7 Night Cooking and Culture Holiday(7 Nights / 8 Days)

Stay on the southern island of Fuvahmulah and not only enjoy the uniqueness of this Maldives Island but return home and impress your friends with your Maldivian menu! Learn how to cook traditional Maldivian food and discover the culture and traditions.

Day 1: Velana International Airport to Fuvahmulah

Transfer from Velana International Airport (MLE) by domestic flight to Fuvahmulah, South Maldives just 10km from the Equator.

Day 2: Fuvahmulah Exploration

Following breakfast, a local guide from Fuvahmulah will accompany you on an island exploration. There is lots of history to be discovered on Fuvahmulah, the covered remains of an ancient Buddhist chaitya, ancient circular baths and a number of old mosques are all waiting to be explored. Add to that the diverse range of habitats ranging from tropical woodlands and wetlands to freshwater lakes and well-vegetated marshland and agricultural areas you will discover that Fuvahmulah is not your typical Maldives Island. Following lunch, at the guesthouse, the afternoon is free for you to relax or enjoy optional activities available including guided snorkeling trips with the opportunity to encounter sharks, turtles, groupers, mantas and a myriad of colorful fish. 

Day 3: Fish Market and Cooking Lesson

After breakfast, you will be taken to the fish market to see what the local fishermen have caught that morning and watch their skills as they prepare them for sale before selecting fish for your lunchtime recipes. Returning to the guesthouse the rest of the morning will be spent learning to cook Maldivian fish dishes with the guesthouse chef, a former Five Stare Resort Chef, who has returned to his home island, before enjoying the fruits of your labor for lunch. Mid-afternoon take a walking tour of the central area of the island allowing you to discover how the local community lives and works, with the possibility to see inside a traditional coral built home, before experiencing 'Hedika'. This is a very traditional part of daily life, similar to the western culture of afternoon tea. Enjoy savory and spicy, as well as sweet bite-sized short eats served with black tea in one of the local cafes.

Day 4: Afternoon Tea 'Hedikaa' Cooking Class

Today you have a free morning. You may opt to relax on the beach or sun terrace or participate in the optional activities available including diving or surfing. Lunch will be served alfresco at a shaded, secluded location on the island! Back in the kitchen this afternoon you will learn to prepare a selection of Hedika which you can then share with a family as guests in their home.

Day 5: Learn to Cook Typical Maldivian Dishes

Following breakfast, the morning will be spent learning to prepare and cook a selection of typical Maldivian dishes including garudhiya, a clear broth fish soup, and accompaniments, which you will then enjoy for lunch. The afternoon is free for you to relax or enjoy optional activities available including freshwater fishing. The two freshwater lakes are both guaranteed fishing areas where even an amateur can catch a fish! Dinner this evening is taken in the home of a local family, where you will be taught if you wish the art of eating like a local - with your fingers.

Day 6: Learn to prepare Maldivian Sweets

Following breakfast, you will learn to prepare Maldivian sweets. Most traditional sweets are based on coconut, sugar, flour, and essence and you will be able to take home your efforts as souvenirs of your trip. Enjoy a lazy lakeside lunch, which involves a surprise mode of transport. After lunch visits a local wood turner and learns about the traditional craft of lacquerware before having the rest of the afternoon to relax or participate in optional activities including sunset fishing and mud bathing.

Day 7: Farewell Beach BBQ Under the Stars

Today is a free day allowing you to choose to do as you please on your final day on Fuvahmulah before enjoying a farewell beach BBQ under the stars.

Day 8: Transfer to Velana International Airport

Transfer to Velana International Airport (MLE) and your onward destination.

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