Located at the southern edge of the North Malé atoll (Kaafu Atoll), about 645km southwest of Sri Lanka, this bustling capital city is one of the smallest, most densely-packed in the world. Malé is also the gateway to the Maldives’ famed stunning islands, which are blessed with pristine beaches, dazzlingly clear waters and colourful marine life. The Republic of Maldives comprises a chain of around 1,200 small coral Islands – grouped into 20 atolls – stretching 750km across the Indian Ocean, but only 200 are inhabited. Malé itself is a quirky city, buzzing with interesting local life, where visitors get to experience a different side of the Maldives.
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Hukuru Miski ("Frida...
Visit the Hukuru Miski (also known as “Friday Mosque”), which was built in the 17th century and served as Malé’s main mosque ...
Soak in the atmosphere at the Malé Market on the northern waterfront, a lively market filled with imported as well as local p...
Take a short boat ride – less than 20 minutes – to Villingili, a small, idyllic island where you can snorkel and marvel at th...
Located in South Malé Atoll, Biyadhoo is just a 30-minute speedboat ride from Malé and is hailed as having the best house ree...
Hans Hass Place
Maldives, with its amazing diversity of corals and over 2,000 species of fish, is a dive paradise. And there’s lots to explor...
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Favourite local snacks with fish include keemia (deep-fried fish rolls), kulhi boakiba (a spicy fish cake) and gulha (pastry ...
A popular haunt among locals is Irudhashu Hotaa (Filigas Hingun), known for its fiery fish curries. If you’re looking for mor...
- Flying time from Singapore4 hours 35 minutes
CurrencyMaldivian Rufiyaa (MVR)
US Dollar (USD)
- Airport to city2km
- Airport taxInternational flights USD25
- ClimateTropical climate. Monsoon season: May-November (short, torrential downpours and strong winds, but visitors will still experience long hours of sunshine). Dry season: December-April (with most amount of sunshine).
- Best time to goPeak tourist season from December to April, due to its long warm days.
- ActivitiesVisit the Hukuru Miski (also known as “Friday Mosque”). Explore the Malé Market on the northern waterfront (a lively market filled with imported as well as local produce that would make delicious souvenirs). Take a short boat ride to Villingili island to snorkel and admire the abundant marine life. Located in South Malé Atoll, Biyadhoo is just a 30-minute speedboat ride from Malé and is hailed as having the best house reef in the Maldives. The tranquil island resort (http://www.biyadhoo.com) offers simple accommodation and a range of tours, from sunset fishing to dolphin watching.