Hulhumale Home Cooking Experience with Market Visit and Maldivian Lunch from Male

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What To Expect

Experience Hulhumale like a local! Take a trip down to a vibrant market, learn how to make typical Maldivian dishes and savor the taste of your home-cooked meal with a local family.


  • Enjoy a delicious authentic home-cooked lunch with a local family

  • Learn to cook a Maldivian meal and keep the recipe as souvenir

  • Go shopping in a local market selling produce, fish and other daily staples

  • Learn about the Maldivian way of life from those who live in the community

  • Guaranteed small group tour to ensure authentic cultural and more intimate experience


Local Experiences in Male
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Meeting Point:
Jetty Number 5
4 hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at 11:00 AM
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Start your tour with some shopping, gathering the ingredients you'll need for lunch. Visit a local market, where you'll be able to browse and taste fresh fruits and vegetables typical of this 1,200-island nation.

After your market visit, board a ferry to Hulhumale, an artificial island settled in 2004 to meet the booming housing, industrial, and commercial development demands of the Male region.

After a 20-minute scenic ride, disembark at Hulhumale and take a local bus to the family home where you'll be hosted for lunch. Along the way, you'll see a bit of local life in a residential neighbourhood away from the resorts, passing by the Hulhumale hospital, local shops, small cafes, a youth centre, and a mosque.

Meet your hosts and pull out the ingredients you picked up the market, and you'll be invited to participate in lunch preparation, helping to chop and grate coconut. Once all the cooking is done, set the table and enjoy a freshly prepared meal with the hosts.

Sitting around the table together, share your thoughts about Maldivian cuisine, discuss local life in the Maldives, and even learn some common words that you can use during the remainder of your holiday.

After our meal, your guide will walk with you to the ferry terminal and accompany you back to Male.


  • English-speaking local guide

  • Ferry ride and transportation in Hulhumale

  • Maldivian lunch


  • Hotel pick-up and drop off*

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • *Please note that if you are staying on a private island resort you will need to arrange transfers to/from Male with the resort.

  • Children below 6 years old and below are are not allowed to join this tour.

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.

  • Please wear clothing that covers the shoulders and knees. Footwear should be removed before entering any household so wearing of easy slip-on/off shoes is recommended.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 4 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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