15 Best Things To Do in Male, Maldives & Points of Interest

An essential guide to the very best things to do in and around Male.

The Maldives has now become one of the most popular islands/beach destinations in the world replete of points of interest. People from all over the world have been flocking down to this gorgeous island country throughout the months. Being located in the tropics, the Maldives do not really have an off-season for visitors but keep in mind it tends to get blistering hot in the summer months, not something a dip in the ocean might not cure you of. Male, the capital of the Maldives, is very densely populated and is known for its plenty of tourist attractions including mosques, colorful buildings, and bustling markets. Some of the most prominent places to visit in Male include the Male Friday Mosque and the National Museum.

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Here's the list of best things to do in Male:

1. Visit the Male Friday Mosque

This mosque is one of the most beautifully ornamented and decorated mosques in the city of Male. People from all over the country come here to worship. The white building looks stunning in contrast with the blue skies with its golden dome peeking out.

2. Explore the National Museum

Male has had a number of Islamic monarchs through the years. There was a time when the Maldives also had an era of Buddhism. All of this has been recorded through antiques which are now displayed at the National Cultural Museum. A visit here is sure to give you an insight into the glorious past of this country.

3. Marvel at the Munnaaru

This roughly translates to Minaret. It is a structure that stands tall alongside the Male Friday Mosque. It is known for its expert coral carvings and lacquer work. It also is in the colors of white and blue which now seems to be a theme.

4. Visit the Islamic Centre

This Islamic Centre is known to be an architectural landmark in the city. It was built by the President in 1984 to honor the Maldivian heroes. The Male Friday Mosque and the Munnaaru lie within the boundaries of the Islamic Centre.

5. Observe the locals at Fish Market

It is known to be the soul of the city. You really should not miss a chance to visit. It is a great spot to observe the locals interact with each other and hence learn a bit more about their culture and how they live their life. You usually would not see many Maldivian women around in this area.

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6. Travel on the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge

This structure was built to bridge the distance between Male and Hulhule. The bridge sure has made it convenient for the tourists to drive into Male from the International Airport at Hulhule. This bridge is built over the open sea, and the concrete has now been planted in the seabed.

7. Enjoy at the Artificial Beach

This little crescent beach was especially popular among the locals where they would come to dip their feet into the refreshing waters, whenever they had the time for a break. It is a great spot to hang out with your friends after a long day and get rid of all the stress.

8. Click pictures at the Muleeaage

This stunning piece of architecture was built as a palace of the sultan which then got converted into government offices and now is known as the president’s residence. You will also see the colors of white and blue predominantly used.

9. Visit the Medhu Ziyaarath

This tomb is located in the eastern wing of the Muleeaage. It was built in the memory of Abul Barakat Yoosuf Al Barbary. It is believed that he was the one who brought Islam to the country in 1153.

10. Shop at the Produce Market

Another market that is very important to the local is this one. Here, you are sure to get an authentic Maldivian experience. People from all over the country gather here to sell their home-grown vegetables. The coconuts and bananas are the most delicious ones you will ever eat.

11. Grab a chance to visit the Old Friday Mosque

It is the oldest mosque in the city. It is famous for its beauty and the Quranic script that has been carved onto the stone. It is itself made from coral stone. It is widely known for its decorations and a Quranic script that has been chiselled into the coral. Usually, tourists have to take permission from the Ministry of Islamic Affairs to enter the mosque.

12. Relax at the Sultan Park

This park has more sand than it has grass, but nevertheless, it is a great place to relax and recuperate after a long day of sight-seeing. Numerous trees have been planted here, and the shade is a respite from the bright sunlight shining down on you.

13. Enjoy the food at Seagull Café House

It is a double-storeyed building with a quaint garden downstairs and a first-floor terrace. They have an extensive menu for you to choose from. They have some of the most delicious curries, fish, and grills. It is an excellent place for you to have a nice brunch with your friends.

14. Indulge your sweet tooth at The Gelateria

Right next to the Seagull Café is this place that is said to serve the city’s best ice cream. It is the best way to cool yourself down after a long day in the heat. This tends to be the best place for dessert around the area.

15. Have a sumptuous meal at Royal Garden Café

This café is located in the best living example of ganduvaru which means a nobleman’s house. They serve the best combination of dishes from different cuisines like Italian, Indonesian, American, and Indian. They are very popular for their delicious satay chicken and nasi goreng.

You ought to visit Male whenever you get a chance in your life. People always think of beaches and resorts when they talk about the Maldives, but it has so much more to offer. The culture is an amalgamation of a number of religions and ethnicities. 

Their culture has influences of the south-east Asian countries like Thailand and Indonesia and also its proximity to India, really has influenced the cuisine of the Maldives. Not only is Male stunning in an aerial view, with the colorful buildings dotting the island but also is stunning by land in terms of the scenery as well as the people that make up the community.

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Must see places in Male ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of best attractions in Male and point of interests to visit.

