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Where in the world: Asia  /  Maldives  /  Kaafu Atoll  /  North Male Atoll  /  Male

Top 15 things to do in Male

1. Male Fish Market

Inspect the local produce at Male Fish Market, one of the biggest venues of its kind in the world. Fishermen stock the market every morning, and the daily haul usually includes everything from tuna to swordfish. Make sure you try dried fish, a local specialty with a strong salty taste. You can also find a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables. Be prepared for some interesting aromas, as fresh fish, crowds, and hot weather make for a strong smell.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
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3. Hulhumale Beach, Hulhumale

At Hulhumale Beach, you'll find snorkeling and water sports and excursions affordable and readily available. Nearby, a range of dining choices ensures you don't have to go far for a quick meal and cold drinks.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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4. National Museum

See the skeleton of a rare Longman's beaked whale at National Museum, established to preserve the history of the Maldives. The 6 m (20 ft) whale skeleton headlines a collection of natural science and historical exhibits, which offer a broad insight into Maldivian culture. You can appreciate a range of Islamic artifacts, as well as early technology and utensils used by in the Maldives centuries ago. Tragically, many of the museum's pre-Islamic exhibits were destroyed in a 2012 attack, including an 11th-century bust of Buddha carved from coral.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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5. Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque)

Explore the history of the oldest religious structure in the Maldives at Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), built entirely out of crushed coral in 1658. Inspect the intricate decorations carved into the coral walls and throw a coin into the small well in the courtyard for good luck. Afterwards, wander through the small graveyard at the back of the mosque, where the height of the tombstone indicates the person's social status, with round tops for women and pointed tops for men. Keep in mind that in order to enter, non-Muslims must obtain permission from the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
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6. Spas & Wellness

Suggested duration: 3 hours
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7. Grand Friday Mosque

Appreciate the exquisite calligraphy adorning the walls of Grand Friday Mosque, the largest religious structure in the Maldives capable of receiving nearly 5,000 worshipers. The intricate carvings, decadent chandeliers, and hand-woven carpets imbue the mosque with an air of historical grandeur. Since its opening in 1984, the white-marble mosque has dominated Male's skyline with its golden dome. Dress respectfully for you visit, making sure your legs and shoulders are covered before you enter.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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8. Tsunami Monument

Tsunami Monument honors the victims of a 2004 tsunami that claimed the lives of more than 100 people, destroyed countless buildings, and left nearly two-thirds of Male flooded in the aftermath. The spiraling monument stands on the edge of the sea in memory of those who were affected by the tragedy. Ponder the incredible power of nature as you look out over the sobering memorial and the waters beyond.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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9. Male Local Market

Try some of the local produce sold at Male Local Market, where you can pick up succulent tropical fruits, vegetables, homemade sweets, and the local specialty of dried fish. You can also find some quirky gifts for friends, such as hand-carved wooden figurines and "thudu kuna," a Maldivian mat made from local fibers.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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10. Veli Spa at Kurumba Maldives, Vihamanafushi

Pamper yourself with a massage under the stars at Veli Spa at Kurumba Maldives, offering special beachside treatments with complimentary champagne and chocolate-coated fruits. You can also enjoy your massage indoors in one of the spa's eight fully equipped treatment rooms. Other treatments include manicures, pedicures, elemental herbology, and cleansing wraps. Save time by making your reservations online.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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11. Artificial Beach

Appreciate local beach culture without leaving the city at Artificial Beach. The man-made attraction offers locals and visitors a chance to swim and relax in a city that lacks natural beaches. Visit the site to escape the city's crowded tourist scene for a while and see how true Maldivians enjoy themselves. Remember to dress and behave appropriately, avoiding revealing swimsuits and public displays of affection.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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12. Mulee Aage

Located at the historical center of Male, Mulee Aage saw long service as the official residence of the president of the Maldives. Known for its colorful facade, this palace was used on and off until 2012 and now serves as a governmental office for holding meetings. Though you cannot see the interior, you can stand next to the front gates and take a few photos of the landmark building. Most walking tours around the city stop outside the palace.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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13. Submarine Tours

Suggested duration: 3 hours
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14. Euro-Divers Club Med Finolhu Villas

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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15. Dune Maldives, Hulhumale

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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