8 Days Yoga and Diving Holiday in Maldives

  • Barefoot Eco Hotel, Haa Alifu Atoll, Hanimaadhoo, Republic of Maldives

Yoga and Diving Retreat in Maldives

A combination of yoga and diving in a unique location. This holiday will give you an introduction to yoga and how it can assist and improve your diving and breathing techniques. For divers there are 20 to 30 dive spots at a boat distance of 20 to 40 minutes, all of them can be reached by traditional dhoni and/or speed boat. Manta and dolphin dives are offered according to the season. The program is suitable for certified divers and from experienced yoga practitioners to beginners. For individuals without diving certification programs can be designed to include learn to dive certification.

Highlights

  • 6 dive package
  • Up to 8 yoga sessions
  • Daily yoga practice and session
  • Diving package excluding use of equipment
  • Time to relax on the white sandy beach
  • Experience untouched nature
  • Buffet breakfast and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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The Seaside Rooms (44 sq.m.) are affordable and comfortable accommodations, nicely furnished, with a modern and elegant double sink bathroom. The rooms have a wide patio door looking onto a cozy wooden veranda just beside our endless white beach. They are part of the same complex with a sandy inner courtyard. Ideal for groups wishing to share a unique experience. Room facilities include full air conditioned rooms with individual temperature control, ceiling fan, fully stocked mini bar, safe box, hair dryer, beach towels, telephone with direct external line, twice daily housekeeping service, complimentary wireless internet access.

The hotel offers 40 high standard and fully furnished rooms, in two story blocks of 4 rooms each. There are 20 beach front rooms which are on the ground floor, with direct access to the white beach. They are large size rooms (about 50 sq.m. including the veranda), double or twin beds. Besides that, there are also 20 ocean view rooms which are upper floor with a spectacular sea view. They are also large size rooms (about 50 sq.m. including the balcony), double or twin beds with the possibility of extra bed.

Each room is spacious, creatively designed, and comfortable and has an en-suite elegant natural stone bathroom with shower. All rooms have solar panels, a private veranda or terrace with seating, independently controlled air-conditioning, ceiling-fan, desalted water (hot and cold), safe box, hairdryer and telephone with direct external line, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities.

This 8 days yoga and diving holiday will give you an introduction to yoga and how it can assist and improve your diving and breathing techniques. It is suitable for everybody, from divers to non-divers, and from experienced yoga practitioners to beginners. All yoga lessons are conducted by an international yoga master and can be performed by a yogi of any level. Each evening sunset class has a duration of 45 minutes that consists of an introduction, breathing practice, warm up, standing and seating sequence, and meditation. Diving is led by a PADI Dive Master or instructor in small groups from a traditional Maldives dhoni (boat). Dive sites are chosen based on weather and current conditions together with skill level of divers participating.

Unlike many of the other diving areas in Maldives, Haa Alif's marine life seems to revel in the minimal interference from humans with flourishing hard coral growth over most of the submerged boulders. Soft corals do well on the sides of the boulders protected from often strong currents. Fish life thrives in the nutrient-rich waters bringing in the reef predators: white and black tip reef sharks and large numbers of manta rays. The area offers drift dives, cave diving and even the Maadhoo wreck. Wall dives are among some of the best you will find in the whole of the Maldives scuba diving region and the coral reefs shine in the sunny weather and clear waters that make for great visibility of up to 30 meters.

Yoga and diving holiday itinerary

Day one

  • Arrival at Male International Airport and transfer by domestic flight
  • 17:30 - Sunset yoga designed to acclimate your body and soul to the setting sun.

Day two

  • 09:30 - Morning dive
  • 17:30 - Partner yoga that offers a unique sequence for partners by fortifying trust and communication while building strength and flexibility in fun and intimate way.

Day three

  • 09:30 - Morning dive
  • 17:30 - Hatha yoga that offers a unique sequence that trains body, mind, and breath. An excellent yoga workout for developing flexibility while creating a sense of inner calm.

Day four

  • 09:30 - Morning dive
  • 17:30 - Yoga balance which is a powerful sequence for practitioners looking for more challenging postures.

Day five

  • 09:30 - Morning dive
  • 17:30 - Gentle yoga offers very useful sequences for beginners. Suitable for all ages!

Day six

  • 09:30 - Morning dive
  • 17:30 - Yoga flow which is a series of yogic postures practiced one after another with proper coordination of breath and body movement!

Day seven

  • 09:30 - Morning dive
  • 17:30 - Yoga stretch which is a unique practice to loosen up muscles.

Day eight

  • 08:00 - Morning yoga that designed to balance your body for the day.
  • Transfer to Male International Airport and your onward destination.

