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Sandbank Snorkeling and Sunset Cruise provided by Secret Paradise Maldives

Sandbank Snorkeling and Sunset Cruise

Sandbank Snorkeling and Sunset Cruise
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About
Enjoy the natural beauty of the Maldives island paradise with TripAdvisors' leading Hulhumale tour company. Combining two snorkeling points filled with marine life and colourful coral with time on an untouched sandbank. Ideal for picnics or for merely enjoying time sunbathing, snorkeling or swimming in the clear blue lagoon. The afternoon is completed cruising the ocean in search of dolphins as the sun sets. Safety has always been important to our business, this is why our guides are Emergency First Responders & Life Guard Certified. We are pleased to offer safe travel and hygiene standards as required by the World Travel & Tourism Council and Maldives Safe Tourism Guidelines. Private tours available upon request.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Your guide who will be wearing a Secret Paradise t Shirt and holding a Secret Paradise logo board will meet with you at the designated meeting point and will conduct a health screening questionnaire and check your temperature at time of meeting. We travel 45 minutes by speedboat to a sandbank, ideal for picnics or for merely enjoying time sunbathing, snorkeling or swimming in the clear blue lagoon. Following a Responsible Snorkeling briefing we snorkel at the sandbank and will take in one further snorkel point upon leaving the sandbank. Both points are filled with marine life and coral. Sites are selected on the day dependent on weather and ocean conditions but you can be assured of encountering a colourful array of marine life. We finish the afternoon cruising the ocean in search of dolphins as the sun begins to set.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Your guide who will be wearing a Secret Paradise t Shirt and holding a Secret Paradise logo board will meet with you at the designated meeting point and will conduct a health screening questionnaire and check your temperature at time of meeting. We travel 45 minutes by speedboat to a sandbank, ideal for picnics or for merely enjoying time sunbathing, snorkeling or swimming in the clear blue lagoon. Following a Responsible Snorkeling briefing we snorkel at the sandbank and will take in one further snorkel point upon leaving the sandbank. Both points are filled with marine life and coral. Sites are selected on the day dependent on weather and ocean conditions but you can be assured of encountering a colourful array of marine life. We finish the afternoon cruising the ocean in search of dolphins as the sun begins to set.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 9221P10
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Snorkeling equipment/Buoyancy Aid
  • Sun Umbrella/Water
  • Services of Snorkeling Guide
  • Fish Identification Card
  • Local Tax
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Personal expenses - snacks, souvenirs
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Rates are reflective of guests joining at Hulhumale meeting point. For guest’s joining from Male or Male International Airport who require to be met by a guide for return transfer to and from Airport or Male by taxi there is an additional charge. Due to the Maldives Safe Tourism Guidelines we are currently unable to offer day tours to guest's staying on other local islands or private resorts islands. The guidelines also prevent guests who are staying in the Greater Male area from visiting resorts or other local islands for day visits.
  • Hulhumalé Westside Jetty, Laccadive Sea, Maldives Adjacent to the main Hulhumale ferry terminal
  • Airports:
  • Velana International Airport, Airport Main Rd, 22000, Maldives
  • Ports:
  • Male
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Safety has always been important to our business, this is why our guides are Emergency First Responders & Life Guard Certified. We are pleased to offer safe travel and hygiene standards as required by the World Travel & Tourism Council and Maldives Safe Tourism Guidelines.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Inclusions
  • Snorkeling equipment/Buoyancy Aid
  • Sun Umbrella/Water
  • Services of Snorkeling Guide
  • Fish Identification Card
  • Local Tax
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Personal expenses - snacks, souvenirs
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Rates are reflective of guests joining at Hulhumale meeting point. For guest’s joining from Male or Male International Airport who require to be met by a guide for return transfer to and from Airport or Male by taxi there is an additional charge. Due to the Maldives Safe Tourism Guidelines we are currently unable to offer day tours to guest's staying on other local islands or private resorts islands. The guidelines also prevent guests who are staying in the Greater Male area from visiting resorts or other local islands for day visits.
  • Hulhumalé Westside Jetty, Laccadive Sea, Maldives Adjacent to the main Hulhumale ferry terminal
  • Airports:
  • Velana International Airport, Airport Main Rd, 22000, Maldives
  • Ports:
  • Male
