Daily Departures

Small-Group Tour

Culture & History Tour

Experience the Hustle & Bustle of the City Alongside Villimalé Island Tranquility

Experience life as a local in Malé, sip refreshing black tea, learn about key aspects of everyday life such as education and religion, and see how the Maldives is looking ahead to the future with conservation in Villimalé. Picture all of this against the backdrop of white-sand beaches, clear blue ocean, and the colorful, tropical aesthetic of this island nation.

Trip Details

Trip Details

Price

USD 95 per person


Departure time

Daily 10:00 – 17:00


Meeting point

  • Main jetty Hulhumalé (adjacent to the ferry terminal).
  • Collection from hotels in Malé/Hulhumalé or cruise tender jetty available upon request – charges may apply.

Duration

7 hours


Group size

Minimum 1 – maximum 6 persons


Participation requirements

  • We request female guests to dress with modesty when visiting local islands including Malé.
  • Long trousers are required by both male and female guests when visiting mosques.

Included

  • All return transfers to/from Malé jetty
  • Entrance to Sultan Park (subject to opening times)
  • Hedhika experience
  • Island tours
  • Services of a Secret Paradise guide
  • Donation to NGO Save the Beach,
  • Local tax (10% service charge and 12% GST)

Not included

  • Lunch
  • 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.

Highlights

Discover the Maldivian capital with a professional and experienced guide.

Get an insider’s view of the history and culture of the Maldives.

Visit key sites as well as off-the-beaten-track points of interest.

Visit Villimalé and learn about the unique Maldivian ecosystem and the conservation challenges faced.

Enjoy traditional evening tea.

What to Expect

Your tour starts with an overview of Malé and the harbor area, a very important aspect of any island nation. Passing by the oldest school in the city, learn about the education system and why the Maldives has a 98% literacy rate. Visit Hukuru Miskiiy – Old Friday Mosque and the tomb of Abu-al- Barakaath and learn why the Maldives converted to Islam and how the Islamic faith underpins everyday life.

Stop for a refreshing cup of traditional black tea at a local cafe, a popular spot for locals. Find out the importance of betal nuts and try them for yourself! Stopping at the November 3rd Memorial, hear the story of how 8 brave military servicemen died in the protection of their country from a terrorist attack in 1988. Wander through Sultan Park, a reference to the time the Maldives was governed by a sultanate (entrance fee included) now developed into a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city.

Walking back towards the harbor area, pass by the Grand Friday Mosque and the Islamic Center, Malé’s famous architectural landmark, and onto Jumhooree Maiden – Independence Square. From here, learn the meaning of the Maldives national flag and pick out key government buildings.

Heading west along the harbor, visit the bustling fish market and the local market, where the sights, sounds, and smells will fill your senses. Chat with the local stallholders and taste tropical produce and homemade sweets.

Your guide will provide a selection of lunchtime restaurant options based on your tastes. Following lunch, jump into a taxi with your guide in order to reach the terminal where your ferry departs to Villimalé from.

The island, once a resort and also a 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 work to protect both their island and ocean environment.

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 observe the hustle and bustle of the capital from afar.

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