3 Days Culinary Vacations in Maldives

  • Ripple Beach Inn, Hulhumale, Maldives

Culinary Tours in Maldives

Coconut palm fringed islands, sparkling white beaches, tranquil lagoons, turquoise blue waters studded with coloured corals, and an abundance of marine life, all combine to form the breathtaking beauty that distinguishes the Maldives. The best way to experience this natural beauty and to gain an insight into the culture and tradition of Maldivian life is to travel to an inhabited island. This provides the opportunity to combine local island life with water sports and a little relaxation. This short stay culinary package is ideal for those looking to experience the Maldives on a budget or for travellers who also wish to experience resort life in the Maldives.

Highlights

  • Hands-on cooking sessions
  • Tour of the cities of Male and Villimale
  • Visit Male's fish market and local market
  • Experience Maldivian afternoon tea
  • Dine in the home of a local family
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 2 days with instruction
  • English
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All of the accommodations offered are handpicked to provide a balance of comfort, good service, local atmosphere, and value for money. Secret Paradise has chosen a locally operated guesthouses that provide comfortable clean rooms, friendly service, and good food. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, and complimentary Wi-Fi; also, water, tea, and coffee are always available. Most of the guesthouses have one or two stories and are comprised of a maximum of 10 rooms. Some are set facing out to the ocean with a terrace or balcony.

Ripple Beach Inn

Overlooking a spectacular turquoise lagoon, Ripple Beach Inn brings you all the contemporary comfort and stylish design of a boutique hotel, within easy reach of Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE) and the sea plane hub. Situated in front of the beach, on the island of Hulhumale, it is just ten minutes by direct shuttle from the airport, meaning you can be in your room within half an hour of touch down. You will find that all the activities and excursions expected of a resort are provided, including diving, water-sports, fishing, and island-hopping. A stay at Ripple Beach Inn also gives you the opportunity to get a glimpse of real Maldivian life on a local island, set against the backdrop of a two kilometer-long white sandy beach and tranquil lagoon.

With an outstanding view of a Maldivian beach, the hotel’s 10 guest rooms are designed with class, style, and comfort to meet the needs of the most sophisticated guests. Guest rooms are decorated in soft natural hues and furnished with modern facilities to accentuate the relaxing atmosphere and a sense of space. Room categories include: sea view super deluxe, sea view deluxe, standard partial sea view, deluxe, standard and suites.

All rooms are equipped with individually controlled air conditioning, flat screen televisions, smoking and non-smoking options, coffee and tea making facilities, and king-size beds. sea view super deluxe, sea view deluxe, and standard partial sea view rooms offer private balconies, allowing guests to gaze at the blissful turquoise sea. Free high-speed Internet access is available to all guests throughout the hotel.

Day 1

  • Arrive at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE)
  • Transfer by vehicle to your guesthouse in Hulhumale
  • Taste of Local Life experience
  • Free evening

Day 2

  • Breakfast at guesthouse
  • Full day Male City tour with personal local guide
  • Free evening

Day 3

  • Breakfast with local family
  • Free time to relax on the beach or participate in the many watersports available
  • Transfer to airport for departure flight

Male and Villimale Tour

After being picked up from your hotel, venture on a Male City tour. A guide will be with you at all times and you will visit the fish market, the local market, the President's Palace, Sultan Park, and the Friday Mosque. Stop for lunch at one of the many restaurants overlooking the water front before taking the public ferry to Villimale. There, you will join Save the Beach and discover the quieter side of city life by exploring the smaller island of Villimale, located south west of Male.

Wander the quiet streets, learn the names of local trees, visit the spice factory, and learn more about the conservation work being carried out by Save The Beach. You will also be able to sample traditional hedika at a local café on the beach. You will enjoy traditional sweet and savory snacks with black tea, before returning to Hulhumale.

Taste of Local Life Experience

You cannot beat home cooked food and, with this experience, you will live in a wonderful experience. You will not only assist in selecting the ingredients from the local market in Male, but you will also get to spend time with a local family, preparing local dishes, which you will then get to enjoy along with the family in their home.

Hulhumale, North Male Atoll, is a suburban island just a 10-minute taxi ride from Male International Airport. This artificial island was reclaimed from the sea to offer alternative living space outside of Male and whilst not a 5-star resort Hulhumale provides the ideal base for a short holiday or as a start or finishing point to a longer stay in the Maldives.

There are plenty of local coffee shops, a handful of restaurants and a small local shopping area. The beach located along the east side of the island is an endless stretch of sand and provides the ideal location to swim, snorkel or just relax after a great days diving. The capital Male is just a 20-minute ferry journey away and for those who like to end their day with a beer the only hotel serving alcohol on a local island is a short bus journey close to the airport.

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.

Additional water sports, snorkelling, and excursions to visit resorts are available to make the most of your stay in this island paradise.

  • 1 full day Male City tour with afternoon tea
  • 1 lunch
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily breakfast
  • Local taxes
  • Services of a local guide
  • Taste of Local Life experience
  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

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.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Secret Paradise an inquiry.

