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Cultural Experience

Visit a Local Market & Cook a Meal With a Maldivian Family

Prepare for an awakening of your senses as you visit the local market. Smells, sights, tastes, and sounds will give you an insight into life in the Maldives. Next, take a picturesque boat ride over to Hulhumale to join a family and cook up a feast with your purchases! Learn traditional ways of cooking and pick up some words in Dhivehi.

Trip Details

Trip Details


USD 75 per person

Departure time

Sunday to Thursday 11:00 – 15:00

Meeting point

  • Jetty 5 Malé (opposite Bank of Ceylon).
  • Collection from hotels in Malé/Hulhumale or cruise tender jetty available upon request – charges may apply.


4 hours

Group size

Minimum 1 – maximum 6 persons

Participation requirements

We request female guests to dress with modesty when visiting the homes of our local families.


  • Services of a Secret Paradise guide
  • Lunch in a local home
  • Transfers to/from Malé
  • Local tax (10% service charge and 12% GST)

Not included

Personal expenditure eg souvenirs and snacks

What to bring

  • Face mask
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
  • 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.


Enjoy authentic home-cooked Maldivian dishes.

Assist in selecting the ingredients from the local market in Malé.

Meet and spend time with a local family.

Help prepare local dishes and then enjoy eating them alongside the family.

As enjoyed by celebrity chef John Torode!

What to Expect

Your tour starts with a visit to the local market and the fish market on Malé, shopping for the tasty produce you will use in making a delicious lunch. Whilst at the market savor the aromatic smells and taste fruit and vegetables that you may have not come across before. Once you have made your purchases, take the public ferry to Hulhumale, a 20-minute crossing followed by a short walk to the home of your local family host.

You will be welcomed into the family and encouraged to participate in the preparation of each of the dishes, which include chopping vegetables, preparing the fish, and coconut grating and milking. Maldivian cuisine is not complicated so be prepared to want to try your hand at impressing your friends and family back home.

Once the cooking is complete, you’ll set the table and sit down to enjoy a freshly cooked meal with members of the family. Around the table, you can share your thoughts about the cooking process, learn more about the Maldives or you could learn some useful words that you can use during the remainder of your holiday.

Dietary requirements? Our local family can accommodate many but not all dietary requirements. Get in touch and we will be happy to discuss options with you.

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