

Apr 09, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $295 (USD)

$4920
$4625 (USD)
$4920
$4625 (USD)

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Sunday

Mar 19, 2023

Sunday

Apr 09, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $362 (USD)

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$6030
$5668 (USD)
$6030
$5668 (USD)

tourhub discount: $362

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Sunday

Mar 26, 2023

Sunday

Apr 16, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $295 (USD)

$4920
$4625 (USD)
$4920
$4625 (USD)

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Sunday

Mar 26, 2023

Sunday

Apr 16, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $388 (USD)

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$6470
$6082 (USD)
$6470
$6082 (USD)

tourhub discount: $388

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Sunday

Apr 02, 2023

Sunday

Apr 23, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $314 (USD)

$5240
$4926 (USD)
$5240
$4926 (USD)

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Sunday

Apr 02, 2023

Sunday

Apr 23, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $413 (USD)

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$6890
$6477 (USD)
$6890
$6477 (USD)

tourhub discount: $413

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Sunday

Jul 30, 2023

Sunday

Aug 20, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $312 (USD)

$5200
$4888 (USD)
$5200
$4888 (USD)

tourhub discount: $312

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Sunday

Jul 30, 2023

Sunday

Aug 20, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $412 (USD)

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$6870
$6458 (USD)
$6870
$6458 (USD)

tourhub discount: $412

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Sunday

Aug 13, 2023

Sunday

Sep 03, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $289 (USD)

$4810
$4521 (USD)
$4810
$4521 (USD)

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Sunday

Aug 13, 2023

Sunday

Sep 03, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $364 (USD)

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$6060
$5696 (USD)
$6060
$5696 (USD)

tourhub discount: $364

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Sunday

Oct 08, 2023

Sunday

Oct 29, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $281 (USD)

$4690
$4409 (USD)
$4690
$4409 (USD)

tourhub discount: $281

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Sunday

Oct 08, 2023

Sunday

Oct 29, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $332 (USD)

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$5540
$5208 (USD)
$5540
$5208 (USD)

tourhub discount: $332

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Sunday

Oct 15, 2023

Sunday

Nov 05, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $281 (USD)

$4690
$4409 (USD)
$4690
$4409 (USD)

tourhub discount: $281

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Sunday

Oct 15, 2023

Sunday

Nov 05, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $332 (USD)

  • Including Flights from the UK

$5540
$5208 (USD)
$5540
$5208 (USD)

tourhub discount: $332

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Sunday

Oct 22, 2023

Sunday

Nov 12, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $281 (USD)

$4690
$4409 (USD)
$4690
$4409 (USD)

tourhub discount: $281

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Sunday

Oct 22, 2023

Sunday

Nov 12, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $340 (USD)

  • Including Flights from the UK

$5660
$5320 (USD)
$5660
$5320 (USD)

tourhub discount: $340

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Sunday

Oct 29, 2023

Sunday

Nov 19, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $281 (USD)

$4690
$4409 (USD)
$4690
$4409 (USD)

tourhub discount: $281

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Sunday

Oct 29, 2023

Sunday

Nov 19, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $332 (USD)

  • Including Flights from the UK

$5540
$5208 (USD)
$5540
$5208 (USD)

tourhub discount: $332

Including Flights from the UK

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Sunday

Nov 05, 2023

Sunday

Nov 26, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $291 (USD)

$4850
$4559 (USD)
$4850
$4559 (USD)

tourhub discount: $291

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Sunday

Nov 05, 2023

Sunday

Nov 26, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $342 (USD)

  • Including Flights from the UK

$5700
$5358 (USD)
$5700
$5358 (USD)

tourhub discount: $342

Including Flights from the UK

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Sunday

Nov 12, 2023

Sunday

Dec 03, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $291 (USD)

$4850
$4559 (USD)
$4850
$4559 (USD)

tourhub discount: $291

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Sunday

Nov 12, 2023

Sunday

Dec 03, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $342 (USD)

  • Including Flights from the UK

$5700
$5358 (USD)
$5700
$5358 (USD)

tourhub discount: $342

Including Flights from the UK

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Sunday

Nov 19, 2023

Sunday

Dec 10, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $291 (USD)

$4850
$4559 (USD)
$4850
$4559 (USD)

tourhub discount: $291

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Sunday

Nov 19, 2023

Sunday

Dec 10, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $342 (USD)

  • Including Flights from the UK

$5700
$5358 (USD)
$5700
$5358 (USD)

tourhub discount: $342

Including Flights from the UK

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Sunday

Nov 26, 2023

Sunday

Dec 17, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $291 (USD)

$4850
$4559 (USD)
$4850
$4559 (USD)

tourhub discount: $291

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Sunday

Nov 26, 2023

Sunday

Dec 17, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $342 (USD)

  • Including Flights from the UK

$5700
$5358 (USD)
$5700
$5358 (USD)

tourhub discount: $342

Including Flights from the UK

Instant Booking Available

Sunday

Dec 03, 2023

Sunday

Dec 24, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $291 (USD)

$4850
$4559 (USD)
$4850
$4559 (USD)

tourhub discount: $291

Instant Booking Available

Sunday

Dec 03, 2023

Sunday

Dec 24, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $375 (USD)

  • Including Flights from the UK

$6250
$5875 (USD)
$6250
$5875 (USD)

tourhub discount: $375

Including Flights from the UK

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Sunday

Dec 17, 2023

Sunday

Jan 07, 2024
  • tourhub discount: $343 (USD)

$5710
$5367 (USD)
$5710
$5367 (USD)

tourhub discount: $343

Instant Booking Available

Sunday

Dec 17, 2023

Sunday

Jan 07, 2024
  • tourhub discount: $446 (USD)

  • Including Flights from the UK

$7430
$6984 (USD)
$7430
$6984 (USD)

tourhub discount: $446

Including Flights from the UK

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    At 41 days before tour starts: 60% of tour cost.

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Buddha's Island + Maldive Dhoni Cruise

22 Days Starting in Negombo and ending in Male Airport

Visiting:

Negombo

,

Anuradhapura

,

Girithale

,

Sigiriya

,

Kandy

,

Dalhousie

,

Nuwara Eliya

,

Ella

,

Udawalawe National Park Safari

,

Galle

,

Unawatuna

,

Colombo

,

Malé

,

Vaavu Atoll

,

Meemu Atoll

,

Dhiggaru

,

Felidhoo

,

Fulidhoo

,

Male

,

Temple of the Tooth

Tour operator:

Explore!

Physical rating:

Low, Moderate

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

SLM

Group size:

4 - 18

Age range:

Adult

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:

$4390

$4127 (USD)

tourhub discount: $263


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