Contest: Win a Magic Maldives 8 days tour for 2

September 12, 2013 at 10:00 am Contests, Worldwide

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Encounters Travel is giving you a chance to stay at Maldives for 8 days!

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The trip for 2 doesn’t include airfare but includes the following itinerary:

DAY 1 Arrive in Malé, transfer to hotel

Upon arrival at Malé International Airport you will be greeted by our representative and transferred by the airport shuttle taxi to your guesthouse on Hulhumalé, just 15 minutes away. Settle in after your flight before taking your first steps on the sands of this tropical paradise. The beach is 3 min walk away, with several local cafes and local restaurants, plus a watersports centre. For travellers arriving before 5.00pm there is an optional visit to Malé for sunset mocktails at the top of the highest building in Malé which provides panoramic views of the city and surrounding islands

OVERNIGHT

Guesthouse – Hulhumale Inn or similar

EXTRAS

Single Room Supplement, Extra night in Hulhumalé

DAY 2 Malé Tour, ferry to Guraidhoo

Following breakfast served at the guesthouse you will transfer by public ferry to Malé, a 20 minute journey, where a guide will accompany you on a tour of the capital city, providing opportunity to visit places of interest including The Friday Mosque, The National Museum and Sultan Park.

After lunch transfer by local ferry (approx. 14.30) to your harbour-side guesthouse on the local island of Guraidhoo, South Malé Atoll, 120 minutes from Malé. Sit up top on the ferry to view the beauty of the many Maldives islands that pass you by whilst keeping your eyes open for dolphins!

Upon arrival you will have time to settle in before either relaxing on the beach or on the terrace of your guesthouse to watch the sun go down, followed by dinner freshly cooked at the guesthouse.

OVERNIGHT

Guraidhoo Guesthouse – Ifja Inn or similar

MEALS

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 Breakfast with local family, Guraidhoo tour

Breakfast this morning is taken with a local family allowing you true access to Maldivian local life.

Accompanied by a guide the morning is spent exploring Guraidhoo with the opportunity to learn about the local way of life including a visit to the Mosque, perhaps participate in a lesson at the school and at the boatyard learn how the common wooden boat known locally as a ‘dhoni’ is built.

The afternoon is at your leisure to relax on the beach or enjoy optional watersport activities before being taken to a deserted sandbank at around 4pm (exact times depend on the tide as the sandbar is covered at high tide!) where with nothing but a few birds in sight you will be able to swim and snorkel in the waters surrounding the sandbank before enjoying dinner served Robinson Crusoe style!

OVERNIGHT

Guraidhoo Guesthouse – Ifja Inn or similar

MEALS

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 Day trip to a Picnic Island, dinner with a local family

Following breakfast you will be taken by speedboat to an uninhabited picnic island, approximately 1km long, with a picture perfect sand bar. Here you have the opportunity to swim, snorkel or just lie back and relax before enjoying a BBQ lunch and then enjoying more of the same! Timing approx. 10.00-16.00, toilets & washroom available, island landing fee included. Dinner this evening is spent with a local family trying more traditional Maldivian food, just don’t expect silver service as traditionally meals are eaten without the aid of a knife and fork!

OVERNIGHT

Guraidhoo Guesthouse – Ifja Inn or similar

MEALS

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 Maafushi, snorkelling boat trip & Bodu Beru dinner

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 enjoy the underwater beauty of the Maldives. The coral reefs of the Maldives are inhabited by diverse marine life and are teaming with colourful fish and corals. A half day snorkelling excursion (approx. 09.00-13.00) takes you out to some of the best reefs to discover this underwater world for yourself.

On return to Maafushi enjoy an afternoon at your leisure to relax on the screened tourist beach or enjoy optional watersport activities. Dinner this evening will be a selection of local dishes accompanied by traditional dancing and the beat of the ‘bodu beru’ where a group of men sit around the ‘bodu beru’ – big drum and sing to a rhythmical beat until they reach a crescendo.

OVERNIGHT

Maafushi Guesthouse – Arora Inn or similar

MEALS

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 Snorkelling trip and sunset Dhoni trip with evening fishing

Following breakfast served at the guesthouse, today is yours to enjoy as you please, relax on the beach or for those feeling energetic participate in the various optional watersport activities on offer. Optional diving trips can be organised for certified divers.

Just before sunset you will board a traditional Maldivian fishing dhoni in order to cruise the Indian Ocean and weather providing enjoy a Maldivian sunset with the possibility to catch a glimpse of schools of dolphins. You can also try your hand at fishing Maldivian style. The Maldives is unique in that its history depends on tuna fishing and the locals are excellent fishermen using pole and line and are happy to share their line fishing skills with you. Your catch will be freshly prepared for you to enjoy as a BBQ dinner.

OVERNIGHT

Maafushi Guesthouse – Arora Inn or similar

MEALS

Breakfast, Dinner

EXTRAS

Full-day scuba-diving boat trip from Maafushi, Half-day scuba-diving boat trip from Maafushi, Manta Ray boat trip from Maafushi

DAY 7 Maafushi, free time, various watersports options

Following breakfast served at the guesthouse today is a day of relaxation on the beach. Again, resort visits, snorkelling boat trips and diving excursions are available. Some of these can be booked in advance, but further snorkelling boat trips and day trips to resort islands should be arranged locally – your guide will assist with this.

In the afternoon, a visit to a local cafe is included to sample traditional ‘hedika’ – Maldivian savoury and sweet short eats served with black tea.

OVERNIGHT

Maafushi Guesthouse – Arora Inn or similar

MEALS

Breakfast

EXTRAS

Full-day scuba-diving boat trip from Maafushi, Half-day scuba-diving boat trip from Maafushi, Manta Ray boat trip from Maafushi

DAY 8 Transfer to Malé airport for departure

After breakfast you are transferred back to Malé by public ferry (approx. 07.30-09.00), across town, and on to Malé airport where the tour ends. You should expect to arrive at the airport by around 10.30am.

If you have a flight departing earlier than 1pm then we recommend taking an earlier speedboat transfer from Maafushi to the airport (at extra cost).

If you have a late afternoon or evening flight departure and understandably do not want to spend a long time waiting at the airport, then day-use rooms are available at the Hulhumalé Inn. Alternatively, there are day package options at Hulhule Airport hotel to use the swimming pool, restaurant, bar etc. or a half day visit to Vilingilli local island which is 15 minutes from Malé. Other snorkelling trips or other watersport activities are also available.

Those travellers booking a resort extension will transfer from Malé airport on to their resort via the resort’s own transfer boat. Our guide will assist you with meeting this transfer though there may be a short wait depending on the resort boat’s schedule.

OVERNIGHT

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MEALS

Breakfast

EXTRAS

3-night resort island extension, 3-night Dhoni curise extension, Extra night in Hulhumalé, Speedboat departure transfer, Day-use room & airport transfers in Hulhumalé

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Contest ends on October 25, 2013. Open worldwide to 18 years old and above.

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