Indigenous Maldivian experiences at Fushifaru Maldives
Fushifaru Maldives is making waves with a first-of-its-kind arrival ritual by welcoming all guests to the island with the blowing of the Sangu or Sea Conch, thus marking the first of a collection of indigenous Maldivian experiences available at the resort. The Sangu is a significant aspect of Maldivian cultural history and was traditionally used by village elders to call the community to attention for important announcements.
The resort, one of Maldives’ newest boutique resorts, is located on the far NorthEast border of Faadhippolhu Atoll, more popularly known as Lhaviyani Atoll.
Diversifying the Coconut
Guests looking to channel their inner Robinson Crusoe can learn to climb a Coconut Tree at Fushifaru Maldives’ Coconut Tree Climbing Masterclass – a solid 99 minutes of laughter-filled bonding with one of the many beautiful coconut trees on the island, all supervised by an experienced member of our recreation team, according to Fushifaru Maldives.Guests are also invited to experience other interactive activities, from toddy tapping and milking of coconuts to the making of pure coconut oil. Guests can also try their hand at weaving traditional Maldivian rope using the coir of dried coconut husks, as well as Cadjan weaving using dried coconut leaves – essentially making the roofs over their villas, according to the resort.
For guests who are more musically inclined, Fushifaru’s Boduberu Beat session gives them a chance to try their hand at playing the boduberu drum made traditionally from the trunk of the coconut tree. This traditional Maldivian instrument bears influence from the music in East and Southwest Africa that was brought to the islands by sailors from the Indian Ocean around the 11th century.
Maldivian Cooking Class
For gastronomes and those curious about the culinary arts of the local islands, the resort offers a hands-on Maldivian Cooking Class on Maldivian Tuna Curry, Mas’huni – a staple Maldivian salad of tuna flakes, chopped onions, tomatoes, chilli and a sprinkle of lime, accompanied by steaming hot Roshi – Maldivian flatbread.
Fushi Trail and Faru Discovery
A conservationist’s favourite, guests will be guided by the resort’s Resident Explorer to discover and learn about the diverse flora and fauna that make this exquisite little island a wonder both above and below the waterline. This includes spotting the island’s two resident rabbits, according to the hotel. Occasionally, guests may even be treated to a mother turtle laying her eggs right outside a villa.
Not forgetting the resort’s “Very Important Kids”, children will also receive traditional toys including Madhoshi – red sandalwood seeds usually collected by local island children to play games with, and Boli – cowrie shells that were used as the first form of currency in the Maldives.
Merging quintessential Maldivian design with modern aesthetics in its 49 beach and water villas; Fushifaru Maldives is an ideal escape for adventurers, conservationists and traditionalists. To find out more about the experiences at Fushifaru Maldives, please visit fushifaru.com.