Best of Central Atoll ( Male’ Atoll / Vaavu Atoll / Ari Atoll)
Day One (Monday)
Welcome to the Maldives Yasawa Princess will be anchored just off of Villigili, a convenient 20 minutes boat ride from Male International Airport. Our Guest Relations Officer (GRO) will greet you on arrival and assist you to the boat’s private tender for your transfer. This afternoon we will help get you checked into your cabin and complete a welcome briefing and introduction to your Yasawa Princess experi¬ence. This is an informal session where you will meet guests onboard, the dive team and the crew members who will assist you throughout your cruising holiday.
It is always pleasant to have a pre-dinner cocktail on the Bar/Restaurant deck and watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean, and is always a social experience.
Day Two (Tuesday)
Depart from Male’ Anchorage and anchor at Kuda Bandos (Picnic Island) at North Malé Atoll.
Kuda Bandos is an uninhabited picnic island in North Malé Atoll. Morning and afternoon will be spent on the island where you can snorkel off the house reef. Relax and Sunbathe on the white sandy beach that surrounds the island. There are nu¬merous amazing dive sites within reach including a manta ray cleaning station in the summer season. snorkeling, Sunbathing and relaxing at Kuda Bandos, Picnic island in the morning and in the afternoon.
Enjoy the Sundowner of the day while getting to know your cruise mates for the week.
Day Three (Wednesday)
Depart from Kuda Bandos and cross the narrow Vaadhoo Channel to South Male’ Atoll
Sexy Beach, beautiful sand bank located in south Male’ Atoll. The reef around this sand bank has beautiful coral and a good fish life for snorkeling or you can simply work on your tan and relax on the beach. Beach Umbrella’s will be placed if it is suitable with the wind conditions.
Morning 1000Hrs - 1200Hrs & afternoon 1400Hrs - 1600Hrs Lunch will be served on the boat.
Once everyone is back from the beach we will heave the anchor and head close to Maadhoo Finolhu for the night.
Day Four (Thursday)
Maadhoo Finolhu Picnic Island. This Fullday excursion will start in the Morning at 1000Hrs and you will return back to the vessel at 1600Hrs. Picnic Lunch Will be served on the island. There is plenty of shade on the island to relax on the beach. This island has a big lagoon, therefore if you a keen snorkeler please request to the GRO, that you want to be dropped off the edge of the reef so that you do not have to swim all the way out or You can join the divers if the dive site is suitable for Snorkelling.
Night Fishing from 1730Hrs to 1930Hrs using traditional Hand Lines with baits.
Day Five (Friday)
Early Morning Cruise to Vaavu Atoll and Anchor off Alimatha Sand Bank
Alimatha Sand bank, located on the Eastern Edge of the Atoll. A big tur¬quoise lagoon surrounds this sand bar and an attractive reef to snorkel. Morn¬ing and afternoon will be spend on this sand bank. Lunch will be served on the Island. Sun Umbrellas will be placed for shade if the conditions are favourable. Optional: Night Snorkeling Session on Alimatha Resort House Reef, this excursion has been one of the favourites among our guests. Large Nurse Sharks, Sting Rays & Travallys can be spotted through out this experience.
Day Six (Saturday)
Short Cruise in the morning to Vashugiri
Vashugiri, small picnic island located on the north western side of Vaavu Atoll. Easy access to the reef for snorkelers, Huts and sun loungers are available on the island for the Beach Lovers. Lunch will be served on the vessel.
Evening BBQ, our crew will set up for dinner under the stars on the beach. This is probably one of the favourite and most memorable evenings of our cruise. Our chefs will prepare a Maldivian beach BBQ, with drinks and music, whilst we enjoy the amazing beauty and a spot of stargazing.
Day Seven (Sunday)
Early Morning Cross the channel to South Ari Atoll
Oshagali Finolhu, tender will be ready as soon as we reach this sand bank in south ari atoll. Reef Surrounding the sandbank has lot of healthy hard corals, snor¬kelers love this reef. Afternoon visit the Local island Dhangethi, to get a glipmse of island Life. Night Fishing Excursion will be arranged from 1730 - 1930 Hrs Optional (chargeable): Manta Ray / Whale shark excursion, guests will go out on the dive dhoni in search of this gentle giants. This region in the Maldives has the great¬est chance in finding them.
Day Eight (Monday)
Early Morning Cruise to Ariadhoo
Ariadhoo, is an agricultural Island with lot of plantation. Guests continuing on the cruise for the second will be going to the island for swimming and sunbathin. One week Guests will dis-embark at this point to Maamagili Airport and take a domestic flight back to Male’ to catch the International Flights.
