The Essential Maldives
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- A cruise from islands to islands in the heart of 6 idyllic atolls of the Maldives.
- Discover stunning underwater world and its rich ecosystem, home to corals, manta rays, sharks, tortoises and more.
- Baa atoll, a UNESCO biosphere reserve, with its magnificent corals and shallow waters.
- Possibility of diving (PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board.
- After your cruise, possibility of visiting the temples of Colombo or the UNESCO Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka: the Golden Temple of Dambulla, the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya.
Staterooms & Suites
Deluxe Stateroom $5,080 Not Available Prestige stateroom Deck 4 $5,370 Available Prestige stateroom Deck 5 $5,530 Available Prestige Deck 6 $5,690 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 3 $7,630 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 5 $7,630 Not Available Deluxe Suite Deck 4 $7,630 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 6 $7,630 Available Prestige Suite Deck 5 $8,210 Available Prestige Suite Deck 6 $8,470 Available Privilege Suite Deck 6 $8,710 Available Privilege Suite Deck 5 $8,710 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5 $8,970 Not Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6 $8,970 Not Available Owner's Suite $9,230 Available
Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.
As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Lapérouse will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.
Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.
Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.
Port of call & excursions
MaléEmbarkation 02/02/2021 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 02/02/2021 at 22H00 .
The economic, political, financial and cultural centre of the Maldives, Malé is an exception in the landscape of this insular state in the Indian Ocean. Located on the eponymous island, the city has high colourful skyscrapers bordering narrow streets through which its 100,000 inhabitants hurry every day: a lively atmosphere that contrasts with the gentle lifestyle and idyllic setting of the rest of the archipelago. During your port of call, make sure you discover the Grand Friday Mosque. It is richly decorated and renowned as one of the largest and oldest mosques in the country.
3 February 2021 – Male AtollArrival 03/02/2021 early morning. Departure 03/02/2021 evening.
Malé, the island-capital, is located to the south of the Kaafu Atoll, also called Malé North. In an area barely 1.7 km long and 1 km wide, it shelters almost a third of the archipelago’s total population. This is the beating heart of the archipelago, where you’ll appreciate the charm of its Grand Friday Mosque with its minaret and golden dome, its National Museum, the Sultan’s Palace or its vibrant markets and soak in the particular atmosphere of the capital.
4 February 2021 – Mulaku AtollArrival 04/02/2021 early morning. Departure 04/02/2021 evening.
Mulaku Atoll is an atoll in the Maldives consisting of around thirty islands of which ten or so are inhabited by a few thousand people living mainly off fishing and tourism. From a total area of almost 1,000 km², including the lagoon, Mulaku Atoll has only 4.2 km² of emerged land. In the heart of lush vegetation with its coconut trees, breadfruit, frangipani and hibiscus, this idyllic atoll is a particularly renowned diving spot.
5 February 2021 – Ari AtollArrival 05/02/2021 early morning. Departure 05/02/2021 evening.
Made up of dozens of atolls of varying sizes, the Maldives can be found in the very heart of the Indian Ocean, south of India and Sri Lanka. Endowed with prodigious coral reefs and abundant underwater life, Ari Atoll, with its fine sandy beaches, turquoise sea and bright sunshine, will give the comforting feeling of being half a world away. Far from the bustle and hustle, in harmony with nature, you’ll be charmed, in the shade of the coconut trees, by this impression of being ‘out of time’ and by the extraordinary diversity of its underwater life swimming amongst multi-coloured coral reefs.
6 February 2021 – Rasdhoo AtollArrival 06/02/2021 early morning. Departure 06/02/2021 evening.
Rasdhoo is one of the smallest atolls in the Maldives. Once occupied by Buddhist communities, the atoll is made up of five islands, two of which are uninhabited. Sitting at the heart of a stunning lagoon protected by a coral reef, this atoll is truly a paradise for lovers of the underwater world. It is an ideal location for scuba diving and snorkelling, offering the possibility of observing species that are emblematic of the Maldives, such as hammerhead sharks, rays, and turtles.
7 February 2021 – Baa AtollArrival 07/02/2021 early morning. Departure 07/02/2021 evening.
As your ship sails through the heart of the Maldives, discover one of the wildest lands in the archipelago: Baa Atoll. Listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the site shelters particularly remarkable fauna and flora, as well as one of the largest groups of coral reefs in the Indian Ocean. A real microcosm of the natural treasures of the Maldives, Baa Atoll will also offer you its superb sandy beaches stretching along a lagoon of turquoise waters.
