The beautiful city of Male is the capital of the Maldives Islands. It’s the ideal vacation destination with a unique character of its own that visitors find most endearing. You will soon soak up the atmosphere in the narrow streets, bustling marketplaces and bazaars. Check out the many different colored skyscrapers where locals live in harmony with one another, it’s quite an amazing sight. There are more than 100,000 people living in the Maldives on an island which is only just over 1.3 miles long and three quarters of a mile wide. There are plenty of historical sites to see such as the world famous Hukuru Miskiiy mosque that was built in 1656 while overlooking this iconic building is the current presidential residence. If you want to cool off, head for the city’s artificial beach where you can have a swim, top up your tan and recharge your batteries. The beach and surf point Raalhugandu can be found on the south eastern side of Male. Why not try surfing the waves? Surf boards and huts can be rented for the day so you don’t miss out on any of the action. Shopping is also very popular here. There’s a wide selection of shops selling everything from clothing, jewelry, footwear, electronics and books. Bartering can be great fun in the local markets where you can pick up a bargain or two.
The great news is, Male has good weather all year round. If you’re a diving enthusiast the best time to visit the Maldives is during April when the weather is hot and the water is clear. For cooler weather, travel to Male during the wet monsoon season in the months of May through to March. There’s still plenty of sunshine to enjoy while flights and accommodation are also a lot cheaper off season. How about traveling to Male to experience the island’s many national holidays like Independence Day, Nation Day, Republic Day and Victory Day?
You can actually walk around Male in about one hour. Most of the city’s major attractions are located on the north shore of the island. If you don’t feel like walking, flag down roving taxis which charge a flat rate and tend be very cheap. Of course, you can also take a ferry ride to the nearby island of Villingili which is only around a 20-minute ride away.