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Maldives Cultural Experience

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    Secret Paradise Maldives

  • Locations


  • Activities

    Adventure, Multi Activity Tour

  • Price
    From: $699 USD per person
  • Duration

    4 Days

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Sunday, Thursday

  • Starting Location

    Male International Airport

  • Price Includes

    - 3N accommodation based on double/twin share - 3 Dinners - 1 BBQ Lunch - Return transfer by public ferry - Activities - Local Tax

  • Notes

    The Maldives is a Muslim country and therefore alcohol is not available on local islands.


  • Cruise the Indian Ocean at sunset in search of dolphins.
  • Snorkel world class reefs and discover the beauty of the underwater world of the Maldives.
  • Join a local family in their home for dinner and experience traditional Maldivian food.
  • Relax on a secluded palm fringed white sand beach.
  • Learn how to dance to the traditional 'Bodu Beru'.

Trip Info

For a long time the Maldives has not been considered a destination suitable for back packers, yet alone affordable. But now with the introduction of local island guesthouses and budget airlines flying from Sri Lanka and India, the Maldives is beginning to find itself on the backpacker map. Our backpacker breaks are designed to either work as a self-contained budget Maldives experience or as a start to an independent stay in the archipelago.
Staying on Guraidhoo in South Male Atoll, explore this quiet typical fishing island with sandy roads and palm trees. Discover locals going about their daily routine and carpenters at the local shipyard traditionally constructing typical local dhoni boats. Make friends with a local family over breakfast and dinner in their home. Relax on white sandy beaches, snorkel the aqua marine waters and for those feeling energetic participate in Scuba diving, surfing, kiting and windsurfing for which the conditions in this area are excellent in season.

Your adventure awaits!

Secret Paradise Maldives

Specializing in adventure and cultural day tours from Hulhumale and Male, as well as multi day local island hopping tours throughout the Maldives. Secret Paradise is an award winning, responsible and sustainable tour company based in the Maldives. We received TripAdvisor's Travelers Choice Award 2020, following 5 consecutive years of achieving TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. In 2020 we were commended in the ‘Meaningful Connections’ category World Responsible Tourism Awards and long listed for the 2015 'Best for engaging people and culture' category, World Responsible Tourism Awards Our scheduled daily tours are guaranteed to be no more than 6 guests and we offer private and tailor made itineraries. Come adventure with us and experience the best of our paradise island home. You can expect to receive value for money and exceptional service from the moment of enquiry. Our experienced local guiding team fully vaccinated and receive a monthly PCR test. They are certified in first aid and life saving skills and have all completed the Be a Better Guide qualification promising you comfort, safety and a memorable experience.


  1. 5 out of 5


    I don’t have a bad word to say about these guys! Secret paradise is the perfect organisation for anyone on a budget and/or wishing to see the real maldives. Lovely Ruth was so helpful in organising all my activities when I emailed her my stay duration and interests just a few days before (having already booked a hotel and flights). She also gave a lot of honest, simple information about local customs, costs and getting around the islands etc. During my brief stay (I was traveling onwards) I went on a city tour of Male, snorkelling trip and picnic island, all of which were fabulous the perfect balance of full of Maldivian culture, wildlife and total tranquility. I would liken the experience to being shown around the Maldives by a friend, (taking you on public ferries and to local dive centres and Maldivian restaurants) which was ideal for me being a (first time) lone traveller. My guide Kamey was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic but also super laid back and easy to talk to. He came to collect me and walk me back to my guesthouse every day and was even kind enough to invite for meals and coffees with his friends in the evenings. Wonderful company, well done Ruth! I will certainly be back for a longer stay next time! Lizzie via Trip Advisor Traveled July 2014

  2. 5 out of 5


    I opted for a 3 day adventure tour from secret paradise and it was a great experience, accompanied by great service from Ruth. I was met by ‘kamer’ the guide at my guest house where we got a ferry to Mafuushi. Kamer spoke fluent english and informed me of Maldivian history and what went on in the local islands. It was very interesting and was a much fuller experience of Maldivian culture. Mafuushi is an island which offers a mix of guest houses and local culture with both mixing very well. There is a beach for sunbathing and good snorkeling. I was given a tour of the island and ended up dancing away to Maldivian drummers that offered a mix of spiritual music and there very own take on ‘we will rock you’. The guest house I stayed in arora inn was very nice also and offered all necessary amenities and excellent food, I recommend the noodles ! The following day we went to Kuda Bandos or ‘picnic island’ which was a deserted resort which was now beautifully untouched as an island with only a few signs of the former resort with a derelict Jetty and a few shacks. The snorkeling on all sides of the island were breathtaking. An excellent picnic was put on for lunch and we returned via speedboat to Mafuushi. The 3rd day entailed a tour of Male. Male has an abundance of history, and it was very interesting to hear its origins and how it developed through times of the Portuguese, Dutch, English and how it became independent. Male is the chalk to the other islands cheese in that is pretty full on but after 2 days of complete calm a bit of crazy is exactly what was required and was good fun. Secret paradise is a great way to travel and experience the true Maldives for great value. I highly recommend it. My only tip would be to avoid Ramadan. It’s not a deal breaker but the opening times of shops ferrys and restaurants vary quite a lot. James via Trip Advisor Traveled July 2014

  3. 5 out of 5


    The 3 days package with Secret Paradise is more than what we have expected. They made sure our tour is personalized and tailor-made according to our preference and budget. Ruth was very accommodating and our tour guide Kamy is so helpful, knowledgeable and patient with us. It was just unfortunate that the weather was terrible on our 3rd day so we didn’t go to picnic island and sand bank as planned but that is beyond their control. However, we still went snorkeling and seen the spectacular corals, had a hearty lunch in one island and went shopping for souvenirs on that day. The rain did not stop all the fun after all :) I will definitely visit Maldives again and will get the services of Secret Paradise! Farah via Trip Advisor Traveled October 2014

  4. 4 out of 5


    In short notice we try to arrange Secret Paradise to arrange our itinerary that we can achieve the activity that we want to do in Maldives, amazingly Secret Paradise makes our experience worthwhile and Superb. I really highly recommend to you guys to arrange with Secret Paradise, I appreciate their transparency and integrity in their service, I would like to give our appreciation also to our tour friend Camey, he became our friend not just a tour guide. Thank you so much Secret Paradise for a wonderful experience. Karen via Trip Advisor Traveled May 2015

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