8 February 2021 – Noonu AtollArrival 08/02/2021 early morning. Departure 08/02/2021 evening.
Noonu Atoll is the southernmost atoll of the Maldives after those of Haa Alifu, Haa Dhaalu and Shavuyani. Landhoo, one of its many islands, has been known for its crafts (sculpture and wood engraving) for several centuries. This atoll is a collection of low coral islands in the form of a crown around an inner lagoon that they protect. These islets and sand banks are separated by channels that let currents inside the lagoon. Walking on the beaches or swimming under the sea, you’ll appreciate the idyllic atmosphere of the atoll and its coral reefs.
9 February 2021 – At seaArrival 09/02/2021. Departure 09/02/2021.
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
ColomboDisembarkation 10/02/2021 at 07H00 .
A former trading post along the Silk Route, the old quarter of Colombo offers you the fabulous sight of its picturesque streets. The city was known to Arab, Persian and Chinese traders as early as the 8th century and this former village, nestled between two dunes, was a trading post on the mythical Spice Route. Today the economic capital of Sri Lanka, the city offers picture-postcard scenery with its beaches stretching languorously along the south-western coast of the country. Here the sand dazzles you and the sea invites you to dream...
The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.
Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.
Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.
Sri Lanka : An Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) must be obtained before your cruise. You can apply online on the following official website : http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/
In order to participate in diving sessions, guests must have with them a medical certificate less than 1 year old and their up to date dive book.
Fauna and flora of the Indian Ocean
The fauna of the Indian Ocean is very varied. During the various dives, divers can observe various species of benthic fauna such as napoleon fish, oriental sweetlips, blackspotted sweetlips, batfish and pelagic fauna such as manta rays, gray reef sharks, dolphin fish,rainbow runner as well as endemic wildlife such as different soft corals.
Supervision of the dives
Your dives will be led by your PONANT instructor. He will take care of your safety and that all goes smoothly. On some diving sites, as in natural reserves or if the local regulations require it, a local guide will escort the diving.
Level required for scuba diving on this cruise
The minimum level required for scuba diving on this cruise is 2 stars CMAS or the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent). The certification card, the diving log book and a recent medical certificate (less than 12 months) must be presented at the beginning of the cruise to our main diving instructor.
Process of the dives (certified divers)
The instructor can dive with 4 certified divers at a time. The instructor reserves the right to check divers’ ability for maximum safety. As we will dive in remote places, the dives will be done without decompression stop. A safety stop of 3 minutes at 5 metres will be mandatory. The depth that can be reached will depend on the certification of the divers:
- For those with PADI Open Water Diver certificate (or equivalent), the maximum depth can be up to 20 metres.
- For those with PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certificate (or equivalent), the maximum depth can be up to 25 metres.
- If two PADI Advanced Open Water Divers (or equivalent) wish to dive together independently, they must have a briefing first. They must have dive computers and are allowed to go to a maximum depth of 20 metres.
Process of the initiation dives (novice divers)
Before your initiation dive, your instructor will show you the equipment and will explain to you how to communicate underwater using hand gestures and how to breathe through a regulator. Once in the water, equipped with your material, you will learn how to breathe through your regulator on the surface for a couple of minutes. When your instructor feels
Duration of the dives
The diving activity lasts from 2 to 3 hours, which includes the journey to the diving site and the diving. This duration may vary according to the site, the level of divers, weather conditions and the number of participants. For experienced divers, the duration of dives varies between 35 and 60 minutes depending on the site, the diver’s experience and consumption.
- Diving wetsuit
- Stabilising jacket
- Fins, mask and snorkel
- Regulator with octopus and pressure gauge
- Diving computer (for divers mastering their use)
Scuba diving activities on this cruise
PORT OF CALL
DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING
MALDIVES – Male Atoll
MALDIVES – Mulaku Atoll
MALDIVES – Ari Atoll
MALDIVES – Rasdhoo Atoll
MALDIVES – Baa Atoll
MALDIVES – Noonu Atoll
SRI LANKA – Colombo
These sites are indicative. The proposed diving excursions may be changed depending on weather and safety conditions and the number of divers.
Price per person
- Exploration (1 dive): €80
- Excellence Package (3 dives): €225
- Passion Package (6 dives): €420
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