Welcome to South Male Atoll


This is not likely to be the case for long, however, with the massive new Crossroads development under construction at the time of writing. This US$680 million project will create eight new interconnected resorts on a chain of man-made islands reclaimed from the Embudhoo Lagoon. Already boasting the most successful guesthouse island in the country, Maafushi, South Male Atoll, it seems, is also going to be home to Maldives' first mega-resort.


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South Male Atoll activities

$699 Cultural & Theme Tours

Maldives 4-Night Tour with Male Airport Transportation

DAY ONE (Meals: D)Arrive at Male International Airport where you will be greeted by your guide who will assist you with your speedboat transfer to your local island in South Male Atoll. The ferry operates every day, excluding Friday, and takes 90 minutes to journey across the Indian Ocean to Maafushi. You can choose to sit up top and view the beauty of the many Maldives islands as you pass, keeping your eyes open for dolphins, or sit inside and chat with the locals.                 Upon arrival at your guesthouse you will have time to settle in before exploring the island with your local guide to acquaint yourself with the layout and observe Maldives local life. Experience traditional afternoon tea known as ‘hedika’ and Maldivian savory and sweet snacks served with black tea at a local cafe. Dinner will be served at your guesthouse.DAY TWO (Meals: B, D)Breakfast this morning is served at your guesthouse before being taken out by boat to enjoy a 90-minute guided snorkeling trip to nearby reefs to discover the underwater world of the Maldives. The afternoon is yours to relax, or for those feeling a little more energetic, take advantage of the many water sport options available including surfing and diving. Enjoy a local dinner with the option of joining a local family in their home, allowing you to truly access Maldives life.DAY 3 (Meals: B, L,D)Following breakfast you have a free morning before being taken by speedboat to an idyllic sandbank just a short distance from Maafushi. Here you have the opportunity to swim, snorkel or just lie back and relax. A picnic lunch will be served before you head off to snorkel. The soft corals available on this reef usually mean its lunchtime all the time for turtles! On your return journey to Maafushi cruise the Indian Ocean and possibly spot dolphins. Subject to weather conditions your dinner will be served alfresco.DAY FOUR (Meals: B )Today is yours to enjoy as you please. Relax on the beach or participate in the various optional water sport activities offered. Optional diving trips can be organized for certified divers and day visits to resorts are also available. All optional activities can be arranged prior to or during your stay.DAY FIVE (Meals: B)Following an early breakfast you will transfer on the early morning public ferry to Male. Accompanied by a local guide you will discover the history of the capital city and visit places including The Friday Mosque, The National Museum (entrance fee not included) and Sultan Park.                           The remainder of your day is free to explore Male, enjoy lunch, buy souvenirs, or just watch the world go by from a local coffee house. Your small-group tour concludes with transfer to Male International Airport.

$999 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Multi-Day Maldives Island Hopping Tour

Day 1: Upon arrival at Male International Airport you will be greeted and transferred to your guesthouse on Hulhumale. Day 2: (B, D)This morning your guide will accompany you on a tour of the capital city before transferring by local ferry to the local island of Guraidhoo, South Male Atoll. Dinner this evening is spent with a local family just don’t expect silver service as traditionally meals are eaten without the aid of a knife and fork! Day 3: (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 diverse marine life and are teaming with colorful fish and corals. Keep your eyes open for turtles, sharks and rays you never know what may be in the blue! On return to Guraidhoo the afternoon is free for you to participate in optional water sports, diving or surfing. This evening enjoy a relaxed beach BBQ dinner. Day 4: (B, L,)Breakfast this morning is taken with a local family allowing you true access to Maldivian local life. You will then have free time at your leisure to relax on the beach or enjoy optional water sport activities.As the afternoon cools down accompanied by your guide time is spent exploring Guraidhoo, 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 ‘hedika’ - Maldivian savory and sweet short eats served with black tea. Day 5: (B, L,)Start early today for breakfast and then a transfer by local ferry  to the local island of Maafushi, just 20 minutes away. After checking into the guesthouse, this morning you will have the chance to once again enjoy the underwater beauty of the Maldives. We stop at a sandbank for lunch with time to swim or lie back and relax. Heading back to Maafushi we will cruise the Indian Ocean in search of dolphins. Day 6: (B) Today is yours to enjoy as you please. Relax on the beach or for those feeling energetic participate in the various optional water sport activities on offer. Optional diving trips can be organized for certified divers. Day 7: (B, D)Following an early breakfast we take a short public ferry journey to the quiet local island of Gulhi. Here you guide will accompany you on a tour of the island. Ready for relaxation you can choose to head to the bikini beach or for the more energetic snorkel from the island beach. Optional water sports and diving trips can be organized for certified divers. This evening we head out to soak up the atmosphere at a traditional local café for dinner.Day 8: (B)Following breakfast you are transferred back to Male by public ferry arriving at Male International airport by 10am.

$1656.65 Marine

Maldives Dhoni Cruise

White sands, blue skies, and crystal-clear waters — cruise the extraordinary islands of the Maldives by traditional dhoni. Experience the turquoise lagoons and perfect beaches that make these islands famous. Learn the local way and snorkel amongst the spectacular corals of the Indian Ocean. Every day offers relaxing sea breezes and countless photo opportunities. Indulge yourself in this tropical paradise.

$2999 Classic

Sri Lanka & Maldives Adventure

This 14-day combo trip brings together the best of Sri Lanka's cultural highlights and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sail the islands of the Maldives aboard a traditional dhoni boat. Experience a safari in Udawalawe National Park, discover cultural treasures of Negombo and Kandy, and then spend an entire week cruising from one tiny and perfect atoll island to another, snorkelling in crystal-clear waters and stretching out on blazing white-sand beaches. From culture to paradise, this tour's got it all.

$1889.10 Marine

Maldives Dhoni Explorer

The extraordinary islands of the Maldives are some of the world's most spectacular and a multi-day cruise on a dhoni boat is the best way to take it all in. This seven-day cruise takes you to turquoise lagoons, perfect beaches, and isolated sandbars that might have only existed in your dreams until now. Every day offers calming sea breezes and countless photo opportunities with time in between to relax on the sundeck or socialize with fellow travellers over a great seafood meal. With a dhoni cruise boat as your home base for this adventure, you'll have everything you need at your fingertips.

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