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Posted 04/07/2017 in Maldives blogs

BACKPACKER CULTURAL BREAK

BACKPACKER CULTURAL BREAK


OVERVIEW

For a long time the Maldives has not been considered a destination suitable for back packers, yet alone affordable. But now with the introduction of local island guesthouses and budget airlines flying from Sri Lanka and India, the Maldives is beginning to find itself on the backpacker map. Our backpacker breaks are designed to either work as a self-contained budget Maldives experience or as a start to an independent stay in the archipelago.

Guraidhoo also in South Male Atoll, it is a typical fishing island with about 2,300 inhabitants, with sandy roads and palm trees. A 30 minute walk around the island highlights locals going about their daily routine; carpenters at the small boat yard traditionally constructing typical dhoni boats, locals drinking coffee in the many small coffee shops and children playing simple games in the street. Sit and watch the sunset alongside the locals on the public beach or kick back in a traditional seat called a ‘jolie’ and watch the world slowly pass by. Guraidhoo is a regular stopping point for safari boats and local shops have quickly adapted by offering all kind of souvenirs and a handful of local restaurants and coffee shops.  Guraidhoo offers an insight in to the ‘real Maldives’.

Note: The Maldives is a Muslim country and therefore alcohol is not available on local islands. Subject to availability day/evening visits to resorts can be arranged. Bikinis are also not allowed to be worn on local island beaches; however most of our guesthouses offer private gardens or private beach areas for guests.

All of our guesthouse accommodation is handpicked to provide a balance of comfort, good service, local atmosphere and value for money. We have chosen a selection of locally operated guesthouses that provide comfortable clean rooms, friendly service and good food. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, AC, ceiling fans and complimentary WiFi, whilst water, tea and coffee is always available. Most of the guesthouses are single or double story. Some are set facing out to the ocean with a terrace or balcony. Others are built around a private garden or beach area, but in each you can be assured of a warm welcome.

ITINERARY

Day One:

Arrive Male International Airport where you will be greeted by our representative who will assist you with your public ferry transfer to your local island in South Male Atoll. The ferry operates every day excluding FRIDAY and leaves Male in the afternoon taking 120 minutes to journey across the Indian Ocean to Guraidhoo. 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, amongst the fruit and vegetables, mattresses and electrical items that have been purchased that day and chat with the locals.

Upon arrival at your guesthouse you will have time to settle in before having a guided tour of the island and experiencing traditional ‘hedika’ - Maldivian savoury and sweet short eats served with black tea at a local cafe.

Day Two:

A traditional Maldives breakfast is taken at the home of a local family 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 snorkeling, surfing in season and diving. Dinner this evening will be taken Robinson Crusoe style on the beach (subject to weather conditions).

Day Three:

Following breakfast you will be taken by speedboat to typical Maldives sandbank. Here you have the opportunity to swim, snorkel or just lie back and relax before eating a picnic lunch and then enjoying more of the same!  This evening enjoy dinner with a local family at their home allowing you to true access to Maldives local life.

Day Four:

Following an early breakfast you will transfer by early morning public ferry to Male and on to Male International Airport or your onward destination.

 

DESIGN YOUR OWN!

Is our itinerary not quite what you are looking for?

Drop us an email and let us know what your preferred activities include and we will create a holiday especially for you!


Activities include:

Discover SCUBA diving, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, surfing, kite surfing, sunset cruises, evening fishing trips, sandbank visits, resort day visits, beach BBQs, just sitting back and chilling!

 

INCLUDED

3 Night Budget room accommodation based on double/twin share

1 local dinner

1 beach dinner

1 picnic Lunch

Airport and domestic transfer assistance

Return transfer by public ferry

Hedika Experience

Snorkeling Trip

Sandbank visit

Local Tax


Accommodation Options:

Includes standard room at Pesok Maldives

Upgrade to Guraidhoo Palm Inn from an additional $30 per night available


Transfer Options:

Arrival in Maldives required by midday in order to take ferry transfer option included

Departure from Maldives required after midday in order to take departure ferry transfer option included

No ferry transfers on Friday.

Private speedboat transfer $250 one way up to 8 pax

Shared speedboat transfer $35 per person

 

Scheduled Tours:

No scheduled tour offered.

 

Notes:

Minimum group size 1

Services of private guide charged in addition $50 per trip

Extra days can be added

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