From climbing coconut trees to boduberu drumming, discover your inner explorer with Fushifaru Maldives new authentic Maldivian Experiences
One of the Maldives’ newest boutique resort’s, Fushifaru Maldives located on the far North East border of Faadhippolhu Atoll, or more popularly known as Lhaviyani Atoll, introduced a first-of-its-kind in the Maldives when it opened late 2017 by welcoming all guests on arrival, with the blowing of the ‘Sangu’ or Sea Conch – a significant piece of Maldivian history, when islanders would call to attention an important announcement in a small island community, thus kicking off its collection of indigenous Maldivian experiences.
The Coconut Journey
For guests looking to channel their inner Robinson Crusoe, learn to climb a Coconut Tree at the Coconut Tree Climbing Class – 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 of course. Learning to scale the smooth, sturdy trunk barefoot or with a piece of strong cloth gives beginners a great sense of accomplishment, not to mention fantastic photos! Climbing trees is a staple skill amongst the islanders to gather coconuts and palm fronds for making everything from twine and baskets to mats and fans and to harvest fruits, leaves and spices that typify traditional Maldivian cuisine. All of which guests get to experience as well and take home their very own island-made mats and baskets.
Guests will also be picking up skills from toddy tapping to coconut milking, from coconut oil making to even weaving traditional Maldivian rope using the coir of dried coconut husks and Cadjan weaving using dried coconut leaves, essentially weaving the roof over their villas!
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 a 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. Starting first with steady rhythms before gaining tempo and reaching a loud, festive and exhilarating crescendo that is referred to as “vibrating the island”, the session also features the resort’s Residents and guests joining in the evening by swaying and singing along to the music. The interactive, energetic nature of Boduberu Beat makes for a great workout and an immersive Maldivian music experience for all ages.
Maldivian Cooking Class
For guests curious in the culinary arts of the local islands, sign up to a hands-on Maldivian Cooking Class with lessons on Maldivian Tuna Curry, Mashuni – a staple Maldivian salad of tuna flakes, chopped onions, tomatoes, chilli and a sprinkle of lime which would not be complete without steaming hot Roshi – Maldivian flat bread.
Fushi Trail and Faru Discovery
A conservationist’ favourite, guests will be discovering the many flora and fauna that make the exquisite little island a wonder above and below the waterline. As custodians of conservation, each guest is also encouraged to contribute, however little, to saving the planet, all whilst enjoying the wonders of an idyllic and breathtaking island life.
Designed to amplify the joys of island life at Fushifaru, all guest villas will also be served with ‘Athujehi’ – spicy fish chips famously made on the local island of Hinnavaru just next door, ‘Kaashi’ – coconut meat, often accompanied with dried tuna, ‘Theluli Bambukeyo’ – breadfruit chips usually served at ones house warming and ‘Laagulha’ – molucca bean which is also used as a traditional medicine. Not forgetting our Very Important Kids, the resort also hands out ‘Madhoshi’ – red sandalwood seed usually collected by local island children to play games with and ‘Boli’ – cowrie shells that was the first form of currency used in the Maldives.
Merging quintessential Maldivian design with modern aesthetics to its 49 beach and water villas; Fushifaru Maldives is an ideal escape for adventurists, conservationists and traditionalists.