I did the local islands (Himmurfushi and Huraa) day trip and it was just an outstanding experience! I absolutely enjoyed every single bit of it from the amazing snorkeling spots, beautiful beaches, meeting the locals to the delicious lunch.
Tropical Boat Cruise
Idyllic Snorkelling & Island Explorations In North Malé Atoll
This action-packed day includes island tours of both Huraa and Himmurfushi as well as embarking on snorkeling expeditions in between. Swim through pristine waters to marvel at brightly colored coral and tropical fish. Learn about local island life, culture, and history from your guide and through chatting with locals.
- From USD 200 per person
- Daily 10:00 – 16:30 except Friday
- Westside jetty Hulhumale (adjacent to the ferry terminal).
- Collection from the airport, hotels in Malé, Hulhumale or the cruise tender jetty available upon request and is offered free of charge.
We are only able to collect from private resort islands in North and South Male Atolls. Permission must be gained from the resort to enable us to use their private jetty. Not all resorts will allow this service so please do confirm with the resort prior to booking. Charges for return transfer will be based on the distance the resort is located from Male.
- 6.5 hours
- Maximum 8 persons
- We request female guests to dress with modesty when visiting local islands (shorts/skirts/dresses should cover the upper thigh and shoulders/chests should be fully covered).
- Long trousers or a sarong to cover legs is required by both male and female guests when visiting mosques.
- Be sure to share your shoe size so we can have the correct fin sizes available for you.
- Snorkeling equipment/fish ID card
- Map of Maldives
- Buoyancy aid
- Services of a Secret Paradise guide
- Speedboat transportation
- Maldivian lunch at local cafe
- Island tours
- Local tax (10% service charge and 12% GST)
We do provide snorkeling equipment on all our tours but please feel free to bring along your own mask and snorkel. Not only will you be assured your mask fits your face properly and is comfortable and less likely to have leakage, it will also lower any health associated risks. We find that peace of mind goes a long way.
- Personal expenditure eg souvenirs and snacks
What to bring
- Hand Sanitizer, Refillable water bottle, beach towel, sun glasses, sun hat, water resistant reef friendly sunscreen, insect repellent, camera, snacks, money for personal expenditure.
We recommend the use of a rash guard or t-shirt whilst snorkeling.
For all water based activities we would advise wherever possible for your belongings to be in a ‘dry bag’ and to bring only the minimum requirement. It is also advisable if you intend to take a taxi or bus following your tour to carry a set of dry clothing.
About your guide
One of our experienced and professionally trained Maldivian tour guides will accompany you for the duration of the activity. All our guides hold First Aid and Lifeguard qualifications and have completed COVID-19 safety awareness training.
Explore North Malé Atoll.
Learn about the Maldives mangrove ecosystems.
Discover local life, learn how dry fish is prepared, and taste local delicacies.
Snorkel and discover the Maldives marine ecosystem.
Keep your eyes peeled to spot dolphins on the return journey.
What to Expect
Cruising north we visit the islands of Himmafushi and Huraa offering firsthand information about local island life. Himmafushi provides an insight into how local islands have developed, it is a popular surf island but also has an industrial economy with a water bottling facility and a tuna factory. Wander the high street and drop into souvenir shops where you may purchase local handicrafts and mementos. In Huraa gain insights into the simple life led by the villagers; discover how local boats are made and view the process of making Maldivian dry fish. Discover the mangrove swamps and freshwater lake and learn more about this fragile ecosystem. Take lunch at a local restaurant where your guide will introduce you to local flavors.
In between island visits, we offer snorkeling opportunities to discover the beauty of this underwater paradise. Sites vary, depending on weather and current conditions, but you can be guaranteed an abundance of colorful tropical fish and coral life.
Following a safety briefing and advice on how to be a responsible snorkeler, put on your provided fins, mask, and snorkel and jump into the warm, azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Keep your eyes open for sea turtles, reef sharks, and rays — youngsters will want to be on the lookout for Nemo (aka clownfish).
Your snorkel guide will not only act as your ‘spotter’ to point out marine life that may not have caught your eye but will assist less confident or inexperienced snorkelers, ensuring your equipment is comfortable and you feel safe in the water.
On route back to Hulhumale keep your eyes open for dolphins which can often be seen in the channel.
Hear From Our Previous Guests
The trip included a walking tour of each island as well as lunch and an afternoon snorkeling stop. This trip was one of the highlights of our current vacation.
Secret Paradise made this a very special day for my husband and me and we really appreciated it. I would highly recommend them to anyone going to the Maldives.