Verified BookCulinaryVacations.com reviews

  • Review by a traveler

    "We were staying on a resort during our 10 stay in Maldives and thought a day out in Male would be a good experience. We booked an afternoon cooking session with a local family (Suba). The day started with buying some food items in a local market which was great fun. This is also a good time to buy any local items you may want to take back home.We bought these delicious coconut sweets. We then took a ferry back to Hulmane where we cooked a local fish dishe at Suba's family home. We both enjoyed the experience very much"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Ruth and the team of Secret Paradise were truly amazing in making our trip to the Maldives an amazing one! We had a great time with our guide Shafaf. We booked 2 events, preparing and cooking a local dish with a local family in their home after having gathered the groceries with Shafaf in Male city; and a Male city day tour which ended the day with a visit to the nearby island of Ville Male to relax, have tea and catch up with the passionate co-founder of the Save the Beach organization, who guided us through their profound mission to preserve the local beaches through their waste and pollution control initiatives. We simply had an amazing trip in the Maldives due to Secret Paradise, and Ruth in particular!"

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Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    "My family of 4 adults had planned to visit Maldives not exactly for the beach/water activities, but more of a cultural and scenery experience. So, a stay in one of the resorts was not really required for us. Also I needed either interconnected rooms or a suite as we all needed to stay together. I really did not have any idea what to do in Maldives if water activities were left out - this is where Ruth of secret paradise helped me to plan and decide. I was planning to stay in a Male hotel, but Ruth advised me to stay in Hulhumale which is more of a residential area with nice family beaches, mosques and restaurants. She booked me interconnecting rooms in a hotel in Hulhumale. I used secret paradise's day activities options like sunset cruise, island hopping, male city tour and taste of local life. Our guide, Kokko (real name Ibrahim), was waiting for us in the airport on arrival and took us to HM retreat in Hulhumale. Since it was windy with slight rain, the sunset cruise was postponed. The hotel was located right on Hulhumale beach stretch with restaurants and shops near. We left by speed boat for Island hopping to Hurra Island. We met some local families in the Island, saw the local boat making factory and also visited a dried fish factory, walked around the village, visited a shop selling momentos and Maldivian produced gifts ( found it expensive - be careful ) - went by boat to another island for lunch and returned back by about 4 p.m. Next day, we went for the Male city tour with our guide Ibrahim who gave us many interesting insights of buildings and monuments. We visited the food market as well as the fish market. We took the passenger barge for the trip back to Hulhumale where we had a very interesting time with a local family and had Maldivian lunch with them. This was followed by the sunset cruise in which we were lucky to see a lot of dolphins. Overall, a very enjoyable experience and would recommend to use Secret Paradise."

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  • Review by Marie Pauline M.

    "I've checked TripAdvisor and this activity was the first on the list. I emailed immediately and get the prices of the trips. At first I thought it was that expensive, but with the total experience, it was really worth the penny ! From answering all of my queries, getting all my schedules fixed and giving great suggestions it was beyond perfect. Ruth is so patient, friendly and has a great customer service ! Our tour guide was Kame who was so friendly, I miss my buddy, he took amazing video of us. I would really recommend all the travelers to book with them."

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  • Review by Ledie Quilit

    "Thank you so much, Ms. Ruth and team for prompt replies. Cinnamon Dhonveli day trip is highly recommended. The all access to all amenities of the resort was superb. Really one of the books."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Very prompt replies from Ruth. She is friendly and helpful. The staff, Koko and Zaff, were very friendly and they took care of me very good. I took a Photo Flight and Sunset Dolphin Cruise with Secret Paradise. Everything went well and it was an awesome experienced. Secret Paradise is recommended to all!"

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  • Review by Luchi Villarica from Quezon City, Philippines

    "Ruth, the sales director, was very accommodating by letting us know every detail of the arranged tours. When our tour guide, was late for a few minutes, we immediately received an email from her explaining the reason why the guide was late. Kokko, our tour guide was also very commendable because he was well mannered, knowledgeable, witty, and spoke very well. He even recommended a local restaurant that did not disappoint. We enjoyed our scheduled tours not only because of the scenic views but also because of him. Overall, we appreciate the prompt and excellent customer service provided by Secret Paradise. Ruth deserves being the number one tour manager / business owner."

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  • Review by a traveler from Abu Dabi, United Arab Emirates

    "Whale shark diving and quiet serenity. I enjoyed my trip very much. They made sure I was taken care of every step of the way which made me feel relaxed and happy."

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  • Review by a traveler from Alemania

    "Excellent service. We had a truly relaxing holiday in Maldives with the help of Secret Paradise. We booked for an eight days yoga retreat and we are very happy with the service and did not regret choosing Secret Paradise to help us organize the vacation. Thank you for your service and prompt communication. More power and definitely a high recommendation."

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  • Review by a traveler from London, UK

    "We were staying on a resort during our 10 days in Maldives and thought a day out in Male would be a good experience. We booked an afternoon cooking session with a local family (Suba). The day started with buying some food items in a local market which was great fun. This is also a good time to buy any local items you may want to take back home. We bought these delicious coconut sweets. We then took a ferry back to Hulmane where we cooked a local fish dishes at Suba's family home. We both enjoyed the experience very much. "

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  • Review by Luxul from California, USA

    "Ruth of Secret Paradise is extremely helpful in planning a custom trip in the Maldives. She's extremely reliable and fast at responding, which gave peace of mind when dealing with Secret Paradise. Thank you."

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  • Review by Aenderson from Germanny

    "We had an exellent time while doing our aowd course with secret paradise! very helpful and friendly stuff and crew!"

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Hulhumale, Maldives

At Secret Paradise we offer what other operators in the Maldives don’t - Local Island Tours allowing our guests the opportunity to experience the Real Maldives.

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