Marine Wildlife of the Maldives Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
Maldives
Programmes:
Wildlife
Trip Code:
WOY
Activity Level: Leisurely
Leisurely

You are healthy, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip. No experience is required.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
7 Days Land only
Min age: 18

Trip Overview

Awake to the sun rising over the azure ocean, snorkel areas of stunning beauty and abundant marine life including Manta rays, Whale sharks, Green, Hawksbill and Olive Ridley turtles as well as Bottlenose and Spinner dolphins. Visit unspoiled islands by day and by night relax on deck gazing at the millions of stars above you. A traditionally crafted Turkish Gulet complete with sails is the perfect way to experience the magic of the Maldives.

At a Glance

  • 6 nights in twin cabins on board the Felicity, all en suite facilities
  • Full day day Whale shark safari included
  • All meals included whilst onboard

Trip Highlights

  • Spend 6 nights on a gulet in the Maldives
  • Discover unspoilt islands, pristine beaches and idyllic atolls
  • Snorkel with Whale sharks, sea turtles, a variety of marine life and Manta rays (in season)

Is This Trip for You?

This trip is rated Activity Level 1- Leisurely

This is predominantly a marine adventure. You should be comfortable in the water in order to participate in the ocean excursions, but no certifications such as SCUBA are necessary. We take no risks with health and safety and our expert staff monitor conditions to take appropriate measures for a wonderful time in the area.

Access out of the water back onto the boat involves a boat ladder. Snorkelling trips are generally for a minimum of 45 minutes in open water. This time is approximate and may be shorter due to ocean conditions or longer due to marine wildlife encounters. There is a support boat and always the option to advise your leader if you wish to get out of the water sooner.

The climate in the Maldives is tropical which means it can get very hot and humid and you should be prepared for this. Whilst the months we offer the trip are not known for poor weather conditions, it is always possible that we may encounter the occasional day of rough seas and therefore an ability to swim is highly recommended.

Please note that the itinerary listed is only a guideline and may be changed based on sightings in order to maximise the wildlife viewing experience. 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

Ship Crew: The Captain and 7 crew are on board to ensure the safety and well-being of the group. They bring many years of mariner experience in the Maldives and offer the warmth and kindness that reflects the beauty and hospitality of the people of the Maldives.

Educational Staff:

The team at MWSRP comprises of a mix of locals and foreigners and include a group of volunteers generally made up of marine biology students or people who just have a passion for the ocean. We will be accompanied on our Whale shark safari by one of the marine biologists whose goal is to provide an unforgettable educational experience.

Adult min age:
18
Min group size:
6
Max group size:
12

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Male International Airport
End City:
Male International Airport

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Male International Airport ; board our boat, the Felicity; cruise through South Male Atoll

    Following the arrival of the group flight and a short introductory briefing, we will transfer by dhoni to board by midday the MV Felicity, our home for the next 6 days, arriving in time for a light lunch. Today we cruise south to Guraidhoo in South Male Atoll. During this time you are able to do as you please, relax on the sundeck, sit in the shade of the sun canopy and watch the beauty of the Maldives pass you by and maybe catch sight of dolphins. Our crew will try to find an opportunity for you to have your first snorkelling excursion this afternoon. If the islands of the Maldives are beautiful, what lies under the water is a veritable wonder of nature. The reefs that encircle the islands and the Atolls are just as abundant in their variety of coral as the marine creatures that live in and around them. This coupled with the amazingly clear water, make snorkeling and diving in the Maldives a unique experience that you will not forget.

    MV Felicity

    Meals included:
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 2

    Turtle snorkelling safari in South Male Atoll; cross into Ari Atoll

    This morning our first stop will be a reef located on the east side of the atoll which offers the strong possibility of a number of turtle sightings. The reef is shallow but dense with corals which provide turtles with an abundant food source. As with all Maldivian reefs there will also be plenty of fish to observe including Box fish, Porcupine fish and schools of Banner fish. The remainder of the day we will cross into Ari Atoll and head south towards the island of Dhangethi. Dependent on the sailing conditions if there is time there, will be the opportunity this afternoon to take a further snorkel trip before making a visit to the local island of Dhangethi where we will take a traditional Maldivian afternoon tea. Dhangethi is a typical Maldivian fishing island with an interesting story to tell concerning the moon and a Maldives Sultan!

