Food is synonymous with travel and travelling as a vegan or vegetarian is now easier than ever. Bursting with aromatic flavours, exotic spices and fresh plant-based ingredients, the Maldives is an absolute vegan-friendly paradise

Discover traditional Maldivian cuisine

Traditional Maldivian (Dhivehi) cuisine food offers a beautiful array of tastes and flavours that culminate in deliciously flavourful curries. 

For instance, Maldivian curries blend together a mild spiciness with a delicate sweetness and exotic flavours. Moreover, they are prepared according to ancient cooking traditions passed down from generation to generation.  

Executive Chef at the new Nova Maldives resort, Sanjeet Gopee, says:

“A plant-based diet is important for various reasons, including its potential to combat climate change. Switching to a plant-based diet is one of the most effective ways to reduce an individual’s carbon footprint and improve health outcomes. Studies have shown that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based foods can also help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.” 

“It also promotes animal welfare, as adopting a plant-based diet is one way to reduce the demand for animal products and promote more humane and sustainable farming practices. With a growing global population, there is a need to find ways to increase food security and produce that is both sustainable and nutritious. Plant-based diets can help meet these goals, as they require less land, water, and other resources to produce compared to animal-based diets. We at Nova embrace and celebrate authentic Maldivian cuisine, which offers a myriad of plant-based options” Gopee said. 

Nova Maldives
The water villas of Nova Maldives

Best vegan dishes to try in the Maldives (or recreate when you return home) by Nova’s Executive Chef, Sanjeet Gopee 

  • Roshi: A traditional Maldivian flatbread made from wheat flour, water, and salt. It is served with a variety of curries and vegetables 
  • Huni Roshi: A traditional Maldivian flatbread made from wheat flour, water, salt and grated coconut 
  • Tharukaaree Riha: A delicious Maldivian vegetable curry made with coconut milk, curry leaves, potatoes, carrots, and green beans. Traditionally served with rice or Roshi. 
  • Banbukeyo Riha: A breadfruit curry made with fresh coconut milk, rampa leaves (pandan leaves), garlic, ginger, turmeric and raw mango
  • Dhiyaa Hakuru: A traditional Maldivian sugar made from coconut sap
  • Addu bondi: Slow-cooked grated coconut with dhiyaahakuru wrapped in dried banana leaves

More info and how to book

Room at Nova Maldives

A seven-night stay at Nova Maldives departing 30 May 2023 costs from £2,559pp based on two-sharing a Beachfront Villa on a full-board basis. The price includes return flights from Heathrow and transfers. Book at

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Eleanna is the founder of A Curious Compass and has been blogging since 2013. Her mixed ethnic background has made her curious about the world from a young age. Since her first solo trip at 18, she has visited and lived in many places, like London, Sao Paulo, Paris, and Toronto. Her mission is to inspire people to travel the world in style and get to know the soul of each destination.

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