Maldives: Main Sights
The Indian Ocean's idyllic paradise
Male, Capital of the Maldives
Male, the capital of the Maldives, is located on the east side of Kaafu atoll. It is a small island with an area of around 2 square kilometres, and home to over 70,000 people. Male is a busy commercial centre aswell as the location of many important historical and religious landmarks. Male was originally the King's Island from where the ancient Maldive Royal dynasties ruled and where the palace was located. Amongst the high rises and narrow streets, the tourist can find local markets packed with fresh produce, and plenty of souvenir shops selling wares such as carved wooden sculptures and red reed mats.
Islamic Centre, Male
A visit to Male could also include a visit to the islands Islamic Centre which houses a library and a conference hall as well as a central mosque which can house as many as 5000 people. You will spot the Islamic Centre by the shinning gold globe of the mosque.
Huskuru Miskiiy, Male
Huskuru Miskiiy is a 17th century mosque and the word Huskuru Miskiiy means ‘Friday Mosque’. Inside the mosque you will find an abundance of beautiful coral carvings and expert lacquer works as well as tombstones erected in memory of past noblemen.
National Museum, Male
The National Museum on Male is actually part of the Sultans Park, which is a small public garden. It is a small individual museum housing many historic artifacts.
Artificial Beach, Male
An artificial beach is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Maldives, but on Male, this is the only option as due to over population and development on the island, this artificial beach was built for the locals to claim back some much needed relaxation time. Everyone is welcome at the beach but bear in mind that Fridays tend to be very busy.
Fish Market, Male
Located along the beach front to the west of the Republic Square, the daily fish market is quite a spectacle! The days catch is brought back by the fishing dhonis, mid afternoon, and the fish, mainly tuna, is laid out on the tiled floor before being brought by the locals. This will continue into the early evening until all of the fishing vessels have unloaded their catch.
Public Square, Male
Located along the northern waterfront, this lush green patch of tranquillity is a mecca for relaxation and a place for families to gather.
Now you can visit the underwater paradise of the Maldives without even getting your feet wet! The Whale Submarine adventure, located about 20 minutes off Male is currently the world's largest tourist submarine, diving to a depth of 150 feet every 90 minutes. After being taken to the dry dock and obtaining your ticket, you are then ready to descend to the depths of the Indian Ocean in the 73 foot vessel. You will see many, many types of tropical fish and possibly shark, and if you’re really lucky, maybe the 2 meter long Giant Grouper which frequents the dive area. If you choose a night dive then manta rays are what to look out for.