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    Republic Square

    Tags: Landmark, Play, Square

    Address: Machangolhi, Male, Maldives

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    A park that has witnessed landmark events in Maldivian politics and history, Republic Square is beating close to every Maldivian’s heart. Always an oasis of activity in the calm Maldivian atmosp...Read more

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    Sultan Park And National Museum

    Tags: Museum, Park, River

    Address: Machangolhi Malé Maldives

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The only thing that remains of the 16th century Royal Palace is Sultan Park. Sultan Park is Public Park that stands as a testimony to the Palace’s grandiose. The Royal Palace was razed to the gr...Read more

  3. # 3 of 98 Things To Do in Male | Added 5826 times in trip plans
    Fish Market

    Tags: Flea Market, Market, Street Market

    Address: Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Male, Maldives

    If fish is your weakness, then a visit to this market is a must for you. As the name suggest, the market is famous for selling every kind of sea fish in Maldives. You name it and there you get it. Its...Read more

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    Male Market

    Tags: Island, Street Market, Street Food

    Address: Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Male

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The local market stocks agricultural produce from all Maldivian islands. It is located on the northern side of Male', and distinguished by the sight of hanging clusters of bright yellow bananas throug...Read more

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    Grand Friday Mosque

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site, Landmark, Architecture

    Address: Ibrahimee Magu, Corner of Medhuziyaarai Magu, Male

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The biggest mosque in Maldives, housing a whooping 5000 people at one time, the Grand Friday Mosque is truly a matter of pride for Maldivians. The Islamic Centre nearby has been witness to many landma...Read more

  6. # 6 of 98 Things To Do in Male | Added 7053 times in trip plans
    Hulhumale Island

    Tags: Beach, Island, Cafe, Restaurant

    Address: Hulhumale, Male, Maldives

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Hulhumale Island is an island in the Maldives, connected with airport by the causeway. This place is perfect to spend night before or after a flight. A clean beach and a few nice restaurants and cafes...Read more

  7. # 7 of 98 Things To Do in Male | Added 4497 times in trip plans
    Produce Market

    Tags: Market, Street Market

    Address: Male, Maldives

    Timings: 06:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    In order to get the real flavor of Maldives, Produce market is the place you should come to. All the locals from around the island come here to sell home grown vegetables and products. Hence, you can ...Read more

  8. # 8 of 98 Things To Do in Male | Added 7371 times in trip plans
    Majeedhee Magu

    Tags: Shopping Center, Arts And Crafts, Specialty Shop

    Address: Majeedhee Magu, Male, Maldives

    Timings: 09:00 am - 11:00 pm Details

    Located on the main road of Male, the Majeedhee Magu houses numerous shops selling goods ranging from the smallest commodities to the latest gadgets to locally crafted items. The shops have a fabulous...Read more

  9. # 9 of 98 Things To Do in Male | Added 5689 times in trip plans
    Sala Thai

    Tags: Food And Drinks, Restaurant

    Address: Buruneege (inside Boutique Hotel) Republic of Maldives

    Timings: 12:00 pm - 11:59 pm Details

    Touted as the best restaurant on the island, Sala Thai is a must try when in Male. The menu is exhaustive and the food is passionately prepared. They serve authentic Thai food and specialties. Meals a...Read more

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    Sea House Maldives

    Tags: Food And Drinks

    Address: Dhathuruvehi 3, Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Maldives

    Timings: 04:30 am - 11:59 pm Details

    Located near Hulhumale ferry terminal, this charming eatout is definitely one of the best spot to enjoy the stunning view of the sea. Specialized in serving pizzas and sandwiches, this place has turne...Read more

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    Duniye Spa

    Tags: Entertainment, Spa

    Address: Champa Building, 3rd Floor, Male 20187

    Timings: 09:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    Take some time off your sightseeing and head for a relaxing treatment at the Duniye Spa in Male. Professional therapists work their magic on your knots and aches, completely rejuvenating your tired bo...Read more

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    Male Friday Mosque

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site

    Address: Medhuziyaarai Magu, Male, Maldives

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Old Friday mosque or Hukuru Miskiiy is a beautiful mosque that is made up of coral stones and three different kinds of wood. It dates back to 1658 and was made by Sultan Ibrahim. The walls in the ...Read more

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    Tsunami Monument

    Tags: Monument, Architecture

    Address: Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Malé, Maldives

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    It is located on the southeastern part of the city. This iconic monument was built in honor of the people who lost their lives during the massive natural disaster – tsunami that took place in th...Read more

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    Whale Submarine Maldives

    Tags: Water Body, Adventure

    Address: Male, Maldives

    Timings: 08:30 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Have you ever visited an underwater garden filled with different tropical fish? If not, then here is your chance to go for Whale submarine maldives. The submarine ride in maldives will take you t...Read more

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    Artificial Beach

    Tags: Beach, Water Body, Waterfront, Water Sport

    Address: Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Male

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Maldives has been blessed with inviting beaches blessed with natural beauty. Ironically though, Male does not have a beach of its own. To solve this problem, an artificial beach was made for the citiz...Read more

Activities And Tours

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