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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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