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Safety has always been important to our business, this is why our guides are Emergency First Responders & Life Guard Certified. We are pleased to offer safe travel and hygiene standards as required by the World Travel & Tourism Council and Maldives Safe Tourism Guidelines.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Oct 13, 2021
A note from Sandbank Snorkeling and Sunset Cruise
All our guide team are: * Have been trained on HPA (Maldives Health Protection Agency) How to Identify & Manage Suspected cases of COVID19 for Tourist Operations. * Emergency First Responder Certified * Level Three International Life Guard Certified
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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5.0
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Grace David
India4 contributions
The most memorable day
Oct 2021 • Solo
This was something I was really looking forward to, but I never really intended to go snorkeling because was a non swimmer.
Ruth was extremely kind and patient to make sure I got what I was looking for ( the dolphin sighting) ..
Sha was my guide for the evening. He explained the plan for the day. When he told me I was going to snorkel I was not sure how, because I was not only a non swimmer but it was also my first time in deep waters. Despite all of it, he patiently explained the steps and was boosting my confidence by telling me it is possible to do.. Within 1 hour I learnt swimming and snorkeling which is something I never expected to do..
The day ended with a beautiful sunset and lovely dolphins playing around..
Sha is an amazing teacher and very confident. The kind of guide you know has your back. He is also an extremely good photographer and a singer ☺
Secret travellers are indeed THE BEST in town. I did try out other agencies but the service, the care and the expertise they provide is definitely above the rest...
Written October 28, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Secret P
Hi Grace Thank you for your comprehensive review! I was really pleased to hear from Shaa on his return that you had decided to give snorkeling a go. He is, as you have stated a patient coach and I am sure now that you have have built your confidence this will not be the first and only time. To have the day end as you describe with a perfect sunset and dolphins was the icing on the cake, but something I can not take credit for as sightings do lie with the laws of nature. We look forward to you joining us for more snorkeling adventures in the future. Kind Regards Ruth
Written October 29, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Pratiksha K
3 contributions
Awesome Experience at Sand Bank
Apr 2021
Though it is a late review, it is the one I just had to write as the experience was awesome. I visited sand bank and dolphin cruise with Mash from Secret Paradise. Maldives in itself is a beauty, sand banks are the most amazing thing one should definitely see while in Maldives. I was travelling alone with my daughter and Mash made it a wonderful memorable trip for the little one. Ruth from Secret paradise arranges all the activities and is very punctual and apt in replying to all your queries. During these pandemic times they are taking utmost care with very less group size for everyone/s safety which I loved.
Written May 7, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Secret P
Hey there! Thank you for taking the time to write your review. Delighted that you and your daughter enjoyed your afternoon with Mash. When Mash returned from the trip and confirmed that you had seen dolphins I was really pleased, I am sure your daughter was excited to see them! The comfort and safety of our guests has always been important to us and your comments underline this, thank you. Thank you for using Secret Paradise and I hope we can welcome you back in the future. Kind Regards Ruth
Written May 8, 2021
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Abdulelah A
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia4 contributions
great tour
Jan 2020
This tour exceeded my expectations . after a 45 minutes boat ride we reached the sandbank . We were given full information on the boat about the marine life in that area . It was my first experience in snorkeling they took a good care of me . First they let me practice in the lagoon then they showed me how to put on the fens then they took me to the open sea around the sandbank . We were two and each had a tour guide close to him ( that was very great ) then we took the boat to another snorkeling site where we saw the stingray fish for 45 minutes . Then we went to see the dolphins and we stayed there until the sunset .
The two tour guides and the bout captain were great and informative and the the trip was full of fun .
It is the best tour and sure this is because of secret paradise
Written June 7, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Abdulelah Thanks for your review, it is very much appreciated during these challenging times. Delighted to read that you had a great afternoon learning to snorkel with Mash followed by an encounter with dolphins. The safety and comfort of our guests in the water is extremely important to us, especially when like yourself it is the first time to experience snorkelling. We want to ensure it is both safe and memorable and that it will encourage you to return to the water again. It sounds as though this was the case and we look forward to snorkeling with you again in the future. Take care and stay safe. Kind Regards Ruth
Written June 8, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