There area wide range of excursions on offer including sunset cruises, snorkeling and sandbank visits. There is a saltwater swimming-pool available and a dive center providing the highest level of quality and professionalism which offers rental equipment including dive computers and underwater digital cameras as well as customized dive packages suitable for both adults and children including free try dives! There are 20-30 dive spots at a boat distance of 20-40 minutes; all of them can be reached by traditional dhoni and/or speed boat. Diving and snorkeling excursions and manta and dolphin research trips are offered according to the season.

The Barefoot Eco Hotel is located within an almost untouched forest on the Maldives local island of Hanimadhoo in the preserved deep north of Maldives. The dense vegetation allows not only privacy but the opportunity to experience untouched nature and the genuine and natural Maldives along with all the amenities expected from a modern day accommodation option. A half mile private sandy beach and a turquoise lagoon frame the hotel and invite you to experience an authentic and relaxing holiday at outstanding value.

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the main sea view restaurant. Guests can enjoy typical dishes of the Mediterranean cuisine as well as international and oriental recipes. All dietary requirements can be catered for if highlighted at time of booking.

The panoramic juice bar next to the main restaurant and the ice cream parlor looking directly out over the sea are ideal gathering places to sip soft drinks, fresh juices and healthy cocktails. Whilst the Barefoot Bar Boat is anchored in the lagoon with complimentary speedboat transfers available for sun downers and into the night.

For guests wishing for an active holiday, the hotel offers a fully equipped gym, canoes, windsurfing, kitesurf, snorkeling trips, night and fluorescent snorkeling, natural and cultural escorted bike tours, guided star watching, big game and light game sport fishing, and guided kayak trips.

The hotel spa offers a natural health retreat, holistic treatments, and classic massages services. Detox programs are research-based and combine medical science with holistic therapies. The spa also offers Ayurvedic treatments. Guests can choose to add additional personal yoga classes or therapies to personalize their program alongside the scheduled yoga classes.

  • 6 dive package including tank/weight and boat fees
  • 7 daily yoga sessions
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Buffet breakfasts and dinners
  • Local Tax ($6 Green Tax per person per night, 10% Service Charge and 12% GST)
  • Return domestic flight transfer from Male to Hanimaadhoo
  • Additional spa treatments, diving or excursions
  • International airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Jaedena Ward from United Arab Emirates

    Yoga review

    CONS Cons: Wasn't really a "yoga retreat" very basic morning yoga for 45 mins. Just a nice affordable island in the Maldives that offers a yoga class in the mornings.

    PROS Pros: Location was amazing, bedroom was clean and tidy, yoga teacher was very good very nice but for very basic beginner yoga

    2017-May-12 21:50:34

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    Review by Elisa Paparo Filomarino from Switzerland

    I would do the same all over again!

    CONS Cons: Nothing

    PROS Pros: Everything

    2017-Apr-26 10:15:48

  • Review by Samantha from Singapore
    10 out of 10

    "This yoga retreat is booked with secret paradise and I thank Soba & Ruth for being responsive to my emails and helped arranged for my solo retreat at such short notice. It was unfortunate that my flight to Male was delayed due to closed airspace (as informed by the pilot) and I missed the onward domestic flight to Hanimaadhoo but Soba and her team were there to assist and stayed with me till I boarded the next flight.I stayed at the Barefoot Eco Hotel in a ground floor beach front room. Rooms were large and had a veranda with bean bags for chilling. I particularly enjoyed and applaud the hotel's efforts to promote ecotourism. There is a conservation centre with in-house marine biologists who make snorkelling activities more than just snorkelling. I learnt a lot about dolphins & turtles through them. The hotel has a strip of private beach with clear waters but not many fishes. More marine life is found at their house reef which is a free boat ride away.While the staff at Barefoot were friendly, I wished the transfer from Hanimaadhoo airport to the hotel was communicated better. The hotel staff failed to pick me up when I arrived (even though I was told they were informed of the change in timing) and I was left alone at the airport.That being said, this yoga retreat package is still value for money as it includes 3 sessions of spa, (Hot stone, scrub & massage) as well as half board meals (Breakfast & Dinner). A good deal if you'll like to spend a few days in paradise."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Lalibelulleurbaine
    10 out of 10

    ""Wonderful beach & yoga holiday" Thank you to Secret Paradise for having arranged our wonderful stay at the lovely Barefoot ecolodge. We thoroughly enjoyed the morning and sunset yoga sessions with Ramunni, the snorkling excursions and dives to witness the colourful sea life, the delicious breakfasts and dinners (fresh fruit, the curries were sooo good!), the evening lectures & movies, the books, the beauty of the surroundings, the white sandy beach and turqoise water, and the funny flying foxes (bats) that make their appearance at sunset. The toughest thing was to pack our bags and head home!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Malaysia
    10 out of 10

