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7 Night South Male Island Hopping – Private group

from £1277 per person*


7 nights/ 8 days

Private Tour

7 Night South Male Island Hopping – Private group

from £1277 per person*


Stay in guest houses and visit local homes to share meals and stories with the family

Discover stunning beaches and lagoons, sandbanks, and breathtaking sunsets.

Snorkelling trips to see turtles, colourful fish, sharks, and dolphins.

What You'll Do

Embark on a 7-night Maldivian odyssey, as you explore the vibrant local life of Hulhumale, Guraidhoo, Maafushi, and Gulhi. Immerse yourself in cultural encounters, environmental projects, watersports, and serene relaxation, creating lasting memories in this tropical haven.

This is a bucket list Maldives with a difference. A unique private experience for your group of up to 8 people. Staying in locally run guesthouses in great locations, visiting locals who welcome you into their home for dinner, seeing the small islands from the perspective of a local, getting to know the history, culture and cuisine whilst enjoying the stunning white beaches and turquoise waters the country is famous for.

This is a captivating 7-night journey through the heart of the Maldives, where the allure of turquoise waters and pristine beaches merges seamlessly with an authentic exploration of local life. Your local guide will lead you to four enchanting inhabited islands in Malé Atoll – Hulhumale, Guraidhoo, Maafushi, and Gulhi – each revealing a tapestry of Maldivian culture, traditions, and warm hospitality.

Hulhumale, North Male Atoll, 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 on the east side of the island is an endless stretch of sand ideal  for  swimming or to  just sit and watch the world go by.
Guraidhoo in South Male Atoll, it is a typical fishing island with just over  two thousand inhabitants, it has sandy roads and palm
trees and here you will see locals going about their daily routine; drinking coffee in the many small coffee shops and children playing simple games in the street. Sit and watch the sunset alongside the locals on the public beach or kick back in a traditional seat called a ‘joali’ and watch the world slowly pass by.

Guraidhoo is a regular stopping point for safari boats and there are a handful of souvenirs shops,  local restaurants and coffee shops, offering an insight in to the ‘real Maldives’.
Maafushi was once typical Maldivian local island but tourism has grown here in recent years. There are two beaches on opposite sides of the island, one of which is a tourist bikini beach, plenty of hotels and guest houses and a variety of cafes and restaurants all giving the island more of a tourist buzz.


Immerse yourself in the daily rhythm of island living, from delicious local cuisine to hands-on participation in environmental  projects. Balancing adventure with relaxation, enjoy watersports and guided trips together with precious moments of tranquility against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean. This immersive tour promises an unparalleled blend of cultural enrichment, environmental awareness, and the sheer bliss of the Maldivian paradise.

All the guesthouses chosen for this tour are run by local Maldivian hosts and  provide comfort, good service and local atmosphere. A warm welcome is waiting for you and you can rest assured that you are contributing directly to the local economy of the islands.

This adventure is suitable for children from age 12. If you have younger children and would like to book this experience, please get in touch.

*Based on per person (sharing a room) travelling from May-July

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Your Local Host:

Maldives Paradise Team

We are an award winning sustainable tour company. We are mindful of ensuring we promote local tourism in line with Maldivian culture and traditions. Through education of our team, our guests and locals, we aim to protect the environment and limit where ever possible any negative impact to local life. We are based in the Maldives and we specialis Read More

Experience Itinerary


Arrive at Malé International Airport for the start of your South Malé Island Hopping Tour. Here you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your guesthouse on Hulhumale. Settle in after your flight before taking your first steps on the sands of this tropical paradise.

Join your guide at the beach side for coffee, a very popular daily activity for Maldivians, and a chance to gain your first insight into the local side of this island paradise.

Accommodation: Point Inn Hulhumale

Point Inn is a beachfront guest house in Hulhumale, offering  sustainable accommodation with scenic sea views. This 4-star guest house features a sun terrace and WiFi is available throughout the property. The rooms all have ensuite shower rooms,  air-conditioning, a kettle and  TV.


