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Full Day Male' Walking Tour

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    What to Expect
    Your tour starts with an overview of Male and the harbour area, a very important aspect of any island nation.

    Passing by the oldest school in the city, learn about the education system and why the Maldives has a 98% literacy rate. Visit Hukuru Miskiiy - Old Friday Mosque and the tomb of Abu -al - Barakaath and learn why the Maldives converted to Islam and how the Islamic faith underpins everyday life.

    Stop for a refreshing cup of traditional black tea at Royal Garden Café, a popular spot for locals. Housed in a rare example of a ‘ganduvaru’ a nobleman’s house, it provides a great example of traditional dark carved wood interiors.

    Stopping at the November 3rd Memorial, hear the story of how 8 brave military servicemen died in the protection of their country from a terrorist attack in 1988. Wander through Sultan Park, a reference to the time the Maldives was governed by a sultanate with an optional visit to the National Museum. (Note: Entrance fee not included.)

    Walking back towards the harbour area, pass by the Grand Friday Mosque and the Islamic Centre, Male's famous architectural landmark and onto Jumhooree Maiden - Independence Square. From here, learn the meaning of the Maldives national flag and pick out key government buildings.

    Heading west along the harbour, visit the bustling fish market and the local market, where the sights, sounds and smells will fill your senses. Chat with the local stall holders and taste tropical produce and homemade sweets.

    Your guide will provide a selection of lunch time restaurant options based on your tastes.

    Following lunch jump into a taxi with your guide in order to reach the terminal where your ferry departs to Villimale from.

    The island, once a resort and also a prison, was 'developed' to assist with the ever growing population of Male. It offers the ideal escape from the ever busy capital city. Wide, open streets, an abundance of greenery so unlike Male, two local beaches and peaceful almost tranquil atmosphere.

    Stepping off the ferry in Villimale, you may not be stepping back in time but you will be able to understand and visualise how the city islands would have been prior to urban modernisation. A 60-minute walking tour of the island will allow you to understand and appreciate the local way of 'city' life and learn how the local community work together to  protect their environment. 

    Sample 'hedika' local savoury snacks served with black tea and allow your taste buds to discover Maldivian flavors. Before returning to the 'big city,' we take time to sit back and relax in true Maldivian style and watch the sunset colours fill the sky.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Jetty Number 5, Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Malé, Maldives

    Traveler pickup is offered
    We can arrange pick up from all hotels in Male and Hulhumale.

    We can also arrange pick up from the jetty where the cruise liner tenders moor.

    Rates are reflective of guests joining from Male.

    For guest’s joining from Hulhumale or Male International Airport we include complimentary transfer by public ferry/bus to the jetty in Hulhumale where most of our tours start.

    Should you wish for a private return transfer to and from Male by taxi there is an additional charge of $30 for 2 persons.

    Whilst we are happy to provide excursions to guests staying on resorts within Male Atolls, there would be an additional charge for transfers between the resort and Male. This cost will be dependent on the distance the resort is from Male. We would also require permission from the resort to allow us to collect you from their private jetty which can be obtained via the guest relations team at reception. Alternatively, you wish to take the resort transfer to the airport or Male from where we can arrange a guide to meet with you.

