If you missed the first part of this story, you can check out part one at Why we Honeymoon Every Year ( Part One)
On our first trip to the Maldives we stayed in one of those fancy bungalows (The Beach House) on the water with the glass bottom and a private Jacuzzi. We had sharks and every other sea creature swimming around us every day.
It was a once in a lifetime dream vacation we will never forget. Everything about the islands, the bungalows, the water, the sea life, was everything you dream of and more. With all the 5 star amenities our favorite part of the trip was the least likely.
After a week or so of relaxing, swimming with sharks, enjoying tropical cocktails, we were really craving a local experience. Since the hotel was the entire island, it was far from an easy task. We spoke to our room host (because of course every room has a room host) and he invited us to come to his home and have his wife prepare lunch for us. We accepted the invitation and were thrilled. The next morning we were on a boat headed to the island where his family lived.
In the Maldives most people only get 1 day off a week and have the opportunity to go home one day a week or save them up and go home for 4 days at the end of each month. So he chooses to go home once a month so he has more time to spend with his son. Our visit would allow him to see his family which made the journey that much more special. On a side note, Maldives is a Muslim country. While on the tourist islands you can dress as you please but on the local islands women are to be completely covered. I hadn't packed for this but I did my best wearing a long dress and sweater I wore on the plane.
We arrived to the island there were tons of local fishing boats unloading fish. I have never seen so much tuna in my life. We exited the boat and he began to lead us to his home. It was just one concrete slab home after another. Most had sheets or tin for roofs, no doors, or real comfort at all. It was humbling to say the least.
We arrived at his home where his son, wife and mother were waiting with open arms. His wife led us to their very modest kitchen; there was a small plastic table set for two. We had no idea the meal was prepared just for us. The table was filled with one dish after another. Whole roasted fish, vegetable curries, local tuna salad, chabati, and coconut water directly from the coconut.
She had stayed up all night preparing it for us as we had come to find out. After we could not fit one more morsel of food in us, we went with him and his son to watch a local soccer game. We sat on the wood bleachers taking in every moment. After a few hours we returned to the boat dock and headed back to the resort. Our fancy room and amenities were an afterthought in comparison to what we had just experienced.
What to EAT
Enjoy the beach seafood BBQ- So worth it.
Hook up with a local and go to house. Don’t be afraid of getting sick, just stick to the cooked food and coconut water. You wont regret it
Try the traditional Maldivian breakfast and curries.
Lots of Tuna!!
Places to stay
Beach House, Waldorf Resort
Things to do
Traditional Maldivian Fishing
Bring your own snorkels and jump in right off your room. The sharks are friendly I promise.
Soak it in, do not a whole lot and appreciate the moment