This eco-friendly Maldives tour will take us away from the city of Male and into a local community, where we'll meet with a local NGO helping to preserve the country's beaches and reefs.
Once we’ve all gathered at the jetty, we’ll take a short taxi ride to the ferry terminal on the west side of Male. From there, a 10-minute ferry crossing takes us away from the hubbub of Male city to the peaceful island of Villimale’. Formally a prison island, Villimale’ now provides a haven of tranquility for its residents, many of whom commute to the capital daily.
On the other side of our ferry ride, we’ll be met by a member of Save the Beach, a local NGO that started in 2008 as a youth movement in Vilingili (now named Villimale’) to conserve the local beaches. The main activities of Save the Beach include regular beach clean-up programs, planting of trees in and around Vilingili, coral reef conservation as well as organising educational and awareness community events. Their activities are not just confined to Villimale but also reach out to other local islands throughout the archipelago.
Hassan Ahmed led the initiatives and co-founded the movement, along with the youth of Villingili. Hassan has been a resident of Villingili from the very beginning and has been a conservationist from the time the first harbour was built, when he noticed the reefs were dying. Hassan orchestrated all of the activities of Save the Beach as a movement even before he had registered the organisation. Today, Save the Beach is now registered as a non-profit initiative.
A 90-minute walking tour of the island provides insight into the conservational challenges that face small island states. You’ll see how Villimale’ has transformed from an island with a rich biodiversity on land and in the sea, to one that is struggling to maintain its natural ecosystems. You’ll witness these impacts firsthand alongside local conservationists, who will show you images of Villimale’ past as you observe the present.
You’ll wander the quiet streets, observe locals going about their day, learn the names of local trees, and, if it’s open, visit the tiniest of spice factories. We’ll finish the tour at a local tea shop looking out across the water to Male, where you can sample a traditional hedika – and afternoon break of sweet and savoury snacks served with black tea. When it is time to leave, your guide will walk with you to the ferry terminal and accompany you back to Male.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, ferry transportation to and from Male, afternoon tea with both water and black tea.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Please wear cool, comfortable clothing for walking, and don’t forget a hat and sunscreen! Note that the Maldives is a Muslim country, therefore please dress modestly. Female guests should have clothing that covers their shoulders.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: Note if you are staying on a resort island, you will be required to arrange your transfer to Male with the resort transfer service. For guests staying on a resort outside of the Male Atolls, where transfer is by seaplane or domestic flight, we would advise taking the tour on your arrival/departure day whilst in the capital area. Private tours can be arranged to meet flight time requirements.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.