MerPeople Retreat and Mermaid School Maldives (September 2025)

MerPeople Retreat Maldives (September 2025)

MerPeople Retreat Maldives extends a warm invitation to all mermaids, mermen, and water lovers to join us for a truly magical vacation in the stunning Maldives. This retreat is not just a getaway; it’s a welcoming space where you can meet other like-minded merpeople, sharing experiences and stories in an environment of mutual respect and acceptance. Packed with exciting adventures, engaging workshops, and memorable photo shoots, our retreat promises to be both fun-filled and enriching. Moreover, our Mermaid Weeks are designed to soothe and revitalize your inner child through playful activities and nurturing ceremonies aimed at personal growth. If you’re drawn to the enchanting world beneath the waves and excited to connect with fellow enthusiasts, this is your chance to dive into a week of joy, discovery, and transformation. Let’s make unforgettable memories together in the beautiful Maldives.


MerFolk Retreat and Mermaid School Maldives (2025)


MerPeople Retreat Dates:

Because of the high demand, we have two dates available for our MerPeople Retreat in the Maldives. Choose the week that suits you best:

Mermaid Week 1: September 14th – September 21st 2025

Mermaid Week 2: September 21st – September 28th 2025



  • 7 nights on the EcoPro Seascape Yacht (double room occupancy)
  • Support boat (fully equipped diving boat)
  • Dinghy (small inflatable boat)
  • Full board, vegan
  • One beach BBQ
  • Drinking water from dispenser, tea and snacks
  • Mermaiding training
  • Yoga sessions
  • Breathing and relaxation exercises
  • Participation in rituals and ceremonies
  • Underwater posing tips
  • Scuba dives (if you have a diving license)
  • Support of our safety team
  • Rental fabric tail from Mermaid Kat Shop (if needed)
  • Photo shoots (above and under water)
  • 6 edited, high-resolution photos (you can choose)
  • 1 souvenir video from this trip (approx. 2-3 minutes long)
  • GST and Green Tax
  • Entry to Hanifaru Bay (a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve known for its manta ray encounters)
  • Transport from the airport to the yacht and back


Not included:

  • Return flights to Male
  • Soft drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Try diving for non certified participants
  • Diving equipment rental on board
  • Wifi
  • Additional photos (if you would like to select more than 6, these can be purchased for EUR 50 (approx. 55 USD / 80 AUD per photo)
  • Single videos (you can choose from different video options for an additional charge)
  • The use of silicone tails from Mermaid Kat Shop (a selection of tails is available for hire but you would need to check with us at least 3 months prior to travel)



3,450 EUR for double occupancy in an underdeck cabin or 3,650 EUR for double occupancy in an upper deck cabin (Approx. 3,750 USD / 5,500 AUD for underdeck, 3,950 USD / 5,800 AUD for upper deck).

Early Bird Offer:
Book and pay your deposit by September 30, 2024, to receive a 200 EUR discount (Approx. 220 USD / 320 AUD).

A 20% deposit is due immediately after booking.


Additional options:

You can extend your stay in the Maldives for another week at the Royal Island Resort and Spa Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The price here is 1,500 EUR per person for a double room occupancy in a beach villa (approx. 1,630 USD / 2,390 AUD). In addition, the price includes full board for the week.


Booking via:

Thomas Scholz (Tom)
Mobile: +49 173 3725736

Please note: Spots are in high demand and book up quickly. Therefore, we can only reserve your spot once we have received your booking and deposit.


Video of MerPeople Retreat Maldives 2021


This is What Awaits you on this MerPeople Retreat

At the MerPeople Retreat and Mermaid School, we gently begin with on-land sessions where you’ll go through the basics of mermaiding, modelling and underwater posing. After mastering the basics, we’ll transition into the water to practice mermaiding and modeling.

You can also partake in relaxation and breathing exercises that are designed to deepen your breath-hold and harmonize your body’s natural rhythms.

You’ll have the opportunity to be captured by professional photographers who delight in creating beautiful memories with new mermaids and mermen. The serene underwater world of the North Ari Atoll and Baa Atoll provide the perfect backdrop for your photos. We also visit other picturesque island locales, always with the nurturing support and guidance of our experienced team.

If scuba diving intrigues you, there are unique opportunities to explore the depths. If you’re not certified, you’re welcome to try a dive, with guidance available on board (additional charges apply). For a more surface-level exploration, guided snorkeling trips are also an option.

Additionally, we hold rituals and ceremonies, such as a cacao ceremony, which are designed to foster personal growth and inner peace.

Our visits to small, uninhabited islands allow for quiet photo sessions and peaceful beach BBQs.

And when it’s time to rest, our yacht offers a variety of soothing accommodation options where you can unwind and reflect on the day’s adventures.


Portfolio enhancement at MerPeople Retreat and Mermaid School Maldives


Hanifaru Bay

Hanifaru Bay is one of the best places in the world to swim with manta rays and is famous for its mass concentrations of manta rays and whale sharks. It is located in a marine reserve on the eastern edge of Baa Atoll in the central atolls of the Maldives. On our mermaid tour 2019 we also had the opportunity to visit Hanifaru Bay. Here we encountered hundreds of manta rays and it was an unforgettable experience for all participants. Feel free to watch a little backstage video of Mermaid Kat at Hanifaru Bay:



Who is the MerPeople Retreat suitable for?

