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Enjoy A Traditional Meal In Maldives

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  • Meet and interact with a local family in their home
  • Visit a local market to shop for fish, produce and other items
  • Cook and share a Maldivian meal with the locals
  • Ride a public ferry and bus to discover the local way of life
Connect with local life in the best way possible: through food! Get a true local experience with a home cooked meal in a family home, where you’ll be put to work in the kitchen before digging into a fresh lunch. Visit a neighbourhood market, see where locals live, and learn how to make typical Maldivian dishes.

We’ll start our Maldives tour with some shopping, gathering the ingredients we’ll need for our delicious lunch. You’ll be taken to the local market and a fish market, where you’ll be able to browse and taste fruits and vegetables typical of this 1,200-island nation.

From there, we’ll walk along the harbor jetties to the Hulhumale Ferry Terminal, where we’ll 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. We’ll gather on board with locals making their daily trips — you can start up a conversation with some, or just take in the awesome view (you might even be lucky enough to spot some dolphins!).

The ferry ride will take about 20 minutes, after which point we’ll disembark at Hulhumale Island, the sixth district of Malé. From here, we’ll take a local bus to the family home where we’ll be hosted for lunch.

Along the route, you’ll see a bit of local life in a residential neighbourhood away from the resorts, passing by the Hulhumale hospital, local shops, small cafés, a youth centre, and a mosque.

Once we arrive at our hosts’ home, you’ll be asked to leave your shoes at the door, and your guide will teach you the traditional greeting to be made before entering a local home. You’ll meet some of the family members, and even though there may be people there who are unable to communicate with you in English, you’ll see how local hospitality transcends language barriers

Together, we’ll pull out the ingredients we picked up the market, and you’ll be invited to participate in lunch preparation, helping to chop and grate coconut.

Want to impress friends back home with your new Maldivian culinary skills? We’ll help you to make notes so you can cook up an island feast on your own.

Once all the cooking is done, we’ll set the table and enjoy a freshly prepared meal with our hosts. Sitting around the table together, we’ll share our thoughts about Maldivian cuisine, discuss local life in the Maldives, and you’ll even learn some common words that you can use during the remainder of the holiday.

After our meal, your guide will walk with you to the ferry terminal and accompany you back to Malé.
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what’s included
  • Local english-speaking guide
  • Ferry and local bus transportation
  • Lunch.
what’s excluded
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Optional speed boat transfers
  • Tips and gratuities for your guide.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 4 hours
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 12 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Meeting/Start Point Maldives, Maldives
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Good to know Dress standard: Note that the Maldives is a Muslim country, therefore please dress modestly. Female guests should have clothing that covers their shoulders and knees. Footwear should be removed before entering any household, so we suggest you wear easy slip-on/off shoes.

Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
Cancellation Cancellation for this product is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given.
If cancelling less than 48 hours before the chosen start date no refund applies.
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