Male Island Travel Guide

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  • THE LARGEST ISLAND
    THE LARGEST ISLAND
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Male Island Highlights

  • Pro
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     Capital of paradise! 

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     Small and cramped 

  • In a nutshell
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     Friendly people 

Male Island Things to Do

  • Nearby Islands

    If you're staying only in Male', you can still easily wander around the few neighboring islands. Firstly, of course Hulhule where the airport is built on. Second, Vilingili island, located to the west of Male'. This is my favorite. It's about 30 minutes away by slow boat and cost only R15 one way. It's just another small island but many many times...

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  • old Cannons on the pier

    2 old cannons are shown on the pier of Male port and while they might have made sense when defending the island in the past, the main problem of all of these lovely islands in the Maledives is the fact, that they are totally flat and some day when the arctic ice has melted and the waterlevel of the oceans had increased by 1 meter or more, these...

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  • the pier for the tenderboats

    The pier-house for the tenderboats is the first thing that the cruise-passengers will see when arriving by tenderboat from their ships, as not a single of the international cruiseships will be able to dock in Male Island.this pier-hut is a great place to wait in the shade and watch the port-activities, while waiting for a tenderboat to take them...

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  • Theemuge - The presidential palace

    Theemuge - The presidential palacethat might be the living-palace of the President of the Maledives and I passed by it accidentally when walking into some sidestreets close to the fish-market.

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  • the cemetery

    The old cemeteryI really love to take a walk through old cemeteries and this one in the Maledives had such interesting inscriptions and decorations. You can walk around this cemetery on your own without any restrictions, but there was a boy showing around the tourists and making some extra money on this. His english was quite poor and I could have...

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  • The tomb of Kan'Baa

    The tomb of Kan'Baa Aisha RanikilegeKan'Baa Aisha Ranikilege was the mother of Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar I and she was buried next to the old mosque in a tomb that looks like a small house with a basement-wall made of stone with several decorations and a wooden-wall on top.Some of the other tombs on this cemetery are built completely of stone.

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  • Mulee Aage - the Presidential Palace

    Mulee Aage - the Presidential Palace This is not really ment as a tourist-place, but it looks great and you can take a look through the fence and taking photographs that way is also no problem. There are guards and watchtowers, but you ill mostly not see them at all. Take a closer look at the wonderful gate of the palace with ornate decorations,...

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  • Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court of the MaledivesThat building obviously used to be a part of the former sultan's palace and you are allowed to step into its garden, where you will find a tomb. Unfortunately its forbidden to take photos inside of that tomb, but the park in front of the building had some great tropical flowers and the white walls against that...

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  • National Museum & Sultans park

    The National Museum & the Sultans parkare the first sights that you might get to, when arriving by the tenderboats of your cruiseship.You can enter the Sultans Park any time during daytime and the entrance to the National Museum is inside the park as well. The museum was closed, while I was there, and to be honest, the park was not very special...

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Male Island Restaurants

  • Good for a snack

    When taking a walk around Male, this cafe makes a great opportunity to cool down and grab a snack. I enjoyed a light salad selection which included leaves, meat and cheese and was served with bread. The salad was nice and somewhat different.

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  • sample the local cuisine

    the seahouse maldives is a recently opened restaurant i think. we were there to shoot a sequence of our anchor trying out some local dishes there, much of which was fish based- more specifically- tuna based. the restaurant is located right next to the ferry (dhoni) dock, and affords great views of the sea and of the airport on the island...

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  • Food eaters delight

    We had a table on our own on the beach for approx 40 USD, this comprises of a 4 course meal and your private waiter. They created such a romantic feel only 3 metres from the sea lapping gently on the beach. They surround the table with candles which acts twofold, keeps the mossies down and gives of a lovely glow. The waiter made us feel like...

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Male Island Nightlife

  • come and play...

    Nightlife is not really a hit in Male. Being the Maldives an Islamic country no alcohol is sold, and as far as I know no nightclub is to be found on the island. So what do people do for fun? They go to the Luna park, of course, and enjoy rides on the few merry-go-rounds. true, it doesn't sound much fun to me, but it sunds healthy at least. it's an...

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  • Concert

    They have a official concert every Friday and it's wonderful. Being a town where people are usually out till midnight, there's really nothing much to do besides shopping and walking by the water. On Friday is when you get to attend free concert by local artistes and it's fun place to mingle with the locals. Avoid shorts if possible.

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Male Island Transportation

  • Male island is so easily walkable

    Male island is really easily walkable and also totally flat. The main sights can be done from the pier within about 1 hour at the most and you will see all points of interest within that time. (The mosques, old and new, the Sultans garden, presidential palace, the cemetery, the fishmarket).I took an extra walk to the backside of the island and into...

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  • Male airport (MIA)

    The airport of Male Island is just opposite of the island and the only way to get from there to Male is by boat. From the beach in the south of the island you can see lots of airplanes landing and starting from there all day long, as this is also the main airport for all maledives Islands. Smaller planes will take the passengers to the smaller...

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  • all cruiseships will have tender-service

    I came to Male Island by a german cruiseship called Delphin Voyager and like every cruiseship we had to anchor off the island and take our tenderboats in order to go ashore. The port for the tenderboats is directely in the towncentre, opporite of the shiny mosque and the sultans garden.It is just about 200 meters to walk to the former sultans...

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Male Island Shopping

  • Souvenir touts in Male

    The touts are still on the prowl in Male, though perhaps none more unsavoury (in Male or anywhere for that matter) than the rapacious individual who claims to run the Antique & Style Souvenir Mart mentioned by globetrott.This man harrassed us throughout our day in Male, accosting us every time we dared set foot in the main square area of town. The...

