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Buddha's Island + Maldive Dhoni Cruise SLM

Tour Duration 22 Days
  • Stunning island beaches
  • A Maldivian sailing 'dhoni'
  • Leopard, Wilpattu
  • Lions Rock
  • Sunset out at sea
  • Tour Style: Classic
  • Tour Type: Small Groups
  • Tour Pace: Moderate
  • Tour Comfort: Standard

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Highlights Of Sri Lanka & Cruising The Maldives

On this tour we discover the spiritual world of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and sail amongst the remote atolls of the idyllic Maldives. We start in the region known as ‘Buddha’s Island’ to uncover ancient statues, rock carvings and gilded temples. We visit sacred sites including the Bo-Tree in Anuradhapura, the ‘cradle of Buddhism’ in Mihintale and the caves of Dambulla. From here we fly to Male in the Maldives and board a traditional dhoni for a relaxing cruise. We eat and sleep aboard the boat as we sail between the unspoilt palm-fringed tropical islands of South Male, Felidhoo and Meemu. We dock in small fishing villages to experience the Maldivian way of life and drop anchor off uninhabited coastlines to swim and snorkel over the beautiful coral reefs.

Tour Highlights

  • Leopards - Take a jeep safari in Wilpatu 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
  • 7 Day Cruise - Relax on board our traditional dhoni boat
  • Unspoilt Beaches - Visit uninhabited islands and pristine beaches
  • World Class Snorkelling - Enjoy the warm, clear waters and unique marine life of the Maldives


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; flight to Male

  • 15
    Cruise to the South Male atoll

  • 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

Tour notes

Each departure date has it's own dedicated tour note, detailing all you need to know about that tour. 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 tour available at present.

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Customer rating

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Included meals 21 7 9
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Boat
12 nights Standard Hotel
1 night Simple Guesthouse
7 nights Simple Boat
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Boat Crew, Explore Representative
Group Size
Generally 12 - 18