Weâll start our Maldives tour with some shopping, gathering the ingredients weâll need for our delicious lunch. Youâll be taken to the local market and a fish market, where youâll 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 weâll board a ferry to Hulhumale, anÂ artificial islandÂ settled in 2004 to meet the booming housing, industrial,Â and commercialÂ developmentÂ demands of the MaleÂ region. Weâll gather on board with locals making their daily trips â 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 weâll disembark at Hulhumale Island, the sixth district of MalÃ©. From here, weâll take a local bus to the family home where weâll be hosted for lunch.
Along the route, youâll see a bit of local life in a residential neighbourhood away from the resorts, passing by the Hulhumale hospital, local shops, small cafÃ©s, a youth centre, and a mosque.
Once we arrive at our hostsâ home, youâll 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. Youâll meet some of the family members, and even though there may be people there who are unable to communicate with you in English, youâll see how local hospitality transcends language barriers
Together, weâll pull out the ingredients we picked up the market, and youâll 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? Weâll help you to make notes so you can cook up an island feast on your own.
Once all the cooking is done, weâll set the table and enjoy a freshly prepared meal with our hosts. Sitting around the table together, weâll share our thoughts about Maldivian cuisine, discuss local life in the Maldives, and youâll 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 MalÃ©.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
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.
While there is no expectation to offer gifts to the family, if you wish to do so, it is a great idea to bring something small that is indicative of your home country.
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Minimum age is 6 years
A maximum of 12 people per booking