Reef Snorkelling & Local Flavours: Insight to Marine Conservation & Maldivian Culture

Reef Snorkelling & Local Flavours: Insight to Marine Conservation & Maldivian Culture



Reef Snorkelling & Local Flavours: Insight to Marine Conservation & Maldivian Culture



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115 USD

  • Visit coral nursery with local conservationist.
  • Spend quality time with locals.
  • Actively participate in conservation efforts.
  • Sample traditional ‘hedika’.

Reef Snorkelling & Local Flavours: Insight to Marine Conservation & Maldivian Culture

This wonderful experience takes place on Hulhumalé, or Hulhulemale Island, also called Villimalé or Villingili, which is in the southern portion of North Male Atoll, Maldives. This island is known for its local food culture and coral reef. Hulhumale is an inhabited island whose beach is protected by a reef that lies about 70 metres (229 ft) from shore. During this Reef Snorkelling & Local Flavours Excursion you will get to sample traditional Maldivian foods and sweets as well as learn all about conservation. This is how you travel and give back!   


The best way to experience the natural beauty of this region is to dive into it head first, we mean this literally. This Reef Snorkelling & Local Flavours Experience is unlike any other adventure. During this day trip you will get to gain an insight into the culture and tradition of Maldivian life while travelling to an inhabited island. This tour provides the perfect blend of local island life and aquatic adventure.

This perfect day is filled with coral reef snorkelling, traditional food tasting, and learning about conservationism.  

The experience begins with a short 10-minute ferry ride from Malé to Villimalé. Then you will embark on an hour-long tour around the town as your guide discusses conservation efforts and the area’s rich biodiversity. You will have privileged access to the team of conservationist working with an NGO entitled Save the Beach. The Save the Beach non-profit effort began in in 2008 as a youth movement to conserve the beaches of Vilingili. Save the Beach focuses on cleanliness and host an annual cleaning event. Save the Beach also plants trees and participates in other community-based activities throughout this time. Save the Beach in Vilingili is a movement that has inspired many others, including the efforts seen in Hulhumale’.

You will then attend a safe snorkelling and diving practices session presented by the local team of conservationist. Once all the information is reviewed and questions are answered we will begin diving and or snorkelling!

You will get to dive or snorkel around the coral nursery while being accompanied by local conservationists. You will also get to actively participate in their conservation efforts.

The guide will assist you through the navigation of the turquoise Maldivians waters while also helping you gain an understanding of the Maldivian ecosystems and the conservation challenges the area faces. While in the water, you will take part in:

  • Conducting reef surveys
  • Cleaning the coral frames or assessing the coral’s health
  • Updating the online data base
  • Coral planting
  • Experienced divers may even assist in crown of Thorn clean up.

Once the underwater adventure portion is over, it is then time to enjoy land life. This is when your guide will take you to a local tea shop where you can sample the typical ‘hedika’, traditional sweet and savoury snacks served with black tea. Remember, when in the Maldives, you should do as the Maldivians do!





All Year


12:00 Daily (except Friday)


Full Day


Hotel pick-up in Hulhumale


Hotel drop off in Hulhumale


Min 1 - Max 8


Minimum age: 12


Easy. You must be comfortable swimming to join this activity. There is no challenging physical activity, only an hour’s walk around the island and swimming/snorkelling in the sea. No previous snorkelling activity is required.


The Reef Snorkelling & Local Flavours: Insight to Marine Conservation & Maldivian Culture Experience gives travellers a privileged look into the local world of Maldivians as well as the underwater life surrounding the area’s coral reef.

This fantastic adventure provides you with a hands-on experience and allows you to partake in conversation travel while also learning and growing.

Come visit paradise with us as you give back to Mother Nature and help restore her incredible waters.



  • 12:00 Meet at your hotel reception in Hulhumale.
  • Short 10 minutes ferry ride across to Villimale Island.
  • Meet the local conservationists at the jetty from the NGO Save the beach and go on an hour’s walk around the island, learning about conservation issues.
  • Lecture on local environment challenges and safety briefing on snorkelling and or diving.
  • Meet at the dive school, the team of reef conservationists and learn about the tasks.
  • Get in the water and explore the reef nursery while running your survey.
  • 15:00 back in land you go to a local tea shop and sample tea and cakes.
  • 17:00 back to the ferry and back to Male.



Inclusions: Snorkelling or diving Equipment (Certified divers only), Services of qualified guide, Hedika tea and cake experience, lecture and walk with Save the Beach NGO, reef and coral survey with local scientists, return ferry from Male and transfer from hotel or guesthouse to Villimale, and local tax (10% service charge and 12% GST).

Exclusions: Travel insurance, meals, personal expenses, tips and gratuities.

Voucher info: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this experience.

Local operator information: Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher.

Cancellation policy: If you cancel at least 90 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 90 and 46 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 15 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel between 45 and 21 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel between 20 and 8 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 75 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 7 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.


"Personalized experience, friendly guide, amazing snorkeling.

My fiancee and I were looking for a way to get to know the local culture and people (and food!) of the Maldives outside of just being on a secluded resort with other tourists on our vacation.

Kokko was an excellent guide, he let us decide which route to take, while navigating us to the unique industries, features and traditions of each island we visited. We saw local fish production factories, shipyards, schools, mosques and had a delicious meal in the local style. All the while Kokko and his coworker had deep knowledge about the country and its history and the local people.

End of the day we went snorkeling at a spot known for manta rays. Amazing way to end a great day trip."

TripAdvisor User, Joshua L
November 29th, 2017


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