    "My husband and i spent 3 days for full adventure excursions and it was a unforgettable experience and we celebrated our 1st Anniversary at the SandBank and we truly enjoy all the excursions and our tour guide Mr Ibrahim is very helpful and good to have him as our tour guide."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "We booked a tour last weekend and it was really awesome! We do snorkeling at kurumba island and stingray island(which is my favorite so far) and sunset cruise and watch the dolphines..very cool and thumbs up to Mahee! Thank you Secret Paradise for giving such an unforgettable experience to us! Worth all the penny!"

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  • Review by Dorota
    10 out of 10

    "Our stay at the Barefoot Eco Hotel was very good. We were happy with the quality of the hotel, service, food and especially with the evening yoga sessions with Mr Ramunni. Maldives are the perfect holiday location for those who need to rest and take it really easy. The transfer to and from Hanimadhoo was smooth and we were guided by the Secret Paradise personel. Advice for the next guests: beware of the sun - it is really strong! Thank you for your help, best regards."

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  • Review by a traveler from Poland
    10 out of 10

    "I have booked 2 tours with Secret Paradise - Morning snorkeling and 4 Hour Male City Walking Tour. I did enjoy both tours - snorkeling was something new to me but thanks to the professional team I was able to see majestic underwater world. The highlight of the day was Male City Walking tour - Mahee - my tour guide was awesome. Mahee is like a walking Maldives encyclopedia - has provided me with so much information about the country, history and culture. He answered all my questions. I enjoyed visiting the local market, eating local food and discovering the capital. This tour is something that everyone should do and I thank you Mahee and Ruth for this great adventure!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "We had a great time organized by Secret Paradise. Our dinner with a very welcoming local family was informal and cozy, and showed us a lot about the culture (and yummy Maldivian food!) and was one of the highlights of our trip. There was inclement weather on the following day when we were supposed to go on an island hopping adventure, and Ruth was excellent about e-mailing us early in the morning before departure to double check whether we were still feeling comfortable with going, and honest about unfavorable conditions and allowed us to cancel. Ruth was nothing but pleasant, helpful and prompt and our guide, UB, was approachable, knowledgeable and really seemed to enjoy his job."

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  • Review by Nikki Pearson
    10 out of 10

    "Absolutely fabulous! The hotel was great and the staff really friendly and helpful. My yoga instructor was wonderful and I really enjoyed all my sessions. While I was there I also did my PADI open water diving course as well. From the minute I landed in Male, the secret Paradise team were there to smooth the process of getting to Barefoot and I had the same experience in the way back, would highly recommend both them and the barefoot."

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  • Review by Traveler
    10 out of 10

    "It was amazing experience with Secret Paradise. Very professional people, Thank you Ruth and Kamey for making this trip wonderful!"

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  • Review by Traveler from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Very much enjoyed out tour of Male and Villigilli. Kamey was very friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. Felt more like time spent with a friend exploring rather than going on a tour. Thanks Kamey."

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  • Review by Hazel Bernadette
    10 out of 10

    "Service is 100% from start to finish! If you have no idea what to do, just tell them the activities you enjoy and they'll recommend an excursion for you, complete with all the prices, inclusions, and details -- you only need to choose. They reply also to emails very fast, so even when you're not yet in Maldives, you already feel the excellent service that they provide. For the tours and excursions, they pick you up from your hotel, take care of you very well during the entire excursion, and bring you back to the hotel safe, happy, and satisfied! The guides are very friendly and they really walk you through everything Maldivian (I was asking them the whole time about almost everything -- history, politics, culture -- they can answer everything!). If you're a first timer in water activities like snorkeling (like me), their guides also are very knowledgeable in handling such guests, so you do not have to worry. Very highly recommended if you're going to the Maldives, even on a solo trip."

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  • Review by Ray Soumyadip from India
    10 out of 10

    "Secret Paradise offers a number of options to the travelers from cruises to city walks to diving trips to sand bank visits. We did the Sunset cruise had a wonderful experience. We got the see some dolphins as well. The crew was great and it was well managed. If you are in Hulhumale, please ensure you go for some of the trips. You will not regret it."

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  • Review by Chuzev from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "We contacted Ruth about a 4 hour tour during our wait for our international flight. I was so impressed by the way Ruth handled our request. She answered back promptly and professionally every time. She was super helpful and very reasonably priced. We had a great time on our catamaran boat with our amazing and fun guide Kamey, whose knowledge was extensive. Highly recommended!"

