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Four Seasons Island Explorer
Four Seasons on the sea

Best season:   November to May
City:   Cruise Itinerary
Country / Region:   Maldives
Rooms:   10 state rooms and 1 suite
Price Level:   Luxury

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Luxury adventures can explore the untouched reaches of the Maldives’ exotic atolls aboard Four Seasons’ new 39 meter/128 foot catamaran by selecting from three, four and seven day cruise options. The Four Seasons Island Explorer allows avid divers, water enthusiasts, nature lovers and 21st century explorers to discover remote shores and rarely visited dive/snorkelling sites enjoying the same service, comfort, and style offered at the Four Seasons Resort.

Built to the highest standards, the sleek three-deck catamaran built in Perth, Australia by Image Marine features ten (10) spacious state rooms and one (1) beautifully-appointed Explorer Suite, two sun decks with Jacuzzi, restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, bar, lounge and library. This 39 meter/128 foot catamaran with a beam of 12 meters and a draft of 1.90 meters cruises at 14 knots with twin MTU diesels and fixed pitch propellers. A Sea State Motion Control System further enhances the innate stability of the vessel.

Ensuring guests view the most spectacular scenery and sites in the remote waters, the Four Seasons Island Explorer will stop at pre-selected sites daily. Along the journey guests can select to partake in dives to remote regions seldom seen by locals or tourists; snorkel and play in the turquoise waters teeming with neon-coloured sea life; indulge in amazing Four Seasons lunch breaks or dinner celebrations on the private shores of tropical white sandy beaches; or relax in solitude under the shade of a coconut palm like Robinson Cruise. Limited to 22 passengers, this unique cruise experience is for people who enjoy their privacy and are seeking a holiday that takes them beyond the normal beach escape.

The Four Seasons Island Explorer's Dive Centre is managed by an international staff of dive instructors and be equipped with Nitrox Air, scooters and a comprehensive selection of dive gear. Distant sites will be accessed by dive tenders and a traditionally-crafted dhoni boat. Sunrise, wreck, night dives as well as PADI specialist and educational dive courses will be offered to divers.

Water sports activities include snorkelling, water skiing, kayaking, windsurfing and deep-sea fishing. The Four Seasons Island Explorer's marine biologist lead snorkelling trips and present fish talks for guests wishing to learn and understand more about this fascinating aquatic environment. Non-divers can also join a discover scuba diving course or snorkelling excursions, Island site seeing, beach games and sports, cultural presentations and parlour games are planned. On-board massage service is also available daily.

There are two seven-day route options that guests can select from: the Northern Passage or the Southern Cross. Guests who select one of the three or four day options embark or disembark the Four Seasons Island Explorer enroute its journey by seaplane.

Northern Passage - Visit: Male Atoll, Lhaviyani Atoll, Baa Atoll
Southern Cross - Visit: Male Atoll, South Male Atoll, Felidhoo Atoll, Ari Atoll

All ten (10) staterooms are bright and airy with large port lights, and measure 20 square meters/215 square feet. The mood of the interior is contemporary with teak wood grain complemented by cool, subdued tones and soft goods from the subcontinent. All state rooms are air-conditioned and feature twin beds that can convert to a king bed, couch, writing desk, mini bar, satellite TV, VCD and music system, telephone, in-cabin safe and en-suite bathroom with large bath tub/shower, wc and double vanity. The elegant Explorer Suite with expansive panoramic windows measures 45 square meters/484 square feet. It also features a king bed, daybed and indoor dining area.

Northern Passage

Monday, Day 1
Four Seasons Resort Depart Resort at 4:00 pm. Set sail for Olhahli, cocktails and Lobster Night.

Tuesday, Day 2
Gaafaru, Morning dive of Crusader Wreck, afternoon visit to ancient Buddhist Temple at Kaashidhoo, afternoon dives, sunset fishing, cocktails and BBQ beach dinner.

Wednesday, Day 3
Gaafaru, Morning dives including Shipyard, Tour of Felivaru Canning Factory, picnic lunch at Huruvalhi, afternoon dive, traditional dhoni-making visit to Iguraidhoo Village, cocktails and Indian dinner.

Thursday, Day 4
Huruvalhi, 11:00 am departures/Noon arrivals by seaplane. Morning dives, mid-day visit of 11th century house of Barakat who converted the Maldives from Buddhism to Islam. BBQ beach lunch, cocktails and Mid-East dinner.

Friday, Day 5
Kamadhoo, depart for Dhonfanu, morning dive, Eydhafushi Village visit, afternoon dives, Binmathee cocktails and Sandback dinner.

Saturday, Day 6
Binmathee Fushi, Morning dives, lunch at anchor, glorious private beach day at Muthfushi, afternoon dives, night dive, cocktails and BBQ beach dinner.

Sunday, Day 7
Muthafushi, Morning dive, village visit to Thulhadhoo to view traditional handicraft manufacturing, afternoon dives, depart for Reethi Rah, sunset fishing, cocktails and East Asia dinner.

Monday, Day 8
Four Seasons Resort, Morning dive, arrive Resort 10:00 am, dissembark.

Southern Cross

Monday, Day 1
Four Seasons Resort, depart Resort at 4:30 pm. Set sail. Welcome cocktails and Lobster Night.

Tuesday, Day 2
Rashdoo, morning hammerhead dive, visit to arts and crafts village, afternoon dives at Maaya Thila (one of the best dive sites in the Maldives), sunset fishing, cocktails and BBQ beach dinner.

Wednesday, Day 3
Meerufenfushi Morning dives, private beach day on a secluded island, BBQ lunch on island, cocktails and Indian Dinner.

Thursday, Day 4
Huruelhi, 11:00 am departures/Noon arrivals by seaplane. Morning dives, BBQ lunch, evening visit to Dhangheti and Cultural Centre, cocktails and Mid-East dinner.

Friday, Day 5
Dhangheti, morning dives, cruise to Ari Atoll, afternoon dive, cocktails and Sandbank dinner at Visna Finolhu.

Saturday, Day 6
Visna Finolhu, morning dives, relaxed beach day at Fotthey- stunning deserted island, cruise to top of Vaavu Atoll, night dive, cocktails and East Asia theme dinner.

Sunday, Day 7
Alimatha, morning dives, watersports and lounging at Madhoo, village tour of Guraidoo Island, sunset fishing, cocktails and BBQ beach dinner.

Monday, Day 8
Four Seasons Resort, morning dive, arrive Resort 10:00 am, dissembark.

addional infos:

   Deck Layout and itinerary map


The sun deck

The restaurant

The Explorer Suite

The state room

The dive centre


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