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Explore Island Life & Conservation on Villimalé

Join us for a four-hour Villimalé tour to get a taste of island life, meet and chat with locals, explore conservation projects, and sample local delicacies. We’ll finish our culture-filled afternoon by gathering on the picture-perfect beach to watch the sunset.

Trip Details

Trip Details

Price

  • USD 75 per person

Departure time

  • Daily 14:00 – 18:00

Meeting point

  • Westside jetty Hulhumale (adjacent to the ferry terminal).
  • Collection from the airport and hotels in Hulhumale is available upon request at a charge of $15.
  • Collection from hotels in in Malé or the cruise tender jetty is offered free of charge.

We are only able to collect from private resort islands in North and South Male Atolls. Permission must be gained from the resort to enable us to use their private jetty. Not all resorts will allow this service so please do confirm with the resort prior to booking. Charges for return transfer will be based on the distance the resort is located from Male. Alternatively if you arrange transfer to the airport through the resort we offer return airport transfer to/from the start point for $15.


Duration

  • 4 hours

Group size

  • Maximum 8 persons

Participation requirements

  • We request female guests to dress with modesty when visiting Male and Villimale, (shorts/skirts/dresses should cover the upper thigh and shoulders/chests should be fully covered).

Included

  • Services of a Secret Paradise guide
  • Hedhika experience
  • Donation to NGO Save the Beach
  • All transfers to/from jetty 5
  • Local tax (10% service charge and 12% GST)

Not included

  • Personal expenditure eg souvenirs and snacks

What to bring

  • Hand Sanitizer, Refillable water bottle, sun glasses, sun hat, insect repellent, camera, snacks, money for personal expenditure.

About your guide

One of our experienced and professionally trained Maldivian tour guides will accompany you for the duration of the activity. All our guides hold First Aid and Lifeguard qualifications and have completed COVID-19 safety awareness training.

Highlights

Explore the quiet streets of Villimalé.

Gain an insight into Save The Beach’s marine conservation work in Villimalé.

Learn about the unique Maldivian ecosystem and the conservation challenges.

Experience traditional evening tea.

Includes a donation to support the work of Save the Beach.

What to Expect

Experience the hustle and bustle of the ferry terminal, local people will be coming and going between their home island and Malé. Observe the variety of items that are being transported after a day’s shopping in the capital. The ferry journey to Villimalé is a short 15-minute crossing but don’t be afraid to start up a conversation with those sitting next to you. They will be interested to know where you have come from and what you think of the Maldives.

The island, once a resort and prison, was developed to assist with the ever-growing population of Malé. It offers the ideal escape from the ever-busy capital city. Wide, open streets, an abundance of greenery so unlike Malé, two local beaches, and a peaceful atmosphere.

Stepping off the ferry in Villimalé, you may not be stepping back in time but you will be able to understand and visualize how the city islands would have been prior to urban modernization. A 60-minute walking tour of the island will allow you to understand and appreciate the local way of ‘city’ life as well as learning how the local community, together with NGO Save the Beach, works to protect both their island and ocean environment.

Learn about the Maldivian ecosystems and conservation challenges arising from coastal development, unique to small island nations. Observe the before and after of reclamation works and harbor development. Identify trees and learn the Dhivehi names for species that may be common to you back home.

Traditional evening tea at one of the local cafes on the beach provides time to chat further with your guide and the NGO representative. Save the Beach is passionate about conservation, waste management, coral planting, and more and they will willingly share information and insights into how improvements are progressing in these areas throughout the Maldives.

Sample ‘hedhika’ local savory snacks served with black tea and allow your taste buds to discover Maldivian flavors. Before returning to the ‘big city,’ we take time to sit back and relax in true Maldivian style and watch the sunset colors fill the sky.

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