Cooking and Culture Tour

Cooking and Culture Tour

Package Duration
8 Days / 7 Nights
Destination Covered
Maldives - Male

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  • Description :
    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 and 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; 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) and 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 and plant varieties such as Mango, Pineapple, Screwpine, 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.
    Package Includes :
    • 7 Night Deluxe room guesthouse accommodation based on double/twin share
    • 7 Dinners including Lakeside Restaurant, Beach BBQ and dinner with local family
    • 7 Lunches including alfresco lunch and lakeside lunch
    • 4 Maldivian cooking experiences
    • Airport and domestic transfer assistance
    • Local Island Return transfer by domestic flight
    • Sunset mocktails
    • Local Island tours and hedika Experience
    • Personal Island Host
    • Local Tax
    Package Excludes :
    • International Flights
    • Single supplement for guests not wishing to room share
    • Travel Insurance
    • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses
    • Tips for guide

  • Day 1: Arrival

    Meals: Dinner

    Transfer from Male International Airport by domestic flight to Fuvahmulah, South Maldives just 10km 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: Island Exploration

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    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 your 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: Visit to fish market

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    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* resort chef, who has returned to his home island, before enjoying the fruits of your labour 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'. This is a very traditional part of daily life, similar to the western culture of afternoon tea. Enjoy savoury and spicy, as well as sweet bite sized short eats served with black tea in one of the local cafes.

    Day 4: Learn to prepare 'hedika'-maldivian savory

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    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: Learn to make 'garudhiya'-a clear broth fish soup

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    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 then 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: Learn about sweets

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    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: Farewell

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    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: Bye Bye

    Meals: Breakfast

    Transfer to Male International Airport and your onward destination.

    • Hotel: Fuvahmulah Guest House
    • Address : Gnaviyani Atoll, Fuvahmulah, Maldives
    • Hotel Rating :
    • Facilities : Airport Transfer, Laundry Services, Restaurant, Wakeup Services

    • Description : Our guesthouse is built in a contemporary boutique style complete with small garden and sun terrace. This 4* property with 4 rooms has been welcoming guests from all parts of the world to explore the hidden treasure of untouched reefs, and discover the ancestral heritage of the locals islanders. Offering full services and facilities for a great holiday experience and a comfortable, relaxing holiday destination, complete with a roof top terrace, garden BBQ, all rooms have en-suite bathrooms, AC and ceiling fans. Complimentary WiFi and water, whilst tea and coffee is always available.

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Secret Paradise Pvt Ltd

Contact Person :-

Ruth Franklin

Address :-

Commercial Unit B-1-03 01-03 Huvandhumma Higun, Hulhumale, Male, Maldives

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