We did the private tour with Sarwan, and it was delightful. He provides a complete behind the scenes tour of what it means to live in this island nation. We started our tour a bit late in the day on a Friday (2:30 pm), which is the beginning of the weekend. Sarwan was already waiting in the hotel lobby when we got there after a quick lunch. Following his suggestion, we started our tour on Vilimale Island, which is a 10 minute ferry ride away. No private cars are allowed on this residential island, so it's quiet and clean. We particularly enjoyed seeing the giant fruitbats, the soccer ground, and just walking around all the neighborhoods. As Sarwan will point out, this is the 'un-scripted' part of the tour. Take your time, and you can learn a lot about the people of this country. And there are friendly feral cats, too ! After a few hours we took the ferry back to Male, and did a more standard tourist tour. A good time to get some souvenirs and take more photos. The fish market, the produce market, and the martyrs memorial are all worth seeing. When we got back to the hotel, it felt like we had spent the day with an old friend. Thanks Sarwan !