Overview

Our 11-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 6 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!

These prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.

2022 Prices are an estimate, dates are not confirmed and may change.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Black-naped, White-cheeked, Roseate, Bridled, Saunders's & Sooty Tern, Streaked & Tropical Shearwater, Lesser Frigatebird, Lesser & Brown Noddy, White-breasted Waterhen
Top Mammals
Dolphins: Spinner, Bottlenose, Indo-pacific Bottlenose, Risso’s, Spotted, Striped, Fraser's, Rough-toothed Whales: Blue, Bryde's, Sperm, False Killer, Pygmy Killer, Killer, Melon-headed, Shortfin Pilot, Dense-beaked, Longman's beaked, Dwarf Sperm, Cuvier’s Beaked.
Habitats Covered
tropical oceanic waters, lagoons, sandy beaches and shorelines, forest
Expected Climate
warm to hot
Max Group Size
10 with 1 Expedition leader
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
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

I would recommend Rockjumper to my birding colleagues back in Cape May, New Jersey. Cuan and Rockjumper did an outstanding job in helping us plan our trip.

LM

Rockjumper's office staff continue with their excellent high level of client services. Prompt, concise and courteous replies are a trade-mark of the Rockjumper staff.

B

André in particular went out of his way to make sure our stay was as wonderful as it could be. Andre is also a great guide, with the ability to spot just about everything that moves, even if the movement is only breathing.

H

Marius Coetzee is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced safari (field) guides I have met on my more than 30 trips to Africa. His knowledge of the bush and ability to work with his tracker to find animals is unique and appreciated. As an accomplished photographer, Marius knows how to position his vehicle to get the best photograph and has the patience to make sure that his guests see what they need.

Dennis Yong was certainly knowledgeable on his birds and all other wildlife. I have to hand it to him, he has YEARS of experience and it shows.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
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