Secret Paradise Maldives
Secret Paradise Maldives
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City ToursMulti-day ToursScuba & SnorkellingEco ToursPrivate Tours
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Join our adventure and cultural day tours from Hulhumale and Male or island hop with us throughout the Maldives on our multi day adventures. Our scheduled daily tours are guaranteed to be no more than 8 guests and we offer private and tailor made itineraries. Our experienced local guiding team 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. You can expect to receive value for money and exceptional service from the moment of enquiry to when we wave you goodbye. Awarded the TripAdvisor certificate of Excellence 5 years in succession, we are your go to sustainable and responsible provider for day tours and shore excursions in the capital. Come adventure with us and experience the best of our paradise island home. #letusguideyou
Hulhumale, Maldives
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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Peter B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I contacted Ruth at Secret Paradise to ask if they could provide a private day trip to one of the islands that would fit in with our Cruise times. She was most helpful and said they could taylor our trip to the timings. We booked a full day trip to Huraa including private transfer, lunch and a one hour couples massage. When Ruth heard we were doing the cruise to celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary she e-mailed me to say that they would arrange a complimentary tour of the island with our private guide.
We were met by Archie our guide at the cruise port, from start to finish of the day he was very friendly, polite and knowledgeable. He gave us a good insight into the culture and life on the islands which was much appreciated. Following the tour of the Island we were left to lounge on the beautiful beach at the hotel dipping into the turquoise waters when needed. As our day included lunch we went to the restaurant to eat and were greeted by a waiter who escorted us out of the restaurant and to a secluded spot on the beach where a table for two had been set up, it was beautiful. This was such a surprise. During the afternoon we had our couples massage.
At the end of the day Archie arrived to pick us up for our return to the cruise port by speedboat. I asked who had organised the lunch location and he said that Ruth had. Secret Paradise made this a very special day for my husband and I and we really appreciated it. I would highly recommend them to anyone going to the Maldives.
Written February 15, 2020
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Hi Peter Many thanks for your review and delighted to hear you enjoyed your day with us. I am sure you will have created many memories of your 40th Wedding anniversary cruise and it was a pleasure to have been able to play a small part in this. I will be sure to share your comments with Archie and the team and hope we may have the opportunity in the future to welcome you both in the future. Kind Regards Ruth
Written February 16, 2020
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GMRJCD
GMRJCD30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Secret Paradise is a very reputable company. I can say this because I had planned a trip from our Oceania cruise for 13 people. As we got nearer to the island people in our group started to get sick and drop out. I emailed Ruth as each drop out happened and she was not only understanding but did not raise the individual cost for each person. I thought we fewer participants the cost would go up but it did not. In the end, the trip was cancelled by Secret Paradise (as were all the other snorkeling trips) because the water was too rough to be safe. So although we did not end up going snorkeling I must commend Secret Paradise and Ruth for their business ethics.
Written June 3, 2020
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Good Morning, Thank you for your review, it is really appreciated. I imagine following these last few challenging months your cruise holiday seems a very long time ago. We were so unfortunate with the weather those couple of days, but whilst it is always disappointing to advise guests the tour is unable to operate, it is always for the right reasons. Safety and comfort has to come first and we are pleased that you also recognize this. We hope that we have the opportunity to welcome you to the Maldives in the future. Kind Regards Ruth
Written June 4, 2020
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kcoffin99
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
First, Secret Paradise helped me find a place to stay overnight before I was to board a vessel to volunteer with the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme. The facility was really cute, on the water and priced very well. I also booked two tours with Secret Paradise. One was the Combined Sandbank, Snorkel and Sunset Tour and it was amazing!! The sandbank was gorgeous and the water was a color of blue I never knew existed. We got to go to two different snorkel spots and both had an abundance of life and things to see. During the sunset part of the tour we got to see a large pod of spinner dolphins doing their thing. The other was a walking tour of Male. We got to see most of the city and learned so much about Male. Kamey was my guide for both tours and he is awesome! He is charismatic and really knew his islands. Ruth was fantastic with communication and answering all the questions I had. Secret Paradise can pretty much plan your entire vacation for you, tailoring it to your every need. What a great team of people ready to make you vacation a dream come true!!
Written November 29, 2021
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Hi there! Great to hear you enjoyed your time in the Maldives with the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme and also with Kamey exploring our part of our paradise before you boarded MV Felicity. It sounds like you had two wonderful and very diverse tours which I am sure gave you a great introduction to the Maldives. Thank you for travelling with us, I will be sure to share your feedback with Kamey and the team. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Kind Regards Ruth
Written December 2, 2021
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Bhargav K
Chicago, IL8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Ruth was very helpful in finding the right resort for us in Maldives. Her recommendation was really ideal for what my family needed She also did a good job negotiating on our behalf with the hotel. Zafer did an incredible job taking care of my parents during the airport drop-off. He was with them the whole time and took care of all their needs including handling all of their luggage and making sure they made it through security successfully.

