Everything about the excursions - our guide, the crew on the boat, the boat itself, the food and most especially the snorkeling exceeded our expectations. We were so well taken care of. Our guide was fun, had great information about Maldives and was a delight to spend the day with.
We feel we got excellent value and hope someday to make it back to Maldives. We definitely recommend booking with Palm Shade Maldives for any excursion. Their service is top notch…..from my 1st email to the end of the trip, they have been there all the way. Special thanks to Yaan and Ibrahim for making our trip an unforgettable one. The best part was my kids were never bored during the excursions and never asked what time we will go back to the hotel!!
We requested for a sandbank trip and got more than we wanted. We had the whole sandbank for ourselves, truly awesome..
During the trip to local island Maafushi, Yaan and his team has set up lunch for us here with coconut palm fringed islands, sparkling white beaches, turquoise blue waters studded with colored corals and an abundance of marine life sets as the (URL HIDDEN) family enjoyed the lunch spread very much especially the kids who went crazy with the local noodle dish thinking it was maggi mee……
Our host also took us snorkeling and we had the pleasure of snorkeling for 45 minutes, since our guide was happy for us to stay as long as we wanted. Amazing visibility, thousands of tropical fishes, and even adorable sea turtles swimming alongside us. Our guides were so patient to teach us snorkeling as we were amateurs and a little scared. The snorkeling was like swimming in an aquarium. We saw turtles and spectacularly colored fish.
Every excursion was like this, from night fishing on a local fisherman’s boat to visiting a sandbank. We had a private tour each day, driving us to the best spots and offering flexibility that just doesn’t come with a packaged resort. These kinds of experiences are much more attainable when you book excursion with Palm Shade; they even list their prices for excursions on Airbnb listings, so you know what you’re getting into before booking.
Yaan also included an enjoyable unforgettable dolphins watching experience for us. We were so lucky to be able to see them from close distance - just under our legs on the bow. We saw so many dolphins that day it was almost unbelievable......
A guided tour of Male for the 6 of us who took us through some of the busiest corners of the capital. We paid respects to the Hukuru Miskiiy the oldest mosque in the Maldives. Our tour guide also showed us the resting places of the late Ibnu Battutah and Al Balbari near the Hukuru Miskiiy. The tour included visits to the fish market and local market, Presidents Palace, Sultan Park and Friday Mosque and an Optional Museum visit.