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The Real Maldives

DURATION

10 days

ACCOMMODATION

Local Guest House/Hotels

Trip Difficulty
DIFFICULTY
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LOCATION

Asia, Maldives

MEETING POINT

Male Airport

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Welcome to our ‘Real Maldives’ trip, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will take you on a journey through the natural beauty and rich culture of this breathtaking destination. At The Bucket List Company, we believe that travel should be sustainable and responsible, and our tour is designed to reflect these values.

Our itinerary has been carefully crafted to showcase the best of the Maldives, from its turquoise lagoons and white-sand beaches to its vibrant underwater world and traditional villages. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with the locals and learn about their way of life, as well as enjoy delicious local cuisine and take part in a range of cultural activities.

But what sets our tour apart is our commitment to sustainability. We work closely with the local community to ensure that our activities have a positive impact on both the environment and the local economy. We use local guest houses on local islands and we strive to minimise our carbon footprint through responsible travel practices.

Our expert guides are passionate about the Maldives and its people, and they are committed to providing an authentic and immersive experience for our guests. We believe that travel has the power to bring people together and foster understanding and respect, and our Sustainable Local Island Tour in the Maldives is the perfect way to explore this beautiful destination while making a positive impact.

Join us on this incredible journey and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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What is 'The Real Maldives' like?

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What's Included In Our The Real Maldives

All Activities Mentioned In The Itinerary

All Activities Mentioned In The Itinerary

Max 16 Travellers Per Group

Max 16 Travellers Per Group

Local Guest Houses & 4* Hotel (Twin Share)

Local Guest Houses & 4* Hotel (Twin Share)

Private & Public Boat Transfers

Private & Public Boat Transfers

9 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches & 9 Dinners

9 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches & 9 Dinners

Expert Guides With You Throughout The Trip

Expert Guides With You Throughout The Trip

The Real Maldives Itinerary

  • Day 1: WELCOME TO THE MALDIVES & TRANSFER TO GOIDHOO

    WELCOME TO THE MALDIVES & TRANSFER TO GOIDHOO Upon arrival at Velana International Airport you will be welcomed by our Maldivian representative who will complete an introductory briefing. You will join the 13:00 shared scheduled speedboat departure for a two-hour journey northwest to Baa Atoll and the island of Goidhoo. On arrival, your property representative will greet you and take you to your accommodation, home for the next 2 nights. Then it’s time to hit the beach for a sunset swim before dinner. Goidhoo retains a cultural feel with ancient mosques and wells. The island’s natural wonders include freshwater lakes, which are quite unusual in the Maldives, mangroves, and a beautiful beach, as well as many vegetable and fruit farms.

  • Day 2: GUIDED SNORKELLING AND ISLAND TOUR

    GUIDED SNORKELLING AND ISLAND TOUR Following breakfast, take your first Maldives underwater encounter. Your guide will provide a safety briefing on responsible snorkelling and act as your ‘spotter’ during the experience, pointing out marine life that may not have caught your eye. They will assist less confident or inexperienced snorkellers, ensuring your equipment is comfortable and you feel safe in the water. There will be the opportunity to see turtles, reef sharks, and rays, as well as a multitude of colourful fish. Back on dry land, in the afternoon you will explore the island of Goidhoo. In the 19th century, a female African slave who had been bought by the king on his Hajj trip to Mecca was formally released from slavery. A house and a well were built for her to settle on Goidhoo. The freeing of slaves before the death of the owner was a common practice among the very high nobility in the Maldives. There are families in Goidhoo that can trace their descendancy to this African ancestor.

  • Day 3: MANGROVE KAYAKING & TRANSFER TO FULHADHOO

    MANGROVE KAYAKING & TRANSFER TO FULHADHOO This morning we kayak one of the island’s mangrove lakes and learn why the mangroves play such an important role in the Maldives. Your guide will coach you on how to paddle and manoeuvre the kayak before we set off to explore this unique Maldives ecosystem. After lunch, take a short speedboat transfer to Fulhadhoo, arguably one of the most beautiful islands of the Baa Atoll. After checking into your local accommodation take a tropical forest walk through woodland and small farming plots to enjoy sunset at Thundi beach. Don’t forget your torch!

  • Day 4: COOKING CLASS, SANDBANK HOPPING AND MALDIVIAN STYLE BBQ.

    COOKING CLASS, SANDBANK HOPPING AND MALDIVIAN STYLE BBQ. This morning you will meet the ladies of the local Women's Development Committee (WDC). Island WDCs play an important role in mobilising local women and providing an avenue for women to network, collaborate and implement initiatives for community development. Under their watchful gaze, you will learn how to make mashuni (a typical Maldivian breakfast dish comprising of tuna, onion, coconut, and chilli) and roshi (flatbread). After a free morning with the option to book diving or snorkelling, enjoy an idyllic journey through Goidhoo Atoll, hopping from one sandbank to the next. The final stop will be on an uninhabited Robinson Crusoe island, where there will be time to stroll along the powder-white beaches before a traditional fish and coconut BBQ as the sun sets.