    MV Felicity

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 3

    Full Day Whale shark safari with the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP)

    The region of South Ari Atoll is very lucky to have a unique year-round population of Whale sharks. Nowhere else in the world boasts Whale sharks every single month of the year and furthermore many of the sharks seen are the same individuals time after time. We spend time with a representative of the Maldives Whale shark Research Team or a local marine biologist to learn about these magnificent creatures and how identification can be made before heading out on our own Whale shark safari. We may see 1 or 2 Whale sharks in half an hour or given that they are wild creatures in their natural habitat we may not encounter one for the whole time we are searching. However the unpredictability all adds to the excitement! If we do spot them we will have the opportunity to snorkel alongside them, a truly magical experience. Whale sharks can, at times, swim very quickly – so you may need to work hard to keep up with them in the water!
    MV Felicity

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 4

    Morning Whale shark safari; afternoon snorkelling in South Ari Atoll

    Today we go in search of Whale sharks once more and if the time of year is right (December – March) we may also encounter Manta rays. Following lunch we will be taken to one of the best snorkelling sites in this area where we may be fortunate to encounter turtles amongst the colourful corals and fish. The water conditions and currents play an important role in the choice of snorkel sites. However, it is likely that fish species such as Dogtooth tuna, Trevally's, Jacks, Sweetlips, Butterfly fish, Wahoo and Fusiliers will be encountered. When not in the water, the day is one for relaxation on board MV Felicity.
    MV Felicity

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 5

    Morning Manta ray snorkelling (in season); afternoon cruise back into South Male Atoll

    On departures between February and April we will cruise to Madivaru, a marine protected area with two cleaning stations where we hope to encounter Manta rays. With a radio network between dive and cruising vessels, our guide and crew will do their best to encounter Manta rays but should we not be lucky enough, further snorkelling opportunities to encounter sharks, turtles, eels, octopus and rays will be offered. Out of season it is still possible to encounter solitary Manta rays and we will also make the most of a final opportunity to encounter Whale sharks.

    Qualified divers are offered the optional opportunity to dive within this marine protected area which boasts a number of exciting dive sites (see money section for prices of the optional diving). For those who have not dived before a Discover Scuba Diving Course is offered to learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI professional. Those who choose not to dive will be able to snorkel in this protected marine area.

    This afternoon we start our cruise northwards.
    MV Felicity

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 6

    Cruise back to Male

    Cruise north before we anchor in the lagoon off the island of Hulhumale in the late afternoon. This morning there will be a final chance to snorkel these tropical waters and whilst cruising we can do as we please: relax on the sundeck, sit in the shade of the sun canopy, read a book or just watch the beauty of the Maldives pass by. Once anchored in Hulhumale lagoon there will be an optional Male city walking tour available for those who would like to stretch their legs! This evening a presentation provides an overview of the Maldives marine environment and the work being undertaken by local NGO's to protect it for the future.
    MV Felicity

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 7

    Disembark boat and transfer to Male International Airport; end of trip

    After a light breakfast, all clients are transferred this morning back to Male International Airport in time for the group flight clients to check in for their flight back to the UK. For land only clients, the trip ends upon arrival back to Male International Airport this morning.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

MV Felicity

A traditionally crafted and built Turkish Gulet complete with sails, the MV Felicity has a length of 28m, a beam of 6.85m and a draft of 2.60m.

With two decks and 6 cabins, the Felicity accommodates 12 passengers comfortably. All cabins are air-conditioned with attached bathroom including shower, small wardrobe, drawer and storage facilities, portholes and a DC wall fan.

There is an outdoor dining area and an indoor area just in case of rain!

The indoor saloon area is furnished with dining table and seating plus banquette seating and is equipped with a TV-DVD-Stereo area and an equipment charging area.

The communal open-air deck space is furnished with sun mats and banquette seating.

Please note: the Felicity only has 6 cabins with a mix of twin and double rooms; we therefore strongly recommend booking early to guarantee availability of the correct room type. If you are a very light sleeper, we do recommend bringing along some earplugs in case it is necessary to have the generator operating during the night.

A single supplement is available but there is very limited availability.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £500.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon snacks are all included whilst on board.

The traditional food of the Maldivians is based around fish (tuna), chilli and coconuts. White rice and “roshi” (a flour based flat-bread) are staple items. Fish is normally smoked, fired, barbequed or roasted. Pork products are strictly prohibited. Typical ingredients used widely in dishes and served on board include onion, ginger, garlic, lemon and spices.

Menus include European and Maldivian dishes, freshly prepared on board by our chefs who will do their best to cater for most specific dietary requirements.

