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Maldives Voluntour & Island Hopping Adventure 15D/14N
Start: Male / Finish: Male
Category: Independent Voluntour
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   WHAT'S INCLUDED
Velana International Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off

Ferry Transfers:
- Male - Guraidhoo
- Guraidhoo - Maafushi
- Maafushi - Gulhi
- Gulhi - Male

14 Nights in Standard Hotels & Guesthouses:
- 1N Hulhumale
- 3N Guraidhoo
- 7N Maafushi
- 3N Gulhi

Meals: 14 Breakfasts, 13 Dinners

Included Experiences:
- Snorkelling Day Trip
- Island Life Tour
- 6-Day Volunteering Project
- Resort Day Trip
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Fall in love with the pristine nature of the Maldives while you do your part to conserve it on this volunteering adventure full of learning about environmentalism, discovering stunning marine life, snorkelling, island-hopping, fun in the sun, and colourful culture.

Highlights:

  • Work with a local organization to promote environmentalism
  • Get the chance to snorkel with turtles and other amazing marine life
  • Immerse yourself in Maldivian culture as you dine with a local family
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Overview:

Begin your adventure with a Velana International Airport pick-up and transfer to Hulhumale on Day 1. Tour Male on Day 2 before taking a ferry to Guraidhoo, where you will have dinner with a local family. Go on a snorkelling trip on Day 3 and tour the island for insight into local life on Day 4. Take a ferry to Maafushi on Day 5, where you will receive an orientation for your coming week of volunteering. On Days 6-11 you’ll work with your volunteer project to conserve the local marine life, develop your knowledge and skills, and raise awareness in the community about environmentalism. Travel to the island of Gulhi on Day 12 and live in Maldivian luxury with a day trip to a nearby resort on Day 13. Enjoy one last free day full of fun in the sun on Day 14 before being dropped off at the airport on Day 15.

 

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Velana International Airport Pick-Up & Transfer to Hulhumale

Upon arrival at Velana International Airport you will be greeted and transferred to your guesthouse on Hulhumale Island. Settle in after your flight before taking your first steps on the sands of this urban tropical paradise. For those arriving early there is an optional tour to the island of Vilimale with the conservation group Save the Beach. Vilimale is situated on the west side of Male, often described as the ‘quieter side of Male’. Wander the quiet streets, learn the names of local trees, and learn more about the conservation work being carried out by Save the Beach. Overnight in Hulhumale.

 

Day 2: Male Tour, Ferry to Guraidhoo & Dinner with a Local Family (B/D)

This morning your guide will accompany you on a tour of the capital city. Visit the fish market and local market, President’s Palace, Sultan Park and Friday Mosque before transferring by local ferry to the island of Guraidhoo, in the South Male Atoll. Upon arrival in Guraidhoo you will have time to settle in before either relaxing on the rooftop at the guesthouse or on the local public beach to watch the sunset. This evening you will dine with a local family to discover traditional Maldivian food and culture. Expect great company, but don’t expect silver service, as traditionally meals are eaten without the aid of a knife and fork! Overnight in Guraidhoo.

 

Day 3: Snorkelling Day Trip (B/D)

Following breakfast you will be taken by speedboat to nearby coral reefs for your first underwater encounter! The coral reefs of the Maldives are inhabited by an incredible diversity of marine life. Snorkel through waters teeming with colourful fish and corals. Keep your eyes open for turtles, sharks and rays! Upon return to Guraidhoo, enjoy a free afternoon to relax on your own or participate in optional watersports, diving or surfing. This evening you’ll enjoy a relaxed beach BBQ dinner. Overnight in Guraidhoo.

 

Day 4: Island Life Tour (B/D)

Enjoy breakfast with a local family, allowing you access to authentic Maldivian culture and cuisine. Enjoy the rest of the morning at your leisure. As the afternoon cools down, explore Guraidhoo accompanied by your guide for the opportunity to learn about the local way of life. Visit the local Mosque, the boatyard where you can see how the local boats are built, stop and chat with children playing in the street, and watch the ladies of the community begin their evening meal preparations. Stop by a local cafe to sample traditional ‘hedhika’ - Maldivian savoury and sweet snacks served with black tea (at your own expense). This evening enjoy a rooftop dinner under the stars. Overnight in Guraidhoo.

 

Day 5: Ferry to Maafushi & Volunteer Orientation (B/D)

Start early today for breakfast and then take a 7am ferry to the local island of Maafushi, just 20 minutes away. This will be your home base for the next week as you assist the Eco Dive Club Maafushi to bring about positive changes to this island. After checking into the guesthouse, take a tour of the island with your guide to familiarize yourself and learn about the local ecosystem and what’s threatening it. Over traditional afternoon tea, meet some of the team you will be working alongside, discuss your timetable for the week and get up-to-date with projects and objectives for your stay. Oh and get the answer to this really important question – why is bird and fish poop important?! Overnight in Maafushi.

