5 Day itinerary in Maldives, Asia

Maldives Short Stay Experience

Our short stay packages are ideal for those looking to experience the Maldives on a budget or for travelers who also wish to experience resort life in the Maldives or are planning a vacation in Sri Lanka or India. They offer an excellent way to combine both styles of vacation, particularly as all pa... Read More

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Velana International Airport

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Visit markets

Meet local people


Travel with Purpose

Outdoors & Nature






Discover local life in the Maldives


Relax on white sandy beaches


Snorkel marine rich waters and encounter turtles, reef sharks and color fish fish life


Explore Male the capital city of the Maldives


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Day 1

place Arrival - welcome to the Maldives!

Arrive Male International Airport where you will be greeted by your guide, who will assist you with your public ferry transfer to your local island in South Male Atoll. The ferry operates every day excluding FRIDAY and takes 90 minutes to journey across the Indian Ocean to Maafushi. You can choose to sit up top and view the beauty of the many Maldives islands that pass you by, keeping your eyes open for dolphins or sit inside and chat with the locals. Upon arrival at your guesthouse you will have time to settle in before exploring the island with your local guide to get yourself acquainted with the layout and to observe Maldives local life. Experience traditional ‘hedika’ - Maldivian savoury and sweet snacks served with black tea at a local cafe. Dinner will be served at your guesthouse.

Meals: Dinner


  • Standard: Stingray Beach Inn
  • Standard: Stingray Beach Inn
Day 2

place Snorkeling & Seagrass

Breakfast this morning is served at your guesthouse before being taken out by boat to enjoy a 90 minute guided snorkeling trip to nearby reefs to discover the underwater world of the Maldives. This afternoon join Maafushi Eco Dive and discover the story of Renee’s Coral Garden. On route to the coral nursery snorkel the sea grass beds with your guide and discover their importance to the ecosystem. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to relax or for those feeling a little more energetic take advantage of the many water sport options available including surfing and diving. This evening dinner will be provided by a local family allowing you true access to local life.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


  • Standard: Stingray Beach Inn
  • Standard: Stingray Beach Inn
Day 3

place Sandbank, snorkeling & dolphins!

Following breakfast you will be taken by speedboat to an idyllic sandbank just a short distance from Maafushi. Here you have the opportunity to swim, snorkel or just lie back and relax. A picnic lunch will be served before we head off to snorkel in search of turtles. The soft corals available on this reef usually mean its lunchtime all the time for turtles! On the return journey to Maafushi cruise the Indian Ocean and hopefully spot dolphins.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


  • Standard: Stingray Beach Inn
  • Standard: Stingray Beach Inn
Day 4

place Visit Gulhi

Following an early breakfast we take a short 20 minute public ferry journey to the quiet local island of Gulhi, where your guide will accompany you on a tour of the island. Visit the boat yard to stand in awe at the size of the boats under renovation, chat with the ladies sweeping the streets and finally refresh yourself with a cool Kurumba (coconut) watching the comings and goings at the harbour. Ready for relaxation you can choose to head to the bikini beach or for the more energetic join your guide for a final snorkeling opportunity on the house reef of Gulhi. Returning to Maafushi late afternoon to freshen up before dinner, which will be served on the beach under the stars! (Weather permitting)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


  • Standard: Stingray Beach Inn
  • Standard: Stingray Beach Inn
Day 5

place Male Tour & Farewell

Following an early breakfast you will transfer on the early morning public ferry to Male and accompanied by a local guide you will discover the history of the capital city and visit places including The Friday Mosque, The National Museum (entrance fee not included) and Sultan Park. Transfer to Male International Airport or your onward destination.

Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

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  • Stingray Beach Inn
  • Stingray Beach Inn

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  • Dinner (4)
  • Breakfast (4)

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  • Airport and domestic transfer assistance
  • Return transfer by public ferry
  • All transfers during day activities

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  • Island orientation tour and Hedika Experience
  • 2 Point Snorkeling tour included equipment
  • Coral Nursery and Seagrass snorkeling tour including equipment
  • Sandbank visit, snorkeling and dolphin cruise
  • Day visit to Gulhi including island tour
  • Male City Tour and Island tours

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  • Services of English speaking Secret Paradise guide
  • All Local Tax (10% service charge, 12% GST and $6 Green Tax per person per night)

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  • Travel Insurance​, ​Personal Expenses, Other meals & Drinks, Tips & Gratuities, Departure PCR

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Meet local people


Visit markets

Travel with Purpose

Outdoors & Nature

I discovered the Maldives almost 20 years ago, visiting as a scuba diver in search of mantas and whale sharks. Following 30 visits in 10 years I made the Maldives my home in 2012.

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