The indoor saloon bar offers a wide choice of soft drinks, wine, beer and spirits to purchase. Please note that there is absolutely no alcohol allowed on the local islands – it is only permitted in the resorts and on the boats.

Please discuss any dietary requirements with your sales consultant at the time of booking.

Transportation

The Felicity is accompanied by a dinghy with outboard engine and a ‘dhoni’ (a traditional Maldivian boat) equipped with 2 compressors and aluminium cylinders.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

The Maldives has a tropical climate, plenty of sunshine and temperatures around 30°C throughout the year. There are two distinct seasons; dry season (northeast monsoon) and wet season (southwest monsoon), with the former extending from January to March and the latter from mid-May to November. There can be heavy rain showers pretty much any time of year, but they tend to be short and cannot be accurately predicted seasonally.

Diving is good all year-round, although a basic rule is that reef life is more varied and visibility is better on the western side of any atoll from May to November and on the eastern side of any atoll from December to April.

Note as the Maldives is situated so close to the equator it is possible to burn even on a cloudy day and sun screen should be applied as a matter of course. 

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is an overnight flight departing the day before Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of Emirates (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 7 days starting and ending in Male International Airport

Your trip normally starts at the airport in Male in the morning of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

In the unlikely event of any of your luggage being misplaced or damaged, a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) must be filed with the appropriate airline if you subsequently wish to make a claim against the airline or on your travel insurance. This must be done at the airport where your baggage arrived, or should have arrived.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it. 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Location start:
Male International Airport
Location end:
Male International Airport

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Sun hat/baseball cap 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Sun block/lip balm
  • Light weight, casual, non-synthetic clothing (cottons and natural fibres are best) which appropriately cover the body, when in company of the local communities. (Please understand local customs and religious requirements relating to dress codes. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it needs to be respectful)
  • Sandals/Flip flops
  • Swimsuit  
  • Daypack for shore excursions                                        
  •  Water bottle - your daily water is decanted into personal water bottles 

  • Personal snorkelling/Tribord equipment ( snorkeling equipment is available on board, however, personal equipment you are familiar with ensures comfort and fit)

  • You can use your mobile phone but roaming charges can be immense – it is best to check with your service provider before you leave. It is usually cheaper to obtain ia 3G sim card which can be purchased at the airport. Felicity does not have Wi-Fi internet access for guests; therefore it is advisable to purchase a 3G SIM card should you wish to keep in touch with the outside world. As an island nation where cabling is along the sea bed and there is only one antenna per provider per island you should not expect the signal strength and speed of internet access to be at the level you are accustomed to back home. Weather can at times also impact the quality of connection.

Water Included

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip we provide an alternative to single-use plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout so all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

Optional Equipment

  • Underwater camera or waterproof case for camera/phone
  • Board shorts
  • Rash vest/swim top (to wear during snorkelling to avoid sunburn)
  • Beach Towel (one is provided but having more than one might be useful as you will be in and out of the water several times a day)
  • Wet wipes 
  • Hand gel wash 
  • “Water shoes” or “Aqua shoes”*
  • Dive certification card and log book if you intend to participate in SCUBA diving

*We recommend a closed toe water/aqua shoe (NOT sandals, flip flops, crocks or Keens) for use while accessing and exploring the reefs

Practical Information

Visa

Maldives

British nationals can get a tourist visa for up to 30 days on arrival in Maldives, provided you hold a valid onward or return ticket and enough funds to cover your stay. Staying for longer than 30 days without the proper authority is an offence.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Maldives

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Typhoid, Hepatitis B. Yellow Fever vaccination is required for travellers who are arriving from, or have transited through, countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

We are advised that there is no risk of malaria on this trip.

Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in places visited on this trip. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Maldives's Timezone:
Indian/Maldives +05 (GMT +05:00)

Electricity

Maldives's Electricity:

Sockets are three pronged (British style) and 220 volts. All cabins have electrical sockets where you can re-charge cameras, phones etc.

Money

Maldives's Currency

The national currency of the Maldives is the Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2019) of approximately 19 to the GBP, 15 to the USD, 11 to the CAD, 17 to the EUR, 10 to the AUD and 10 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

Most banks represented in Malé provide automatic teller machine (ATM) services and credit card services at several key points in Malé and Hulhumale. Only local currency MRF will be dispensed. There are no ATMs on the local islands visited. All major credit cards can be used at resorts, hotels and many shops in Male. Most restaurants and shops in Male will accept USD$ in payment providing change in local currency.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Maldives has a non-convertible currency – Maldivian Rufiyaa – this cannot be purchased beforehand. Major international currencies can be changed easily at the airport on arrival. It is advised not to exchange currency in Male where bank queues are common and waiting time lengthy.

