**Please note that the details of this itinerary are subject to change depending on local holidays.
Start your Maldives adventure with a Velana International Airport pick-up followed by a ferry to Guraidhoo Island on Day 1 before enjoying dinner with a local family to get a taste for Maldivian culture. Discover the underwater world of the Maldives on Day 2 with a snorkelling tour and then discover local life on land with a guided walking tour through town. Head out to an idyllic sandbar for a picnic, swimming, and fun in the sun on the high seas on Day 3 before returning to Guraidhoo to enjoy a traditional Maldivian dinner with a local family. Your adventure ends on Day 4 with a ferry back to Male and a drop-off at Velana International Airport.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Velana International Airport Pick-Up, Ferry to Guraidhoo & Dinner with a Local Family (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 Guraidhoo, 120 minutes 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 and see all of the purchases that they’re bringing back to their home islands, like fruit and vegetables, mattresses and electrical items.
Upon arrival in Guraidhoo you will have time to settle in before either relaxing in the garden at the guesthouse or on the local public beach to watch the sunset. This evening you will dine with a local family to discover traditional Maldivian food and culture. Expect great company, but don’t expect silver service, as traditionally meals are eaten without the aid of a knife and fork! Overnight in Guraidhoo.
*Please Note that a speedboat transfer is available at extra cost for quicker arrival in Guraidhoo. Contact us for more information.
Day 2: Snorkelling & Island Life Tour (B/D)
Enjoy a traditional Maldivian breakfast at a local family's home 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.
As the afternoon cools down, head back on land to explore Guraidhoo accompanied by your guide for the opportunity to learn about the local way of life. Visit the local Mosque, the boatyard where you can see how the local boats are built, stop and chat with children playing in the street, and watch the ladies of the community begin their evening meal preparations. Stop by a local cafe to sample traditional ‘hedhika’ - Maldivian savoury and sweet snacks served with black tea. This evening you’ll enjoy a dinner under the stars on the beach (subject to weather conditions). Overnight in Guraidhoo.
Day 3: Sandbar Day Trip & Dinner with a Local Family (B/L/D)
Following breakfast at your guesthouse travel by speedboat to a stunning sandbank typical of the Maldives where you can swim, snorkel or just lie back and relax before enjoying a picnic lunch and then enjoying more of the same!
This evening enjoy dinner with a local family at their home, allowing you to true access to Maldives local life. Overnight in Guraidhoo.
Day 4: Velana International Airport Drop-Off (B)
Following an early breakfast you will transfer by early morning public ferry to Male and onto Velana International Airport, arriving by 10:00am. For those with late flight departures we will accommodate a complementary Male city walking tour. We wish you safe travels for your journey onward!
*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 - Guraidhoo
3 Nights Accommodation in a Basic Guraidhoo Guest House
Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners
Included Experiences with English-Speaking Guide:
- Snorkelling Tour
- Island Life Walking Tour
- Sandbar Day Trip
- Male Walking Tour (if time allows)