Important Information

Tour Dates
18 Nov 2017 - 29 Nov 2017 (12 days)
Tour Price (Per Person)
GBP2,490 * USD3,369 * EUR2,815 * ZAR44,518
Tour Type
Classic Tour
Single Supplement
GBP490 * USD663 * EUR554 * ZAR8,761
Spaces Available
Dependent on Ship Capacity

Our 12-day birding and wildlife tour in the fabulous Maldives will be spent on a comfortable, live-aboard safari cruise vessel. She has a full-time crew of 9 Maldivians, including an experienced captain and a dedicated cook. All cabins are en suite and air-conditioned and although not luxurious, are perfect for our requirements on this birding and wildlife cruise. On your days with us you can expect some of the finest cetacean viewing on the planet; in the last two seasons our lead guide, Dr Charles Anderson, a long time Maldivian resident and well-known authority on cetaceans, has seen an astounding 18 different species! While tropicbirds sail overhead we will scan the waters for such delights as Spinner and Risso’s Dolphins, Sperm Whale, Indo-pacific Beaked Whale and the gargantuan Blue Whale, the largest animal ever to have lived on our planet! On most trips 10 to 12 species are observed and more often than not these aren’t just distant glimpses; many species bowride and can be seen in their entirety at close range! We expect 50 and 90 separate cetacean sightings on our trip, totalling a staggering 2-3000 animals!

This wealth of cetaceans is well complimented by tropical pelagic birds and we will spend our days on the deck scanning for Black-naped Tern, Bulwer’s and Jouanin’s Petrel, Flesh-footed Shearwater and White-bellied Storm Petrel to name just a few. Only 180 species have been recorded from the islands and, as the area is under-birded, many more species (particularly migrants) undoubtedly await discovery. As this tour takes place during the northern spring, Palaearctic migrants are still around so there is a real possibility of getting a first record for the islands!

Please note that a Rockjumper leader may not accompany the expedition unless a minimum of 10 participants are signed up through Rockjumper. In the case that a Rockjumper leader is not on board, the professional expedition staff will take care of all participants signed up through Rockjumper.

Tour Fact Sheet

Top Birds

Black-naped & White-cheeked Tern, Streaked & Tropical Shearwater, Lesser Frigatebird, White-tailed Tropicbird, White-breasted Waterhen

Top Mammals

Blue Whale, Indo-pacific Beaked Whale, Dwarf Sperm Whale, Rough-toothed Dolphin, Pan-tropical Spotted & Striped Dolphin

Habitats Covered

tropical oceanic waters, lagoons, sandy beaches and shorelines, forest

Expected Climate

warm to hot

Max Group Size
10 & expedition leaders
Tour Pace & Walking

very relaxed pace, little walking, optional snorkeling

Accommodation
comfortable, live-aboard safari vessel
Ease of Birding
easy
Other Attractions

paradise islands, incredible coral reef snorkeling, Manta Rays, star-gazing

Photographic Opportunities
excellent