Maldives on a shoestring, small group tour
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Description of Maldives on a shoestring, small group tour
This Maldives budget trip is a small group tour that takes in four stunning islands, with time not only at their beaches, on the reefs and coastal secrets but also learning about the culture of local communities.
By staying in small, locally owned guesthouses we get a chance to learn about the day-to-day lifestyles of indigenous islanders. The Maldives has a reputation for high end resorts and exclusive tourism but on this trip we endeavour to bring you into the real Maldives, meeting boat makers, dining with local families, or visiting local cafes to sample 'hedika' - Maldivian savoury and sweet snacks served with black tea.
On this trip you will also get plenty of time to bask in the beauty of the atolls, reefs and white sands, with beach barbeques, snorkelling and a boat cruise to go dolphin watching, as well as an option to go scuba diving. On all our Maldives trips we adhere to a strict responsible tourism policy especially with regards to watching our water footprint, protecting the coral reef and also being culturally sensitive and aware. Your guide will be very informative on all these issues.
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3 Reviews of Maldives on a shoestring, small group tour
Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019 by Fahmida ChoudhuryExcellent! Loved every moment of it and wish it was longer. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Feb 2015 by Anne HazzardOne night I stood in the shallow waters and stingrays washed over my feet and we saw a large school of dolphins going past, followed closely by a logger head turtle and then some sharks! Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Jan 2014 by Robert LinskyThe most memorable part was the candle lit dinner + sunset on the tiny sandbank island...Very enjoyable. Read full review
PlanetHow our company is making a difference:
We know that making the positive difference we aim to achieve will not be an easy task. However, our enthusiasm and commitment towards our travel responsibility mission is far stronger than any obstacles. We believe that in order to achieve any objective, the company has to have accurate policies and procedures for the employees and the guests to follow in order to reach our goal.
We have decided that the environment is a major component of any local community and any negative effect on the environment would directly have an impact on the lives of the inhabitants of the local community. Therefore, we have drawn up a strict environmental protection policy that all our employees and travelers have to abide by. For example, we recycle empty ink cartridges. A company collects them and disposes of them the correct manner.
The fresh water supply in the Maldives is one of the biggest environmental concerns. We encourage our travelers not to take excessively long showers. More importantly, we encourage them to not pick or break parts of the coral reefs while snorkeling.
For us, Responsible Travel is the only way to travel.
PeopleThroughout our long tourism business journey, exceeding 15 years of travel operation in the Middle East, we have succeeded in establishing strong links with the communities we are dealing with in the host destinations.
We believe that the Responsible Travel concept has to be a two-way strategy with both the travelers and the local community gaining benefits. We benefit the local communities we visit using a wide scope of activities that have a positive impact on the local economy, directly by donating money to charity organizations, financially supporting some local communities and by recruiting employees who belonging to the local community. We encourage our guests to buy local products and make use of services that people local community offer. We help indirectly through capacity building projects we implement with our employees and through the experiences and culture exchanges that take place between the locals and the travelers during our tours.
We promise to support the local community of every destination we take our travelers to. We will do this by employing local guides, using local handicraft shops and recommend shops to our travelers so that their holiday spending contributes to the people of that country. Furthermore, we provide each traveler with a tipping guide. By doing this we set a concept of tipping and gratuity for every person who will offer a form of service to the traveler.
We have also considered the social aspect of the local community and how to respect the customs and traditions of the inhabitants helping us operate our tours. We always provide our guests with all the information needed to understand the community they are visiting and we create valuable opportunities for the travelers and the locals to mingle and exchange ideas and thoughts.
The first objective is to operate our tours in the most perfect way possible. Our second objective, but not second in importance, is to benefit the local community, protect the environment, and have a positive social impact on the inhabitants living in our host destinations. One of the ways of doing this is to inform and educate our travelers on the cultures of the destinations. By doing this we aim to create a form of respect between the travelers and the local citizens who they will face along their tour.
We educate all our staff on the real life situations of each destination. Sales consultants will use this information to inform potential travelers of the correct information and threats that they may face. By creating long lasting relationships with our local ground handlers, we are able to establish what needs the community has and through their information we can inform our travelers what they can contribute to the local community from their home countries.
Currently the Maldives is experiencing uncertainty about their president. We encourage travelers to not speak of politics to the locals as this may spark confrontations. We also attempt to establish contact with charities that support the children of the islands. By doing this, travelers may wish to donate money to these charities.
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