Male, the capital of the Maldives, is on a separate island; since it’s only 10 minutes from the international airport at Hulhumale, it makes the ideal place to visit after you land or before departure. Here’s a quick look at what it has to offer.
There are several attractions in Male to visit before or after a relaxing holiday at properties like Adaaran Prestige Water Villas. A key site of interest is the Old Friday Mosque dating to 1656, while the newer Grand Friday Mosque and the Islamic Centre are noteworthy too. The two buildings of the National Museum provide insights into local history and culture, while Sultan Park is a great spot to unwind.
Things To Do
Amongst the best activities to do in Maldives is to visit the Male Fish Market where you can watch as fishermen unload their catch which is sold here; nearby is the Local Market with vendors selling fresh fruits and veggies, snacks, sweets, ornaments and more. You can also make time to enjoy one of two artificial beaches on the island that provide a laidback coastal setting.
Male is an excellent destination for shopping, especially on streets like Majeedhee Magu; here, you will find lacquered vases, souvenirs, electronics, clothing and accessories. Also popular is Chaandanee Magu offering more mementoes like miniature wooden boats as well as t-shirts, craftwork, mats and more. For some modern shopping, head to the STO Trade Centre in Male or the Centro Mall on Hulhumale.
No trip to Male is complete without sampling local dishes; these include favourites like kulhimas (chilli tuna), mashuni (sambal made from tuna and coconut) and hedhikaa which are short eats / snacks served in cafes. There are lots of dining venues serving local and international dishes; well-known places include the Symphony Restaurant, Tandoori Flames, Salt Café and Restaurant, Dawn Café and Seagull Café.