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Taste of Local

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    Secret Paradise Maldives

  • Locations

    Male, Maldives

  • Activities

    Food Tour, Lifestyle

  • Price
    $75 USD per person
  • Duration

    4 hours

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Monday/Wednesday 11:00-15:00

  • Starting Location

    Jetty 5 Male

  • Price Includes

    Services of guide, local lunch, transfers to/from hotel, Local Tax

  • Notes



  • Visit the local market and discover the flavours of the Maldives
  • Learn how to cook authentic Maldivian food
  • Get involved in the cooking process
  • Spend time in the home of a local family
  • Enjoy a typical Maldivian lunch

Trip Info

It has to be said you can’t beat home cooked food and with our taste of local life not only do you assist in selecting the ingredients from the local market in Male you get to spend time with a local family. Prepare local dishes and then enjoy eating them alongside the family in their home.

Your tour starts with a visit to the local market and fish market on Male, shopping for the produce to be used in making a delicious lunch. Whilst at the market savor the aromatic smells and taste fruit and vegetables that you may have not come across before. Once your purchases are complete take the public ferry to Hulhumale a 20 minute crossing followed by a short walk to the home of your local family host.

You will be welcomed into the family and encouraged to participate in the preparation of each of the dishes, which include chopping vegetables, preparing the fish, coconut grating & milking.

Once the cooking is complete the table will be set to enjoy a freshly cooked meal with members of the family. Around the table you can share your thoughts about the cooking process, learn more about the Maldives or you could learn some useful words that you can use during the remainder of your holiday.

Your adventure awaits!

Secret Paradise Maldives

Specializing in adventure and cultural day tours from Hulhumale and Male, as well as multi day local island hopping tours throughout the Maldives. Secret Paradise is an award winning, responsible and sustainable tour company based in the Maldives. We received TripAdvisor's Travelers Choice Award 2020, following 5 consecutive years of achieving TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. In 2020 we were commended in the ‘Meaningful Connections’ category World Responsible Tourism Awards and long listed for the 2015 'Best for engaging people and culture' category, World Responsible Tourism Awards Our scheduled daily tours are guaranteed to be no more than 6 guests and we offer private and tailor made itineraries. Come adventure with us and experience the best of our paradise island home. You can expect to receive value for money and exceptional service from the moment of enquiry. Our experienced local guiding team fully vaccinated and receive a monthly PCR test. They are certified in first aid and life saving skills and have all completed the Be a Better Guide qualification promising you comfort, safety and a memorable experience.

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