Maldives offers a rich variety of natural beauty at its best with innumerable treasures hidden away
in the azure seas and sun-filled islands. A safari tour might just be the right thing for you to go out
and relish this unique experience that no place on earth can get you. But do make sure that you
have a competent safari operator and guide to plan and personalise your Maldivian safari. Cross
Asia Travel can do that for you, helping you decide the destinations closest to your heart and the
best of safari camps and lodges, and guiding you with all the pre-tour information, local lore and
contacts that you need to know. We will tie up with specialist safari consultants who will make all
arrangements necessary to make your safari trips most comfortable and enjoyable. With our
passion for service excellence and customer delight, we will work out the best of offers with
discounted rates for your customised safari tour.
Live-aboard cruise: The live-aboard trip on a cruise vessel is a uniquely interesting experience
that you will get to enjoy in Maldives. You will remember it as a ‘safari’ even though you will never
come across the typical African wilderness among the Maldivian seas. A range of activities and
water sports such as diving and snorkelling, island hopping and fishing will add that extra flavour
to your safari experience, not to mention the most delicious dishes and culinary delights that you
get to relish onboard.
Cruising can make you a connoisseur of nature’s beauty at its best and let you carry the sweetest
of memories from Maldives that you will cherish all through your life––the blue seas and beautiful
lagoons, white sandy beaches and verdant green, the rich flora and fauna, radiant reefs and
ravishing sunsets, azure skies on the distant horizon with a bevy of seabirds skimming the cool
air around, the pristine glory of the palm-fringed islands. And as you dine on the deck with the
starry sky above, the gentle waters lapping around, and a cool breeze wafting the island air, the
cabin crew will help you with a fill of the choicest delicacies including the special barracuda and
tuna, fresh fruits and salads.
It is important that you board the right vessel to make sure you have a relaxing and refreshing
safari, and not a breakneck holiday. We will help you find one. Cruise vessels come in different
sizes and designs, as also the menu of services available. They range from the modest local
yacht called ‘Dhoni’ to the large and luxurious live-aboard carriers with many rooms, restaurants
and modern amenities on par with the best or resorts. The cuisine you get on cruisers is
delightfully diverse, with a choice of international menus or interesting local delicacies.
Cruises are available for tourist groups of 4 to 6 and 10 to 12, while larger vessels have a
passenger capacity of up to 22. Look for the spacious ones with good toilets and other liveaboard
amenities. Most of the reputed cruise safari operators have enough equipment and
spares as well as safety systems. They also provide the services of expert diving instructors and
great chefs, most of them speaking a number of languages including English, German, Italian and
Japanese. It is best to travel light when cruising. The right food can matter most on a holiday. So
be sure about your choice of menu, and cut out some of that extra spicy cuisine if you prefer.
Getting into a live-aboard cruise is a unique way to be entertained and enthralled by the beauty of
the many Maldivian islands and to experience a wholly different and local way of life. All liveaboard
cruise vessels are built to meet the highest regulatory standards in terms of safety and
living comfort. Most are well equipped with air conditioned cabins and lounges, sun decks and
restaurants, bar and videos, and noiseless generators. They will also provide you with necessary
diving kit including compressors and oxygen cylinders so you get a chance to dive at one of those
world-famous dive sites.
You will be thrilled with the sight of the glistening beaches and the sparkling sea, and the
occasional frolicking of a lovely school of dolphins. And as you lie on the deck by night and gaze
at the countless stars twinkling above, you will experience the timeless beauty of the marvellous
nature all around you in Maldives.
Most cruisers focus on the central atolls situated to the north or south of Malé. That’s where you
have some of the famously known dive spots, and where you can get the best of tourist services.
Many Virgin Islands and fishing villages are located among these atolls, where you can enjoy
your dream holiday in tranquillity, away from the crowds and hurly-burly of modern civilisation. If
you intend to move around extensively and explore the countryside, it might be a good idea to opt
for a safari boat. They are small, modest and locally made, but come with most amenities and
safety kit to make your travel enjoyable and relaxed.