Help support Maldives local conservation projects

Secret Paradise Maldives has joined forces with NGO Save the Beach to promote local conservation projects and responsible tourism.

We are delighted to share that Secret Paradise Maldives has partnered Villingili based NGO Save the Beach in order to support local conservation projects within the capital area of the Maldives.

Secret Paradise have added two daily tours to their excursion offer both of which provide an insight into the conservation challenges that face an island during development. A presentation shows how Villimale’ has transformed from an island with a rich biodiversity on land and in the sea, to one that is struggling to maintain its natural ecosystems.  Guests as well as spending time with Save the Beach and the local community also have the opportunity to witness these impacts first hand by snorkeling or diving with the local conservationists on their coral nursery maintenance trips.

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Coral Nursery

Secret Paradise specializes in cultural & adventurous, private and small group Local Island daily and multi day tours. Accompanied by experienced local guides they combine activities and relaxation with culture and tradition offering travelers the Maldives experience of a lifetime.

Ruth Franklin, Co-Founder and Sales Director comments ‘we are delighted that our team and our guests can become actively involved in local conservation efforts. It is a great way to give back to the community in which we live and operate. As a business we are committed to following social and environmental best practices ensuring that there is limited or no negative impact on the community or the environment within which we operate’’

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Learning about conservation over afternoon tea

Save the Beach started in 2008 as a youth movement in Vilingili to conserve the beaches on this particular local capital island. Save the Beach aims to conserve and maintain the beaches and reefs of Villingili. Since natural processes of environmental growth take time, their Conservation and Beautification Project is proposed for a period of ten years.

Hassan Ahmed, President of the group comments ‘Thanks to Secret Paradise Maldives we’re able to share our messages with visitors to our country on how they too can be responsible during their stay’

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Supporting responsible tourism

Both excursions are offered daily. Guests are met at their guesthouse or hotel in Male Hulhumale or Villingili and are accompanied by a Secret Paradise representative to meet with the Save the Beach team.

Enjoy a tour of the island of Villingili and observe local island life as well as sharing traditional Maldives afternoon tea ‘hedika’ at a local tea shop with the Save the Beach reef conservation group

Contact sales@secretparadise for more information or bookings.

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Exploring Villingili

 

 

 

 

 

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Since 2012 Secret Paradise has been at the forefront of the Maldives local island tourism industry, promoting and supporting guesthouses, dive centres and activity operators based on locally inhabited islands throughout the Maldives archipelago. Secret Paradise tours are designed to allow guests to engage with local people and experience the best from a paradise generally known as a luxury resort destination. The basis of our tours has always been to allow guests to learn about the Maldives, its culture, beliefs, and traditions and what better way to do this than to see the country through the eyes of a local. Travel with a local, island hop by public ferry, stay on a local island, share breakfast with a family in their home, exchange stories, relax with a coffee in a local café and immerse yourself in daily life.

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