    Airports

    • Velana International Airport, Airport Main Rd, Malé 22000, Maldives


    Ports
    Male
    Departure Time
    10:00 AM
    Duration
    8h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Round-trip shared transfer from Male to Villimale
    • Local guide
    • Afternoon tea and snacks
    • Local taxes
    • Bottled water
    • Donation to Save the Beach NGO
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Lunch
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • A maximum of 8 people per booking
    • The Maldives is a Muslim country and care needs to be taken in relation to the dress code on local islands. Whilst it is acceptable for men to wear T Shirts and shorts or swim shorts; females should avoid causing offence by maintaining a more conservative approach to clothes by wearing T Shirts and loose shorts/trousers.
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    My self and my wife had a grate time with your team, during our stay we had two tours, full day male walk and sandbank snockeling. We say a big thank you.
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    Response from RuthSecretParadise, Director of Sales at Full Day Male' Walking Tour
    Responded 27 Oct. 2019
    Hi Guys Thank you for your review, great to hear you enjoyed your time with us. You were both certainly very photogenic during the Male tour and a lot of fun! I know Archie was disappointed he could not join you for the snorkelling and sandbank tour the following day, his loss but Shaa's gain! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay. Kind Regards Ruth
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    We had an amazing and great tour with the tour guide, Coco and the newbie, Yusan. Coco gave us the history of Maldives. He is very accommodating. Indeed, it was an unforgettable tour to remember.
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    Response from Secret P, Director of Sales at Full Day Male' Walking Tour
    Responded 13 Sep. 2019
    Good Morning Cita, Thank you for taking the time to write your review and glad to hear you enjoyed your Full Day Male City Walking Tour with Kokko and Ihsaan. I am sure Ihsaan learnt as much as you did and we appreciated that you were happy for him to join with you to shadow Kokko as part of his induction training program. Enjoy the rest of your holiday, who knows you may catch up with Kokko again in Maafushi when you head thee on Monday! Kind Regards Ruth
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    Ruth was very responsive to all my questions and very helpful in choosing the right tours to match our schedule. She sent me the guide name and phone number the day before and even let me know that he would be a bit late due to island traffic. Archie hailed a cab to take us to
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    Response from Secret P, Director of Sales at Full Day Male' Walking Tour
    Responded 2 Sep. 2019
    Hi Karen Thank you for taking time out of your day to wrote a review, it is appreciated. Great to hear you enjoyed your day with Archie. It's amazing isn't it how different Male and Villimale are, yet how close they are in proximity and I am sure you enjoyed the peaceful environment after a busy morning exploring the capital. Thank you for travelling with Secret Paradise, I will be sure to share your comments with Archie and the team. Perhaps on your next visit we can take you further afield for more exploration! Kind Regards Ruth
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    I booked a day with Secret Paradise tour operators based on recommendations from others. We had no clue about the activities that we want to do or if the amount spent is worth. Ruth Franklin, director Sales Paradise was very patient in answering multiple questions over the email
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    Response from Secret P, Director of Sales at Full Day Male' Walking Tour
    Responded 19 Jan. 2019
    Good morning from the Maldives! Thank you for your review, great to hear you enjoyed your day with Kamey and Shaa exploring the islands and reefs of North Male atoll and that your safety and well being was taken into consideration as well as ensuring your family had lots of fun! I have seen the photographs of you all being transported by cart! It was my pleasure to assist you in formulating a plan for your day and I am happy to answer any questions thrown at me by guests, no question is stupid. It's important all our guests have all the information they need to ensure they get the best out of their time in the Maldives. Thank you again for your review which I have shared with the team. We hope that we may be able to welcome you all back again in the future. Kind Regards Ruth
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    The process of booking this tour is seamless. Ruth is very quick to reply to emails and enquiries. We started our day by meeting our guide, Maahee in the hotel lobby. Do note to bring enough cash as he does not have enough change. He is friendly and very welcoming to answer
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    Response from Secret P, Director of Sales at Full Day Male' Walking Tour
    Responded 25 Nov. 2018
    Good Morning, Many thanks for your considered and detailed review. I am pleased to hear that overall you enjoyed your experience. At the time of booking the date was not planned to be a public holiday and it was only actually announced on the 17th that the following day would be a holiday to celebrate the delayed inauguration of the new President. Public holidays are often announced at short notice like this in the Maldives! Thank you for your improvement comments, certainly I completely agree that protective wear such as gloves should be offered if litter picking is being completed as you walk Villimale and I have highlighted this to the team and our NGO partner. I believe on the day that this was an impromptu action as opposed to a planned activity as it is not something we have included previously within the walking tour, but your point is very valid. The other suggestions however, are already included on the tour confirmation email we sent you at time of booking and also a week prior to your tour. They are suggested under 'what to wear' and 'what to bring'. Given that you had booked your tour a few months in advance of your stay you may have overlooked this information on the day, which is easily done when you are relaxed and enjoying your holiday! Thank you again for your feedback which has allowed me to take action to further improve our tours. We look forward to welcoming you to the Maldives again. Kind Regards, Ruth
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