Meals: Dinner 

Walking tour of Male & Dinner with a local family

Today you will have chance to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Malé, exploring its bustling markets, historical landmarks, and cultural gems, you will visit iconic sites like the President’s Palace, Sultan Park, and the Friday Mosque. There will be a stop for lunch at one of the many waterfront restaurants, where you can savour the local flavours before boarding the afternoon ferry to the charming island of Guraidhoo, approximately 2 hours journey, on the way you will pass by many beautiful islands, make sure you keep your eyes open for dolphins!

On arrival you will have time to settle in and unwind on the guesthouse rooftop or the local beach, and take in the mesmerizing sunset. This evening you will share a traditional Maldivian dinner with a local family in their home immersing yourself in authentic island hospitality and culinary customs, and perhaps learn a few words of Maldivian ( or Dhivehi).

Accommodation: Ocean Retreat and Spa

At Ocean Retreat & Spa is located near a private beach. It has a rooftop terrace, coffee shop/cafe and laundry facilities. The on site restaurant serves international cuisine All deluxe rooms are ensuite and  have free WiFi, ceiling fan and  coffee/tea making facilities.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Snorkelling and island discovery

Following breakfast, accompanied by your guide we travel by speedboat to two of the best nearby reefs. The coral reefs of the Maldives are inhabited by diverse marine life and are teaming with colourful fish and corals. Keep your eyes open for turtles, sharks, turtles, groupers, mantas, and myriad colourful fish.Your  guide will provide a briefing on responsible snorkeling and act as your ‘spotter’ pointing out marine life that may not have caught your eye.They will assist less confident or inexperienced snorkellers, ensuring your equipment is comfortable and you feel safe in the water

As the afternoon cools down, join your guide to explore Guraidhoo, and take the opportunity to learn about the local way of life including a visit to the Mosque.  Learn how to open a coconut and remove the husk. Stop and chat with children playing in the street, and watch the ladies of the community begin their evening meal preparations. Finally, stop by a local cafe to sample tasty traditional hedhika – Maldivian savoury and sweet treats served with black tea.

This evening while you listen to the sound of the waves enjoy a Maldives style beach BBQ under the stars.

Accommodation: Ocean Retreat and Spa

At Ocean Retreat & Spa is located near a private beach. It has a rooftop terrace, coffee shop/cafe and laundry facilities. The on site restaurant serves international cuisine All deluxe rooms are ensuite and  have free WiFi, ceiling fan and  coffee/tea making facilities.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Speedboat trip to the reefs

Today you will start early and transfer by local ferry to the local island of Maafushi, just 20 minutes away, where after checking into the guesthouse you will be able to enjoy a relaxed breakfast before exploring the island to get yourself acquainted and to uncover the best spots to take lunch or enjoy a refreshing juice with a view.

This afternoon,  discover the story of Renee’s Coral Garden and why coral rehabilitation projects are important in the Maldives. On route to the coral nursery, snorkel the seagrass beds with your guide and discover their importance to the Maldives ecosystem.

After dinner at a local café, your guide will introduce you to the work of the Olive Ridley project. Providing an insight into their environmental monitoring and turtle studies preparing you for our turtle snorkeling tomorrow!

Accommodation : Stingray Beach Inn

Located on Maafushi Island, Stingray Beach Inn offers a relaxing atmosphere, with a restaurant serving local and international dishes, a swimming pool and hammocks in the garden, where guests can relax. All deluxe rooms have air conditioning,  WiFi, TV, seating area and private bathroom.

Meals: Breakfast, dinner


Snorkelling, Dolphin spotting and Sandbank picnic

Today will start with an early breakfast and then we will go by speedboat to an idyllic sand bank just a short distance from Maafushi . Maldives sandbanks are a natural wonder that epitomizes the breathtaking beauty of this tropical paradise. Picture a pristine stretch of glistening white sand emerging from the crystal-clear turquoise waters, forming a tiny, isolated island in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

We will stop at a sandbank for a picnic lunch with time to swim and snorkel in the lagoon or just lie back and relax. Then we head off to snorkel in search of turtles. The soft corals available on this reef attract the turtles, and  before entering the water your guide
will share the turtle snorkeling code of conduct, ensuring the experience is memorable for both you and the turtles.

