Eco­tourism with a per­sonal touch

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AS A COM­MU­NITY-BASED TOUR PROVIDER, Se­cret Par­adise hopes that by al­low­ing vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence the Mal­dives through the eyes of pas­sion­ate and pro­fes­sional lo­cals, they will learn about the ‘real’ Mal­dives and its cul­tures, be­liefs, tra­di­tions and his­tory. When guests use lo­cal fer­ries, stay in guest­houses on lo­cally in­hab­ited is­lands, and learn about lo­cal con­ser­va­tion ef­forts, the com­mu­nity of the is­lands ben­e­fits di­rectly. Aside from more re­lax­ing ac­tiv­i­ties like tour­ing the cap­i­tal, learn­ing lo­cal crafts, cook­ing Mal­di­vian cui­sine, and sun­set cruises and sa­faris, Se­cret Par­adise also of­fers sin­gle- and multi-day tours to ex­plore some of the pret­ti­est atolls, from the UN­ESCO Bio­sphere Re­serve Baa, to large Ari Atoll where many ma­rine an­i­mals are of­ten spot­ted. Choose to snorkel among the reefs in the calm wa­ters near the shore­line, or go with the flow, just drift­ing with the ocean cur­rents, safely ac­com­pa­nied by your guide. Ex­pe­ri­ence level is not a con­cern as to­tal be­gin­ners as well as ex­pe­ri­enced snorkellers will find a la­goon to their lik­ing here. Div­ing, kayak­ing, surf­ing and other wa­ter­sports are also avail­able. Book your per­sonal ad­ven­ture at www.se­cret­par­adise.mv

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