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What You Should Know More About Male

  • Travel Advice

    • Avoid sunburns here. Do apply a sunscreen whenever you are on the beach. Carry with you sunglasses on the beach.

    • The customs here are strict and rigid. The bags are checked everywhere physically. So, make sure you do not carry anything that is dangerous or illegal.

    • It is always a good idea to wear footwear when on the beach.

    • Drinking is not allowed in Male so don’t even think of drinking there. Punishments here are very severe so make sure you don’t end up in any trouble.

    • Importing of pornographic material is strictly prohibited. So, make sure you do not break any rules.

    • Waves can be really rough sometimes so it is good to read a weather forecast before you head to the beach.

    • Whenever you get involved in any adventure activity or water sport, make sure you have adequate practice on the same. Always hire a good and a qualified instructor who’ll guide you adequately during the drill.

    • Do not little or mar the environment here.

    • Always carry with you a first aid kit as you never know when you may need it.

    • Do not carry with you cash more than what is required.

    • Learn a few words of the local language to avoid any communication barrier.

    • Avoid filming or shooting videos without permission.

  • Drinking Laws

    Legally, if you are not a Muslim and over 18, you can purchase and drink alcohol. However, given the fact that Maldives is majorly an Islamic nation, alcohol here is effectively banned for the locals. However, the bars, resorts and clubs always stock alcohol.

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Maldives National Museum

    In the 12th century B.C., Maldives accepted Islam. Post that for the following 8 centuries, the archipelago was dominated by the sultanate. The Maldives National Museum located in the capital city, Male is housed in the part of the Sultan’s Palace that is still erect. Here the exhibits include several possessions of Sultan including photographs, furniture, throne and clothing of the royal family. This museum also houses rare statues of Buddhist and goes back to the time when Maldives used to be a Buddhist nation. It is a great sightseeing attraction.  

    Maldives Grand Friday Mosque

    Hukuru Miskiiy or Grand Friday Mosque was constructed on the foundations of a way older temple that faced west to catch the glimpse of the setting sun.  As a result of this, the structure does not face in the real direction of Mecca. Thus, the worshippers must take adequate adjustments when they pray. Mosque was built in the year 1656 and the mosque’s blue and white minaret of the mosque was built in the year 1675. It may seem to many that the exterior of the mosque is slightly unattractive appearance of the ridged iron. The interior wall of the mosque is made using the coral stone that is beautifully engraved with Arabic script and geometrical designs. In the interior of the mosque there are elaborate cravings in wood that include a 13th century panel which puts forth the conversion of the Maldives to Islam. This indeed is a must visit destination in Maldives.    


    In the front of the Hukuru Miskiiy lies the Mulee-aage. Built in the early part of the 20th century, the Mulee-aage was constructed as the home for the Sultan’s son. It is a beautiful palace embellished with a charming roof and iron gates. As of today, it is the house of the offices of the President. It is indeed an important place to see in Maldives.   

    Maldives Fish Market

    Northern waterfront of Male’s is the commercial center. It is peculiarly famous for its fish market. The market is precisely a hub of activity. Presently, the catch is majorly tuna. You can also find other markets in the area that stock fresh produce and sell dried fish which is brought from nearby atolls by dhoni.

    The Esjehi Art Gallery

    An important tourist attraction, Esjehi Art Gallery is one of the oldest buildings. This 19th century nobleman's palace has intricately carved wooden panels adorning the walls of the building. This gives a sense of what life may possibly be like in Male during the bygone years. As of today, you can find a tiny collection of the art and craft of Maldives. You can also take a guided tour to this gallery.

  • What will like you like there?


    Male is one important sightseeing destination in Maldives. It is globally for its picturesque landscapes. However, what really pulls the crowd to the country is its exotic culture. The city is principally occupied by the Sunni Muslims. Here the local culture is a predominant blend of Sinhalese, Arab along with Indian influences. Male is also a hub for cultural attractions such as the Presidential palace, Grand Friday mosque, Sultan Park, Male’ Fish Market and National Museum.  Official language of Male is Dhivehi however, locals around can speak English fairly. So, communication shall not be a problem.


    Be it the casual dining or the gourmet meals, Male offers its tourists with an interesting variety of international cuisines. Resorts, guesthouses, stays and the hotels here have very well accepted the worldly fare which is well depicted in the connoisseur preparation of the fresh sea food as well as the appetizing flavors of the Italian food.


    Major chunk of the economy of the Male is based on the tourism of the city. It is unbelievable to see how well this beautiful island paradise has accepted the international requirements of the tourists. Keeping in view these requirements, the city has come up with different luxury accommodations that assure a pleasant and luxurious stay to all the tourists. The resort density of every island here is limited only to one making Male a great destination for couples who seek to steal some private moments and spend time in luxury. You can also find some gratifying spa treatments that can be satiating for some rejuvenation. Prices might not be very inexpensive but are ideal to cater to the upscale.   

    Male: A true paradise

    Be it the isolated stretches of the natural white sands or the crystal clear waters, Male indeed has on offer a peaceful respite from the harsh realities of the world outside. All islands in the city are pure and lie away from each other thereby assuring great options for sightseeing.

    Phenomenal Marine Life

    You cannot go on exploring every wonder of the Maldives in a single trip. However, the breathtaking emerald blue waters of the sea are the natural habitat for the colorful sea life. Some important water sports that can be tried here include fishing, diving and snorkeling.

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