Male by Guided Tour, the Lively Capital of Maldives Set in Azure Waters
The city of Male is the capital of the Maldives and also an Island set in the stunning azure blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Male is a great and lively city that you should see on a guided tour from whichever island you are staying.
Ideally, the chances are you will fly into the airport here and then transfer to your private resort, why not stay a night or two here first before heading off.
There are excellent sights and landmarks to be explored on sightseeing tours, but also it is here you will find the liveliest nighttime entertainment in the Maldives.
No visit to Male could be without a shopping trip, there are excellent shops, but the best places are the markets, where you get to mingle with the friendly and helpful locals.
The choice of excellent restaurants is high, serving large varieties of mouth-watering cuisine both with traditional and international flavors.
Then there are a number of varied bars, cafes, music venues and nightclubs to keep you entertained all night long.
Top 10 Amazing Things to See and Do in Male
See the Popular and Very Beautiful Hukuru Miskiyy, Friday Mosque on a Guided Tour
Within the world’s densest city, it is very easy to see the coloured skyscrapers and historic sites on walking guided tours of Male and one of the more popular places to visit is the impressive Hukuru Miskiyy, also known as Friday Mosque.
Even though Male is an Island, there are only artificial beaches. However, this is not a bad thing as they are still very beautiful. The Island has seawalls all around it as protection from rising sea levels. In fact, due to these seawalls, the damage from the 2004 tsunami was limited.
From Male, it is very easy to do day sightseeing tours to many of the other Islands in Maldives.
Travel Tips for Male
The best time to visit the city/ Island of Male in The Maldives is, for some, from December to April. This is when there are clear skies, lots of sunshine and very little rain. However, it is the busiest time and the prices can be much higher for accommodation, meals and guided tours. For those more interested in the exploration of sea life, coral reefs and weather is not a high priority, then May to November is better suited and more affordable.
It is fair to say that anywhere in the Maldives is slightly more expensive than your average holiday destination but then this is much more than your average destination. The price of accommodation in the city of Male can start from US$60 per night in a nice hotel and rise to over US$600 in other luxury hotels. The cost of sightseeing tours to other Islands by boat varies from season to season as do the city tours of Male.
When staying in the city of Male, the most important thing you need to know is that there is no alcohol served here, only on resort islands. When going on guided tours to the likes of the Mosque, be sure to dress appropriately. Crime is relatively low in Maldives but always be aware of your surroundings. Unfortunately, as yet, same sex relations is not accepted here but hopefully that will change soon.
It is warm all year round in Male, the temperatures vary little throughout the year. The hottest month is April with an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius and the coldest month is September when the average temperature is 28 degrees Celsius. March has the most sunshine hours in a day. The wettest months of the year are July, September, October and November and the driest months are January, February and March.