Best tour I have ever had! Very well organised. Great tour guide – fun, knowledgeable and informative. Accommodation comfortable and service impeccable. Loved the local food and culture experiences. Highly recommend traveling with Secret Paradise.
Engage with the local community
Historical & Cultural Insight
Enrich your knowledge of the Maldives
This tour provides a great starting point to discover the history and culture of the Maldives, immerse yourself in island life, experience the underwater world of the Maldives and learn about the challenges faced by this island nation.
Staying on Guraidhoo in South Malé Atoll, explore this quiet, typical fishing island with sandy roads and palm trees. Snorkel the aquamarine waters and encounter a myriad of marine life. Looking for more action-packed adventure in your free time? Participate in scuba diving, surfing, kiting, and windsurfing for which the conditions in this area are excellent in season.
- From USD 849 per person
- Available all year round
- Arrival on day midday by 09:30
- Velana International Airport (MLE)
- 4 days & 3 nights
- Minimum 1 person per booking
- Maximum 8 people per booking
WHAT ARE THE MALDIVES ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?
- Travelers must have a confirmed accommodation/tour booking.
- Travelers must have a passport or travel document valid for a minimum 30 days from date of entry to the Maldives.
- Travelers must have a return flight ticket.
- The online traveler declaration form IMUGA must be completed within the 96 hour period prior to arrival in country.
- 3 Night Deluxe room accommodation including breakfast
- 3 Dinners
- Airport and domestic transfer assistance
- Return transfer by public ferry
- Male City Walking Tour
- Island tour and Hedika Experience
- House Reef Snorkeling Trip including equipment
- Snorkeling Trip by boat including equipment
- Tree Planting and kurumba
- Services of English Speaking Secret Paradise Tour Leader
- All Local Tax (10% service charge, 16% GST and $3 Green Tax per person per night)
- International Flight
- Travel Insurance
What to bring
- All this together with full details on everything you need to know about travel within the Maldives will be provided in our welcome information pack.
- The Maldives is a Muslim country and therefore alcohol is not available on local islands.
- Subject to availability, day/evening visits to resorts can be arranged.
- Bikinis are not allowed to be worn on local island beaches; however, all of our guesthouses offer either private gardens or balconies and tourist beach areas for guests where bikini swimwear can be worn.
Explore the capital city and visit top landmarks.
Taste Maldivian cuisine freshly prepared by a local family.
Snorkel some of the area’s best reefs and see rays, sharks, and turtles.
Enjoy a barbecue on the beach under the stars.
Delve into the amazing culture of the Maldives.
What to Expect
Meet with your guide at Velana International Airport. They will accompany you on a tour of the capital city, visiting key places of interest including the fish market, local market, President’s Palace and Friday Mosque. Wandering through the narrow roads of Male provides a wealth of opportunities to gain a deeper understanding about the culture, history and daily life of this unique capital city and its people.
After lunch transfer by local ferry to your guesthouse on the local island of Guraidhoo, South Male Atoll, 120 minutes from Male. View the beauty of the many Maldives islands that pass you by whilst keeping your eyes open for dolphins!
Upon arrival you will have time to settle in before either relaxing in the garden at the guesthouse or on the local beach to watch the sun go down. Dinner this evening is spent with a local family just don’t expect silver service as traditionally meals are eaten without the aid of a knife and fork!
Following breakfast, accompanied by your tour leader, we head out for your first underwater encounter! Your guide will provide a safety briefing on responsible snorkeling and act as your ‘spotter’ pointing out marine life that may not have caught your eye. Coral reefs are fragile ecosystems so learning how to snorkel responsibly can help minimize your impact on the marine environment and protect the delicate balance of marine life. This snorkel will also provide the opportunity to understand firsthand how development and reclamation impacts coral reefs.
Your Tour Leader will assist less confident or inexperienced snorkelers, ensuring your equipment is comfortable and you feel safe in the water.
As the afternoon cools down time is spent exploring Guraidhoo and immersing yourself in the local way of life. Stop by the harbour where fishermen may be bringing in their catch. Chat with children playing in the street and watch the ladies of the community begin their evening meal preparations. Stop by a local cafe to sample traditional ‘hedika’ – Maldivian savoury and sweet short eats served with black tea.
The Maldives is rich in marine life but unfortunately, our marine life is under threat because of activities carried out by us humans. Following dinner over a coffee your tour leader will highlight the harmful practices that are pushing the balance in the ecosystem and what we can do to limit the impact.
Following a local style breakfast served at your guesthouse, travel by speedboat to two of the best nearby reefs. The coral reefs of the Maldives are inhabited by diverse marine life and are teeming with colorful fish and corals. Keep your eyes open for turtles, sharks and rays you never know what may be in the blue! On return to Guraidhoo there is free time for you to participate in optional watersports, diving or surfing.
Late afternoon we spend time giving back to the community that has welcomed us by planting a palm tree. In the Maldives trees play a crucial role in controlling erosion by stabilizing the soil with their roots and preventing soil from washing away during storms and tidal surges. Our reward will be a refreshing fresh Kurumba (coconut water) followed by an ocean swim!
This evening while you listen to the sound of the waves enjoy a Maldives style beach dinner under the stars. The perfect way to end your Maldives Discovery Tour.
Following an early breakfast you will transfer by morning public ferry to Male and on to Male International Airport.
Ocean Retreat & SPA
Ocean Retreat & Spa features an in-house restaurant, a spa and a sun terrace overlooking the picturesque views of the stunning lagoon. Consisting of 17 spacious guest rooms offering city or sea view. All rooms offer an en-suite bathroom, AC and fan, an in-room safety deposit box, and Wi-Fi.
We have handpicked the best guesthouses throughout the Maldives to provide you with the greatest experience while enjoying your Maldives Culture tour package. Personally selected to provide a balance of comfort, good service, local atmosphere and value for money. In each, you can be assured of a warm welcome and know that your holiday money is contributing directly to the local economy and increasing local employment.
Hear From Our Previous Guests
They were always on time, very quick to reply to questions and went above and beyond to make sure we were well taken care of.
We thoroughly enjoyed our short visit to the Maldives, the 2 highlights being having one of the most wonderful guides and the family dinner in Guiradhoo. In my now almost 25 years of “world-hopping” I think as well as my mother, that Kamey is by far one of the most knowledgeable, courteous, and dedicated guides we’ve ever had; he is one of your most precious assets convey him our warmest thanks.