Maafushi Island Tours
Whale Shark Tour
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Whale Shark Tour

By SHADOWPALM TOURS
Recommended by 96% of travellers
96% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Our tour is designed to explore Maldives with lots of fun. Our guides are well trained to give best service to our guests. Taking perfect pictures while you enjoy the nature of beautiful Maldives is one of our specialities.

Ages 0-65, max of 20 per group
Duration: 7h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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  • Pictures & Videos
  • Lunch
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment


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  • Shadowpalm Tours, Kashimaage, Ziyaarai Magu, Maafushi 08090, Maldives
    Reconfirm tour and number of travelers joining latest by 8:30 pm on the night before the tour by visiting shadowplam tour office or by contacting us through whatsapp. To start tour meet at shadowpalm tour office in Maafushi at 07:00 am.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Near public transportation
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 193055P5

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 193055P5

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    • SHADOWPALM TOURS
      417
      Maafushi Island, Maldives
      Joined in September 2019
    • carolinedU4522DY
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour agency
      I loved the experience I had with them. They are very professional and natural care people. They look after us very well and we had a great time search for the beautiful ocean creatures. Also we had a lovely lunch at a local island and a lot of photos and videos.
      Written 21 June 2024
    • U7337Li
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      10/10 from start to finish
      The most amazing experience with a brilliant company. I would highly recommend the Vaavu tour. From swimming with nurse sharks, dolphins and manta rays, to visiting a sandbank with delicious lunch, the experience was 10/10 from the very beginning. Amazing quality go pro picture and videos topped the amazing tour. Thank you for everything.
      Written 17 June 2024
    • Sarahjaykay123
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      5 stars highly recommend
      An excellent experience that I highly recommend to everyone. A fantastic lunch, got to visit the sandbanks and swim with sharks, dolphins, mantra rays all with a go-pro to capture it all! 10/10
      Written 17 June 2024
    • 284mark_taj
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      When dreams come true
      It was my best decision to choose boys from Shadowpalm to arrange trips for me. I was at every single trip that they offer. Trips were breathtaking and unforgettable. The boys takes amazing photos and videos. Every body has a plenty of materials to share on Instagram or Facebook 😄 you don’t need your own Go pro. You just relax and enjoy world under the sea and the boys will create the best memories for you. I recommend one hundred percent.
      Written 17 June 2024
    • 401kate_inaj
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Perfect
      Amazing crew, friendly, funny. Bonus took many photos and videos of us. Specially for us they arranged speedbout at the time and place we needed.
      Written 15 June 2024
    • Journey64732539154
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      AMAZING 🐬🐟🦈🐠🐬
      thanks to you I found my ❤️ and love for the ocean🐬🐋🦈🌊🐠🐟🐙what you do is incredible and I wish everyone could experience it. see you soon
      Written 15 June 2024
    • MariamP176
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The best company and the best stuff
      Shadow is the best company I could find in Maafushi. The bosses are friendly and the stuff are very fun and helpful. I went 2 times to Maafushi and they are my chosen company. Thanks to Ali, Mohammad, Sabbir, Eshan, Ahmad, sabir…
      Written 15 June 2024
    • 489ainam
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amaziiiiinnnng!!
      Amaziiiiing experience!!! Super nice team, good times and lots of adventures. Thank you family and see you soon !!!! 🏝️🐠💖
      Written 10 June 2024
    • Gabyta1900
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best experience ever!
      I have no enough words to express how happy we are with the experience with Shadowpalm!! They are the best! We loved every single moment with them, we spent 4 days doing different activities! ( swimming with sharks, dolphins, mantarrays, whale sharks, snorkel etc) They are so dedicated, caring and professional!! We were always welcomed with a huge smile and happiness making our day unforgettable! Thanks in special to Amalia for making our days so special and memorable!! Dancing around and making us feel safe. Our memories are the best because of you !! We will come back for sure in the future! 1000000% recommended!!! Thanks Shadowpalms!
      Written 12 May 2024
    • diana_durkech
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Unforgettable experience
      Going on all the trips ShadowPalm offers was truly the best choice we've made. Their professionalism and personal touch were outstanding. They also took amazing GoPro and drone shots of our adventures, capturing beautiful moments we'll always remember. ShadowPalm doesn't just offer trips, they give you a collection of unforgettable memories that showcase the beauty of the Maldives. Every experience, from diving with marine life to island-hopping was truly exceptional! Thank you for having us!
      Written 11 April 2024
    • nikolg117
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best tour operator in Maafushi
      Shadowpalm will give you an experience you will never forget. We did 6 trips with Shadowpalm and they make special every single trip. Guys provide amazing service starting from relaxed atmosphere on board, lunch on sandbanks or local island, ending with insta-friendly videos & drones from trips. And, they gave us underwater memories to cherish forever. We swam & snorkeled with nurse sharks, whale shark, mantas, dolphins, stingrays, turtles and much more in their natural habitat. 🥰 Guys know the best spots and did everything to find them. Thank you a lot all the team and hope to see you soon! 😉
