Connect with local life in the best way possible: through food! Get a true local experience with a home cooked meal in a family home. Visit a neighborhood market, see where locals live, and learn how to make typical Maldivian dishes.
What to Expect
You’ll start your tour with some shopping, gathering the ingredients you'll need for your delicious lunch. You’ll be taken to the local market and a fish market, where you’ll be able to browse and taste fruits and vegetables typical of this 1,200-island nation. From there, you’ll walk along the harbor jetties to the Hulhumale Ferry Terminal, where you’ll board a ferry to Hulhumale, an artificial island settled in 2004 to meet the booming housing, industrial, and commercial development demands of the Male region. You’ll gather on board with locals making their daily trips — you can start up a conversation with some, or just take in the view (you might even be lucky enough to spot some dolphins!).
The ferry ride will take about 20 minutes, after which point you’ll disembark at Hulhumale Island, the sixth district of Malé. From here, you’ll take a local bus to the family home where you’ll be hosted for lunch. Along the route, you’ll see a bit of local life in a residential neighborhood away from the resorts, passing by the Hulhumale hospital, local shops, small cafes, a youth center, and a mosque.
Once you arrive at the hosts’ home, you’ll 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. You’ll meet some of the family members, and even though there may be people there who are unable to communicate with you in English, you’ll see how local hospitality transcends language barriers
You’ll pull out the ingredients you picked up the market, and you’ll 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? You can make notes so you can cook up an island feast on your own.
Once all the cooking is done, you enjoy a freshly prepared meal with local hosts. Sitting around the table together, people will share the thoughts about Maldivian cuisine, discuss local life in the Maldives, and you’ll even learn some common words that you can use during the remainder of the holiday. After the meal, your guide will walk with you to the ferry terminal and accompany you back to Malé.
- Local English-speaking guide
- Ferry and local bus transportation
What's Not Included
- Additional food and drinks
- Optional speed boat transfers
- Tips and gratuities for your guide
Know Before You Go
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 it is suggested to 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 between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.