Welcome to Male


Male (mar-lay) offers the best chance to see the ‘real’ Maldives away from the resort buffet and infinity pool. Overlooked by tall, brightly coloured buildings and surrounded by incongruously turquoise water, Male is a hive of activity, the engine driving Maldives’ economy and the forum for the country’s saga-worthy political struggles.

Male is also pleasingly quirky – alcohol-free cafes and restaurants jostle with shops and lively markets and the general capital-city hubbub is very much present. This island city may not have a huge number of sights, but it offers a very real chance to get a feel for Maldives and to meet Maldivians on an equal footing.


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$40 Day Trips & Excursions

Malé Half-Day Walking Tour

Your tour starts with an overview of Male and the harbour area, a very important aspect of any island nation.Passing by the oldest school in the city, learn about the education system and why the Maldives has a 98% literacy rate. Visit Hukuru Miskiiy - Old Friday Mosque and the tomb of Abu -al - Barakaath and learn why the Maldives converted to Islam and how the Islamic faith underpins everyday life.Stop for a refreshing cup of traditional black tea at Royal Garden Café, a popular spot for locals. Housed in a rare example of a ‘ganduvaru’ a nobleman’s house, it provides a great example of traditional dark carved wood interiors.Stopping at the November 3rd Memorial, hear the story of how 8 brave military servicemen died in the protection of their country from a terrorist attack in 1988. Wander through Sultan Park, a reference to the time the Maldives was governed by a sultanate with an optional visit to the National Museum. (Note: Entrance fee not included.)Walking back towards the harbour area, pass by the Grand Friday Mosque and the Islamic Centre, Male's famous architectural landmark and onto Jumhooree Maiden - Independence Square. From here, learn the meaning of the Maldives national flag and pick out key government buildings.Heading west along the harbour, visit the bustling fish market and the local market, where the sights, sounds and smells will fill your senses. Chat with the local stall holders and taste tropical produce and homemade sweets.The tour finishes at the top of one of the city's tallest buildings, providing a great back drop to your final tour photo image!

$145 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Local Island Day Trip from Hulhumale

Make your way to Hulhumale Jetty and depart by speedboat on a small-group tour with the guide and boat captain. Dependent on the choice of the tour, we will cruise north or south of Male. Cruising north, visit the islands of Himmurfushi and Huraa offering firsthand information about local island life. Our experienced guides will accompany you on a tour of each island sharing information on their culture and tradition. In Huraa, gain insights into the simple life led by the villagers, visit a boat building yard and view the process of making Maldivian dry fish. Discover the mangrove swamps and freshwater lake and learn more about this fragile eco-system. At Himmurfushi, take lunch at a local restaurant and visit souvenir shops where you may purchase local handicrafts and mementos.Cruising south, visit Gulhi and Maafushi. In Gulhi, wander the quiet streets of this small local island. Take time out to relax on the beach and listen to the waves breaking on the white sands. At Maafushi experience life on the island that has led the way with guesthouse tourism. Take lunch at a local restaurant and visit souvenir shops where you may purchase local handicrafts and mementos. For those feeling active, there is time to participate in the many watersports on offer here.In between island visits, it is possible to snorkel and discover the beauty of this underwater paradise. Sites vary, depending on weather and current conditions, but you can be guaranteed an abundance of colorful tropical fish and coral life. Following a safety briefing on responsible snorkeling, put on your provided fins, mask, and snorkel and jump into the warm, azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Keep your eyes open for sea turtles, reef sharks, and rays the Maldives is home to, youngsters will want to be on the lookout for Nemo (aka clownfish).The snorkel guide will not only act as your 'spotter' to point out marine life that may not have caught your eye but will assist less confident or inexperienced snorkelers, ensuring the equipment is comfortable and feel safe in the water. Buoyancy aids are available if needed, but participants should have the ability to swim unaided.The itinerary concludes at the starting point in Hulhumale.

