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Malé travel guide

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You're Going to Love Male

Male is the capital of the famed tropical islands of the Maldives. It neighbors an airport island (Velana International Airport), which has been built on the sea to facilitate international travel, and both are governed and maintained by the city's municipality.

Previously, Male was a walled city, and it was re-modified in 1968 after the Maldivian monarchy came to an end. Nowadays, the city is an urban hotspot, with tall buildings - many housing offices and hotels - all dotting its skyline.

Thanks to technological advances, the island has been expanded, with land reclaimed from the sea in order accommodate the city's growing population and increased tourist numbers.

As a key point of international trade, Male's commercial harbor is a hub of activity, where cruise ships dock and passengers disembark to explore the marvels of Male and soak up the laid-back island vibe.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Male

What to do in Male

When to Visit Male

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The periods between January and April are favorable because the region has a tropical monsoon climate that renders the place rainy throughout May to December. The climate is such that there is both a wet and a dry season. Temperatures on average during the early year range from highs of 95 to lows of 78.3.

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How to Get to Male

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Where to Stay in Male

Once you land in Male, accommodation should be the least of your concerns, with many hotels and resorts such as Centara Ras Fushi Resort and Spa, Hotel Octave, Hotel Jen Male, and Hotelodge Aloevera Beach all offering comfortable rooms and amenities at competitive prices. Maafannu is a great place to spend some time in, as its packed with eateries and shops. Boduthakurufaanu Magu is a road that stretches along the northern half of the island and leads you past some divine beaches.

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How to Get Around Male

The Cost of Living in Male


There are quite a few shopping locations scattered across Male, and one of the best is the Island Bazaar boutique, which is located near jetty number 3. Here, where you can scout out intricate homewares and locally crafted fashion accessories such as bags.

Supermarkets and Food Stores

Male has quite a number of supermarkets and grocery shops. The Agora Express supermarket, Le Marché, and Ihsaan Fihaara are good options in Maafannu where you can find groceries and other essentials. As a guide, a bag of potatoes retails for MVR17.90, while 2.2 pounds of tomatoes goes for MVR90.

Where to Eat in Male

The Sala Thai restaurant specializes in Thai cuisine with sumptuous dishes such as green curry and satay tom yum soup, which retails at MVR31 per plate. Another good option is Pizza Mia, an Italian restaurant where you can feast on delicious pizzas and salads; a medium-sized pizza here will set you back MVR140.