The US Dollar is accepted as legal tender but on smaller local islands it is often easier to use Maldivian Rufiyaa.

On board the boat all transactions are in cash only. US dollars are accepted on board as are Maldivian Rufiyaa.

It is impossible to say exactly what you will need during your trip as this varies depending on personal preferences, the number of extra optional activities and souvenirs you may like to purchase. While on board additional expenses will include alcohol and diving.

Costs related to diving :
US$65 per dive including equipment (payable at end of cruise)
US$75 for a night dive including equipment (payable at end of cruise)
Alcoholic beverages from US$4 (payable at end of cruise)

While on the local islands, approximate prices are as follows:
Snacks - US$1-$5
Meal in guesthouse or local restaurant - US$10-$20
Tea / Coffee - US$1-$5
Soft drinks - US$1
Water 1.5L - US$0.50

Optional Excursions:

Diving

Whilst this is a snorkeling cruise, there is the opportunity to offer a single dive on 4 of the trip days.  

There are several recommended dive sites for the tour which offer some great dive opportunities. The links provide further detail on the sites and diving in general in these two atolls. As with all diving it is subject to weather and current conditions as well as cruising time and length of group activities. There is the possibility of optional diving on Days 2, 3, 4 and 5 of this itinerary, interested guests should highlight at time of booking and again once on board with tour leader.

South Male Atoll

(http://www.dive-the-world.com/diving-sites-maldives-south-male-atoll.php) Embudhoo Kandu (Protected Marine Area) Kuda Giri Wreck Kandooma Thila Guraidhoo Kandu (Protected Marine Area)

South Ari Atoll

(http://www.dive-the-world.com/diving-sites-maldives-ari-atoll.php) Broken Rock Kudarah Thila (Protected Marine Area) Dhangethi Thila (Five Rocks)

Prices:

US$65 per dive including equipment (payable at end of cruise)

US$75 for a night dive including equipment (payable at end of cruise)

US$100 per person for a Discover Scuba Dive including equipment

If you intend to participate in SCUBA diving (other than the Discover Scuba Dive), you must be a qualified diver in possession of a dive certification card and log book

Please note that we usually only carry 4 full sets of equipment on board and therefore, unless divers are recorded at time of booking to allow us to increase equipment requirement, the maximum number of divers would only be 4 at any time.

In order for us to best accommodate all divers, please advise your Sales consultant if you are interested in the diving option on this trip.

Sea Plane Photo Flight

Booked locally, subject to availability and minimum number of 10 participants - US$95 per person

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. You may feel that your leader has performed well over the course of your time in the Maldives and want to show your appreciation of their services. If you would like to tip your leader we suggest a figure of approximately US$2-3 per person per day as a reasonable starting point.

The appropriate amount to tip the staff and crew is a personal matter but it is customary to provide an end-of-cruise gratuity (as a rough guide approximately US$10 per day per passenger would be appreciated).

Note that any services provided in restaurants or cafes on local islands visited include a standard 10% service charge.

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

 Water and plastic bottles

Currently in the Maldives, bottled water is the only option on board liveaboards. Tap water is desalinated but not suitable for drinking. Therefore, plastic bottle consumption has been an ongoing issue. Our local partner uses larger bottles in order to minimise the amount of plastic bottles they need to use. They do not throw away any used bottles and ensure they are collected and handed back to the distributor for recylcing in conjuction with recyling firms such as Taza. The MV Felicity remains only one of a half a dozen vessels that operate in this environmentally focused way.

Waste management

Whilst local islands are not always as pristine as resort islands, they are catching up and are still beautiful. However, there are still some growing pains and some room for improvement across the islands in terms of waste management. Our local partner work closely with NGO Save the Beach to increase awareness of both waste management and coral reef protection, and recently sponsored and supported waste management presentations in local schools. They are also heavily involved in monthly beach or city clean ups in Hulhumale and are dedicated to growing awareness and encouraging youth involvement.

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In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

This trip includes time by a lake, river or sea, where there may be opportunities to swim. Swimming results in more tourists deaths than any other activity. All customers should always seek local advice before deciding whether to swim, and are requested to treat the sea with extreme caution if they choose to enter the water. Details on how to keep yourself safe while swimming are shown here.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.