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8 Days Culture & Cooking Tours in Fuvahmulah, Maldives

  • Secret Paradise PVT Ltd, Huvandhumma Higun, Hulhumale, 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!

Highlights

  • 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
  • English
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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.

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

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