Highly recommend Secret Paradise!
Written October 15, 2021
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Hi Bhargav Thank you for taking time to write a review of our services. It was our pleasure to assist in planning your parents trip with you. From our recent communication it is great to know that you have now been reunited and I sure you are enjoying some much needed family time together. I will be sure to share your feedback with Zaff and the team. We look forward to your visit to the Maldives! Kind Regards Ruth
Written October 17, 2021
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leilaaww
Singapore, Singapore11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
My family and I had a wonderful time with Secret Paradise on the South Male Island Hopping Tour! Our guide, Mash, was outgoing and had a great sense of humor. I really appreciated that he made effort to tweak the itinerary for our needs (we had elderly people in our group, so had to slow down and take many breaks). The boat crew, Habbi and Koko were super cool and chill as well. The local islands were quaint and charming, and I particularly enjoyed the glimpses into local traditions and culture. The snorkeling experience was great as well, and the crew took good care of us. Also special shoutout to Ruth for responding so quickly to email queries and providing comprehensive details about the tour! I would love to book with Secret Paradise again when I'm back :)
Written June 1, 2022
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Hi Leila Thank you for taking time out to write your review. Great to hear you and your family enjoyed your island hopping trip with Mash, you had a beautiful day for exploring our island paradise. I hope you continue with your diving ambitions and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Maldives. Thank you for travelling with us. Kind Regards Ruth
Written June 2, 2022
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Pop K
Albuquerque, NM2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We did the “Private Group Tour of South Male and Island Hopping” with another couple from our cruise ship, Oceania Nautica. Our guide,

Mash, met us on the dock where the tenders from the ship arrive. He normally works in the office overseeing operations and the other guides, but on this day, he was delighted to be out giving a tour and his enthusiasm showed. Since there were only four of us, we felt like we had a very personalize tour. Mash and his crew were in the water with us whenever we were snorkeling and were careful to keep an eye on us in case anyone was getting tired. They pointed out a lot of things underwater that we wouldn’t have seen otherwise. During our stops on the islands, Mash walked us around explaining a lot of things we wouldn’t have learned about on our own. We had a nice stop for lunch about midway through day.

I highly recommend Secret Paradise and would definitely book with them again.
Written February 26, 2023
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Hi there! Happy to have been a part of arranging your private tour. Sounds like you had a fun time in the water. Health and safety comes first which is why our guides hold First Aid and Lifeguard qualifications so you can relax and enjoy yourselves. I have shared your comments with Mash and he looks forward to seeing you again. Thank you for the review and for recommending us. Kind Regards, Mary
Written February 28, 2023
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Dina M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Over the past few years I have started a christmas tradition where I contact Ruth from Secret Paradise to arrange a holiday at an atoll of Ruth's chosing, and so far she has never let me down. This being my first trip back to the Maldives since Covid was no exception. At this point Ruth is well aware that the reason I keep coming back to the Maldives is to go diving and so there are huge benefits in having someone who not only lives in the Maldives but also dives in the Maldive organise the trip for me. Not only is she aware of the places that will best suit the holiday I am looking to take but she also has local knowledge of the places she is sending me so there are no surprises.

