4 NIGHT SHORT STAY EXPERIENCE Start from $699
Starting and finishing at Velana International Airport (MLE) our short stay holidays allow a mix of cultural experiences, beach and ocean activities as well as plenty of time for relaxation, because surely that is what holidays are all about! Should the example package not entirely suit, we are able to customize to meet your requirements.
Since the introduction of local tourism Maafushi has proved itself to be a popular destination for those wishing to experience the Maldives without paying resort prices. Only 90 minutes away from Male by ferry boat or just 40 minutes by speedboat Maafushi was the birthplace of the Maldives guesthouse industry and now boasts over 70 properties.
Whilst our package ensures you experience a mix of cultural and ocean based activities, there is no shortage of optional watersports. With a variety of cafes and restaurants and now even a small spa Maafushi provides the ideal destination to meet locals and tourists alike and discover the Maldives on a budget.
Arrive Velana International Airport (MLE) where you will be greeted by our representative or your guide, who will assist you with your public ferry transfer to your local island in South Male Atoll. The ferry takes 90 minutes to journey across the Indian Ocean to Maafushi and you can choose to sit up top and view the beauty of the many Maldives islands that pass you by, keeping your eyes open for dolphins or sit inside and chat with the locals.
Upon arrival at your guesthouse you will have time to settle in before exploring the island with your local guide to get yourself acquainted with the layout and to observe Maldives local life. Experience traditional ‘hedika’ – Maldivian savoury and sweet snacks served with black tea at a local cafe. Dinner will be served at your guesthouse.
Breakfast this morning is served at your guesthouse before being taken out by boat to enjoy a 90 minute guided snorkeling trip to nearby reefs to discover the underwater world of the Maldives.
The afternoon is yours to relax or for those feeling a little more energetic take advantage of the many water sport options available including surfing and diving. This evening enjoy the unique experience of eating dinner with a local family allowing you to true access to Maldives home life.
Following breakfast you have a free morning before being taken by speedboat to an idyllic sandbank just a short distance from Maafushi. Here you have the opportunity to swim, snorkel or just lie back and relax. A picnic lunch will be served before we head off to snorkel in search of turtles. The soft corals available on this reef usually mean its lunchtime all the time for turtles! On the return journey to Maafushi cruise the Indian Ocean, enjoy sunset and hopefully spot dolphins. This evening subject to weather conditions dinner will be served alfresco!
Today is yours to enjoy as you please. Relax on the beach or for those feeling energetic participate take advantage of our island hopping excursion. Optional diving trips can be organised for certified divers and day visits to resorts are also available. All optional activities can be arranged prior to or during your stay.
DAY 5: MALE CITY TOUR AND DEPARTURE
Following an early breakfast you will transfer on the early morning public ferry to Male. Accompanied by your local guide you will discover the history of the capital city and visit places including The Friday Mosque, The National Museum (entrance fee not included) and Sultan Park.
The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Male, enjoy lunch, buy souvenirs or just watch the world go by from a local coffee house. Transfer to Velana International Airport (MLE) or your onward destination.
Accommodation : Lily Rest
Scheduled tours not offered