The Maldives, located south of the Indian subcontinent, is a beautiful chain of islands in the Indian Ocean-Arabian Sea area and consists of 26 atolls. The Maldives is a rapidly growing tourist destination with its mosaic of aquamarine waters and shimmering white shores; it is now one of the most visited places in the world. Containing pristine beaches, a surreal landscape, and a vibrant culture, Maldives lets you experience heaven on earth. The Maldives should be your next vacation for those looking for beauty with adventure mixed in with its 1100 islands, of which only 200 are habitable. Blue lagoons and towering palm trees envelopes the coral islands of Maldives and houses more than 105 resorts. The trip to the Maldives is like a dream come true to many as its beauty is unparalleled to any other tropical islands. Each sight you see in this country is gorgeous. You will experience the laid back vibe and tranquil feel throughout the trip. While Male offers a sight of local life, the island of Biyadhoo is ideal for deep diving, and Maafushivaru, located in the South Ari Atoll, is a favored for romantic holidays. There is no better place than the Maldives if you ever want to do some snorkeling, scuba diving, or swimming with rare aquatic life. This country is renowned all over the world for its wide array of water sports. There is no place like the Maldives to experience the underwater world, which has captivated the heart of so many visitors. While diving in the tranquil underwater, you will see varied aquatic life outstanding in lively hues beside unique corals, making it an experience you will never forget.
The beauty of Maldives is something you can't grasp just from pictures; you have to be there and experience this gorgeous chain of islands by yourself. This island nation is not only popular among honeymooners looking for seclusion, but also among adventurers searching best place to explore the underwater world with scuba diving and snorkeling. Those travelers seeking relaxation can also unwind at one of the many island spas. The country offers a wide range of hotels, ranging from underwater hotels to overwater private bungalows.
Maldives Culture & Beaches Island Hopping trip of eight days starts and ends in Male. This cruise takes you through Maafushi, Gulhi, and Male in the Maldives. This eight-day Maldives Culture & Beaches Island Hopping tour is a guided trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals, and many others. Explore the unspoiled nature and abundant culture of the Maldives on this exciting island hopping tour around the South Male Atoll. Snorkel in sparkling waters, feast with local families, voyage in pursuit for dolphins, and more!
Best time to visit
The peak month for traveling in the Maldives is between November and April. The country is sunny all year round, but experience a dry season and a wet, rainy season. Every season has its pros and cons regarding the visit. The travelers searching for best weather in the Maldives would prefer visiting the Maldives between November and April as the country experiences little precipitation and warm temperatures during these months. However, this is the time of year when it gets busiest, so everything from accommodation, flight tickets, travel packages, to activities in Maldives, skyrockets. The better part of visiting the Maldives in peak season is that you won't experience huge crowds even in peak season as most of the resorts inhabit their island, which is unlike most of the countries in the world.
The rainy season in the Maldives falls between May and October. During this time, the islands see from 5 to 10 inches of rainfall monthly and often with strong winds. If you visit during this time, visitors will get better deals during this time. This time is very famous among surfers as the area sees bigger waves and better swells for surfing during these months. So, for budget travelers, you might get better deals when you choose between off-season and peak season as during those time, there will be relatively less chance of rainfall, the temperature remains warm, and visitors decreases around 20percent offering you better price.
Culture and Customs
Since the 12th century, Maldives has been an Islamic country. With its abundant heritage, you will notice religious traditions rooted in the culture. The capital of this island nation, Male, is full of Mosques, and you will see men and women dressed in very conservative attire. As they dress conservatively, they also expect others to dress conservatively. If you like to visit mosques, you have to dress accordingly and open shoes and socks before entering. Also, remember that some mosques are only opened to Muslims. You might see people praying in public at certain times; if you see this, respect them by lowering your voice and do not walk in front of those who are praying. However, you don't have to worry about these things if you only plan to stay in resort islands as all of these traditions and cultures are extracted from there.
We recommend you to not plan a trip to the Maldives during Ramadan, as the resorts' staff will be out, you will not have access to pork and alcohol, and most of the restaurants close. You will also struggle just to get food during the daytime.
The country also does not tolerate public displays of affection like kissing. It is also illegal to have alcohol outside of the resort. Homosexuality is also taboo in this island nation, and both men and women should dress conservatively outside the resort island.
International visitors should have a passport that is valid for six months from the departure date and the proof of sufficient funds and an onward travel plan while visiting the Maldives. You can get a 30day visa on arrival at the airport, which can be extended to 90 days if requested.
The Maldives' cuisine mostly focuses on the ingredients available in the region, in which you will see many dishes featuring seafood, coconut, and starches. Few fishes you can expect to find on Maldives' menu are tuna, wahoo and Mahi Mahi. The popular dish in the Maldives is samosas (pastries stuffed with savory filling like spiced potatoes and vegetables), curries and spicy fried fish.
