Travel with Secret Paradise
22 March 2017
Tourism in the Maldives is changing and so is the travellers understanding of what the Maldives has to offer. Secret Paradise, a Maldives based tour company has helped to lead this. Offering small group and private travel experiences, their unique local island tours are designed to allow guests to engage with local people as well as enjoy the activities for which the Maldives is renowned; diving, snorkeling, watersports and sunset safaris.
Secret Paradise was founded in 2012, when following 27 years in UK retail management, the opportunity to relocate arose for their co-founder Ruth Franklin. Ruth was no stranger to the Maldives having visited the archipelago on over 30 occasions. Their focus of engaging travelers with locals was driven by Ruth’s own experiences during her travels in the archipelago.
Travel with Secret Paradise on any one of their range of tours and immerse yourself in the Maldives, its culture, beliefs, and tradition. Travelling by public ferry and staying on an inhabited island will provide you with unique opportunities to engage with the local community. Share breakfast with a family in their home. Learn to cook tasty Maldivian dishes. Watch and participate in local craft lessons. Fish the traditional way with just a line and BBQ your catch on the beach for a dinner under the stars. Exchange stories of Maldives past and present or just sit back on a traditional Maldivian seat with your feet in the ocean and watch the world go by.
Responsible Tourism plays a very large part in what they do, supported by the fact that Secret Paradise were longlisted for the World Responsible Travel Awards in 2015. They are mindful of ensuring local tourism is promoted in line with Maldivian culture and beliefs and through education of both guests and locals they aim to protect the environment and limit where ever possible any negative impact to local life. Partnering with NGOs such as Save the Beach, Secret Paradise tours allow guests to learn about the environment and the challenges faced by the Maldives as well as having opportunity for guests to become actively involved in projects. Secret Paradise don't just provide holidays they provide experiences.
Based in the Maldives they complete audits
of all the properties they partner and source feedback from guests. Their team,
with the exception of Ruth are all locals, who have a passion for their country
and guest service. Everyone complete an in house training program as well as
the Lead Amazing Tours program ensuring guests receive only the best service
and experience. In essence travelling with Secret Paradise you can expect high standards of service,
communication and expert local knowledge, as well as holiday experiences that
are fun and leave lasting memories