The Essential Maldives (Le Laperouse)

The Essential Maldives (Le Laperouse)

From AUD $5,820


PONANT invites you to discover idyllic islands and atolls, following an all-new itinerary in the Indian Ocean. From Sri Lanka to the Maldives, set sail for a 9-day cruise aboard Le Lapérouse.

Your route will start from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, located at the cross roads of the maritime trade routes between Europe and Asia.

Your ship will then set sail to the Maldives. Those island specks scattered across the warm, blue waters of the Indian Ocean, transport you to a marvellous and infinitely beautiful world. The archipelago counts some 1,200 islets and 19 atolls protected by coral reefs, offering travellers their transparent waters, home to millions of brightly coloured fish.

While snorkelling or scuba diving, you will have the chance to observe the magnificence of the marine life, which includes coral, whale sharks, manta rays and sea turtles.

At the heart of the archipelago, discover Baa Atoll. This exceptional site, listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2011, is a perfectly preserved tropical paradise. The fifty-odd islets that make up the atoll offer visitors long stretches of white sand and beaches with crystal-clear water, lined with palm trees.

For diving fans, the Maldives are sub-aquatic heaven.

Trip Name
The Essential Maldives (Le Laperouse)
Vessel Type: Luxury Length: 127 metres Passenger Capacity: 92 cabins Built: 2017/2018 Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience. 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. RESTAURANTS As it is an essential part of French culture, gastronomy will naturally have pride of place aboard this new ship. Through its two restaurants, Le Lapérouse will invite you on a journey to elegance and epicureanism. In a relaxed atmosphere, a first dining area located on Deck 3 and able to seat 70 will serve grilled meats daily, along with a variety of salads and desserts. To the back of Deck 4, you will find a 260 m² panoramic restaurant which can accommodate all of our passengers in a single sitting. Designed differently to that on our other ships, this dining area, which opens onto the outside, will have a buffet of salads, desserts and cheeses at your disposal. Our discreet and attentive crew will provide table service for hot meals. PUBLIC AREAS Like Le Boréal and its sisterships, Le Lapérouse has many common areas that are designed and equipped to meet all of your needs while preserving the intimacy of each passenger. A 140 m² reception area includes: A reception/concierge desk, An excursions desk, The ship’s administrative services, The sales office, manned by our Guest Relations Officer, Our 50 m² boutique which sells clothing, jewellery, beauty products, postcards and various accessories, Toilets accessible to passengers with reduced mobility. A new hydraulic platform with adjustable height provides: Easier boarding than on any other cruise ship, Easier Zodiac embarkation and disembarkation for expeditions, Easier access to the sea for swimming and practising various water sports such as kayaking or paddle-boarding. A pool deck offering: A pool with a panoramic view, equipped with a counter-current swimming system, A pleasant solarium, An outdoor bar and lounge with armchairs and sofas. A 200 m² main lounge which can accommodate all of our passengers to share convivial moments and to host activities organised during the day or evening. Lastly, a theatre that seats 188, equipped with: The latest sound and lighting technology, A LED wall as the stage backdrop, for the projection of high-resolution images and videos.


Day 1 - Day 1 COLOMBO
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...
Day 2 - Day 2 AT SEA
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.
Day 3 - Day 3 NOONU ATOLL
Day 4 - Day 4 BAA ATOLL
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.
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.
Day 6 - Day 6 ARI ATOLL
Day 7 - Day 7 MULAKU ATOLL
Day 8 - Day 8 MALE ATOLL
Day 9 - Day 9 MALÉ
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.
Day 10 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
25-01-202102-02-2021AUD $5,820Deluxe Stateroom
25-01-202102-02-2021AUD $6,200Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
25-01-202102-02-2021AUD $6,410Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
25-01-202102-02-2021AUD $6,630Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
25-01-202102-02-2021AUD $9,150Deluxe Suite
25-01-202102-02-2021AUD $9,920Prestige Suite Deck 5
25-01-202102-02-2021AUD $10,250Prestige Suite Deck 6
25-01-202102-02-2021AUD $10,570Privilege Suite
25-01-202102-02-2021AUD $10,910Grand Deluxe Suite
25-01-202102-02-2021AUD $11,260Owner's Suite
02-02-202110-02-2021AUD $5,820Deluxe Stateroom
02-02-202110-02-2021AUD $6,200Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
02-02-202110-02-2021AUD $6,410Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
02-02-202110-02-2021AUD $6,630Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
02-02-202110-02-2021AUD $9,150Deluxe Suite
02-02-202110-02-2021AUD $9,920Prestige Suite Deck 5
02-02-202110-02-2021AUD $10,250Prestige Suite Deck 6
02-02-202110-02-2021AUD $10,570Privilege Suite
02-02-202110-02-2021AUD $10,910Grand Deluxe Suite
02-02-202110-02-2021AUD $11,260Owner's Suite


    • A cruise from islands to islands in the heart of 6 idyllic atolls of the Maldives.
    • Discover the 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.
    • Before your cruise: possibility to discover Colombo and the sacred city of Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by hills covered with tea plantations.