Have you always been enchanted by “The Little Mermaid” and interested in fantasy and the seas? Then you’ve come to the right place! With this MerPeople Retreat and Mermaid School we want to create a place here where like-minded water lovers can connect, share and go home with love in their hearts, long lasting memories, friends for life and stunning photos and videos.

To take part in this Mermaid Retreat it is important that you can swim well and safely. In addition, we recommend a general basic level of fitness, because swimming in mermaid tails, especially in the open sea, can be exhausting.

Most underwater shoots will take place in shallow water. Should it get a little deeper, you have support on the water surface, such as a safety person or a buoy to hold on and rest. Accordingly, you are welcome to join even if you have no experience in free diving, scuba diving or mermaiding at all. We cater for all levels, from aspiring mers to professionals.

Because we firmly believe that mermaids and mermen come in all sizes, shapes, colours, ages and genders, there is no visual criteria to meet. However, participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian.


Professional mermaid Kat swimming in the Maldives


Photo Shoots at MerPeople Retreat Maldives

In addition to workshops, training sessions and open ocean swims, photo shoots are of course also the focus of this trip. Our team works day after day to bring out the best in you and capture you from your best side. So we will create unique photos in the course of the MerPeople Retreat.

After Mermaid Week you will receive a link with an overview of your photos. Here you can select your 6 included photos (and more if you want to purchase additional ones). Shortly afterwards you will receive the fully edited and high-resolution version of your photos. You can then use these images for private use and self-promotion, for example on social media or on your websites. Please note that a model release must be signed so that we can use the images too.


Mermaids having fun in the Maldives


Video Packages as an Additional Option at MerFolk Retreat Maldives

If you would like to have individual videos of yourself in addition to the souvenir video, you can book these additionally.

Option 1: PERSONAL TRAVEL HIGHLIGHT VIDEO Your personal highlights of Mermaid Week selected by us and edited as an individual film. | backed with music | Duration 2-3 minutes | as MP4 file | additionally as a reel | Makes your underwater modeling trip unforgettable! Price: EUR 150 (Approx. 165 USD / 240 AUD).

Option 2: UNDERWATER MODEL MOVIE Extra film footage and individual scenes edited together to create your underwater model movie. | Preliminary meeting with concept development | basic video coaching | additional video shooting | cut together selected by us | backed with music | Duration 3-5 minutes | as MP4 file | additionally as a reel | Perfect for your portfolio! Price: EUR 250 (Approx. 270 USD / 390 AUD).

Option 3: DELUXE MOVIE Film creation cut together as a short film in a cinematic look according to your individual storyline. | Preliminary meeting with concept development | Script writing | individual video coaching | additional video shooting and individual shooting time |backed with music | Duration 5-7 minutes | as MP4 file | additionally as a reel | Show your personality! Epic video recordings for marketing, campaigns, portfolio and more. Price: EUR 450 (Approx. 490 USD / 715 AUD).

Optional: additionally all individual scenes uncut (including unpublished ones) Price: EUR 100 (Approx. 110 USD / 160 AUD).

Larger changes on average Price: 50 EUR (Approx. 55 USD / 80 AUD).

If you are already sure that you would like to book a video option, please contact Jens and Melli from D Image Factory directly.


Lydia’s Highlight Video from Maldives MerPeople Retreat 2021



Partners and Companions

Partners and other accompanying persons are of course very welcome at MerPeople Retreat Maldives. If your companion is not interested in mermaiding and photoshoots, he/she can participate in scuba diving (if licensed) or guided snorkelling tours instead. Diving and snorkelling tours are included in the price.

Accompanying persons also have the opportunity to select 6 photos from the trip. However, they can also assign these to the participating person.


Mermaids enjoying the spa onboard Scubaspa Maldives


Mermaid Community

Mermaid Kat and her team have been organising international Mermaid Weeks and underwater model trips since 2013. Our entire team has won various prizes and awards over the years. But most importantly: the whole team is motivated, funny and enjoys their work. It is important to us that we all meet as equals, support, encourage and empower each other. The MerFolk Retreat Maldives is designed to create positive memories that will last a lifetime and be a lot of fun for everyone. If you would like to connect and exchange ideas with other mermaids and mermen from all over the world in advance, we invite you to join our Facebook group: Drama Free Mermaid Community


MerPeople Retreat Maldives and Mermaid School


What to bring to MerPeople Retreat Maldives:

  • Passport
  • Travel insurance
  • Diving license (if you have one and want to go diving)
  • Bikini/swimsuit/swimming pants
  • Mask, snorkel, fins (if available)
  • Summer clothes
  • Sweatshirt/light jacket
  • Rash guard/long sleeve shirt
  • Light long trousers
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Required medication
  • Adapter
  • Natural mosquito repellent
  • Ocean friendly sunscreen
  • Mermaid tail (if you have your own)
  • Waterproof mascara and extra makeup (other than mascara, regular makeup stays in place reasonably well unless you wipe your face)
  • Accessories
  • Credit cards and cash


Join Mermaid Kat in the Maldives


Accommodation During the MerPeople Retreat

During our Mermaid Retreat, you’ll be staying aboard the stunning EcoPro Seascape, a yacht that ushers in a new era of quality and comfort in the Maldives. The EcoPro Seascape is designed to host up to 28 guests and is perfect not only for diving enthusiasts but also for anyone interested in a variety of water sports and cruise adventures. The yacht combines eco-friendly practices with luxury, ensuring that your stay is both comfortable and sustainable.



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