FullRush G
Kauai, HI9 contributions
Snorkeling
Hat super viel Spaß gemacht. Gerne wieder!!!
It was amazing! I saw a lot of beautiful places. With sharks, turtles and Dori. 😅
Written December 4, 2019
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Good Morning, Thanks for sharing your review and some great images. Glad to hear you enjoyed your afternoon with Mash, he returned very jealous of your camera!! We hope we can welcome you on tour again in the future. Kind Regards Ruth
Written December 5, 2019
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Kaylene
1 contribution
Maldives
Nov 2019 • Solo
Most excellent plenty of fish. Saw a pod of dolphins and the there were the stingrays Yes there were more than one Best snorkelling ever. Hint remember under water Camera.
Written November 5, 2019
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Dear Kaylene, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. Great to hear you enjoyed your afternoon with Mash and encountered a host of marine life as well as dolphins. Great tip too regarding the underwater camera. Can be put to plenty of use in the Maldives! Thanks for travelling with Secret Paradise and we hope we can welcome you again in the future. Kind Regards Ruth
Written November 6, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

sdanish13
Washington DC, District of Columbia2 contributions
Extremely professional and friendly crew delivered great excursion!
Aug 2019
Mashir and the whole team were simply terrific.

This is a small group outing where you can get lots of attention, regardless of whether your an amateur snorkeler (like me) or you want to improve your skills.
The fish you will see are amazing!

I look forward to doing another tour with Secret Paradise.

