What To Expect
The best way to experience this natural beauty and to gain an insight into the culture and tradition of Maldivian life is to travel to islands away from the main city. This provides the opportunity to combine island life with water sports and a little relaxation. Travel to the islands and stay in guesthouses; visit family homes, mosques and boat yards. All combined with scuba diving and snorkeling allows discovery of the underwater beauty of the Maldives.
Hulhumale, North Male Atoll, is a suburban island just 10-minute taxi ride away from Male International Airport. This artificial island was reclaimed from the sea to offer alternative living space outside of Male. Though not a 5 star resort, Hulhumale provides the ideal base for a budget dive holiday.
There are plenty of coffee shops, a handful of restaurants and a small shopping area. The beach located along the east side of the island is an endless stretch of sand and provides the ideal location to swim, snorkel or just relax after a great days diving. The capital Male is just a 20 minute ferry journey away and for those who like to end their day with a beer the only hotel serving alcohol on a local island is a short bus journey close to the airport.
Maafushi is a typical Maldivian island and since the introduction of tourism, Maafushi is proving a popular destination for those wishing to experience the Maldives without paying resort prices. Maafushi is located in South Male Atoll, which has been inhabited for a very long time and is a well-known fishing island. Only 90 minutes away from Male by ferry boat or 30 minutes by speedboat, there are two beaches on opposite sides of the island and you can see the ocean from almost any spot on the island. With a variety of cafes and guesthouse restaurants, some situated on the harbor, Maafushi provides the ideal destination to discover the real Maldives.
Guraidhoo also in South Male Atoll, it is a typical fishing island with about 2,300 inhabitants, with sandy roads and palm trees. A 30 minute walk around the island highlights people going about their daily routine; carpenters at the shipyard traditionally constructing typical dhoni boats, locals drinking coffee in the many small coffee shops and children playing simple games in the street. Guraidhoo is a regular stopping point for safari boats and shops have quickly adapted by offering all kind of souvenirs and a handful of restaurants and coffee shops.
Upon arrival at Male International Airport you will be greeted and transferred to your guesthouse on Hulhumale. Settle in after your flight before stepping on the sands of this tropical urban paradise.
Your guide will accompany you on a tour of the capital city before transferring by ferry to the island of Guraidhoo, South Male. Visit the fish market and dry market, President's Palace, Sultan Park and Friday Mosque.
Stop for lunch at one of the many restaurants overlooking the water front before boarding the afternoon ferry. Upon arrival, settle in before either relaxing on the beach or on the terrace of your guesthouse to watch the sun go down. Dinner will be freshly cooked at the guesthouse.
Have breakfast with a local family allowing you true access to Maldivian life before exploring Guraidhoo. Have the opportunity to learn all about their way of life. Visit the Mosque, perhaps participate in a lesson at the school and learn how the common wooden boat known locally as a 'dhoni' is built at the boatyard.
Spend the afternoon at your leisure before being taken to a deserted sandbank. Swim and snorkel before enjoying dinner served Robinson Crusoe style!
Spend your day on an uninhabited picnic island where you have the opportunity to swim, snorkel or just lie back and relax. Enjoy a BBQ lunch and go back to the waters! Dinner this evening is spent with a local family. Just don't expect silver service as traditionally meals are eaten without the aid of a knife and fork!
Hop on a ferry to the island of Maafushi. Go on a half day snorkeling excursion that will take you to some of the best reefs! Discover this underwater world for yourself. Exotic colorful fish will be in abundance and if you're lucky, you may spot a turtle, reef shark or eagle ray.
Following an afternoon at your leisure, visit a cafe to sample traditional 'hedika' - Maldivian savory and sweet snacks served with black tea.
Today is yours to enjoy as you please. Relax on the beach or for those feeling energetic participate in the various optional water sport activities on offer. Optional diving trips can be organized for certified divers. Just before sunset, board a traditional Maldivian fishing dhoni in order to cruise the Indian Ocean and enjoy a Maldivian sunset with the possibility to catch a glimpse of dolphins. Try your hand at fishing Maldivian style.
The locals are excellent fishermen using pole and line and are happy to share their line fishing skills with you. Your catch will be freshly prepared for you to enjoy as a BBQ.
After breakfast served at the guest house, spend the day at the beach. Choose to visit a resort for the day or enjoy water sport activities. Dinner will be a selection of authentic traditional dishes accompanied by traditional dancing and the beat of the cultural 'bodu beru'.
After breakfast, get transferred back to Male at 07:30 by public ferry and on to Male airport.
7 Night Standard room guesthouse accommodation based on double/twin share
1 BBQ lunch
Airport and domestic transfer assistance
Local island return transfer by public ferry
Evening fishing trip
Picnic island visit
Male tour and island tour
Services of guide
Meals and drinks unless specified
Tips and gratuities
Children 2 years old and below are free of charge.
Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.
The Maldives is a Muslim country and therefore alcohol is not available on local islands.
Day/Evening visit to resorts can be arranged subject to availability.
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