(Maldives Yacht Charter)
Experience Sri Lanka with the famous Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage before you embark on a luxury sailling in Maldives. Take up to thirteen of your closest friends or family with you on a remarkable voyage through paradise.
Cruising aboard a highly-luxurious private yacht charter, you'll sail in unrivaled decadence, while three daily scuba dives bring you amidst some highly impressive reefs, teeming with sealife ranging from rays, sea turtles, sharks, barracuda to any amount of hard and soft corals, and vibrant reef fish. You'll stop off at uninhabited islands to overtake the beach and bask in the sun, enjoying watersports such as kayaking or windsurfing. Sun, sand and sea are the guidelines of your voyage. With a dedicated captain and crew, your comfort and desires are personally catered to, a luxury not lost on even the most discerning travelers.
This incredible private yacht charter comes inclusive of three meals daily (with water, coffee, tea), a welcome cocktail, unlimited sun lounging and swimming, daily stops to virgin islands, 3 guided dives per day (tank & weights provided, other equipment available on rental), guided snorkeling (gear rental not included), non-motorized watersports such as kayaking and windsurfing, line & weight reef fishing, sightseeing visit to inhabited town, and 8-person spa jacuzzi onboard.
Your sailing can be enhanced with additional chargeable services such as motorized watersports, sport/game fishing, Nitrox diving (must be certified), private bar at all staterooms, alcoholic beverages & prepared drinks at the onboard wine cellar, bars or restaurant.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer.
Enjoy a City tour of Colombo. Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka. The places of interest are Pettah Bazaar where you can do shopping for Bargains the old parliament in fort, a Buddhist temple in Chinese architecture in the middle of the famous Bayra lake and a Hindu Temple, Colombo museum and residential areas.
Casa Colombo is a 12 suite Retro-chic hotel that blends a contemporary designer style with the charms of a magnificent 200 year old Moorish mansion. Built by one of the wealthiest Indian trading families at the time, the mansion is adorned with acres of Italian and Indian mosaic floors, carved arches, molded ceilings and Moorish styled balconies, and is one of the few remaining treasures of its era. A significant part of creating this hotel involved restoring the building back to its former grandeur. Located in Bambalapitiya in Colombo 4, it is in the heart of Colombo’s business district, however as it is neatly cosseted away from the busy Galle road by its own cul de sac, it is a gated and very private hotel.
Meet your private driver and guide at your hotel this morning, for a 2.5 hour drive to Pinnawala, an incredible elephant orphanage. Enjoy 2 hours in the orphanage, home to not only the largest captive herd of elephants in the world, but also the most successful breeding center. The elephant orphanage was established with 7 orphans, while today has a population of 63. The elephant orphanage now boasts of its sixteenth birth and the second generation of births in captivity. It has become a major tourist attraction because of its uniqueness and success. This is an ideal site for photography, research and education on elephants as the visitor is able to observe a large herd comprised of week old babies to sixty year olds. At Pinnawela an attempt was made to emulate, in a limited way, the conditions in the wild. Animals are allowed to roam freely during the day, allowing a herd structure to form. After your visit, you'll continue to visit a spice garden in Mawanella, showing the many different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous. Spices have played an important role here since the medieval times. Witness a cookery demonstration, and enjoy a free massage. In the afternoon, you'll continue to Peradeniya to visit the Royal Botanical Gardens- first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king, later expanded by the British. An amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers are on display in its 147 acres. Conclude your day with a transfer to your hotel.
The Earl’s Regency is the ideal five-star luxury hotel from which to explore the attractions of Kandy and the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. Situated next to the river and surrounded by hills, The Hotel offers a perfect oasis of calm where guests can retreat after a day of seeing the sights. Beautifully manicured gardens surround the tempting pool. We have 104 rooms. The hotel also has one of the largest conference facilities. Despite the size, the hotel is environmentally aware and do the best to minimize carbon footprint. The hotel also has a comprehensive energy conservation policy, with power cut-off switches, energy-efficient lighting (CFL bulbs), photo-active garden lights and solar-powered hot water systems.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer to Colombo. The transfer takes approximately 2.30 hrs.
Take aflight from Colombo to Male.
Upon arrival at the airport, you'll be met by a representative of your yacht charter, and transfered to your awaiting ship (approximately 5 minutes by dive tender).
Welcome aboard! Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and enjoy a welcome cocktail. You'll be briefed by the captain with a cruise orientation.
