7 Night North Ari Atoll Island Hopping

Island Hopping
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    Secret Paradise Maldives

    We can handle your Maldives holiday from the moment of arrival to the the time of departure. Or we are happy to act as a portal for independent travelers offering advice and recommendations on where to stay and the best way to discover the Maldives.

    • 7 Nights
    • Group or Private Tour
    • Maldives

    Part of the excitement of travelling is arriving at a new destination and exploring. We are also aware that on some days you may wake up and decide today ‘I fancy doing nothing’. So on this tour we will book all accommodation and breakfast, organise and assist with your transfers and activities but leave you plenty of free time to do as you please. There is always a Secret Paradise guide on hand to offer advice and assistance and provide you access to unique cultural experiences.

    Departure & Return Location

    • Velana International Airport (MLE)
    • Check-in available on day one from Midday

    Arrival Day

    Wednesday due to ferry schedules
    Speedboat transfers available at extra cost.

    Price Includes

    • Budget guest house accommodation
    • Breakfast
    • Airport and domestic transfer assistance
    • Island tours & hedikaa experience
    • Guided house reef snorkeling
    • Dolphin Cruise
    • Sunset Kayaking
    • Secret Paradise Guide
    • Local tax ($3 Green tax per person per night, 10% service charge and 12% GST)

    Transportation

    Speedboat

    Important Notice

    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 also not allowed to be worn on local island beaches; however all of our guesthouses offer either private gardens/balconies or private (non-chargeable) beach areas for guests where bikini swimwear can be worn.

    Accommodation

    Newtown Inn
    This 10 room property is located in the heart of Hulhumale but just a short walk from the beach. Rooms are comfortable and offer all the facilities required following your flight for a comfortable overnight stay.
    All rooms offer En-suite bathroom, AC and fan, In-room safety-deposit box and Wi-Fi.

    Rasdhoo Dive Lodge
    In close proximity to the Rasdhoo Dive Center, it offers an in-house restaurant and activity booking centre. Close to the harbour and a short walk from the beach. All rooms offer En-suite bathroom, AC and fan, In-room safety-deposit box and Wi-Fi.

    Ukulhas Inn
    A mid range guesthouse property, all rooms open out onto a private sandy courtyard. There is a cosy sofa reception area complete with dhoni style reception desk! The property is a short walk or cycle from the great beaches of Ukulhas Island.
    All rooms offer En-suite bathroom, AC and fan, In-room safety-deposit box and Wi-Fi.

    Royal Reef Inn
    A quiet traditional style guesthouse with comfortably equipped rooms.
    All rooms offer En-suite bathroom, AC and fan, In-room safety-deposit box and Wi-Fi.

    What you will experience

    There are plenty of activities for you to select from including but not limited to cultural experiences, SCUBA diving, sunset cruises, snorkeling, windsurfing, kite surfing, evening fishing trips, sandbank visits, catamaran sailing, resort day visits and beach BBQs. All of which can be organised during your trip or in advance if you prefer a more scheduled itinerary.

    The islands of Rasdhoo, Ukulhas and Mathiveri are surrounded by the breathtaking Indian Ocean. This area of North Ari Atoll is widely regarded as one of the best diving spots in the world and when the season is right it is possible to snorkel or swim with manta rays. With an abundance of green vegetation and beautiful white sandy beaches this tour provides the ideal opportunity to indulge in the activities the Maldives is famous for as well as brushing shoulders with local culture and people.

    Itinerary

    Day 1Arrival

    Upon arrival at Velana International Airport (MLE) you will be greeted and transferred to your guesthouse on Hulhumale. Settle in after your flight before taking your first steps on the sands of this tropical urban paradise. For those arriving early there is an optional walking tour to the island of Vilimale situated on the west side of Malé which is often described as the ‘quieter side of Malé’.

