First Time Tourists Guide in Malé

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Male is the capital and most populated city in the Republic of Maldives

This city has several islands and atolls with beautiful beaches, landmarks, and attractions

The diversity of culture in Male is also definitely something that you want to experience it yourself

Its food, music, and dances will blow your mind away!

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SIGHTSEEING

Rasfannu Beach is an artificial beach. The man-made beach features a jogging track, swimming, and fishing areas. This beach is where most local people spend their time with their families. The best time to enjoy the view of the sea is in the evening or during the sunset.

Rasfannu Beach

Artificial beach with jogging track, swimming & fishing areas, plus barbecues, swings & showers.

One of the most popular beaches in Maldives.

Address : Laccadive Sea, Malé, Maldives

DOWNTOWN

Male Republic Square is a town square located across the Maldives Police Force. The square is the perfect starting point for sightseeing around the city. You can also just sit, relax, and even feed the pigeons at this square.

Republic Square Malé

A really nice and windy spot just near the port. You can see the flag of Maldives and get some really good pictures at this spot.

Address : Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Malé, Maldives

SHOPPING

Male Fish Market is where you can see how the seafood industry in the Maldives runs. You can find and buy many kinds of fish here, and the seller will help you cut and clean them. All fish are sold fresh from the boat daily. And if you want to see the scene of the Male traditional market, you can come to Dhathuruveringe Market. You can find fresh local products such as fruits and vegetables, and also imported goods.

Male Fish Market

Fishermen lay out daily catches of tuna & other fish on the tiled floor of this open marketplace

Address : 188 Ibrahim Hassan Didi Magu, Malé 20188, Maldives

Dhathuruveringe Market

Selling mostly local fruit & veg such as mango & coconut, these stalls also stock imported goods

Address : Haveeree Hingun, Malé, Maldives

FOOD & DRINK

Since Male is an island, most of the main ingredients of its food are fish. You can try Maldives traditional food such as Mas huni, which is tuna mixed with onion and grated coconut, Theluli Mas or spicy fried fish, Dhon Riha which is a tuna curry, and Garudiya or fish broth. The people of Maldive loves to drink tea or sai. And since the Maldives is an Islamic country, alcoholic beverages are quite difficult to find there, but the closest thing the people of Maldives have to alcoholic drink is Raa or palm wine.

CULTURE

The culture in Male, or in the Maldives, in general, is heavily influenced by Indian, Sri Lankan, Malaysian, Arab, Persian, Indonesian, and African. Most of their music and dance are influenced by Hindi music and dance. Even their language has some similarities to Northern India.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Peak season: The best time to visit Male is from December to April, which is also summer in Male. Between these months Male is in the dry season, so there is only small or even no rain. The weather is warm and sunny so that you can enjoy traveling.

HOTEL

Hulhule Island Hotel is a modern and exotic hotel located on the International airport island. The hotel sits on the beach, so when you stay here you don't need to go far to enjoy the beach. You can also enjoy the facilities that the hotel provides such as golf, beach volleyball, tennis, badminton, basketball, and gymnasium. The hotel also has a bar where you can enjoy the collection of alcoholic drinks they offer. You can also consider Rivethi Beach Hotel as the place to stay when you're in Male. The hotel also features some interesting facilities such as barbeque facilities, water sports, lounge, and restaurants that overlook the sea. You can also enjoy fishing, snorkeling, diving, and windsurfing in the hotel's surrounding area.

Hulhule Island Hotel

Set on the oceanfront on Hulhule Island, this relaxed hotel surrounded by palm trees is 700 m from Velana International Airport and 5 km by ferry from Malé island

Address : Airport Main Road Male City, 22000, Maldives

Rivethi Beach Hotel

On a beach adjacent to the Laccadive Sea, this straightforward hotel is 9 km from cultural exhibits at the National Museum

Address : Lot 11070, 11070, Maldives

RESTAURANT

Salt Café & Restaurant is located by the water. The restaurant has two seating options, indoor and outdoor. The outdoor terrace allows you to enjoy the view and the wind of the sea. The restaurant also had a wide variety of the menu, from seafood like mixed seafood basket, desserts like creme brulee, Asian food like kung pao chicken, and even Italian food like beef lasagna. Another option for you to grab a bite is at Citron by Lemongrass. The restaurant is located at the northeast end seaside of Male, here you can also enjoy the view of the sea from the outdoor seating. The restaurant offers menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and some of the food they serve are curry, barbeques, sandwiches, and local snacks.

Salt Café & Restaurant

Great restaurant with diverse menu

Address : 6th & 7th Floor Shinetree Building, Mohamed Ismail Didi Goalhi, Malé, Maldives

Citron by Lemongrass

Good place to eat

Lot of menu options and tasty food

Decent service and humble staff

CAFE

Meraki Coffee Roasters is a cool coffee shop that has a calm vibe and stylish decorations.
The cafe offers cold brew coffee, tea and also sweet treats. This is the perfect place to enjoy your free time in between traveling around Male. You can also get a cup of coffee from the Civil Coffee Society. The place has cappuccino, espresso and other types of coffee. In addition, they also offer hot chocolate, tea, cakes, and pastries.

Meraki Coconut Grove

a must-visit restaurant located along the Main Highway

Offers you perfect Greek wines and foods with large portion and reasonable prices

Address : 3462 Main Hwy, Miami, FL 33133, United States

Civil Coffee Society

Small and nice place, perfect for a coffee with friends

Address : Male Fareedhee Magu Malé, 20192, Maldives

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Coral Bar & Lounge is a gorgeous bar with great cocktails. You can enjoy the view of the blue sea here. The bar also offers a fun experience of stingrays feeding. There's also a comedy show at night.

Coral Bar & Lounge

Coral Bar & Lounge is a gorgeus bar with great cocktails

INTERESTING PLACE

Islamic Center of Male is an architecture landmark opened in November 1984. The Islamic Center, which officially named Masjid-al-Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam is the largest mosque in the Maldives. The reason why this mosque became a tourist attraction is that it is located near the main jetty of Male and the beautiful architecture of the building. Another interesting place that you must visit in Male is the Whale Submarine Maldives. Here, you will have an unforgettable experience of cruising through an underwater garden filled with tropical fish. The cruise lasts for 45 minutes and you will see colorful reefs and different types of fish.

Islamic Center of Male

Islamic Centre & mosque with golden domes opened in 1984, with conference hall & Islamic library

Address : Orchid Magu, Malé, Maldives

Whale Submarine Maldives

This is the only passenger submarine in operation in Southern Asia and it is the largest passenger submarine of the whole world.

When it comes to popular destinations, the popularity of Whale Submarine Maldives is totally worth your attention.

Address : Laccadive Sea, Maldives

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Hulhumale Central Park is located in the middle of Hulhumale Island. It's the perfect place if you want to take a break from the blue color of the sea and see the green of trees instead. The park has several features such as well-maintained gardens, jogging tracks, ponds, and a water fountain. Sinamalé Bridge is a bridge that links Male island and Hulhumale. The bridge was opened in 2018 and now it's a popular landmark in Male. The bridge is worth visiting because of a magnificent view of the sea. The impressive architecture of the building alone is enough reason for you to come and see it.

Hulhumale Central Park

Very well maintained park in the middle of hulhumale island

Sinamalé Bridge

Sinamalé Bridge is a bridge that links Male island and Hulhumale