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    The Botanical Gardens

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 28, 2006

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    This is the green lung of the city of Male. Right in the heart of the business district and surrounded by the bustling city of Male one finds an oasis that are the National Botanical Gardens. Lush green vegetation combined with colorful flowers, water features and stone hills make this a nice stop to relax and explore. My guide during the visit joked and pointed to a stone hill that is part of the Botanical Gardens and said this is the highest point of the entire Maldives. :-)

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    The Fish Market

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 28, 2006

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    Being right in the middle of the Indian Ocean with plenty of fish to offer one of the main food sources of the island population is obviously seafood. On the market of Male fish and other sea food is sold, though one has to visit the market early in the morning, when I visited hardly anything was left and only a few vendors remained to sell the last bit of their nights catch.

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    The Sea

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 28, 2006

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    Male is the capital of Paradise. I do not think there are many island countries that offer hundreds of islands washed with turquoise blue clean clear water! Also along Male the sea is clean even though the main commercial port is only a few meters away. If you watch clearly it looks almost like an aquarium with many fishes swimming around your feet.

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    Presidents Car

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 28, 2006

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    I don't think this is a general side, but during my visit to Male I was able to encounter the President of the Republic of the Maldives. Because of the size of the capital I presume one is able to see this car quiet regularly traveling between the Presidents Palace and the adjacent parliament.

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    Presidents Palace

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 28, 2006

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    Along the beach front promenade very close to the harbour of Male one can find the Presidents Palace. A lavish building that is the home of the President of the Republic of the Maldives. Security was somehow lack when I was there since I almost walked right inside to take this picture since at first I did not realize whose house this was. Only in the last minute I was stopped and the next second the Presidents convoy arrived.

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    See the Grand Mosque

    by trisanna Written Apr 15, 2005

    The Grand Mosque is quite beautiful. Unfortunately i wasn't able to get the stunning golden dome above it -into the picture. We arrived there as people were coming to pray, so of course we couldn't go in. At certain times they do allow people to come and see the mosque.

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    The National Museum

    by call_me_rhia Updated Nov 28, 2004

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    The national Museum is a small building hosted inside the Sultan's Park. Inside there's a little of everything, from the pre-islamic period to the islamic period. There are stone objects, royal antiquities, costumes and shoes and even an old coral stone head of Lord Buddha. And then there is also a miniature hand-written Qur'an (Koran), ho and a 13th century engraved wooden panel from Hukuru Miskiiy, the Friday Mosque built in 1656 during the reign of Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar I.

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    The Sultan's Garden

    by call_me_rhia Updated Nov 28, 2004

    The Sultan's Garden, or Sultan's park, is a tiny public park very near the Islamic centre and mosque. The park was once part of the Royal Palace, before becoming the home of the National museum.
    It's a very simple park - relaxing, fresh but very low-key: it has a collection of tropical flora, but no signs to explain it. it has a small exhibit on some animal life, but you'll be hard-pressed to find it, if yours is only a casual visit.

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    Republic Square

    by call_me_rhia Updated Nov 28, 2004

    Republic Square is where everyone and everything is... including the only two touts in the Maldives. Come see my shop, I sell beautiful things.
    Other than htis Republic Square is a square with beautiful buildings, mostly government buildings: the National Security Service building and the Headquarters of the Police. In the middle there's a flagpole flying a Maldivian flag. Not a simple flag: the largest flag in the country.

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    the islamic centre and mosque

    by call_me_rhia Updated Nov 28, 2004

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    The most famous architectural landmark of This building is the first building one notices from the dhoni, when arriving in Male. Why? Because it shines! It has a beautiful golden dome that serves you as a landmark when you are lost. The mosque is a beautiful linear and decorte white building. it is called Grand Friday Mosque, or else Masjid-al-Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu-al-A'z'am, and it can accommodate more than 5000 people. Around the mosque, in the same complex, there is a three-storey modern Islamic Centre, which also comprehends a library and a conference hall. Entrance is free, but a donation is appreciated. It's not necessary for a woman to cover her head (this came as a surprise!).

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    Hermit crab race night

    by tartenpimpernel Written Sep 24, 2004

    You have to see this to believe it. Hermit crab racing. You pick your crab at the bar before hand and its numbered on its shell. Then into heats, semi finals and the final. Never laughed so much for years. No harm to the crabs and they are all released back on the beach after the final. Pay a dollar and good prizes given at the end. The noise were people are shouting, you would think this was the Grand National at Aintree.

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    Maldivian Dance night.

    by tartenpimpernel Written Sep 24, 2004

    The evenings entertainment once a week, the Maldivian dance night. They take it quite serious and for lads that don`t drink they seem to work themselves up into a frenzy.
    They play their own music and you are encouraged to join in. Don`t be shy here its terrific fun.

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    Submarine trip

    by tartenpimpernel Written Sep 24, 2004

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    For about 20/30 USD you can go on a submarine trip to a depth of 100 metres that lasts around 45mins from all island resorts. Plenty of seating area and a great photo oppertunity. The captain releases food when submerged and the sights are brilliant.

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    Sightseeing

    by SleepyAngel Written Jun 29, 2003

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    There's the museum to visit, the white mosque, walk around the island and it's really wonderful to be surrounded by water. There's the mosque and graveyard somewhere near the Prime Minister's residence. It's cool!

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    Supreme Court Walk-by

    by Gillybob Written Dec 28, 2009

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    These beautiful buildings in pristine white and blue make an interesting walk by on a route through central Male.

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