Thank you, Ruth and Co!
Written August 25, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi There! Thank you for taking the time to write your review, it is always appreciated. Great to hear you enjoyed your afternoon with Mash and that he was able to improve your snorkelling skills, hope that you will be back in the water again soon. Thanks for travelling with Secret Paradise. Kind Regards Ruth
Written August 26, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kevin the King
Southampton, UK87 contributions
WOW! This is a must do for so many reasons
Aug 2019
My Wife and I, yes we are on our honeymoon and wanted something special to do, (not that the Maldives isn't special enough) and we have just got back to our room and the second thing I've done is write this review ;-)
It was amazing (I'm on about the trip!) The guys that took us out for the day were Shaa and 2 additional guys (so sorry guys, in all the excitement I have missed your names), were the best hosts you could have, Shaa was simply the best. Nothing too much trouble, polite, courteous and such a genuine nice guy. I will always remember him as the guy that taught me to swim and snorkel.
Both my Wife and I had such an amazing day, when Shaa takes you over the edge...and you'll have to go for the trip to find out what I mean, you feel safe, in good hands but totally exhilarated,
I cannot rave about this trip enough.
This is an experience we will never forget, don't think you will step off the boat onto a pontoon, or get carried to the shore...this is a deserted island and the boat gets as close as it can, but to get on a deserted island you need to get wet and this is everything you could wish for if this is what you want.
To sit on a desert island and be totally alone when you want to be, but with the knowledge that you had 3 guys looking after you was great.
We had Tuna and coconut, traditional lunch and drink supplied and it has really made our already great trip to the Maldives even better.
Thanks Shaa and the team. Simply Amazing
Written August 9, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Kevin. Thank you so much for your review. I am delighted that you had a great time with Shaa and the team, I must admit I was worried the weather was going to be against us so a welcome relief when the sun was out and hardly any breeze at all. Our aim is to ensure we provide memorable experiences so to read your review and know that the team have made such an impression gives me both pleasure and satisfaction. Enjoy the rest of your honeymoon and we hope we can welcome you to celebrate a future wedding anniversary! Kind Regards Ruth
Written August 11, 2019
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richa
Kolkata (Calcutta), India23 contributions
Breathtaking and awesome
Maldives was a dream destination for my husband and me after 20 years of tying the knot !! We had planned and emailed Secret Paradise in advance for our trip so we only had to call them upon reaching.
To be frank, I wasn't expecting much out of this Sandbank & snorkeling tour. We were the only two people on this tour along with our boatman Momo and snorkeling guide Marsh.
Right from the beginning though it was fun. The boat ride was great and they took us to the sandbank which was a pleasant surprise in the middle of nowhere. They helped us with our snorkeling gear and then Marsh led us around the shallow areas. My husband was a little uncomfortable though so he returned to the boat and then Marsh and I went towards the deep blue. What I saw took my breath away. Marsh is a superb guide and took time to guide me along the slope where one can see the maximum marine life. Then we swam a bit and Momo literally did a photo shoot for us !! Then we went to another spot for more snorkeling and knowing what my husband was missing, we kind of convinced him to come with us.
Marsh held him by his hand and guided him along the reef while I swam on my own. Almost absorbing the shapes and colors, trying not to miss anything. I was like a child in candyland. It was the most beautiful and amazing sight I have ever seen..... so serene....
We are very thankful to both Momo and Marsh for giving us a memorable time. They excel. And thank you Secret Paradise for a wonderful tour. I would certainly recommend SP....👌
Written July 6, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Guys, So pleased to hear that you enjoyed your afternoon with Mash and Momo and that it exceeded your expectations. I am also pleased to learn that with a little encouragement and guidance your husband was also able to enjoy our underwater paradise. To ensure the safety and comfort of all our guests our guides are certified Emergency First Responders as well as experienced snorkelers or divers and therefore I know you were both in good hands and from your comments you both felt the same. Thank you for taking time to share your feedback and we look forward to welcoming you to the Maldives to celebrate a future weeding anniversary. Kind Regards Ruth
Written July 7, 2019
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Mariagallega1209
Palma de Mallorca, Spain6 contributions
Magic
Jun 2019 • Couples
The Secret Paradise was the best trip in boat in my life! A dream fulfilled! We saw a sand island, fishes with amaizing colours and the reef most beautiful!!!!! Only 1 word: Espectacular. Please, take care the sea because has an beatiful life inside.
Written June 22, 2019
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Hi Maria Thanks for taking the time to write your review. Delighted you had a great afternoon with Shaa and the team. You were also lucky with the weather which I recall you being concerned about. You are absolutely right we all need to take care of the ocean and this is why we always conduct our responsible snorkel briefings which I hope you found useful as well as interesting. Enjoy the remainder of your holiday and we hope we can welcome you again in the future. Kind Regards Ruth
Written June 23, 2019
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Chris G
Farnborough, UK1 contribution
A fantastic day trip!
Mar 2019 • Friends
Highly recommend Ruth and her team. The guys were fantastic the whole day and were very helpful with certain group members who couldnt swim. We had a wonderful experience and would love to do more activities with secret paradise when we come back to the maldives. The price is very good for all activities compared to the private island resorts and would definitely recommend anyone who are looking for an adventure!
Thank you Ruth and team.
Written March 25, 2019
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Hi Chris, Thanks for taking time out to write your review. Great to hear you enjoyed your time with Shambey and the team, the weather was certainly perfect for a visit to the sandbank and snorkeling. I am sure the team would have had as much fun as you and we certainly look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Kind Regards Ruth
Written March 26, 2019
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