Secret Paradise Maldives

Maldives local island experts since 2012

Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
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Secret Paradise was established after founder, Ruth Franklin, fell in love with the Maldives while on a scuba diving trip in search of mantas and whale sharks. Ruth since visited the archipelago on more than 30 occasions before establishing Secret Paradise in 2012 with the support of locally-based business partner.

With Secret Paradise you'll learn that the Maldives are about much more than beautiful beaches. Escape from the luxury resorts and you'll find authentic experiences and places that most visitors don't even know exist. Secret Paradise helps guests to connect with Maldivian culture, local communities and the environment, going far beyond the realms of a traditional Maldives holiday.

Good to know

  • Flexible rebookings: change dates at no cost
  • Covid-19 protocols in place
  • Locally-based destination specialists

Key information

Destinations Maldives
Activity Cruise & Sailing, Beach, Family, Adventure, Water Sports, Active, Diving, Snorkelling, Nature & Wildlife, Culture, Responsible Travel, Community-led Tourism, Solo Travel
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour

Secret Paradise Maldives Reviews

What people are saying about Secret Paradise Maldives

Jerry and Renee Hornbeak, USA

Fantastic Way to See the Real Maldives!! After 3 relaxing days at a private resort island, we were ready for something different. The infinity pool, buffet, pampering, and fellow tourists were all fun, but we were ready to see the real Maldives. We took Secret Paradise's 7-night North Ari Island Hopping tour.

Good email communication with the office (Ruth). Everything was as represented or better. dependable greetings, connections, transportation, etc. per their itinerary. great itinerary to 3 lesser-developed inhabited atoll islands. Good balance between included activites, optional activities, and free time. Good pace of 2 nights on each island. fantastic guide, Kokko. He was informative, kind, and fun, and did much more than the minimum. authentic experience of local Maldivian life. Not a cushy resorty tour, just the real deal. excellent coral, diverse colorful tropical fish, 10-20 meter visibilty underwater.


Avilaxx, USA

I was hesitant to go to the Maldives because i am not a person who likes to go to resorts but more of a traveler who is interested in local culture. Once i found Secret Paradise i decided that i can experience what i like in the Maldives. The communication via email was amazing every question was answered and i asked a lot. The tour i did was to 5 islands and sleeping on 3 my guide Kokko was more like a friend then a guide. I am pretty independent so i felt we had a good balance he travelled with me for 7 days and i can WhatsApp him anytime for guidance or to meet. He helped facilitate additional tours for me even a resort visit. Also the hotels they pick are uniuqe. If u want to see the real Maldives Secret Paradise is your best option and affordable.

Sandra Dobson, UK

The real Maldives...if you want an experience you will never forget put your trust in Ruth and Secret Paradise Maldive Tours. Tailor make as many days as you wish. Visit the wonderful islands of Maafushi, Gulfi and Guraidhoo. Mix with locals, feel part of the customs, culture and individuality of each island. Relax or be as active or inactive as you wish. swim, snorkel and be daring even learn to scuba dive in the most glorious locations... I loved my time in the Maldives. Highly recommend this company.

What's included

All trips with Secret Paradise Maldives include the following services. Get in touch to find out more.


All of our guesthouse accommodation is handpicked to provide a balance of comfort, good service, local atmosphere and value for money. We have chosen a selection of locally operated guesthouses that provide comfortable clean rooms, friendly service and good food. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, AC, ceiling fans and complimentary WiFi, whilst water, tea and coffee is always available. Most of the guesthouses are single or double story comprised of an average of 10 rooms. They are often built around a private garden or with a sun terrace and all offer private tourist bikini beach areas, in each you can be assured of a warm welcome.

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