Secluded beaches, freshwater lakes, tropical woodlands and amazing sunsets provide the backdrop to a weeklong family holiday on the island of Fuvahmulah in the southern Maldives. Discover culture and tradition, meet with the locals, explore the thick vegetation of this tropical island, swim or kayak in the freshwater lakes and snorkel the Indian Ocean, Fuvahmulah is a unique island waiting to be explored.Fuvahmulah is the second largest natural island in the Maldives. A one island atoll it is the nearest to the Equator and the first atoll in the Southern Hemisphere; it has many distinctive features which make it quite unique. There are tropical woodlands, ideal to practice your tree climbing skills, freshwater lakes perfect for boating and fishing, black stone beaches made for rock pooling and a sparkling pebble beach that cannot be found anywhere else in the world! Fuvahmulah is also home to farmland areas where locals grow different crops including watermelon, passion fruit, cucumber, tomato, carrot, cabbage, pepper, capsicum, and eggplant so you can expect fresh, appetizing meals prepared to suit even the pickiest of taste buds.
Transfer from Velana Domestic Airport (MLE) by domestic flight to Fuvahmulah South Maldives just 10km from the equator in just under an hour, where your Island Host will meet you for the week.
Following breakfast, you will need to put on your walking shoes for an island exploration hike accompanied by your Fuvahmulah guide. Heading into the tropical woodlands and wetlands you will discover that Fuvahmulah is not your typical Maldives Island. There is the chance to wallow in mud, swim in one of the freshwater lakes and search out watermelons in time for a picnic lunch before ending at the beach and a refreshing swim in the ocean. Boogie Boarding and surfing is available for those with a sense of adventure and if it's not something you have tried before a coaching session practicing skills on dry land can be easily arranged.
After the physical exertions of yesterday, we take today a little more gently! Your family will be taken to a snorkeling point by a traditional local boat called a dhoani for a guided snorkeling trip with the opportunity to encounter turtles, groupers, mantas and a myriad of colorful fish. Life jackets, buoyancy aids, and coaching sessions are all available to ensure everyone enjoys the experience.
Late afternoon join the locals in a very traditional part of daily life - 'hedika'. This is similar to the western culture of afternoon tea. Enjoy savory and spicy, as well as sweet bite-sized snacks served with black tea (or a drink of your choice) in one of the local cafes.
A family bike ride beside the ocean, along quiet palm-lined roads and tracks. On the way learn about the different produce grown here and pick and taste the local fruit. You'll see fisherman bringing in their morning catch at the fish market, visit a local wood turner and watch the traditional craft of lacquerware.
There will also be time to discover the remains of a Buddhist chaitya, ancient circular baths, mosques dating back to 1153 and traditional coral built homes. Finish the trip with a cooling drink or fresh fruit smoothie at a local café.
Today try your hand at freshwater fishing. The two freshwater lakes are both guaranteed fishing areas where even the youngest child can catch a fish! Select fish from your catch to be prepared for your evening meal and enjoy a lazy lakeside lunch which involves a surprise mode of transport!
Another chance today to explore the underwater world of the Maldives. Once again your family will head out to a snorkeling point in a traditional dhoani for a guided snorkeling trip with the opportunity to encounter turtles, groupers, mantas and a myriad of colorful fish. For adults and children over the age of 10 years, the opportunity to complete a Discover Scuba Dive is available.
Today is a free day allowing you and the kids to choose to do as much or as little as you please on your final day on Fuvahmulah before enjoying a farewell beach BBQ and star gazing.
Transfer to Velana International Airport (MLE) and your onward destination.
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