Travel guide and things you can do in Male, the Maldives: A three-minute guide

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Maldives – View from Above

The Maldives is unlike any other island state. Beautiful hawaii are a selection of atolls, or submarine volcanic ridges, that only just break sea-level. Video from Boeing and Emirates

VISIT

The town is made for a grid pattern (you can’t wander away) and its particular narrow streets host the variety of shops, old and new apartment blocks, buildings and motorcycle jams. Visitors should dress casual-conservatively. (Maldivian women’s fashion ranges from burqas to jeans and free-flowing locks.) Male Island is intensively built-up – so densely stacked which you might expect it to sink under a weight into its turquoise lagoon. A sizable dormitory suburb has built with an adjacent artificial island in addition to a kilometre-long, Chinese-built “friendship bridge” is being built to neighbouring Hulhule Island airport.

MUST

There work just like mandatory attractions. Rather, this is a friendly, casual town for wandering and curiosity. Sultan Park, with welcome shade trees, has more sand than grass. The President’s palace, Mulee Aage, is usually a neat and surprisingly modest colonial-style bungalow situated midtown; not offered to visitors, however. You can go to the nation’s Museum and also the golden-domed Grand Friday Mosque, meanwhile in the historic, 17th century Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque). Non-Muslims may enter merely prior permission.

LOOK

Visit the most crucial market, an adumbral, absolutely authentic hangar-full of Indian Ocean aromas, betel nut, freshly caught fish, fruit, vegetables, tins of the stuff, fabrics and even even the drain. Male’s main waterfront esplanade and boat harbour (featuring its brilliant blue waters) see a constant shuttle of village ferries and resort launches visiting and from North Male Atoll’s myriad islands. Nowadays the standard, Viking-prowed, wooden dhonis of old have mostly disappeared, as contain the shoreline cannon left by early Portuguese occupiers, who are sent packing back 1573. Quiet down (modestly dressed) in Male’s protected ocean pool referred to as the Artificial Beach alongside local women swimming in billowing black burqas.

EAT

There are some good, cosmopolitan dining spots like the breeze-cooled waterfront restaurant, Citron by Lemongrass, which includes international and Indian fare. The midtown Seagull Cafe provides a two-storey position, generously shaded by an old tree; drop in in charge of coffee, snacks and Sri Lankan fish curry, additionally, the house specialty, soft serve. Male is really a “dry” town, so most drinking happens in private including international hotels and resorts rather then in city bars.

SLEEP

Hulhule Island Hotel, aka “the Airport Hotel”, about the adjacent airport island is often a relatively expensive transit hotel, accessed by shuttle launch. Less expensive, service and convenience can be located on Male Island itself at places such as Somerset Hotel, Hotel Jen Male and Hotel Octave. A resort island alternative will be the roomy Centara Ras Fushi Resort, 20 min away by speedboat.

TIP

Explore Male in comfortable shoes and certainly with higher sun protection and water. Don’t expect to locate alcohol easily. You could swim with the Artificial Beach pool (no bikinis, please) except for surfers, the newest bridge project has closed off the town’s only surf spot, much for the chagrin of locals.

John Borthwick travelled using the assistance of Bangkok Airways, Atoll Travel and Centara Ras Fushi Resort, and also at their own expense.

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