Half-Day Eco Tour to Villimale From Malé

Duration: 4 hours
Destination: Maldives, Male, Malé
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  • 4 hours
  • Malé
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Discover the quieter side of city life by exploring the smaller island of Villimale, located southwest of Male on the original Villimale eco-tour with TripAdvisors' leading Maldives tour company. Travel with your guide by public ferry from Male to Villimale. Wander the quiet streets, learn the names of local trees and spend time with an NGO conservation group to learn about the work they carry out and how you can support the environment during your stay in the Maldives. Sample traditional ‘hedika’ at a local café on the beach and enjoy the sunset before returning to Male.

Highlights

  • Small-group tour
  • Led by a local guide
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Snacks and Beverages included

From the meeting point, jump into a taxi with your guide in order to reach the terminal where your ferry departs to Villimale from.

Experience the hustle and bustle of the ferry terminal, local people will be coming and going between their home island and Male. Observe the variety of items that are being transported after a days shopping in the capital. The ferry journey to Villimale is a short 15 minute crossing but don't be afraid to start up a conversation with those sitting next to you. They will be interested to know where you have come from and what you think of the Maldives.

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. After an introduction to the NGO Save the beach representative, they will conduct a 60-minute walking tour of the island, which will allow you to understand and appreciate the local way of 'city' life. 

Learn about the Maldivian ecosystems and conservation challenges arising from coastal development, unique to small island nations. Observe the before and after of reclamation works and harbor development. Identify trees and learn the Dhivehi names for species that may be common to you back home.

Traditional evening tea at one of the local cafes on the beach provides time to chat further with your guide and the NGO representative. Save the Beach is passionate about conservation, waste management, coral planting and more and they will willing share information and insights into how improvements are being made in these areas throughout the Maldives.

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.

Inclusions
  • Round-trip shared transfer from Male to Villimale
  • Local guide
  • Afternoon tea and snacks
  • Local taxes
  • Donation to Save the Beach NGO

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenditure ( souvenirs, snacks etc)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
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 (MLE), Airport Main Rd, Malé 22000, Maldives


Ports
Male


Departure Time

2:00 PM

Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port

Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

4 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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