7-Night Goidhoo Atoll Experience

8 days

7-Night Goidhoo Atoll Experience

Join us on our Goidhoo Atoll Experience and embark on a journey to discover the tranquil beauty of an atoll that remains off the radar of many tourists. This quiet atoll of natural beauty also known as Horsburgh Atoll sits within the UNESCO Baa Atoll Biosphere reserve. Snorkel a vibrant marine ecosystem, encountering an array of coral reefs and colorful marine life. Delve into the captivating history and rich culture of three local islands, immersing yourself in their way of life. Learn the art of cooking Maldivian cuisine, as local ladies guide you through the flavors and techniques that make their dishes unique. Witness incredible biodiversity as you explore mangroves, seagrass beds, and island lakes. Engage with inspiring NGOs and connect with friendly locals, gaining insights into their sustainability efforts and community initiatives. This purposeful journey will leave you with cherished memories and a deeper understanding of the Maldivian culture and environment.

Hulhumale, North Male Atoll, is a suburban island just a 10-minute taxi ride from Male International Airport. This artificial island was reclaimed from the sea to offer alternative living space outside of Male and while not a 5* resort, Hulhumale provides the ideal base as a start or finishing point to a holiday. There are plenty of local coffee shops, restaurants, and a small local shopping area. The public beach located along the east side of the island is an endless stretch of sand and provides the ideal location to swim or just sit and watch the world go by. The capital Male is just a 20-minute ferry journey away or a 15-minute ride by taxi.

Goidhoo Island is an interesting island paradise waiting to be explored. Experience an island rich in culture with mangrove lakes and agricultural resources, not at all what you expect from a Maldivian island. Enjoy a beautiful beach, vibrant coral reefs, a rich ecosystem, and a glimpse into the traditional way of life in the Maldives. Goidhoo could be described as large compared to many other local islands but the village community has a population of no more than 500 and much of the island is given over to tropical flora and agriculture.

Fehendhoo Island is one of the least populated islands in Baa Atoll, with some 150 locals living within its tiny village. The rest of the island is covered with tropical jungle and surrounded by aqua marine waters and coral reefs teeming with schools of tropical fish. With such a small population, the island has little in the way of infrastructure; there are a couple of local shops and a small cafe. There are several beach areas on the island especially for tourists, as well as a few secluded corners where you can relax in a hammock and lie in the shadow of the palms.

Fulhadhoo Island is blessed with a beautiful beach which ranked in the top 25 beaches in the world! With avenues of swaying palm trees and surrounded by a magnificent turquoise blue ocean, it is indeed paradise. The island is much longer than it is wider, meaning a refreshing sea breeze blows across it as you amble to and from the beach. The local village is home to 250 people and is positioned on the eastern part of the island, while the rest of the island features small agricultural land plots, a tropical forest, and white sandy beaches.

Note: 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 not allowed to be worn on local island public beaches and female travelers should dress with modesty in mind. Tourist beach areas are available for guests.

About The Host
Secret Paradise Maldives

Secret Paradise Maldives

Secret Paradise is an award winning, responsible and sustainable tour company based in the Maldives. In 2023 we were awarded silver at ICRT Responsible Tourism Awards in the category Best for Nature-Positive Tourism. In 2022 Wanderlust ranked us in their Top 10 Sustainable Initiative Tour Operators. In 2020 we were commended in the ‘Meaningful Connections’ category World Responsible Tourism Awards and long listed for the 2015 'Best for engaging people and culture' category,

Whether you are a solo traveller, couple, family with children or friends seeking a new adventure, we would be delighted to assist in planning your trip. Our style of guided tour offers much more than a conventional beach holiday and will immerse you in the culture and traditions of the Maldives, its amazing marine life, friendly local communities and provide you with a greater understanding and knowledge of our fragile environment.