You'll set sail toward the Banana Reef, at North Male' Atoll, for an obligatory orientation dive. This is a famous dive site and will be facilitated similar to any other dive. The depth is 3m-30m and features a lively coral, reef fish, barracuda schools, and eels.
You'll depart Kurumba and cruise to Rasfari, North Male' Atoll. Here you'll visit an uninhabited island, sunbathe on the beach, enjoy beach and watersports, and snorkeling on the reef.This will be followed by sunset fishing with line and weights on the dive tender. Catches of reef fish such as red snappers, job fish and jacks are common.
The M/Y Dhaainkan’baa, with accommodations for up to 14 passengers, offers intriguing capabilities of royalty to modern day explorers, and a new era in luxury safari boats. Guests are cradled in comfort as all staterooms (six doubles and one twin) offer pampering comforts and facilities. The rooms rekindles the grandeur of royalty in mesmerizing splendor amidst rich, vivid colors echoing the warmth of Tropical Maldives. The majesty of Dhaainkan'baa is depicted by the name itself. Named after Sultana Dhaainkan'baa Dhi Kilege Mahaarehendhi, the Queen of Maldives from 1384 to 1388 AD, known for her exceptional beauty and lifestyle of grandeur. Be it a celebration, an exploratory tour, a leisure retreat or a relaxing escape, M/Y Dhaainkan’baa will fulfill fantasies & dreams and make it a memorable adventure. Services are personalized to cater to the wishes of the clientele, offered by dedicated crew, well experienced and trained in their respective fields.
Sharks, eagle rays and magnificent underwater scenery are visible on your early morning dive today, at depths between 10m-30m.After breakfast, you'll have a second dive at Rasfari Manta Point, specifically geared toward sightings of majestic manta rays.
Another stop at an uninhabited island will find you sunbathing, and with an array of water and beach sport options.Around lunch time, you'll depart Rasfari and cruise to Maayafushi, North Ari Atoll, where you'll visit the sand bank, for more sun and sand, and snorkeling if desired.
At Maaya Thila (North Ari Atoll), you'll have a night dive where sharks, turtles, plenty of reef fishes and coral are visible. This is an excellent night dive site.
You'll have an early morning dive at Maaya Thia again before cruising to Raiydhiggaa at the South Ari Atoll for your second morning dive. The reef formation here is quite interesting, with pelagics, and many soft and hard corals.Afterward, an uninhabited island will be your stop for some fun in the sun.
You'll have an afternoon dive at Dega Thila, at South Ari Atoll. Pinnacles and reef tunnels, can be seen navigated by many reef fish and sharks.This evening, a cultural boduberu (drum beats & singing) will be performed by the crew.
Early this morning, you'll go on a dive at Thundufushi Thila, another reef at South Ari Atoll. Above average fish life including mantas, and sharks may be present.Later in the morning, you'll move to the Bulhaa Lhohi Caves for a dive. Keep your eyes open for seafans, feather stars and a multitude of reef fishes.
Rangali Manta Point will bring you amidst anemones, turtles, sharks and mantas at your afternoon dive today.Later on your crew hopes to take you for a visit to the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort.
Your morning will once again feature two dives. The first at Rangali South, home to turtles, sharks and other reef fishes.Afterward, you'll explore Broken Rock where you may see barracuda, sea fans and sharks, among the canyonous reef.
This afternoon, you'll explore Kudarah Thila at a depth of 14m-25m. The abundant coral growth features overhangs, caves, soft corals, and plenty of reef fish.Afterward, enjoy a visit to South Ari Atoll Dhigurah, where you'll take an island tour giving a glimpse into the simple livelihood of the Maldivians and their day-to-day activities.
At Dhigurah Thila, you'll enjoy a morning dive amongst the overhangs and caves, followed by a cruise to Maadhoofinolhu, South Male' Atoll.At Kandooma Thila, abundant fish life will dazzle you at this submerged reef for your afternoon dive.
Water sports and sunbathing await you at a stop to an uninhabited island this afternoon. You'll be treated to a special beach barbeque dinner, followed by a cultural performance by your crew.
The outer reef channel at Guraidhoo Corner offers a drift dive this morning, with eagle rays and Napoleon fish in the area.The beaches of a nearby uninhabited island will make for some relaxed fun afterward.You'll cruise to Kurumba, North Male' Atoll this afternoon.
This evening, enjoy some reef bottom fishing with line and weights on the dive tender. See what you can catch!
After breakfast, you'll disembark from the Dhaainkan'baa and depart via speedboat to Male' International Aiport.
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