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8 Days Yoga and Diving Holiday in Maldives

  • 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.


  • Meditation sessions
  • Up to 8 yoga sessions
  • Daily yoga practice and session
  • Diving package excluding use of equipment
  • Return domestic flight transfer from Male to Hanimadhoo
  • Time to relax on the white sandy beach
  • Experience untouched nature
  • Buffet breakfast and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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The seaside rooms which are 44 square meters in size, are affordable and comfortable accommodations. They are 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 the endless white beach. They are part of the same complex with a sandy inner courtyard. It is 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, and complimentary wireless internet access

The hotel offers a further 40 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 square meters in size including the veranda, with 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 which is about 50 square meters in size including the balcony, with double or twin beds and the possibility of an extra bed.

Each room is spacious, creatively designed, 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. There is a saltwater swimming pool available and a dive center which provides the highest level of quality and professionalism. It also 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!

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.

Sarah Bartlett

She is a certified YTT 200-hour Santosha yoga teacher with 9 years of practice and 1 year of actual yoga teaching experience. She teaches beginner and intermediate yoga classes. She is also well versed in different yoga styles such as: Hatha, Kriya, Men's & Women's yoga, Thai Massage, and Vinyasa yoga.

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.

  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Gym
  • Massage
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Stargazing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Child care
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library

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. The restaurant also offers a vegetarian corner. The panoramic 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. The Barefoot Bar Boat anchored in the lagoon can be accessed by a complimentary speedboat service from the jetty.

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 excluding use of equipment
  • 7 nights seaside room accommodation based on double or twin share
  • 8 daily yoga sessions
  • Bikes for adults and children free of charge
  • Buffet breakfasts and dinners
  • Conservation Center with resident Marine Biologists
  • Local Tax ($6 Green Tax per person per night, 10% Service Charge and 12% GST)
  • Return domestic flight transfer from Male to Hanimadhoo
For information about the booking conditions, please send Secret Paradise Maldives an inquiry.
  • 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 Perth, 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 Bengaluru (Bangalore), 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 Zurich, 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 Melbourne, 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 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." website, edited

  • 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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