Maldives on a Shoestring tour

Maldives on a Shoestring tour

Tour Experience

8-day local-island tour of the Maldives including snorkelling, island picnics, BBQs, fishing and local cultural experiences

Available

Selected small group departures throughout the year

Location

Male, Guraidhoo and Maafushi

Our Maldives on a Shoestring tour (formerly Maldives Magic) gives you the chance to see the real Maldives and to discover the culture, beautiful scenery, friendly local people and atmosphere of this tropical paradise while staying in comfortable locally owned guesthouses. The itinerary starts with a tour of the modern capital of Male, before visiting both Guraidhoo and Maafushi local islands. Activities include beach barbeques, cultural shows, snorkelling trips, meals taken with local families, the chance to taste traditional Maldivian snacks and much, much more! Scuba-diving options are available and we also offer the option to extend your tour in the Maldives with an add on extension to one of the many amazing island resorts for some more luxurious relaxation.

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INCLUDED

  • 7 night's shared accommodation: 1 night Hulhumale guesthouse, 3 nights Guraidhoo guesthouse, 3 nights Maafushi guesthouse
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Free 30-day tourist visa on arrival to all nationalities
  • Local guides

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights (available on request)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1, Arrive in Malé, transfer to hotel

Upon arrival at Malé International Airport you will be greeted by our representative and transferred by the airport shuttle taxi to your guesthouse on Hulhumalé, just 15 minutes away. Settle in after your flight before taking your first steps on the sands of this tropical paradise. The beach is 3 min walk away, with several local cafes and local restaurants, plus a watersports centre. For travellers arriving before 5.00pm there is an optional visit to Malé for sunset mocktails at the top of the highest building in Malé which provides panoramic views of the city and surrounding islands.
| OVERNIGHT
Guesthouse – Newtown Inn or similar
| EXTRAS
Single Room Supplement, Extra night in Hulhumalé

DAY 2, Malé Tour, ferry to Guraidhoo and dinner with local family

Following breakfast served at the guesthouse you will transfer by public ferry to Male, a 20-minute journey, where a guide will accompany you on a tour of the capital city, providing opportunity to visit places of interest including The Friday Mosque, The National Museum and Sultan Park.
After lunch transfer by local ferry (approx. 14.30) to your guesthouse on the local island of Guraidhoo, South Male Atoll, 120 minutes from Male. Sit up top on the ferry to view the beauty of the many Maldives islands that pass you by whilst keeping your eyes open for dolphins!
Upon arrival you will have time to settle in before either relaxing in the garden at the guesthouse or on the local beach to watch the sun go down. Dinner this evening is spent with a local family just don’t expect silver service as traditionally meals are eaten without the aid of a knife and fork!
| OVERNIGHT
Guraidhoo Guesthouse – Ifja Inn or similar
| MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Morning snorkelling trip. Free afternoon

Following breakfast you will be taken by speedboat to nearby coral reefs for your first underwater encounter! The coral reefs of the Maldives are inhabited by diverse marine life and are teaming with colourful fish and corals. Keep your eyes open for turtles, sharks and rays you never know what may be in the blue! On return to Guraidhoo the afternoon is free for you to participate in optional watersports, diving or surfing. This evening enjoy a relaxed beach BBQ dinner.
| OVERNIGHT
Guraidhoo Guesthouse – Ifja Inn or similar
| MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Family breakfast, island tour, Hedika & optional Bodu Beru

Breakfast this morning is taken with a local family allowing you true access to Maldivian local life. You will then have free time at your leisure to relax on the beach or enjoy optional watersport activities.
As the afternoon cools down accompanied by your guide time is spent exploring Guraidhoo with the opportunity to learn about the local way of life including a visit to the Mosque, visit the boatyard learn how the common wooden boat known locally as a ‘dhoni’ is built, stop and chat with children playing in the street and watch the ladies of the community begin their evening meal preparations. Stop by a local cafe to sample traditional ‘hedika’ – Maldivian savoury and sweet short eats served with black tea.
This evening you can enjoy an optional beach dinner under the stars accompanied by traditional dancing and the beat of the ‘bodu beru’ where a group of men sit around the ‘bodu beru’ – big drum and sing to a rhythmical beat until they reach a crescendo.
| OVERNIGHT
Guraidhoo Guesthouse – Ifja Inn or similar
| MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 5, Maafushi, snorkelling boat trip

Start early today for breakfast and then a transfer by local ferry (07.00) to the local island of Maafushi, just 20 minutes away. After checking into the guesthouse, this morning you will have the chance to once again enjoy the underwater beauty of the Maldives. We stop at a sandbank for picnic lunch with time to swim or lie back and relax. Heading back to Maafushi we will cruise the Indian Ocean in search of dolphins. This evening a dinner comprised of local dishes is taken at your guesthouse.
| OVERNIGHT
Maafushi Guesthouse – Arora Inn or similar
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Maafushi, free time, various watersports options

Following breakfast served at the guesthouse, today is yours to enjoy as you please, relax on the beach or for those feeling energetic participate in the various optional watersport activities on offer. Optional diving trips can be organised for certified divers.
| OVERNIGHT
Maafushi Guesthouse – Arora Inn or similar
| MEALS
Breakfast
| EXTRAS
Full-day scuba-diving boat trip from Maafushi, Half-day scuba-diving boat trip from Maafushi, Manta Ray boat trip from Maafushi

DAY 7, Maafushi, free time, various watersports options

Following breakfast served at the guesthouse, today is again yours to enjoy as you please, relax on the tourist bikini beach or for those feeling energetic participate in the various optional watersport activities on offer. Optional diving trips can be organised for certified divers.
| OVERNIGHT
Maafushi Guesthouse – Arora Inn or similar
| MEALS
Breakfast
| EXTRAS
Full-day scuba-diving boat trip from Maafushi, Half-day scuba-diving boat trip from Maafushi, Manta Ray boat trip from Maafushi

DAY 8, Transfer to Malé airport for departure

After breakfast you are transferred back to Male by public ferry (approx. 07.30-09.00), across town, and on to Male airport where the tour ends. You should expect to arrive at the airport by around 10.30am.
If you have a flight departing earlier than 1pm then we recommend taking an earlier speedboat transfer from Maafushi to the airport (at extra cost).
If you have a late afternoon or evening flight departure and understandably do not want to spend a long time waiting at the airport, then day-use rooms are available at the Newtown Inn (price includes an airport departure transfer to meet your flight). Alternatively, there are day package options at Hulhule Airport hotel to use the swimming pool, restaurant, bar etc. or a half day visit to Vilingmale Local Island which is 15 minutes from Male. Other snorkelling trips or other watersport activities are also available.
Those travellers booking a resort extension will transfer from Male airport on to their resort via the resort’s own transfer boat. Our guide will assist you with meeting this transfer though there may be a short wait depending on the resort boat’s schedule.
| OVERNIGHT
N/A
| MEALS
Breakfast
| EXTRAS
3-night resort island extension, 3-night Dhoni curise extension, Extra night in Hulhumalé, Speedboat departure transfer, Day-use room & airport transfers in Hulhumalé

DURATION

8 days

Price

A$1597

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