Flights to Malé City (MLE)

Although Malé is just a speedboat ride away from many picturesque islands, don’t ignore the opportunity to explore this tiny, modern metropolis.
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Male, Maldives

What to do in Male

Explore the National Museum in Sultan Park

Malé’s Royal Palace of the 16th century has been all but demolished, and its gardens now serve as a peaceful area of reflection and memorial. The only remaining wing of the palace has been converted into the National Museum, which houses a fascinating mix of artifacts and regalia from Malé’s golden era.

National Museum
Chaandhanee Magu
+960 332 2254

Haggle at Malé’s markets

Nothing beats going toe to toe with a local vendor trying to make a sale, and Malé’s markets, in the north of the island, are the perfect place to do that. The fresh fish, fruit, and vegetables are cheaper than in supermarkets and the stall owners are loud and friendly.

Malé fish market
Henveiru

Visit Malé Friday Mosque (Hukuru Miskiy)

The striking golden dome of the Friday Mosque can be seen from as far away as Malé’s harbor. Built in 1658, this mosque was once the tallest structure on the island. Today, the beautiful building is a destination in its own right; you’ll also find the Islamic Centre within the grounds.

Corner of Medhu Ziyaarai Magu and Shaheed Abdulla Zuhair Higun

Visit Hulhumalé Island

Often regarded as a suburb of Malé City, Hulhumalé Island can be reached by a public ferry from the harbor. Although it's rapidly on the rise, you can still find pockets of peace and quiet. The north side of the island has an attractive beach, and there’s a good selection of cafes and restaurants. Check out Hulhumalé Inn if you fancy staying overnight.

Hulhumalé Inn
Nirolhu Magu
23500
+960 335 5510
hulhumaleinn.com

Take a Whale Submarine tour

The Maldives is surrounded by water; what better way to see the sea than by being fully submerged in it? The Whale Submarine tour offers you the opportunity to do just that with 45-minute tours of the local aquatic life.

H Abadhahfehi Magu
+960 333 3939
whalesubmarine.com.mv

Go surfing from Artificial Beach

It might strike you as odd that Malé only has one beach, and that it’s artificial. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t some fantastic surf to be had. Surf In Maldives, which was established in 2009, is run entirely by locals who offer tours and lessons.

Artificial Beach
Boduthakurufaanu Magu
At Majeedhee Magu Road
surfinmaldives.com

Where to eat in Male

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Royal Garden Café (Coffee shop)

The Royal Garden Café is by far one of the most charming and cozy cafes in the city. The decor is stylish but homey, with an outdoor courtyard that is popular among the locals. You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t rave about the food.

Medhu Ziyaarai Magu
+960 332 0288
facebook.com/ The-Royal-Garden-Cafe

Aïoli (International)

Widely known as one of the best restaurants on the island, Aïoli gives diners a choice of two indoor dining rooms or a well-decorated outdoor terrace. The menu is vast, but you’ll find delicious items across the board: great steaks, crab, fish, and more, all just a few steps from the ocean.

Orchidmaage
Lotus Goalhi
20095
+960 300 2525
aioli.com.mv

Symphony (Indian)

The dark interior design of Symphony sets the tone for its rich dishes; it's one of the most popular Indian restaurants in Malé. It’s always bustling with residents and tourists looking for their fix of Indian flavors and is known for the superb vegetarian offerings on its menu.

M a Malé Faru
Athamaa Goalhi
20196
+960 333 8719
facebook.com/pages/Symphony

Lemongrass Fifth (Thai)

Boasting the best Thai food on the island, Lemongrass Fifth’s three dining settings—downstairs, upstairs and on the balcony—offer something for everyone. Be sure to check out the Tom Yum Steamboat and the green papaya salad. The friendly staff are happy to make personal recommendations.

Fareedhee Magu
20190
+960 300 9000
facebook.com/lemongrass.fifth

Seagull Café House

There’s a tree growing through this two-story restaurant, making it unique among Malé’s eateries. The word around town is that it’s also the best dessert destination on the island. This cafe is popular with business diners during working hours, so be sure to make a reservation for lunch.

On the corner of Chaandhanee Magu and Fareedhee Magu
Maafannu
+960 332 3332
seagullmaldives.com/cafe

Dawn Café (Maldivian)

Dawn Café is a great place to visit after a browse around the markets; it offers one of the best lunch spots on the northern tip of the island. The restaurant describes itself as "traditional Maldivian short eats." Short or not, you’ll find a delicious meal inside.

Kandi Dhon Manik Goalhi
+960 331 2286

Places to stay in Male

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Mookai Hotel

Located just minutes from the tourist jetty, stretching 10 stories into the sky and overlooking the Indian Ocean, Mookai offers tourists and business travelers an excellent location within walking distance of some of the city’s best attractions. A small but charming rooftop swimming pool is the perfect place to catch some sun and relax.

Meheli Goalhi
20222
+960 333 8811
www.mookai.com.mv

Dream Voyager Yacht

Skip the hotel and take to the high seas for your vacation, island-hopping your way around the Maldives on board a luxury yacht. Choose from 8- or 10-day excursions, each offering snorkeling opportunities, round-the-clock staff, massages, and kayaking, plus numerous excursions to historical and natural sites.

Departing from Hulhumalé Island
dreamyachtcharter.com/english/destinations/indian-ocean/maldives

Central Boutique Inn

Ideal if you’re on a budget and need to be in the center of Malé City, the villas of Central Boutique Inn provide comfort, plenty of space, and impeccable service. The hotel consists of just 12 rooms, so patrons get peace and quiet as well as undisturbed access to the outdoor pool.

Handhuvarudhey Goalhi
Galolhu
+960 333 0591
facebook.com/centralboutiqueinn

Sala Boutique Hotel

Space is hard to come by in Malé, but these apartments provide you with breathing room when you want to take a step back and chill. Decorated with a unique twist on traditional Asian design, the hotel sits above both a superb Thai and an excellent Italian restaurant.

H Buruneege
2044
+960 334 5959
salafamilymaldives.com

Cerulean View Boutique Hotel

Another one of Malé’s unique offerings, Cerulean View is a quaint and cozy, renovated five-bedroom house that sits in the southeastern corner of the city. You can enjoy the feeling of being at home while having typical hotel amenities at your disposal. Plus, transfer from the airport takes just 20 minutes.

G Kaanihiya
Ameenee Goalhi
+960 334 1540

Hotel Jen Malé

If you’re looking for a luxury hotel in Malé, this is quite simply one of the best options in the city. The highlight of the Hotel Jen Malé is the stunning rooftop infinity pool that overlooks the Indian Ocean. That said, the floors below are equally luxurious and have beautiful views. The same goes for the hotel’s restaurants.

Ameer Ahmed Magu
20096
+960 330 0888
hoteljen.com/en/male/maldives

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