Day Nine (Tuesday)
Cruise to Hurasdhoo
Hurasdhoo, a small deserted island with white sandy beach surrounding the island. Nice House reef for avid snorkeler. Beach Umbrellas will be placed if the conditions are favourable. Lunch will be served on the Island. Night Fishing, Tonight’s fishing trip is targeting reef fish with traditional Hand line bottom fishing techniques. Whilst we encourage the practice of “catch and release” and sustainable fishing practices, we are also happy to help out and take back a fish for dinner.
Day Ten (Wednesday)
Short Cruise to Raidhigaa
Raiydhigaa, picnic island with a natural habour. the reef sorrounding the island has an enclosed lagoon with 2 narrow channels for vessels to enter. This island has a long white sandy beach on one end. Snorkelers can easily swim from the beach to deeper water. Picnic Lunch will be prepared by our Chefs. Guests will return to the vessel at 1600Hrs.
Day Eleven (Thursday)
Morning Cruise to Meerufenfushi
Meerufenfushi, deserted island located in the center of ari atoll. The beach streches on one side depending on the monsoon, reef surrounding island is a good site for snorkelers. Morning and afternoon will be spent on the island. Lunch will be preapred on the boat.
Late Afternoon crew members will set up the Evening BBQ dinner on the beach, after dinner evening entertainment will begin.
Day Twelve (Friday)
Cruise to Velidhu Island Resort
Velidhu , a small, comfortable and relaxed holiday resort. an Ideal spot for snor¬keling in the magnificent house reef or relaxing on the beach. It has a beachside restaurant and a bar. Buffet Lunch, Spa and other facilities from this resort island can be arranged if booked in advance ( all other services excluding landing fee has to be borne by the guest). Morning and Afternoon visits arranged, Tender will pickup the guests for Lunch.
Day Thirteen (Saturday)
Cruise to Cruise to Maayafushi Sand Bank
Maayafushi Sandbank , a large sand bank located at the northern edge of ari atoll. Flocks of common Seabirds can be found on this sand bar. Reef with lots of nice coral and fish for snorkeling. Sun Umbrellas will be setup if the conditions are favourable for some shade. Night Fishing, Tonight’s fishing trip is targeting reef fish with traditional Hand line bottom fishing techniques. Whilst we encourage the practice of “catch and release” and sustainable fishing practices, we are also happy to help out and take back some fish for dinner.
Day Fourteen (Sunday)
Have the last swim and head back to Male’
Last Swim, for a final swim in the warm indian ocean we will stop at a sand bar on our way back to Male’. the journey from North Ari Atoll to Male’ will take around 4-5 Hrs. Once we reach Male’ our dhoni will be ready to take you to Male’ the capital of Maldives. you can visit the local & Fish market, wander around abit, have an ice cream or do some shopping for souvenirs.
Special Dinner will be served as “Captain’s Dinner”.
Day Fifteen (Monday)
The End Of A 2 week Cruise
A nice relaxing breakfast overlooking the Indian Ocean before we arrange your departure, whether to the airport or onto another Island/resort. Guests staying onboard for the following cruise can enjoy a day of relaxation, either on Yasawa Princess, or we can arrange an optional excursion (chargeable) to either Kuda Ban¬dos or nearby resort.
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at the main restaurant at pre-specified timing.
Drinks house spirits, wine (except champagne), beer and cocktail of the day (Bar Open from 1100hrs ��" 0000hrs)
Unlimited bottled water throughout the trip.
Unlimited Tea & Coffee throughout the trip.
One deserted island BBQ, subject to a minimum 7 nights stay.
One Night Fishing trip.
A special dinner served which is named as the “Captain’s dinner” at the end of the trip.
Visits to resorts and deserted islands, prior reasonable request and permit from the resorts.
All cabins are non-smoking and air-conditioned, spread over three decks.
They are all compact and simply furnished with double beds, or two single, with wooden accented furniture, en suite shower/WC/wet area, hairdryer, safe and 240V power outlet.
BRIDGE DECK (7 Cabins)
Air Conditioned cabins, with a double bed or twin beds, en-suite bathroom, deck window with Ocean Views and door opening onto outside walkway. (115 square feet)
A DECK (14 Cabins)
Air Conditioned cabins, with a double bed or twin beds, en-suite bathroom, deck window with Ocean Views and door opening onto outside walkway (117 square feet)
LOWER MAIN DECK (12 Cabins)
Air Conditioned cabins, with a double bed or twin beds, en-suite bathroom, with porthole (142 square feet)
Served in the cosy informal dining area Dining are delicious, buffet style meals, offering international cuisine, Maldivian Dishes are available on request.
Enjoy the company of like minded people and make new friends in the ship's friendly bar! If you are All Inclusive basis, there is an extensive list of drinks to choose from, premium imported brands are available at a small supplement.
Every cruise of course should hold a Captain Dinner � and on board the Yasawa Princess is no exception! This long held tradition takes place near the end of the week, and if you are celebrating a special occasion we will invite you to join the captain at his table. The dress code is not formal but most people make a special effort or dress in tradition Maldivian attire.