This small island may not look like much, but it's the vital fuel repository for Male and indeed much of the country.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Male attractions

1. Old Friday Mosque

0.53 MILES

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…

2. Muleeaage & Medhu Ziyaarath

0.54 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. National Art Gallery

0.59 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…

4. Grand Friday Mosque

0.61 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…

5. Fish Market

0.61 MILES

Although the squeamish may well object to the buckets of entrails or the very public gutting of fish going on all around, the Fish Market should not be…

6. Rasrani Bageecha

0.64 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. Artificial Beach

0.64 MILES

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…

8. Produce Market

0.69 MILES

The busy produce market gives you an enjoyable taste of Maldives – people from all over the country gather here to sell home-grown and imported vegetables…