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All transportation between Male and Villimale
Snacks and afternoon tea to get a taste of traditional Maldivian food
Guide provides all navigation and commentary
Comprehensive walking tour is great for first-time visitors
Spend the entire day strolling around Male and Villimale on this comprehensive walking tour in the Maldives. With a guide in the lead and a carefully curated itinerary, you won’t have to worry about missing any important sights. In Male, stop by the local fish market, the President’s Palace, the Friday Mosque, and Sultan Park. Pause for lunch in a waterside restaurant (own expense) before moving on to Villimale to explore the quieter side of the island, sampling traditional “hedika” before returning to your starting point.
What to Expect
Your tour starts with an overview of Male and the harbour area, a very important aspect of any island nation.
Passing by the oldest school in the city, learn about the education system and why the Maldives has a 98% literacy rate. Visit Hukuru Miskiiy – Old Friday Mosque and the tomb of Abu -al – Barakaath and learn why the Maldives converted to Islam and how the Islamic faith underpins everyday life.
Stop for a refreshing cup of traditional black tea at Royal Garden Café, a popular spot for locals. Housed in a rare example of a ‘ganduvaru’ a nobleman’s house, it provides a great example of traditional dark carved wood interiors.
Stopping at the November 3rd Memorial, hear the story of how 8 brave military servicemen died in the protection of their country from a terrorist attack in 1988. Wander through Sultan Park, a reference to the time the Maldives was governed by a sultanate with an optional visit to the National Museum. (Note: Entrance fee not included.)
Walking back towards the harbour area, pass by the Grand Friday Mosque and the Islamic Centre, Male’s famous architectural landmark and onto Jumhooree Maiden – Independence Square. From here, learn the meaning of the Maldives national flag and pick out key government buildings.
Heading west along the harbour, visit the bustling fish market and the local market, where the sights, sounds and smells will fill your senses. Chat with the local stall holders and taste tropical produce and homemade sweets.
Your guide will provide a selection of lunch time restaurant options based on your tastes.
Following lunch jump into a taxi with your guide in order to reach the terminal where your ferry departs to Villimale from.
The island, once a resort and also a prison, was ‘developed’ to assist with the ever growing population of Male. It offers the ideal escape from the ever busy capital city. Wide, open streets, an abundance of greenery so unlike Male, two local beaches and peaceful almost tranquil atmosphere.
Stepping off the ferry in Villimale, you may not be stepping back in time but you will be able to understand and visualise how the city islands would have been prior to urban modernisation. A 60-minute walking tour of the island will allow you to understand and appreciate the local way of ‘city’ life and learn how the local community work together to protect their environment.
Sample ‘hedika’ local savoury snacks served with black tea and allow your taste buds to discover Maldivian flavors. Before returning to the ‘big city,’ we take time to sit back and relax in true Maldivian style and watch the sunset colours fill the sky.
- Round-trip shared transfer from Male to Villimale
- Local guide
- Afternoon tea and snacks
- Local taxes
- Bottled water
Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- A maximum of 8 people per booking
- The Maldives is a Muslim country and care needs to be taken in relation to the dress code on local islands. Whilst it is acceptable for men to wear T Shirts and shorts or swim shorts; females should avoid causing offence by maintaining a more conservative approach to clothes by wearing T Shirts and loose shorts/trousers.
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Transportation is wheelchair accessible
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.