$85 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Maldives Submarine 2-Hour Tour From Male

The complimentary transfer boat will pick you from the capital city, Male’ or from the airport to take you to the submarine dive site, approximately 15 minutes away from Male’.On reaching the submarine dive site, you will be transferred to a large floating platform where you will be served complimentary fresh towels, soft drinks, and tea/coffee before boarding. Boarding will start 15 minutes before dive time and passengers will enter the submarine via the main hatch down a staircase. Once you are seated (free seating), the submarine will leave the floating platform and cruise on the surface while crew give you a safety briefing and demonstrate the use of safety equipment’s on board the submarine.After an announcement, the pilot will start the decent, and through large acrylic view-ports in front of each seat, you can see the depths of the ocean and a school of surgeon fish greeting the submarine. On reaching a depth of 100 feet you will see a coral reef with different types of marine life and corals. Depending on the time of the day, you may see manta rays and the reef sharks swirling around this reef. The submarine is equipped with a fish feeding system to attract these creatures closer to your view-ports.While cruising underwater, the submarine will move slowly to avoid damaging the reef or scaring away the marine life. During the dive you maybe asked to switch seats so that both you and others can view the depths from a different view-port. Don’t forget to take your camera or phone with you so that you can take selfie with the pilot or the crew.After a 45-minute tour the submarine will come back to the surface and you will be transferred back to a boat. The boat will then take you back to Male’ City or to the Airport.

$50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Half-Day Local Experience of Malé

Choose a morning or afternoon departure and meet your private guide at Jetty No. 5 in the Maldives capital city of Male. Over one hundred and thirty thousand people live here which makes it the world's most densely populated island. First, take about five minute walk to a local cafe where you will experience a Maldivian tea time. You will not find this stop in a guide book. Enjoy delicious snacks and tea with explanations about the local food and culture. Relax here for approximately 20-30 minutes before your walking tour begins.*No service of experience a Maldivian tea time during Ramadan (Estimated 5th May 2019 for one month).Next, your guide takes you on a one hour walking tour through local markets and historical sightseeing spots in an enjoyable and safe atmosphere.  The streets are lined with local houses and stores with an Islamic atmosphere. After walking about Male, you will go to a workshop. Enjoy painting a coconut, wooden plate or other material (depend on the day) with a local artist who will give you one-to-one guidance (The painting materials will depend on the day).Spend about 45 min-1 hours here and bring home your craft as a souvenir.At the tours end, you will return to Jetty No.5 in Male.*The order of sight seeing point will depend on the situation.

$52 Day Trips & Excursions

Guided Snorkeling from Dive Boat

Meet your guide and boat crew from Malé (Jetty 5) or Hulhumalé Jetty at 8:30AM approximately. Should you be staying in Hulhumalé, hotel pick-up/drop-off will be provided. Set-off by Dive Boat, after a safety briefing and selection of equipment, to the first of 2 reefs that will be explained via diagrams on the boat by PADI Instructors. Popular Reefs you may visit around Malé and Hulhumalé include: Banana Reef/Kurumba Wall/Fish Tank/Feydhoo Wall and Manta Point.You will spend approximately 45mins at each reef.Coffee, Biscuits & Water will be provided on the boat.Bringing a towel, sunscreen and a change of clothes will be handy.Return to Malé/Hulhumalé by approximately 12:30PM

$90 Water Sports

Snorkeling Safari

Make your way to Hulhumale Jetty and depart by speedboat on a small-group tour with your guide and boat captain. You will visit three of the best snorkeling points close to Male. Sites vary, depending on weather and current conditions, but you can be guaranteed an abundance of colorful tropical fish and coral life. Following a safety briefing and a briefing on responsible snorkeling, put on your provided fins, mask, and snorkel and jump into the warm, azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Keep your eyes open for sea turtles, reef sharks, and rays the Maldives are home to; youngsters will want to be on the lookout for Nemo (aka clown fish).Your snorkel guide will not only act as your 'spotter' to point out marine life that may not have caught your eye, but will assist less confident or inexperienced snorkelers, ensuring your equipment is comfortable and you feel safe in the water. Buoyancy aids are available if needed, but participants should have the ability to swim unaided.The 3-hour morning or afternoon itinerary concludes at the starting point.