This time I went to Addu City which is a local island. If you are looking for an island with long sandy beaches where you can sit on the beach all day ar sit at the pool bar drinking mocktails under a nice umbrella then this is not the place for you. But if you are looking to spend your time and money having an underwater adventure then i cannot recommend this island enough. And by arranging the holiday through Secret Paradise I was able to have the best holiday that I never knew I wanted, completely stress free as Secret Paradise took care of everything for me. I would not travel in the Maldives without them.
Written February 6, 2023
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Hi Dina You are part of the Secret Paradise family now and we are privileged that we are part of your Christmas traditions! Super happy that you enjoyed Addu as much as I did. I am now on a mission to consider options for 2023 for you LOL!! Thank you for taking time out to write you review it is as always very much appreciated. Kind Regards Ruth
Written February 6, 2023
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cazzle365
London, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Ruth at Secret Paradise was super helpful sorting out all our logistics for our independent trip to the Maldives. She helped us sort out all our internal flights, accommodation etc and provided really good advice about what to do on travel days/lay over days. One of her tram even met us at the airport each time to make sure we knew where we were going! I cannot recommmend Secret Paradise highly enough and next time we come I am going to hop on one of their tours
Written August 21, 2022
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Hi Caz, Very much appreciate your kind review. Ensuring you have all the information and support you need is what we're all about! We're excited to hear that you hope to join us on a tour next time you're in the Maldives. Kind Regards, Ruth
Written August 22, 2022
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Baishakhi Connor
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
My husband and I did a customised tour with Secret Paradise in April, and we could not have asked for anything better! From the moment I contacted Ruth, she took care to understand what we were looking for and created a tour which included a Male city tour, eco island tour of Vilingili, a 3 day stay at Dhigurah and a 2 night stay at a resort of our choice. With each guide we felt like we were catching up with a friend who showed us around. We were taken from airport to hotel with care and conversation. The city tour of landmarks and markets was an explosion of sights, history, architecture, politics, religion, geography and more. The eco island and what Beybe has been able to achieve as a grassroots activist is awe inspiring. And words fail to express how beautiful it was to stay at Dhigurah, walk on the white powder sands, snorkel in crystal clear waters and be able to swim with the majestic whale shark and manta ray. The manta ray tour wasn't even on our itinerary, but our guide organised it when we had a free morning and really wanted to give it a go. It is impressive that nearly every guide we met has also had the opportunity to join marine researchers in their activities and can speak with authority on these gracious creatures, the coral, the environment and much more.

I had always wanted to go to Maldives, but wary of being stuck on a resort detached from the local culture and coming back pampered but without any of the exploration and broadened perspective that I really love about travel. I am thankful for the Maldives government opening up local islands to tourists, and for Secret Paradise for creating the possibility of safely and reliably undertaking responsible travel in this fragile and stunningly beautiful ecosystem.

Also as an aside - can I just say how very comprehensive their Welcome Pack is and how holistic their pricing is. No hidden speedboat transfer fees or unknown expensive food costs etc. We spent nearly nothing on top of what was quoted to us upfront. This was my most hassle free overseas travel ever, that too in a country with a closed currency.
Written April 10, 2024
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Good Morning! Thank you for your kind words. I receive great pleasure from arranging tours and experiences that allow others to discover the country I fell in love with and am lucky enough to call home. And doubly so when I receive such positive feedback. While I may be the conductor behind the scenes, it is the team of Tour Leaders and guides that bring it to life and I will be sure to share your wonderful feedback with them. It was a pleasure to be able to meet you both in person and delighted you enjoyed exploring a part of our Secret Paradise. It would be lovely to welcome you again in the future. Thank you for travelling with us. Kind Regards Ruth
Written April 11, 2024
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galiuscha
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
I had the most amazing week traveling with secret paradise!

Ruth is amazing! She answers emails within hours, is flexible and arranges happily everything you ask for and is always Kund and patient.

I booked a North Ari Islands tour and visited three islands - Rasdhoo, Ukulhas and Mathieveri. Even though the islands were close to each other, they were so different, it was great that I could experience all of them! It was so nice to change the island, without having to travel too far. I loved that at the beginning and at the end I was booked on a speed boat, but in the middle it was the local ferry. The timings were also perfect for me every time.

The guesthouses were also great - I liked the most the Fins Dive and the Royal Reef: the rooms were impeccably clean, very beautiful and spacious, the guys, who work there took so great care of everything, so helpful, kind but not intruding. I loved these two places totally!!!

I went diving every day, even when changing islands, and enjoyed an amazing experience every time! But also had time at the afternoon to explore the islands and to enjoy the most beautiful beaches I have seen in my life.

The city tour of Male was amazing, I am glad I didn't stayed in the room to rest instead. I liked how involved Mash was and with what excitement he showed and explained so many interesting things.
Written February 26, 2023
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Hi Gali! Looks like our North Ari island hopping tour was the perfect pick for you. As you said each island has a unique feel which gives various experiences and sights to see throughout the trip. Happy to hear you enjoyed the tour of our capital with Mash as well. Thank you for your review and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Maldives.
Written February 28, 2023
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