If you don't want to miss anything on your trip to the Maldives, enjoy a guided tour of Malé plus a tour of the island of Villimale. The best way to see what life is like for locals!
Tour of Malé & Villimale
We'll meet at the port in Malé at 10 am and we'll have a quick walk around, heading towards the oldest school in the city. Impressively, Malé has a literacy rate of 98%.
After seeing the school, we'll head to the Malé Friday Mosque. This is the second largest mosque on the island, and as we admire its façade and surroundings, our expert guide will tell you about the famous people who have been buried here.
Next, we'll make our way to the Royal Garden Café to try a traditional black tea. Then, we'll admire the 3rd November Memorial- do you know who this monument honours?
Our next stop will be at to Sultan Park, these days known as Rasrani Park. This park is home to the National Museum, and if you so wish, you can go inside and learn about the country's history (entrance not included).
We'll start heading back to the port, stopping outside the Islamic Centre, where we'll learn about the importance of this religion in Malé. Then, we'll pass by the iconic Independence Square, also known as Jumhooree Maidhaan. This is the political centre of the city and is steeped with history; you're sure to learn something new!
Afterwards, we'll head to a fish market where you'll rub shoulders with locals and learn about the way of life on this island. Plus, we'll take a break of approximately one hour where you can grab some lunch in one of the local restaurants (not included).
With your energy replenished, we'll take a taxi to the ferry terminal and from there we'll board a boat and sail to the island of Villimale. This island, which used to be used as a prison, is one of the best spots to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
We'll wander along for about an hour, learning about the lifestyle on this island, which is very different from the city. Plus, we'll meet members of a local NGO, Save the Beach, who'll explain about their efforts to keep the island and ocean clean.
Then, we'll go to a local café to enjoy a traditional hedika; a selection of pastries and black tea. After this delicious snack, we'll return to the ferry and make our way back to Malé, where we'll arrive at about 5 pm.
Hotel Pick Up
For an additional supplement of 5 US dollars per person, we can also offer hotel collection from hotels in Malé and Hulhumale. This supplement must be paid in cash on the day of the activity.
If you're staying outside these areas but would like to take advantage of the hotel pick up the local provider will contact you to let you know the price.
|Adults||Children between 3 and 11 years old||Children under 3 years|
Children between 3 and 11 years oldUS$ 37.5
Children under 3 yearsFree
The tour is exclusively in English.
English speaking guide.
Transport during the tour.
Return ferry to Villimale.
Hotel pick up (5 USD per person).
Entrance to the National Museum (100 rufiyaas, approx 6.5 US dollars per person).
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 2 days before (Malé local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).
Jetty no. 5, opposite the Bank of Ceylon.