      Written 20 March 2024
    • E6870CYhassana
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Be warned selfish people alert, no regard for human life
      Today 15/03/24 the shadow palm speed boat directly came infront of our boat when we were about to drop our guest to the whaleshark snorkeling. A very selfish and dangerous move by the captain, no regard for human life and other people. There are countless other operators & humans. Being selfish and reckless will cause chaos and more problems for you. I am 200% sure sooner or later human lives and limbs will be lost because of your actions. We are also thinking about taking ropes with us in case operators like shadow palm shows up and we could jam the propellers with our ropes. Please keep in mind just for the safety of our guests we will be doing it.
      Written 14 March 2024
    • Z9425WZjakubk
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The shark trip
      The shark trip was amazing, I think it was a lifetime experience, we also see whales and thats very rare, dolphins and more, it was beautiful really worth.
      Written 14 March 2024
    • petrh106
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great trip!
      Best tour operator in Maafushi. Great trips, we have seen sharks, dolphins, manta... It was very nice day and the support was evensome. Thank you all the team and especially Eeshaan!
      Written 17 February 2024
    • Lucie V
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The best of the best
      Absolutely fantastic experience with Shadowpam in the Maldives! They organize incredible sea excursions with shark diving, dolphins, manta rays, and whale sharks. Huge thanks to Eeshaan, an amazing guide who captures breathtaking footage with his drone and underwater videos. 📷 The Shadowpalm team is incredibly helpful and always ready to assist with anything you need. Truly a perfect adventure! 😊 We had the pleasure of joining them on multiple trips last year, and we’re already planning more adventures this year. Our experiences with them have been amazing, and we wholeheartedly recommend Shadowpalms to fellow adventurers. Looking forward to returning next year for another round of unforgettable adventures with this amazing team! 🌊✨Big thanks, guys, especially to Eeshaan 🫶🏼
      Written 29 January 2024
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    Steven P
    2 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    Very poor - I arranged and paid for whale shark snorkelling trip a few days ahead, but it was cancelled after 10.30pm the night before - they told me there were not enough people signed up. They did refund me but the lack of sufficient notice meant it was too late to find an alternative boat trip and this was the only free day I had available, having already travelled to Maafushi specifically for this trip. The cancellation email stated 'due to extreme weather forecast' which was simply untrue - the conditions were perfect.
    Written 3 February 2020
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    Dear Steven, Thank you for taking the valuable time to provide your review and feedback of Shadowpalm. We apologize that we had to cancel the trip because of the extreme weather forecast. Even though the weather seems good near Maafushi, there was a warning from authorities to travel only if needed and with extreme caution. To reach the whale shark point we have to travel 2 hours and the way is through a channel that connects two atolls, it is a very rough sea/ocean when compared to inner atoll sea/ocean. There were no other companies that did whale shark tour that day in Maafushi due to bad weather. We apologize for the trouble caused in getting to Maafushi just for this specific trip, for us the priority is the safety of our guests. Shadowpalm has upheld a level of service that our guests have valued for more than 5 years. Once again, we are truly sorry that you did not have the opportunity to experience our tour and the good side of our team.  I would personally look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back again, for the true Shadowpalm experience as many of our guests have come to love. Kind Regards, Ahmed Riza General Manager Shadowpalm
    Written 5 February 2020
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    Maxi
    El Masnou, Spain5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2021 • Couples
    We did different trips along hollidays with these guys and the experience was incredible! We saw the whale shark in two different points, turtles, dolphins…amazing. Eeshan solved some problems like looking for hotel, scheduled PCRs and all that we needed to plan our stay there too. Also the pictures and vídeos are very nice shots along the different trips.
    You guys are the best travel agents, we’ll repeat for sure. Thanks mates!
    Written 12 September 2021
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    farah
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2021
    We did all of their tours and they were all amazing. The best was the whale sharks. We got 5 different sightings into one morning, and they were super flexible depending on what the majority of the people wanted to do (it includes lunch on an island but they were prepared to stay out looking for the sharks if we couldn't see them).
    Compared to a different tour we had done, they searched for the mantas extensively even though it wasn't the season to try and get us to see it.
    The crew was super friendly, had great music, and wonderful vibes. They made our stay in Maafushi absolutely amazing.
    Food for lunch was simple but good.
    The boats were pretty clean all the time.
    The equipment was in really good shape.
    Overall, would definitely recommend them for anything you would like to do.
    Written 20 April 2021
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    180kelly
    Perth, Australia26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    These guys are the Apple of the tour company world on Maafushi - they’ve got the formula just right. The shop/centre on Maafushi is bright with lots of lights, simple, white, with pumping music outside to get you in the mood - really added atmosphere to that corner of town! All of this made it very welcoming to step in the door.

