Taking the time to explore Male, the capital city of Maldives, opens up your eyes to a whole new experience than what you are used to in the Maldives. Here you will find buildings, mosques, restaurants, offices, museums, shops, and unique attractions that make you understand what the authentic Maldivian lifestyle looks like. It is also the entryway to other islands through the ferries and speedboats. Instead of hopping into your speedboat to your resort, take some time to explore Male with this guide.
Getting to Male
Male is an island, so you can get there is through a plane or a boat. A long bridge known as the Sinamale Bridge was constructed recently, and people can get from the airport to Male by bus in a 15minutes ride. Many tourists fly directly to the Male international airport. Many routes are direct flights from the middle list, including Dubai to Male, from Asia such as Hong Kong to Male, and from India to Male.
If you want to depart from other islands in the Maldives, you can use private seaplanes available from as low as $130. Or you can use a public ferry that offers the cheaper option or a speedboat that is faster and is slightly pricier.
Moving around the city
Male is a walk-friendly city, so you can walk around on foot. The next option is using taxis, which are very cheap, around one or two dollars but beware of taxi drivers that like to overprice tourists.
Accommodation in Male
It may seem like a small island, but there are many reasonably priced accommodation places in Male. Depending on your budget, you can choose to stay in a hostel, hotel, or resort.
Where to eat
There are many places to eat in Male city apart from the all-inclusive resorts. You can find all sorts of cuisines in the city’s eateries, including restaurants, cafes, and tea houses. The most popular cuisines are Maldivian, Malay, Indian, and American.
Visit the national museum of Maldives.
If you wish to discover more history about the Maldives, the best way is to visit the National Museum of Maldives. It is home to hundreds of artifacts on Maldivian history from different periods. It includes things such as the ancient stones, clothes the royal family wore, and other exhibits in the Maldivian language.
See the victory monument.
The victory monument is a dedication to remember a turbulent moment in Maldivian history when some locals tried to overthrow the government in 1988. The monument represents the victory of the Maldives from the attempted coup.
Visit the Grand Friday mosque.
The Grand Friday mosque is the largest that can hold up to 5000 people. It is a breathtaking building and one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. Do not miss it on your visit to Male.
Old Friday mosque- Hukuru Miskiiy
It is believed to be 400years old. It has unique architectural details that you need to see for yourself.
Relax at the sultan park
The sultan park is a beautiful garden of trees, flowers, and fountains, and it is worth your time if all you want is to relax and enjoy peace of mind.
Do not forget to visit the souvenir stores, artisanal boutiques, and other malls in the city for some shopping.