Start your Maldives adventure with a Velana International Airport pick-up followed by a ferry to Maafushi Island on Day 1. Discover the underwater world of the Maldives on Day 2 with a snorkelling tour before enjoying dinner with a local family to get a taste for Maldivian culture. Head out to an idyllic sandbar for a picnic, swimming, snorkeling with turtles, and fun in the sun on the high seas. Enjoy a full free day to enjoy tropical paradise at your leisure on Day 4. Your adventure ends on Day 5 with a ferry back to Male, a quick city tour, and a drop-off at Velana International Airport.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Velana International Airport Pick-Up & Ferry to Maafushi (D)
Upon arrival at the Velana International Airport on Hulhulé Island, you will be greeted by your guide who will assist you with your ferry transfer to Maafushi, your local island in the South Male Atoll, a 90-minute journey across the Indian Ocean. You can choose to sit up top and view the beauty of the many Maldives islands that pass you by, keeping your eyes open for dolphins. You can also opt to sit inside to chat with the locals.
Upon arrival at your guesthouse you will have time to settle in before exploring the island with your local guide to get yourself acquainted with the layout and to observe local life. Experience traditional ‘hedika’ - Maldivian savoury and sweet snacks served with black tea at a local cafe. Dinner will be served at your guesthouse. Overnight in Maafushi.
*Please Note that a speedboat transfer is available at extra cost for quicker arrival in Maafushi. Contact us for more information.
Day 2: Snorkelling Excursion & Dinner with a Local Family (B/D)
Enjoy breakfast at your guesthouse before being taken out by boat to enjoy a 90-minute guided snorkelling trip to nearby reefs to discover the underwater world of the Maldives. The afternoon is yours to relax or explore on your own. If you’re feeling a little more energetic you can opt to take advantage of the many water sport options available locally, including surfing and diving. This evening enjoy the unique experience of eating dinner with a local family, allowing you true immersion in Maldivian home life and cuisine. Overnight in Maafushi.
Day 3: Swim, Snorkel & Relax (B/L/D)
After breakfast you will have a free morning at your leisure before being taken by speedboat to an idyllic sandbank just a short distance from Maafushi. Here you will have the opportunity to swim, snorkel or just lie back, relax and soak up the sun. A picnic lunch will be served before we head off to snorkel in search of turtles. The soft corals on this reef usually mean it’s lunchtime all the time for turtles! On the return journey to Maafushi, cruise the Indian Ocean, enjoy a stunning Maldivian sunset, and hopefully spot some dolphins with a bit of luck. This evening you’ll enjoy a dinner under the stars on the beach (subject to weather conditions). Overnight in Maafushi.
Day 4: Maafushi Free Day (B)
Today is yours to enjoy as you please. Relax on the pristine beach or take advantage of an optional island hopping excursion (at extra cost). Optional diving trips can also be organised for certified divers and day visits to resorts are available. All optional activities can be arranged prior to or during your stay. Overnight in Maafushi.
Day 5: Ferry to Male, City Tour & Velana International Airport Drop-Off (B)
Following an early breakfast you will take an early morning public ferry to Male. Accompanied by your local guide, you will discover the history of the capital city and visit places including The Friday Mosque, The National Museum (entrance fee not included) and Sultan Park. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Male on your own, buy souvenirs or just watch the world go by from a local coffee house. You will be transferred to the airport in time for your outbound flight.
*Please Note that a speedboat transfer is available at extra cost for quicker arrival in Male. Contact us for more information.
Cultural Note: The Maldives is a Muslim country and therefore alcohol is not available on local islands. Bikinis are also not allowed to be worn on local island beaches; however all guesthouses offer either private gardens/balconies or private beach areas for guests. Please plan accordingly and bring attire appropriate for a more conservative culture. You'll be spending time among local families and as we are guests in their home, it's important to dress and behave with respect to local customs.
Velana International Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Round Trip Ferry Male - Maafushi
4 Nights Accommodation in a Basic Maafushi Guest House
Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners
Included Experiences with English-Speaking Guide:
- Snorkelling Tour
- Sandbar Day Trip
- Male City Tour