    The BEST equipment on the island - all Scuba Pro which they update every six months.

    We did the whale shark trip with them as they were the only company in all of town that had enough people to run one - speaks volumes on their excellent strategy (above) to draw tourists in.

    We had the biggest lunch out of all the companies we tried.

    Owned by a Maafushi local, all the guides are local too who know where the good spots are. They also belong to a Whatsapp group of 600+ divers to communicate where the whale sharks / turtles / manta rays etc are.

    We didn’t book in advance from home but we did go in low season.

    Shadow Palm offers the same types of trips to everyone else on the island with the same prices. These guys are just a bit more slick in their operation.

    As with all the companies, they film the trip on a Go Pro and give the footage to you for free - bring a USB stick in case you don’t have enough room on your phone!

    We got great experiences with other companies as well as Shadow Palm but I wouldn’t hesitate in doing another trip with Shadow Palm in the future.
    Written 26 October 2019
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    SimonaSandi
    Kranj, Slovenia27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020
    We booked all three tours/activities by Shadow palm tours: Half day snorkelling, Vaavu Atoll explore and Whale Shark tour.
    We saw whale shark, nurse sharks and giant trevallies, a lot of fishes, turtles, sting rays, swimming with dolphins, ate lunch on a sand bank and beautiful Dhigurah Island, visited Fulidhoo Island.
    All three tours have been leaded very professional. Stuff have a lot of patient with the guests and give their attention to each single guest.
    They made underwater pictures and videos. Do not forget to bring USB key to save all your memories.
    All three tours were amazing and thank you Shadow palm for unforgettable memories and experiences.
    Written 10 March 2020
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    Katycakes87
    London, UK29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2019
    Me and my friend loved every moment of the day! I was really nervous getting in the water in the beginning but the team really made me feel comfortable and safe. We had plenty of time at each location to get confident and enjoy the time in the water. The team is so much fun and is an absolute must do while at Maafushi. Pal up with Bisto as he was so helpful and you need to hear his laugh it will make your day! They have a female on the team too called Ana which makes a great change to all other tours!! She’s super encouraging and friendly. Make sure you get the drone package too!
    Written 5 December 2019
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    lauren_bailey23
    Almaty, Kazakhstan120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My friends and I loved everything about these tours. The guys were fun, friendly, ethical and knowledgeable. We saw whale sharks, humpback whales, dolphins, turtles and so many fish. Thanks to these guys I snorkeled with spinner dolphins and saw the only live coral reef in a week of exploring. They take lots of photos and videos and let you take them all for free. It was an amazing experience. Thanks Ali and Eeshaan for a great and memorable two days!
    Written 26 October 2019
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    Kawkaw9207
    Osaka, Japan2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    July 2019 • Solo
    Excellent service, great instructors who are verry friendly. They even suggest to take your picture with your own phone! Besides that they take pictures with their own gear and videos too.
    I highly reccomend Shadowpalms id you ever visit Maafushi. Been there this summer and i’m still friends with the crew on instagram! They even want me to come back next year!
    Written 23 September 2019
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    Jose I
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020 • Couples
    Very nice and eficient team! We have amazing videos and fotos thanks to them! The experience was awsome! We swam with dolphins, sharks, turtles and the amazing whale shark! Really they made the experience so much better and they were helping my wife all the time. (She is not the best swimmer) THANK U SHADOW PALM!!! Hopefully we can go back so soon!
    Written 14 March 2020
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    mocanu a
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020 • Family
    The must beautiful team, each one verry heplfuly, verry gentle...each good Word with "verry"! They make our trips verry beautiful, They make our days în Maafushi
    Written 5 March 2020
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