Swim with Whale Sharks in Maldives

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Maldives Island Adventure Tours

Swim with Whale Sharks in Maldives

For a long time the Maldives has not been considered a destination suitable for back packers, yet alone affordable. But now with the introduction of local island guesthouses and budget airlines flying from Sri Lanka and India, the Maldives is beginning to find itself on the backpacker map. Our backpacker breaks are designed to either work as a selfcontained budget Maldives experience or as a start to an independent stay in the archipelago.

Dhigurah lies on the southeast side of Ari Atoll. Dhigurah actually means long island and at 3km, it is indeed the longest island in the atoll. It is also one of the most picturesque with a long beach, protected lagoon and a sandbar at its southern end. It is just 20 minutes from Male by domestic flight and a short speedboat journey. Dhigurah is a popular destination not only for those wishing to relax but also for divers and snorkelers who seek out whale sharks, mantas and the world-renowned reefs, which make this location one of the best for diving in the Maldives. Stroll along the refined, white sandy beach with a length of more than 3 km and you will feel as though you have the beach all to yourself or treat yourself to dinner at one of the many close by 5* luxury resorts. The guesthouses are situated a short walk away from the hub of the small local community whilst the dive school and harbor area can be reached either on foot or by guesthouse transfer vehicle. With a population of about 600, Dhigurah has all the necessary community facilities, a school, Medical Centre, sports pitches and a generous harbor. The population is concentrated in a small area to the north of the island leaving the reminder of the island for fruit and vegetable gardening and natural vegetation. There are currently minimal dining options on Dhigurah, one local restaurant and café but with new guesthouses being built this will gradually change.

All of our guesthouse accommodation is handpicked to provide a balance of comfort, good service, local atmosphere and value for money. We have chosen a selection of locally operated guesthouses that provide comfortable clean rooms, friendly service and good food. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, AC, ceiling fans and complimentary WiFi, whilst water, tea and coffee is always available. Most of the guesthouses are single or double story comprised of a maximum of 10 rooms. Some are set facing out to the ocean with a terrace or balcony. Others are built around a private garden or beach area, but in each you can be assured of a warm welcome.

Duration

04 Days

Price

Private Guided - Starting From US$ 1124 per person

Inclusions

  • 3 Night Standard room accommodation including breakfast
  • Airport and domestic transfer assistance
  • Return transfer by public speedboat
  • Whale shark snorkeling safari
  • Complimentary use of kayaks and SUPs
  • All Local Tax

Transfer Options

  • Arrival in Maldives required by midday in order to take speedboat transfer option included
  • Departure from Maldives required after midday in order to take departure speedboat transfer option included
  • Optional upgrade to domestic flight to allow greater flexibility $110 per person

Accommodation Options

  • Includes standard room at Bliss Digurah
  • No hotel upgrade currently available

Day 01

Arrive Male International Airport where you will be greeted by our representative who will assist you with your public speedboat transfer to the local island of Dhigurah in South Ari Atoll. The speedboat operates every day and leaves Male in the afternoon taking two hours to journey across the Indian Ocean to Dhigurah. View the beauty of the many Maldives islands that pass you by, keeping your eyes open for dolphins. For those arriving on a morning flight we offer a walking tour of Male city to discover the history and tradition of the Maldives.

Maldives Island Adventure Tours
Maldives Island Adventure Tours
Maldives Island Adventure Tours
Maldives Island Adventure Tours
Maldives Island Adventure Tours
Maldives Island Adventure Tours
Maldives Island Adventure Tours
Maldives Island Adventure Tours

Day 02

South Ari Atoll is well known for the possibility of encountering whale sharks particularly on the reefs behind Dhigurah. There is only one way we can spot them and that’s the old fashioned way of being out on the boat and looking! So this morning head out in search of the ocean’s largest fish. We may see 2 or 3 sharks in half an hour or maybe only one for the whole time we are searching, but the unpredictability all adds to the excitement! When we do spot them we will have the opportunity to snorkel alongside them, a truly magical experience.

Maldives Island Adventure Tours
Maldives Island Adventure Tours
Maldives Island Adventure Tours
Maldives Island Adventure Tours

Day 03

Today is a free day with plenty of options. Spend the day just relaxing on the beach or snorkeling the lagoon. If you were unfortunate to encounter a whale shark yesterday there is a discounted rate offer if you choose to try again today. Ask the team at the guesthouse for details. Feeling energetic take the complimentary kayak or SUPs out onto the lagoon or why not take a tropical forest hike to the end of the island for sunset!

Maldives Island Adventure Tours
Maldives Island Adventure Tours
Maldives Island Adventure Tours
Maldives Island Adventure Tours

Day 04

Following an early breakfast you will transfer by early morning public speedboat to Male and on to Male International Airport or your onward destination.