Snorkeling & Beaches

Visit 2 Local Islands

Daily Departures

Explore Local Life, Island Beaches, and Tropical Waters on This Boat Adventure

Make the most of the Maldives and jet across crystal clear waters between the islands Gulhi and Maafushi. Embark on a watersports adventure, jump off the boat to snorkel and spot colorful sea life, sample a delicious local lunch, relax on the beach, and learn more about Maldives’ culture.

Trip Details

Trip Details

Price

  • USD 250 per person

Departure time

  • 10:00 – 16:30 except Friday

Meeting point

  • Westside jetty Hulhumale (adjacent to the ferry terminal).
  • Collection from the airport, hotels in Malé or the cruise tender jetty available upon request at a charge of $15.
  • Collection from hotels in Hulhumale 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. Alternatively if you arrange transfer to the airport through the resort we offer return airport transfer to/from the start point for $15.


Duration

  • 6.5 hours

Group size

  • Maximum 8 persons

Participation requirements

  • We request female guests to dress with modesty when visiting Male (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.

Included

  • Return speedboat transfer from Hulhumalé jetty
  • Maldivian lunch at a local cafe
  • Snorkeling equipment/fish ID card
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Water
  • Services of a Secret Paradise guide
  • Local tax (10% service charge and 12% GST)

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.


Not included

  • 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.

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.

Highlights

Explore islands in South Malé Atoll.

Visit Maafushi, the birthplace of local tourism.

Wander the quiet streets of Gulhi to experience local life.

Relax on local beaches and snorkel marine-rich waters.

Look out for dolphins as you cruise the Indian Ocean.

What to Expect

Cruising south, we visit both Gulhi and Maafushi. At Maafushi, experience life on the island that has led the way with guest house tourism. Take lunch at a local restaurant and visit souvenir shops where you may purchase local handicrafts and mementos. For those feeling active, there is time to participate in the many water sports on offer here.

In Gulhi, gain insights into the simple life led by the villagers; visit the boat building yard, and wander the quiet streets of this small local island. Take time out to relax on the beach and listen to the waves breaking on the white sand

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 the Maldives are home to… 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.

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