While traveling to the Maldives, you have to carry lots of sunblocks, broad-brimmed hats, beachwear, and an umbrella. Also, pack light cotton clothes that cover your shoulders, abdomen, and knees. The Maldives is a humid country, so always carry a water bottle with you. As we will be hopping from island to island, it will be easier for you to pack flip-flops or sandals.
Hop from island to island around the South Male Atoll
Enjoy dinner with local families and learn about the local culture
Enjoy tropical paradise to its fullest with lots of free time
- Airport transfer
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
Upon arrival, our airport representative will greet and escort you to your guesthouse on Hulhumale Island. After reaching the guest house, relax in the sands of this urban tropical heaven. There is also an optional tour to Male to enjoy sunset mocktails from top of one of the tallest buildings from where you will get a bird's eye view of the surrounding islands. Most visitors choose HulhuMale as their visit either on the first day or the last. It is a famous island with untapped places, connected to the Maldives airport. this island is a great place for those looking for a destination to unwind, with its perfect blend of urban luxuries and simple island life.
In the morning, you will go on a sightseeing tour of the capital city with your guide. You will be visiting the fish market and local market, Sultan Park, President's Palace, and Friday Mosque before transferring to the island of Guraidhoo in the South Male Atoll by local ferry. After reaching Guraidhoo, there will be plenty of time for you to settle in before relaxing in the garden at the guesthouse or on the local public beach from where you can get a beautiful view of the sunset. In the evening, enjoy traditional Maldivian food with the company of a local family and discover the Maldivian culture. the facilities today will be basic, but the company will be great. However, this is also one part of the Maldives, which will make a memorable trip.
After breakfast, you will board a speedboat and head to nearby coral reefs for your first underwater trip in the Maldives. A wide variety of marine life inhabits the coral reefs of the Maldives, so while snorkeling through the waters of Maldives, you will witness the water teeming with colorful fish and corals. You might also encounter turtles, sharks, and rays, so keep searching. This afternoon, we return to Guraidhoo. The remaining day is free. so, you can choose to relax on your own or engage in optional watersports like diving and surfing. Tonight, we will have a delicious barbecue dinner on the beach.
Today, you will enjoy an authentic Maldivian culture with a local family and authentic Maldivian cuisine for breakfast. The rest of the morning is for leisure. As the temperature cools down in the afternoon, we return on land to delve more of Guradhoo with your guide, and you will also get the chance to learn more about the lifestyle of the locals. Today, you will visit the boatyard where you can see the techniques of the building of local boats, the local Mosque. You will see children playing in the street, and watch the ladies of the community begin their evening meal preparations. On the way, you may try a traditional Maldivian food called hedhika at a local café. They serve this sweet snack with black tea. In the evening, we will enjoy dinner by the beach, under the stars and with a performance of traditional dancing and the beat of the 'Bodu Beru' where a group of men sits around the 'Bodu Beru' – big drum and sing to a rhythmical beat until they reach a crescendo.
After an early breakfast, we hop on a ferry and move to the island of Maafushi. As you enter this gorgeous island, the laidback charm and slow way of life of this island delight you. The island has an otherworldly beauty as far as your eyes can see. The region also offers a great spot for scuba diving, catamaran rides, and fishing opportunities. After reaching the island, check into the guesthouse before going for a snorkeling excursion where you will have the opportunity to relish the underwater charm of the Maldives. This afternoon, we will have a picnic lunch at a sandbank. After lunch, you can go for a swim or just lay back and soak up the sun. we will cruise the Indian Ocean while looking out for dolphins when returning to Maafushi.
There are so many activities and excursions available from Maafushi, so we will leave you alone so that you can enjoy at your own pace. you can just relax on the beach, choose to visit a resort for the day, or if you feel like getting active, the island offers a wide range of watersports. If you are a certified diver, we can also organize an optional diving trip.
After an early breakfast, hop on a public ferry and make a trip of about twenty minutes to the serene local island of Gulhi. After checking into the guesthouse, you will go for a sightseeing tour of the island with your guide. We will visit a boatyard from where you can see gigantic boats that are under renovation, also interact with the ladies sweeping the streets, and to conclude the day tour, refresh yourself with a cool Kurumba (coconut) while watching ships coming and going at the harbor. Then, the remaining day is free, so you can head to the bikini beach, or if you are in a mood of doing something energetic, choose to go for a snorkel from the island beach. If you are a certified diver, we can also organize an optional diving trip.
Day Eight :
The trip ends today. After breakfast, we take a ferry ride back to Male. Then, we will drop you at the international airport where you can take a flight to your next destination.