History & Culture

City & Island Experience

Private Tours Available

Explore the Maldives Capital Area From Hulhumale

Get to know the capital as well as experiencing island life and water activities. The perfect self-contained budget Maldives experience or the start to a longer independent stay in the archipelago. Relax on the endless stretch of sand in between time spent snorkeling and swimming in crystal-clear waters. Explore the buzz of the capital Male, just a 20-minute ferry ride away.

Trip Details


  • USD 399 per person based on double/twin share
  • Single supplement: USD 200
  • Child (2 -11 years): USD 199


Available all year round


Arrival on day 1 by midday

Meeting point

Velana International Airport (MLE)


4 days & 3 nights

Group size

Minimum 1 – maximum 8 people (private tours available)


  • 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 72 hour period prior to arrival in country.
  • Travelers who have a history of contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days and/or who have fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat, shortness of breath within the past 14 days should not travel to Maldives.


  • 3 nights deluxe room accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts & 1 local dinner
  • Airport and domestic transfer assistance
  • Return vehicle transport
  • Malé city tour
  • Villimalé eco-tour and hedhika experience
  • Snorkeling trip
  • Services of an English-speaking Secret Paradise guide
  • All local tax ($3 green tax per person per night, 10% service charge, and 12% GST)

Not included

Meals not indicated above

What to bring

Full details will be provided in our welcome information pack

Important note

  • 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 Hulhumale on a guided island tour.

Snorkel the sea life-abundant reefs.

Experience authentic, local culture from a meal with a Maldivian family.

Visit Malé landmarks on a guided city tour.

Learn about conservation with Save the Beach on Villimalé.

What to Expect

Arrive at Malé International Airport where you will be greeted by our representative who will assist you with your public bus transfer to your guesthouse on Hulhumale.

Upon arrival at your guesthouse, you will have time to settle in after your flight before taking your first steps on the sands of this tropical urban paradise with a guided tour of the island.

Following breakfast on day 2, you will travel by traditional dhoni boat to enjoy a morning guided snorkeling trip to nearby reefs to discover the underwater world of the Maldives.

Returning to Hulhumale in time for lunch, the afternoon is yours to relax. For those feeling a little more energetic, take advantage of the many water sport options available.

This evening, enjoy dinner with a local family in their home giving you authentic access to Maldives local life.

Spend the day accompanied by your guide. Explore the capital on a Male city tour, visiting the fish market and local market, President’s Palace, Sultan Park, and Friday Mosque. There’s also an optional museum visit. Stop for lunch at one of the many restaurants overlooking the waterfront before taking the public ferry to Villimale.

Here join Save the Beach and discover the quieter side of city life by exploring the smaller island of Villimale, located southwest of Male. Wander the quiet streets, learn the names of local trees, visit the spice factory (subject to opening times), and learn more about the conservation work being carried out by Save the Beach. Sample traditional ‘hedikaa’ at a local café on the beach– traditional sweet and savory snacks served with black tea and taken between 3.00 and 5.00 pm before returning to Male.

Following breakfast on day 4, you are free to do as you please until your transfer to Male International Airport or your onward destination.

Planktons Beach

Planktons Beach guesthouse

Located on the beachfront in Hulhumale, Planktons Beach boasts views of the lagoon and sea. The hotel has a terrace and water sports facilities. Guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and the beach area as well.

Each room at this hotel is air-conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. You will find a kettle in the room. All rooms come with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer.

Car hire is available at this hotel and the area is popular for snorkeling. The nearest airport is Male International Airport, 4 km from Planktons Beach.

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