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Sandbank Snorkeling and Sunset Cruise

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    What to Expect
    Make your way to the main Jetty in HULHUMALE and depart by speedboat on a small-group tour with your guide and boat captain.

    We head south to a beautiful sandbank set in a blue lagoon approximately 40 minutes from the capital. Relax on the sands under the shade of a sun umbrella, swim in the warm waters or snorkel the house reef. An ideal location to learn to snorkel with your guide or refresh your skills.

    Leaving the sandbank visit two of the best snorkeling points close to Male. Sites vary, depending on weather and current conditions, but you can be guaranteed an abundance of colorful tropical fish and coral life.

    Following a safety briefing and a briefing on responsible snorkeling, put on your provided fins, mask, and snorkel and jump into the warm, azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Keep your eyes open for sea turtles, reef sharks, and rays the Maldives are home to; youngsters will want to be on the lookout for Nemo (aka clown fish).

    Your snorkel guide will not only act as your 'spotter' to point out marine life that may not have caught your eye, but will assist less confident or inexperienced snorkelers, ensuring your equipment is comfortable and you feel safe in the water. Buoyancy aids are available if needed, but participants should have the ability to swim unaided.

    As the sun begins to set turning the sky to a blaze of color, your boat captain will head to the east of Hulhumale to a channel where there is a high probability of seeing dolphins. Please note: as these are marine creatures in their natural habitat there is never a guarantee of sightings.

    The 4-hour afternoon itinerary concludes at the starting point.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Hulhumale Jetty, Laccadive Sea, Maldives

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Rates are reflective of guests joining from Hulhumale.

    For guest’s joining from Male or Male International Airport requiring return transfer to and from Male by taxi there is an additional charge of $30 for 2 persons.

    Whilst we are happy to provide excursions to guests staying on resorts within Male Atolls, there would be an additional charge for transfers between the resort and Male. This cost will be dependent on the distance the resort is from Male. We would also require permission from the resort to allow us to collect you from their private jetty which can be obtained via the guest relations team at reception. Alternatively, you wish to take the resort transfer to the airport or Male from where we can arrange a guide to meet with you.


    • Velana International Airport, Airport Main Rd, Malé 22000, Maldives

    Departure Time
    2:00 PM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Return transfer to Hulhumale’ jetty by speedboat
    • Snorkeling equipment
    • Buoyancy aid
    • 500ml water
    • Sun umbrella
    • Services of Snorkeling Guide
    • Local Taxes
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Personal expenses - snacks, souvenirs
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Hat super viel Spaß gemacht. Gerne wieder!!! It was amazing! I saw a lot of beautiful places. With sharks, turtles and Dori. 😅
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    Response from RuthSecretParadise, Director of Sales at Sandbank Snorkeling and Sunset Cruise
    Responded 3 Dec 2019
    Good Morning, Thanks for sharing your review and some great images. Glad to hear you enjoyed your afternoon with Mash, he returned very jealous of your camera!! We hope we can welcome you on tour again in the future. Kind Regards Ruth
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    Most excellent plenty of fish. Saw a pod of dolphins and the there were the stingrays Yes there were more than one Best snorkelling ever. Hint remember under water Camera.
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    Response from RuthSecretParadise, Director of Sales at Sandbank Snorkeling and Sunset Cruise
    Responded 4 Nov 2019
    Dear Kaylene, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. Great to hear you enjoyed your afternoon with Mash and encountered a host of marine life as well as dolphins. Great tip too regarding the underwater camera. Can be put to plenty of use in the Maldives! Thanks for travelling with Secret Paradise and we hope we can welcome you again in the future. Kind Regards Ruth
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    Mashir and the whole team were simply terrific. This is a small group outing where you can get lots of attention, regardless of whether your an amateur snorkeler (like me) or you want to improve your skills. The fish you will see are amazing! I look forward to doing another
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    Response from Secret P, Director of Sales at Sandbank Snorkeling and Sunset Cruise
    Responded 25 Aug 2019
    Hi There! Thank you for taking the time to write your review, it is always appreciated. Great to hear you enjoyed your afternoon with Mash and that he was able to improve your snorkelling skills, hope that you will be back in the water again soon. Thanks for travelling with Secret Paradise. Kind Regards Ruth
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    My Wife and I, yes we are on our honeymoon and wanted something special to do, (not that the Maldives isn't special enough) and we have just got back to our room and the second thing I've done is write this review ;-) It was amazing (I'm on about the trip!) The guys that took us
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    Response from Secret P, Director of Sales at Sandbank Snorkeling and Sunset Cruise
    Responded 9 Aug 2019
    Hi Kevin. Thank you so much for your review. I am delighted that you had a great time with Shaa and the team, I must admit I was worried the weather was going to be against us so a welcome relief when the sun was out and hardly any breeze at all. Our aim is to ensure we provide memorable experiences so to read your review and know that the team have made such an impression gives me both pleasure and satisfaction. Enjoy the rest of your honeymoon and we hope we can welcome you to celebrate a future wedding anniversary! Kind Regards Ruth
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    Maldives was a dream destination for my husband and me after 20 years of tying the knot !! We had planned and emailed Secret Paradise in advance for our trip so we only had to call them upon reaching. To be frank, I wasn't expecting much out of this Sandbank & snorkeling tour.
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    Response from Secret P, Director of Sales at Sandbank Snorkeling and Sunset Cruise
    Responded 5 Jul 2019
    Hi Guys, So pleased to hear that you enjoyed your afternoon with Mash and Momo and that it exceeded your expectations. I am also pleased to learn that with a little encouragement and guidance your husband was also able to enjoy our underwater paradise. To ensure the safety and comfort of all our guests our guides are certified Emergency First Responders as well as experienced snorkelers or divers and therefore I know you were both in good hands and from your comments you both felt the same. Thank you for taking time to share your feedback and we look forward to welcoming you to the Maldives to celebrate a future weeding anniversary. Kind Regards Ruth
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