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  • great shop

    Antique & Style Souvenir Mart is the name of a shop next to the fish-market. I did not buy anything there, but had a look around. Buying corals and certain sea-shells might be no problem in the Maledives, BUT taking them into your homecountry might be illegal and quite expensive when they catch you.I also would NOT trust any of the "certificates"...

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  • Avoid the ones that come with touts

    As soon as you get off the boat, you will be approached by touts. Telling you of their store and asking you to come and see. Maybe even giving you a business card. We went with one, only because we wanted to go to a local coffee house. We felt uncomfortable doing this, since there are very little women there. We went into his shop and thought...

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Male Island Local Customs

  • You are welcome at the fish-market

    It was great for me to see that tourists are welcome in the fishmarket and also in the other large market-hall even though it was certainly clear for them from the beginning,that we are no real customers, but just making our tourist-photos.

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  • IT IS REALLY DENSE !

    The name Malé (pronounced: "Maa-lay") is derived from Sanskrit and means ‘big house’ usually indicating the palace of a king. It is one of the largest island in the Maldives, but is only 0.68 sq mi / 1.77 sq km in size! And to make it worse, there are at least 82,000 people living there (just look at my aerial pictures). If you add in 20,000...

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  • Local customs

    The Maldives are a muslim country. Top less bathing, eating during Ramadan and saying anything against the Islam will not go down well with the local population. My first travel rule, where ever I visit is to treat the locals with respect and you will gain hospitality, helpfulness and friendliness. Simply ask first if you are not certain in what to...

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Male Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Dont buy any corals etc.

    Buying corals and certain sea-shells might be no problem in the Maledives, BUT as soon as you are taking them into your homecountry it might be illegal and quite expensive when they catch you.I also would NOT trust any of these so-called "customs-certificates" that allow exportation of these things, for your local authorities at home these papers...

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  • The mosques are off-limits for...

    Dont enter any of the mosques in the Maledives, because all of the mosques are off-limits for non-muslims and the local authorities are obviously quite strict about that. So I took my photos just from outside,thats interesting as well and taking photos of the building itself is not forbidden.When taking photos of local people, especially women its...

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  • Watch out for the touts

    As i said before, watch out for these guys. They are really hard to get rid of. At most places -they know you aren't interested and walk away. Here they keep following you and trying to talk to you. They speak many different languages, such as Japanese, German, French, Italian, Russian and some others-so don't try pretending they don't know your...

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Male Island Off The Beaten Path

  • The modern part of Male

    On the beachfront you will also find quite a modern part of Male Island, with lots of Banks, offices and companies. I really did not like that part very much and i would also say that staing in this island does not make a lot of sense, when you are planning a vacation on the Maledives. This island is perfect for some hours of sightseeing, but for a...

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  • Dont miss the "milkmaid"

    Dont miss the "milkmaid" !that stands for "take a walk into the sidestreets" and in Male you might really get to a place with this lovely old-fashioned commercial of the milkmaid (my main photo), in a distance of maybe 50 meters from the fish-market.The local population did not care a lot for me taking my photos there, everybody was nice to me and...

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  • The fishmarket of Male

    The fishmarket is an interesting place to go to and see some exotic fishes and maybe take some great photographs. It was great for me to see that tourists are welcome there, even though it was clear from the beginning that we just came in order to take photographs instead of buying anything from the vendors there.

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Male Island Sports & Outdoors

  • The beach at the end of Male island

    There is a sandy public beach on Male Island, but the water is quite flat there and there are no facilities on these beaches.Walkingtime to this beach is about 20-25 minutes one way from the place where the tender-boats will dock in town. There were just a few local kids and some of our passangers on this beach and there is also NO baywatch-team...

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  • Diving the Atolls

    I would highly recommend getting some information on the past year's weather before paying for tickets and planning a trip to the Maldives. The diving can be great, but due to the shallow waters of the atolls and the tropical sun, after strong summers the corals can be bleached and even killed by a strong summer's sun.

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  • a peacefull island

    Malé Island is a peacefull place and all of the island is covered by buildings. Male is the capital of the Maledives, an island that is about 1 km long and 2 km wide and more than 65000 people are living there.Male Island is great for a stop-over of maybe 1 day, BUT as a place for a bathing-vacation it is a waste of time and money !Lots of other...

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  • Adaptor plugs in Maldives

    Malidives uses 230V, 50Hz.The outlets in Maldives are possibly the most varied that I have witnessed in any of my travels. The outlets vary in shape, size, 2-pin, 3-pin, etc.Provided you do not use devices that require a grounding post, the plugs are compatible with common European 2-pin, possibly Swiss 3-pin, possibly Danish...

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  • traffic jam in the Maldives

    Male - the capital. A tiny island, about 2 km long and 1 km large - and 65000 people inhabiting it. Of course this causes traffic jams... which is not exactly your idea of a maldivian island. male is the "other" Maldives: tall white concrete buildings, hundreds of little streets, one beach - artificial by the way. Definitely not pretty, but truly...

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the new mosque
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Hukuru Miskiiy / the old mosqe
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Free Transfer Hulhule to Male and Return!
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Fish Market Walk-by
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Supreme Court Walk-by
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Friday Mosque Walk-by
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Sultan Park
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The Islamic Centre
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water taxi's of Maldives
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water taxi's of Maldives
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Do the spa after hard trip of diving
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dhoni
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cabs
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City Scene III
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The Port
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Hukuru Miskiy
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The Muslim Grave Yard
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The Main Market III
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The Main Market II
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The Mulee Aage
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The Grand Friday Mosque
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The Main Market
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City Scene II
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City Scene
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The National Museum
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The Botanical Gardens
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The Fish Market
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The Sea
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Presidents Car
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Presidents Palace
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Male International Airport
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Male dhoni
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Old Friday Mosque
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