In the afternoon heading back to Maafushi, we will cruise the Indian Ocean in search of dolphins.Your guide and  crew are very familiar with the habits and behaviour of dolphins will keep a keen lookout for any signs of these graceful creatures.
They will share stories about the different species of dolphins found in the region, their social dynamics, and the role they play in the ecosystem, an  enriching experience that will deepen your appreciation for these beautiful mammals.

Following dinner, join your guide for a stroll through the island and learn how Maafushi led the development of local tourism. Complete your day in the traditional way with coffee at a local cafe.

Accommodation: Stingray Beach Inn

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Local Life

Following an early breakfast you will take a short speedboat journey to the quiet local island of Gulhi.

Once  you have checked in to your guesthouse, your guide will accompany you on a tour of the island. Visit the boat yard and see the  huge boats under renovation, chat with the ladies sweeping the streets and finally refresh yourself with a cool Kurumba (coconut).
Over your refreshment your guide will share with you how  plastic is being dealt with in the Maldives and the work being done by Parley of the Oceans to deal with plastic waste in the sea.

Ready for relaxation? You can choose to head to the bikini beach or for the more energetic join your guide for a snorkeling opportunity on the house reef of Gulhi.

As the afternoon cools down there is the option to spend time on the beach, supporting the local community in a  beach clean. Our reward will be a refreshing ocean swim!

Dinner this evening will be prepared by a local family,you will enjoy the delicious local recipes passed down through the generations and traditionally eaten without any cutlery!

Accommodation: Tropic Tree Guesthouse

The tropic Tree Guesthouse has 10 ensuite rooms, tastefully decorated in authentic style using coconut timber, with AC and fan, wifi and TV. It’s just a few minute’s walk from the sandy shores of Gulhi Island. There is a lovely garden courtyard with lush palm trees palms and a panoramic roof terrace.


Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

Free Day

With so many activities and excursions available, we leave today free for you to enjoy as you please. Relax on the bikini beach, or embark on an aquatic adventure like SUP, kayaking, and much more. Optional diving trips can also be organized for certified divers.

This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner in the peaceful courtyard of your guesthouse.

Accommodation: Tropic Tree Guesthouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Departure Day

Today after your last breakfast at the guesthouse, you will be transferred to Male by Ferry boat, arriving at Velana airport at around 10 am. From here you can take your flight home, or continue your Maldives island adventure by transferring to your next destination.

Location Information

You will meet your host at Velana International Airport (MLE).

This is a private group tour for maximum 8 people, which can depart on any day.

The tour will take you to from  Male to Guraidhoo to sample to the local life, culture and cuisine, and of course the marine life,  then on to Maafushi with its stunning beaches and coral reefs and deserted sandbanks, you’ll hop to Gulhi and meet local fishermen and boat builders, before returning back to Male, 8 days later

  • Airport transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation in comfortable locally run guesthouses
  • 7 breakfasts, one picnic lunch and 6 dinners
  • All transfers between islands and accommodation
  • Island tours and hedhika experience
  • Guided snorkelling, sandbank and dolphin cruise
  • Guided Snorkelling tour and snorkelling incl equipment
  • Beach clean, seagrass and Coral Nursery Visit
  • Male City guided walking tour
  • Experienced and passionate local guide for all activities
  • All local taxes


No. Alcohol consumption in the Maldives is illegal. In private hotel resorts alcohol can be consumed, however on this trip we are staying in locally run guesthouses and no alcohol is allowed here. Subject to availability visits to resorts, where alcohol can be served legally, can be arranged.

Bikinis are not allowed to be worn on local public beaches in the Maldives, however all of the guesthouses offer private gardens and balconies and there are tourist beach areas on the islands where bikinis may be worn.

Check in is at midday on day one, but if you are arriving early we will try to arrange an early check in for you subject to availability.

Yes we are happy to accommodate children from age 12. The rooms at the guest houses are single or twin/ double share, we may be able to arrange for a triple room - please contact us to request this if needed.