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8 Days Culture & Cooking Tours in Fuvahmulah, Maldives

Maldivian Culture & Cooking Holidays

Stay on the southern island of Fuvahmulah and not only enjoy the uniqueness of this Maldives Island but return home and amaze your friends with your Maldivian menu! Combining the opportunity to learn how to cook traditional Maldivian food with discovering the culture and tradition of the Maldives as well as plenty of time to enjoy the things for which the Maldives is renowned. Fuvahmulah is the nearest atoll to the Equator and the first atoll in the Southern Hemisphere!


  • 4 Maldivian cooking experiences
  • Maldivian cuisine, sweets, hedika classes
  • Learn about the traditional craft of laquerware
  • Dine with local family, lakeside, alfresco, beach BBQ
  • Local island exploration Fuvahmulah
  • Enjoy welcome sunset mocktail
  • 7 nights accommodation


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Viluxer Veyli

This is the latest addition to Viluxer Hotels. Located close to the famous Thoondu beach and offering ten rooms, including two suites, Viluxer Veyli is the perfect place from which to explore Fuvahmulah. Offering full services and facilities for a great holiday experience and a comfortable, relaxing holiday destination, complete with large garden and private sunbathing. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, and ceiling fans and are equipped with TV, safe, tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary bottled water, beach towels, mini bar (chargeable), hairdryer and toiletries.


Day 1 - Arrival, sunset mocktail

  • Transfer from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE) by domestic flight to Fuvahmulah, south Maldives just 10 kilometers from the Equator.
  • Freshen up and settle in to your guesthouse before enjoying sunset mocktails and the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore on Fuvahmulah's unique shiny pebble beach.

Day 2 - Excursion, free time, restaurant trip

  • Following breakfast, you will be accompanied by a local guide from Fuvahmulah on an island exploration.
  • There is lots of history to be discovered on Fuvahmulah, the covered remains of an ancient Buddhist chaitya, ancient circular baths and a number of old mosques are all waiting to be explored.
  • Add to that the diverse range of habitats ranging from tropical woodlands and wetlands to freshwater lakes and well-vegetated marshland and agricultural areas you will discover that Fuvahmulah is not a typical Maldives island.
  • Following lunch at the guesthouse, the afternoon is free for you to relax or enjoy optional activities available including guided snorkeling trips with the opportunity to encounter sharks, turtles, groupers, mantas, and a myriad of colorful fish.
  • This evening, dine at Lakeside Restaurant overlooking one of the islands freshwater lakes.

Day 3 - Market visit, cooking class, excursion, hedika

  • After breakfast, you will be taken to the fish market to see what the local fishermen have caught this morning and watch their skills as they prepare them for sale before selecting fish for your lunch time recipes.
  • Returning to the guesthouse, the rest of the morning will be spent learning to cook Maldivian fish dishes with the guesthouse chef, a former 5-star resort chef, who has returned to his home island, before enjoying the fruits of your labor for lunch.
  • Mid-afternoon, take a walking tour of the central area of the island allowing you to discover how the local community lives and works, with the possibility to see inside a traditional coral built home, before experiencing "hedika".
  • Hedika is a very traditional part of daily life, similar to the western culture of afternoon tea. Enjoy savory and spicy, as well as sweet, bite-sized short eats served with black tea in one of the local cafes.

Day 4 - Free time, hedika class

  • Today, you have a free morning, you may opt to relax on the beach or sun terrace or participate in the optional activities available including diving or surfing.
  • Lunch will be served alfresco at a shaded, secluded location on the island!
  • Back in the kitchen, this afternoon, you will learn to prepare a selection of hedika which you can then share with a family as guests in their home.

Day 5 - Cooking class, free time

  • Following breakfast, the morning will be spent learning to prepare and cook a selection of typical Maldivian dishes including garudhiya, a clear broth fish soup and accompaniments, which you will enjoy for lunch.
  • The afternoon is free for you to relax or enjoy optional activities available including freshwater fishing. The two fresh water lakes are both guaranteed fishing areas where even an amateur can catch a fish!
  • Dinner this evening is taken in the home of a local family, where you will be taught, if you wish the art of eating like a local - with your fingers!

Day 6 - Dessert class, art / craft shop, free time

  • Following breakfast, you will learn to prepare Maldivian sweets. Most traditional sweets are based on coconut, sugar, flour, and essence and you will be able to take home your efforts as souvenirs of your trip.
  • Enjoy a lazy lakeside lunch which involves a surprise mode of transport!
  • After lunch, visit a local wood turner and learn about the traditional craft of laquerware before having the rest of the afternoon to relax or participate in optional activities including sunset fishing and mud bathing!

Day 7 - Free time

  • Today is a free day allowing you to choose to do as you please on your final day on Fuvahmulah before enjoying a farewell beach BBQ under the stars.

Day 8 - Departure

  • Transfer to Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE) and your onward destination.


Fuvahmulah is the nearest atoll to the Equator and the first atoll in the Southern Hemisphere; it has many distinctive features which make it quite unique. It is a one-island atoll and the second largest island in the Maldives (if not for land reclamation). It includes a diverse range of habitats ranging from tropical woodlands and wetlands to freshwater lakes, well-vegetated marshland areas, white sandy beaches of different variations and pebble texture, plus gravel beaches and fertile agricultural lands greater in area than any other island in the Maldives.

The two freshwater lakes in the island, plus the many number of swamps and marshland areas give habitat to different plant and animal species not found anywhere else in the Maldives. The wetland areas of Fuvahmulah are mostly made up of dense vegetation of different kinds ranging from ferns to reeds traditionally used for weaving mats to an abundance of water spinach. Plant varieties include mango, pineapple, ccrewpine, banana trees, and many more. Fuvahmulah is also home to farmland areas where locals grow different crops such as cucumber, tomato, carrot, cabbage, pepper, capsicum, eggplant, and ladies' fingers which makes Fuvahmulah the ideal destination for a culinary holiday!


The traditional food of the Maldivians is based around fish, specifically tuna, chilli, and coconuts; while white rice and roshi, a flour based flat-bread, are staple items. Fish is normally smoked, fired, barbecued, or roasted. Pork products are strictly prohibited. When eating on local islands, it is worth noting that Maldivians traditionally eat with their fingers; therefore, food is not always served piping hot. Tap water is perfectly safe for brushing your teeth; however, you are advised to drink bottled or boiled water. All food on local islands is halal.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to do (optional)

  • Big game fishing
  • Diving
  • Dolphin and sunset cruise
  • Fishing
  • Kite surf
  • Snorkeling adventures
  • Watersport activities
  • Wind surf

What's included

  • 4 Maldivian cooking experiences
  • 7 dinners including lakeside restaurant, beach barbecue and dinner with local family
  • 7 lunches including alfresco lunch and lakeside lunch
  • 7 nights accommodation in deluxe room guesthouse based on double/twin share
  • Airport and domestic transfer assistance
  • Local island return transfer by domestic flight
  • Local island tours and hedika experience
  • Local tax
  • Sunset mocktails

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE). Secret Paradise will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

A number of airlines provide direct and indirect flights to Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE) from most international departure airports. As your plane breaks through the clouds revealing the emerald islands below, prepare for one of the most exciting flying experiences. The runway of Hulhule’ airport runs parallel to the shore, creating an adrenalin rush for a second when it makes you think that the plane is landing on water. Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE) is just fifteen minutes from Male. The airport is small, but well-equipped with souvenir and duty-free shops, restaurants, medical facilities, and provides banking and postal services.

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