    Day 2Ferry to Rasdhoo

    On the morning of day 2, your guide will accompany you to Malé to transfer by early morning local ferry to the local island of Rasdhoo, North Ari Atoll. Upon arrival you will have time to settle in before taking lunch. As the afternoon cools down accompanied by your guide time is spent exploring Rasdhoo with the opportunity to learn about the local way of life including a visit to the Mosque, stop and chat with children playing in the street and watch the ladies of the community begin their evening meal preparations. Stop by a local cafe to sample traditional ‘hedika’ – Maldivian savoury and sweet short eats served with black tea.

    Rasdhoo is close to some of the best dive sites in the Maldives so if you’re a diver get yourself signed up at the local dive centre. Divers may wish for an early start tomorrow and opt to join a dive to Hammerhead Point. During the manta season (November to April) there are opportunities for spectacular close encounters with these majestic large rays.

    Day 3Snorkel Tour & Island Discovery Tour

    Following breakfast accompanied by your guide explore the Rasdhoo house reef for your first underwater encounter! Your guide will provide a safety briefing on responsible snorkelling and act as your ‘spotter’ pointing out marine life that may not have caught your eye. They will assist less confident or inexperienced snorkelers, ensuring your equipment is comfortable and you feel safe in the water. Once you have your confidence there are regular snorkeling excursions to nearby reefs giving non divers the opportunity to discover the colorful marine life and coral reefs in this area.

    Late afternoon you will head out for sunset kayaking tour. Kayak through the beautiful lagoon to a nearby sandbank, from where you can enjoy the sun set in the ocean.

    Day 4Transfer to Ukulhas

    On Day 4, transfer by public ferry late morning to the next local island destination of Ukulhas. You will arrive just in time for lunch. After lunch take time to explore the island with your guide and learn more about the tradition of fishing in the Maldives and discover why it was the island to lead the way for environmental practices. Not only does Ukulhas have some beautiful beaches the local community here are particularly friendly and will be delighted to engage in conversation with you and show off their home island.

    Day 5Free Day

    Following breakfast the day is yours to do as you please. For the energetic enjoy the many excursions available including diving, snorkeling and a variety of watersports. For those less active perhaps an excursion with a picnic lunch to a nearby sandbank or uninhabited desert island suits. The house reef at Ukulhas is worth getting in the water for and can be accessed easily from the beach, your guide will be happy to accompany you on a guided house reef snorkel.

    Why not book a whaleshark day trip to South Ari Atoll. South Ari Atoll is very lucky to have a probable unique year-round population of Whale sharks. Nowhere else in the world boasts Whale sharks every single month of the year and furthermore many of the sharks seen are the same individuals time after time. You may encounter 1 or 2 sharks in half an hour or given that they are wild creatures in their natural habitat we may not encounter one for the whole time we are searching. However the unpredictability all adds to the excitement! If we do spot them we will have the opportunity to snorkel alongside them, a truly magical experience.

    Day 6Transfer to Mathiveri & Dolphin Cruise

    On Day 6, the morning is yours to enjoy as you please. Lunch can be taken before boarding the local ferry to head to our third island destination of Mathiveri. Once again you will be provided with a briefing on the island and activities available. Spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring the island with your guide, stop for a refreshing drink at a local café or just relax by the ocean listening to the gentle lap of the waves on the shore. This evening before the sun sets we head out in search of dolphins which can often be seen jumping and spinning as the sun sinks on the horizon.

    Day 7Free Day

    Following breakfast a guided house reef snorkeling tour is available for those that wish to join.Keep your eyes open for turtles and if you are lucky manta rays. The afternoon is yours to do as you please. Perhaps visit Mathiveri Finolhu, a private uninhabited island fringed with a white sandy beach and surrounded by crystal clear water. As this is an uninhabited island, it is possible to wear a bikini.

    Day 8Departure to Malé

    Following an early breakfast join the public ferry for the return journey to Malé. Arriving back in Malé by 14:00 your guide will assist with your transfer onto Velana International Airport (MLE) where your tour ends.

    For guests with a night flight a complimentary Malé walking is offered.

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