Well start our Maldives tour with some shopping, gathering the ingredients well need for our delicious lunch. Youll be taken to the local market and a fish market, where youll be able to browse and taste fruits and vegetables typical of this 1,200-island nation.
From there, walk along the harbor jetties to the Hulhumale Ferry Terminal, where well board a ferry to Hulhumale, anartificial islandsettled in 2004 to meet the booming housing, industrial,and commercialdevelopmentdemands of the Maleregion. Well 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 well disembark at Hulhumale Island, the sixth district of Mal. From here, well take a local bus to the family home where well be hosted for lunch.
Along the route, youll see a bit of local life in a residential neighbourhood away from the resorts, passing by the Hulhumale hospital, local shops, small cafs, a youth centre, and a mosque.
Once we arrive at our hosts home, youll 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. Youll meet some of the family members, and even though there may be people there who are unable to communicate with you in English, youll see how local hospitality transcends language barriers
Together, well pull out the ingredients we picked up the market, and youll 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? Well help you to make notes so you can cook up an island feast on your own.
Once all the cooking is done, well set the table and enjoy a freshly prepared meal with our hosts. Sitting around the table together, well share our thoughts about Maldivian cuisine, discuss local life in the Maldives, and youll 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 Mal.