  • Day 5: CORAL NURSERY & SNORKELLING

    CORAL NURSERY & SNORKELLING After breakfast, visit Fulhadhoo's coral nursery where you will learn the story behind the project and understand why coral rehabilitation projects are extremely important in the Maldives. If you’re lucky and he is in town you will meet Sendi, the Maldives first ever Dive Instructor and an international diving celebrity! In the afternoon, spend time giving back to the community that has welcomed you by participating in an island clean. Your reward will be an ocean swim!

  • Day 6: HEAD TO REETHI BEACH

    HEAD TO REETHI BEACH Today we are heading back to Male to then get our domestic transfer to Reethi Beach resort where you will have time to unwind, relax and enjoy some of the activities that are on offer. Located in Baa Atoll, and reached by seaplane or domestic flight with a short speedboat ride, it is moments away from the UNESCO Biosphere of Hanifaru Bay where from May to September large aggregations of manta rays can be found. The dive school has this covered and there is a Whatsapp group alerting you to when manta rays have been seen in the bay, how many, and when they are going to depart on a snorkelling trip. Drop everything and turn up! We will be staying at Reethi Beach on an all-inclusive basis so you can just relax and enjoy!  

  • Day 7: ANOTHER FREE DAY IN PARADISE

    ANOTHER FREE DAY IN PARADISE Today you can book a snorkel or dive trip, head out on a kayak, or just sit by the pool and relax One of the key values we love about Reethi Beach is its many green initiatives, from waste disposal to glass bottles and heat exchange. They are committed to preserving the environment and it's not just words on paper - you can see it in action.  

  • Day 8: WHAT DAY IS IT? THIS IS PARADISE

    WHAT DAY IS IT? THIS IS PARADISE Another free day to enjoy Reethi Beach. The house reef at Reethi pulls many guests back time and time again, and whilst the top part of the reef has seen better days it is still teeming with marine life of all shapes, sizes, and colours, an indication of a healthy resilient reef. I entered the water through the use of the ladder steps from the deck and spent almost two hours submerged. Snorkelling equipment can be rented from the dive centre but be sure to pack a rash guard to save yourself from sunburn!  

  • Day 9: OUR FINAL FULL DAY

    OUR FINAL FULL DAY Today is our final full day in the Maldives. Enjoy the sunrise, enjoy the sunset with a cocktail in hand and enjoy your last full day in paradise.

  • Day 10: TIME TO HEAD BACK TO MALE AND DEPART

    TIME TO HEAD BACK TO MALE AND DEPART This marks the end of our Maldivian adventure.

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    Olive Guest House
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    Olive Guest House
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  • Day 3

    Island Luxury Dive Hotel
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  • Day 4

    Island Luxury Dive Hotel
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  • Day 5

    Island Luxury Dive Hotel
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  • Day 6

    Reethi Beach Resort
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  • Day 7

    Reethi Beach Resort
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  • Day 8

    Reethi Beach Resort
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  • Day 9

    Reethi Beach Resort
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  • Day 10

    Flight
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Bucketlister trips are our standard for all our incredible trips. When you book a Bucketlister trip we will organise everything for you from the first to the last location on your adventure and you’ll have a local guide with you every step of the way. All you’ll need to organise is your own flights and transfers. (Additional Options for Land Only Transfers)

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    The Real Maldives Frequently Asked Questions

    • What is the best time of year to visit the Maldives?

      The best time to visit the Maldives is between December and April when the weather is dry and sunny. However, this is also peak season, so prices are higher and the resorts can be more crowded. May to November is the rainy season, but it’s still a good time to visit as the weather is still warm and the prices are lower.

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    • Do I need a visa to travel to the Maldives?

      No, visitors to the Maldives do not need a visa prior to arrival, but you will need a valid passport and proof of onward travel.

    • What is the local currency in the Maldives?

      The local currency is the Maldivian Rufiyaa, but US dollars are widely accepted in most places.

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    • Do I need to get any vaccinations before traveling to the Maldives?

      It’s always a good idea to consult with your doctor before traveling, but there are no required vaccinations for visitors to the Maldives.

    • What is the best way to get to the Maldives?

      The most common way to get to the Maldives is by air. The main airport is Velana International Airport in the capital city of Malé. Many major airlines offer flights to the Maldives from cities around the world.

    • What is the local language spoken in the Maldives?

      The official language of the Maldives is Dhivehi, but English is widely spoken in the tourist areas.

    • What should I pack for a trip to the Maldives?

      Lightweight, breathable clothing is recommended, as well as swimwear and reef-safe sunscreen. It’s also a good idea to bring insect repellent and a hat for sun protection.

    • What is the time difference between the Maldives and my home country?

      The Maldives is five hours ahead of GMT, and the time difference varies depending on your home country.

    • Are there any cultural customs I should be aware of when traveling to the Maldives?

      The Maldives is a predominantly Muslim country, so it’s important to dress modestly and respect local customs. Alcohol is also prohibited in public places, but it is available at resorts and some restaurants.

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