The capital of the Maldives, Male is a captivating city where tradition intertwines with the pulse of modern life. This island offers diverse experiences and attractions and here’s more on what you need to know about it.
Location & Transfers
Male is conveniently close to Hulhumale Island where you will find the Velana International Airport, the entry point for most travellers. From there, you can reach Male by ferry, bus, or car, while those bound for private resorts can take speedboats or seaplanes to their chosen modern Maldives resort; seaplane transfers to private island properties like Nova Maldives are truly spellbinding. Also, you can always consider exploring Male before you head to a resort or on your way back and before you fly out.
Top Attractions in Male
Immerse yourself in Male’s cultural treasures, including the Old Friday Mosque, a testament to Islamic architecture that dates to the 17th century. You can also marvel at the Grand Friday Mosque and Islamic Centre, gain fascinating insights at the National Museum, visit the Tsunami Monument, and unwind at Sultan Park. Don’t forget the vibrant Local Market and Male Fish Market which put the spotlight on Maldivian life. Additionally, the island is home to two artificial beaches and lots of cafes and restaurants.
When it comes to shopping in Maldives, Male offers some great options. Two popular locales for this would be Majeedhee Magu and Chaandanee Magu, bustling streets with shops offering traditional crafts, clothing, textiles, souvenirs, electronics, clothing and more; remember you are free to bargain too. You can also shop at the STO Trade Centre which not only offers produce, groceries, and household items, but souvenirs as well.
Customs & Laws
Keep in mind that this is a Muslim country, and you should be respectful of local culture and customs. On local islands including Male, one will need to wear attire that covers bare legs and shoulders when out in public; additionally, you won’t be able to buy or consume alcohol on these islands. That said, such rules don’t apply to private island resorts making them an ideal accommodation choice for your holiday.