 

Days 6-11: Environmental Conservation Volunteer Project (6B/6D)

This week you will volunteer to conserve the fragile and stunning nature of the Maldives. In this area many endangered marine species such as turtles and fish suffer from a lack of protection from both locals and tourists. Without substantial action there is a good chance that some of these species may become extinct. This is where you come in. Not only will you get the chance to see many of these fascinating species on an up-close and regular basis, you’ll also be able to play a major role in their longevity. The welfare of the environment in the Maldives is an extremely important issue, but there is not a lot of action taken to protect it. Local community awareness is generally low, with little education about the dangers of climate change and waste management.

Your activities throughout your week of volunteering will depend on the time of your visit and the current needs of the project. The activities are designed not only to support the community and the environment, but also to increase your own knowledge of marine life and conservation. Part of your role will be raising the awareness of the local community. This may include giving presentations and designing materials such as leaflets and posters. Other activities may involve the liaising with guesthouses and hotels on environmental matters and offering advice and guidance based on your learnings.

Daily tasks are varied and may include:
• Conducting reef surveys
• Cleaning the coral frames/assessing coral health and updating online data base
• Coral planting
• Organizing community beach cleans
• Organizing community/school marine or waste management awareness sessions
• Tree planting/care and maintenance of those planted
• Volunteers with diving skills can assist in Crown of Thorn clean ups

But don’t worry, it’s not all work and no play - snorkelling, visiting uninhabited islands, and sunset cruises are all available as optional activities (at your own expense), as well as some downtime to just sit back, kick off your shoes and relax Maldivian style!

 

Day 12: Ferry to Gulhi & Free Time (B/D)

This morning we say goodbye to Maafushi and head to Gulhi in the north of the South Male Atoll. A smaller and much quieter island than Maafushi, your final three days will be dedicated to relaxation, the main reason most tourists head to the Maldives! There will be complimentary snorkelling equipment available at your guesthouse for some extra fun in the sun. Overnight in Gulhi.

 

Day 13: Resort Day Trip (B/D)

We can’t allow you to visit the Maldives and not experience the lifestyle of a luxury resort. So today after breakfast you will travel by speedboat to a nearby resort where you can choose to treat yourself to a massage treatment at the spa (not included) or just relax on the beach and holiday like a celebrity! Overnight in Gulhi.

 

Day 14: Gulhi Free Day (B/D)

We leave your final day free for you to enjoy as you please. Relax on the bikini beach and soak up the sun for the last time or, for those feeling energetic, participate in the various optional watersport activities on offer locally (not included). Optional diving trips can be organised for certified divers at an extra cost. Finally, you will enjoy a farewell Beach BBQ for your final sendoff in the magical Maldives. Overnight in Gulhi.

 

Day 15:  Velana International Airport Drop-Off (B)

Following an early breakfast you are transferred back to Male by public ferry and on to the Male airport, arriving by 10:30 am.

 

Additional Information:

Cultural Note: The Maldives is a Muslim country and therefore alcohol is not available on local islands. Bikinis are also not allowed to be worn on local island beaches; however all guesthouses offer either private gardens/balconies or private beach areas for guests. Please plan accordingly and bring attire appropriate for a more conservative culture. You'll be spending time among local families and as we are guests in their home, it's important to dress and behave with respect to local customs.

   DETAILS
Departure Times
Sunday


Duration
15 days.

Departure Point
Velana International Airport Pick-Up

Arrival Point
Velana International Airport Drop-Off

Special Instructions
Please contact Bamba Experience at gobamba@bambaexperience.com to receive your trip details at least 1 week prior to your day of departure.

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MALDIVES VOLUNTOUR & ISLAND HOPPING ADVENTURE 15D/14N - SINGLE
You will have your own room in basic hotels and guesthouses.
Price per person: $3,998 USD
Minimum number of passengers: 1
MALDIVES VOLUNTOUR & ISLAND HOPPING ADVENTURE 15D/14N - DOUBLE
You and your travel partner will share a room in basic hotels and guesthouses.
Price per person: $3,075 USD
Minimum number of passengers: 2

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Important: This tour is available on request, so please make sure to check availability with us before making any plans or booking your flights. Despite the fact that this tour may be listed as leaving every day, bookings still depend on availability, and dates may need to be changed. Those interested in this tour should book months in advance and expect to wait at least two to seven days for confirmation before booking flights or extra activities and accommodations.


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