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  • Review by A.Fakeereh
    10 out of 10

    "The location couldn't have been more perfect, and it was a beautiful environment to wake up in everyday and practice yoga. For me, the whole retreat experience was a very welcome pause from the crazy pace of modern day life, leaving me renewed and inspired, and able to reconnect with myself. I visited as part of the Yorkshire Centre for Well-being retreat and the joint expertise of Anne-Marie and James meant that the twice daily sessions were wonderfully varied and balanced."

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  • Review by M. Richardson
    10 out of 10

    "I have just returned from the Yorkshire Centre for Well-being's yoga retreat in the Maldives in conjunction with Secret Paradise. There could not have been a more idyllic environment in which to practice yoga and meditation looking out over the white sandy beach and the turquoise sea! I really experienced the benefit of twice daily classes and personal meditation and although I am not the most flexible person I definitely felt a marked improvement in my asanas. I took the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful facilities at the Barefoot Resort for an extra few days after the retreat and can honestly say that I can’t remember the last time I felt so relaxed and refreshed after a holiday. "

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  • Review by Danielle Cargill from Australia
    9 out of 10

    "As you no doubt heard, apart from not seeing Mantas, my holiday was perfect! I'll just have to come back to Maldives again.From the friendly face of Shaffaf upon my arrival two weeks ago, the informative local tour and another smiling member of the Secret Paradise team meeting me when I landed back in Male today, everything has gone beautifully. The quick and comprehensive communication during the lead up to my vacation helped me prepare well, and for once. I didn't over pack or bring anything inappropriate. I would definitely recommend your team to anyone looking to travel to Maldives, and will certainly be in touch if I am fortunate enough to come back again. I'll give you a 9/10, as we all need something to continue to aspire too. With warmest regards to you, Ruth and all the team!"

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  • Review by Blessie
    10 out of 10

    "We had a truly relaxing holiday in Maldives with the help of Secret Paradise. We booked for 8 days Yoga Retreat and we are very happy with the service and did not regret choosing Secret Paradise to help us organize the vacation. Thank you for your service and prompt communication. More power and definitely a high recommendation! "

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  • Review by Rosaria
    10 out of 10

    "I would like to thank Secret Paradise for the support and the organization of my holiday on my way to and at Barefoot. I enjoyed a lot my staying at the hotel, I found the property very beautiful, super comfortable and well organized. The staff was professional, kind, extremely friendly and made me feel really at home. I appreciated particularly their underwater conservation efforts and I believe they deserve to be advertised more widely. Many thanks and all the very best again."

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  • Review by Karen S
    10 out of 10

    "In such a short notice, Ruth helped us arrange our itinerary so that we can do the activities that we want to do in Maldives. Amazingly, Secret Paradise made our experience worthwhile and Superb. I highly recommend that you book with Secret Paradise. I appreciate their transparency and integrity in their service. Thank you so much Secret Paradise for a wonderful experience."

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  • Review by a Phil Bailey
    10 out of 10

    "Ruth and her team are simply fantastic having assembled a 12 day package of Yoga for me. This turned out to be the best Yoga experience ever for me as the teachers and setting was amazing. All the staff I met at Secret Paradise were charming and really loved what they did and were vocal about this. Their hospitality and efficiency on arrival was superb and when BA announced a 24 hour delay on the return flight, everything was done to ensure I enjoyed the extra time I had - doubly challenging as it was Christmas day!"

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  • Review by Marsha
    10 out of 10

    "We were very happy with our yoga retreat holiday, which was booked and organized with Ruth's help from Secret Paradise. The company was extremely efficient with the booking and communication. The eco concept of the hotel added a unique and engaging touch to the general exotic holiday experience you can find in other Maldives' hotels, as the hotel has a group of marine biologists who work there and organize guided snorkeling and diving tours with the detailed presentation on marine life and their work to preserve it. The chef in The Barefoot prepared delicious food every dinner and although the choice of food in the buffet is not huge, there was always a good selection of meals worthy a five star restaurant. The beach in The Barefoot is sandy and beautiful, however, there is no abundance of sea life right near the beach and the richer riffs are about 10-15 min away of swimming (or 5 mins on the boat). But it gives you an ability to swim freely is you just want to swim instead of snorkeling. The service at the hotel is good and the rooms are cleaned twice a day. The bar at the boat is worth visiting, as the boat itself has an exciting exterior of a pirate boat, while watching the sunset from it having a cocktail or star gazing at night is definitely a memorable experience."

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