Artificial Beach


A sweet little crescent sand beach has been crafted from the breakwater tetrapods here where locals can swim and enjoy a day on the beach. There’s a whole range of fast-food cafes nearby, though the construction of the massive new China-Maldives Friendship Bridge has rather robbed the area of any of the charm it once had.

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Nearby Male attractions

1. China-Maldives Friendship Bridge

0.36 MILES

This incredibly impressive piece of engineering connects Male to the airport island of Hulhule, but unlike most of the causeways connecting islands…

2. Muleeaage & Medhu Ziyaarath

0.47 MILES

Muleeaage was built as a palace for the sultan in the early 20th century, though he was deposed before he could move in and the building was used for…

3. Old Friday Mosque


This is the oldest mosque in the country, dating from 1656. It’s a beautiful structure made from coral stone into which intricate decoration and Quranic…

4. National Art Gallery

0.55 MILES

Under one roof you'll find the National Library, various cultural centres from countries around the world and this exhibition space, which has temporary…

5. Tomb of Mohammed Thakurufaanu

0.56 MILES

In the backstreets in the middle of town, in the grounds of a small mosque, is the tomb of Mohammed Thakurufaanu, Maldives’ national hero who liberated…

6. Rasrani Bageecha

0.58 MILES

Previously known as Sultan's Park and once part of the grounds of the now-demolished sultan’s palace, this former green lung of Male was redeveloped and…

7. National Museum

0.61 MILES

Maldives' National Museum may be a ferociously ugly building gifted by China, but it nevertheless contains a well-labelled collection of historic…

8. Grand Friday Mosque

0.62 MILES

The golden dome of this impressive modern mosque dominates the skyline of Male and has become something of a symbol for the city. Opened in 1984 and built…