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Malé, heart of the magical Maldives

Flights to Malé transport you to the capital of the Maldives, with row upon row of houses as colourful as their neighbouring reefs.

Malé is made up of four separate islands, however the city itself is a fantastic place to start your trip into paradise.

panoramic view maldives islands from sea plane

The main island is bursting with brightly painted buildings, lively markets and a wide choice of hotels and restaurants.

Wander through the city’s fish market and watch the traders as they expertly prepare the catch of the day.

Explore the history of the island nation at the National Museum, before taking a stroll around Rasrani Bageecha – the verdant gardens of the former Sultan’s palace.

Book Malé flights with Etihad and be transported to the heart of the magnificent Maldives.

What's the weather like in Malé?

Average temperatureAverage rainfall

JAN

28°C

4cm

FEB

29°C

3cm

MAR

29°C

4cm

APR

30°C

4cm

MAY

29°C

12cm

JUN

29°C

10cm

JUL

28°C

9cm

AUG

28°C

10cm

SEP

28°C

14cm

OCT

28°C

13cm

NOV

28°C

12cm

DEC

28°C

13cm

Malé, like the rest of the Maldives, is a year-round destination with warm weather throughout. January through to April is the Maldives’ dry season, when there’s only a small chance of rain. Temperatures usually reach the high 20°Cs during these months.

The dry season brings calm conditions that are perfect for swimming and snorkeling in the clear waters. The Maldives’ rainy season typically falls between May and November.

Reasons to visit Malé

colourful cargo boats male maldives

Explore the fabulous fish market

Malé’s fish market is truly a sight to behold. Most of the colourful array of fish splashed across the market stalls will have been caught just a few hours earlier.

Fishing boats of all sizes sail into the neighbouring harbour, where the catch is hauled ashore to be prepared by the market traders. You’ll find many different types of fish and seafood here, from giant tuna to swordfish, octopus and more.

beautiful and clear ocean with diver and underwater view of rocks and corals

Tour the coast in a submarine

Malé has its very own submarine – and you can book a seat for an underwater ride around the capital’s atoll coastline.

Known as the ‘Whale Submarine’, this humble tanker charts a course through the shallows around Malé, giving you an astonishing undersea view of the life along the shores, where colourful marine life including sharks, eels and groupers can be found.

Book in advance and don’t forget your camera – the portholes afford you a fantastic view of the reef life. It’s ideal for non-swimmers or those with children to see the rich underwater scenes found in the Maldives.

sultans palace maldives archipelago

Wander through Maldivian history

Located in the former grounds of the Sultan’s palace, the Maldivian National Museum is the only surviving architectural example of this period of the Maldives’ history.

An impressive building, this ode to the history of the islands houses a host of items that shed light on their past. You can explore Maldivian life under the Sultanate, among other collections. Exhibits include weaponry, religious artefacts and a rare whale skeleton.

Things to know before you fly to Malé

bus Getting around

Malé itself is easily explored on foot, although many locals prefer to cycle. Taxis are available 24 hours a day if you have luggage or are returning to your accommodation after dark. For those wanting to visit other islands within the North Malé Atoll, you can take a ferry between Malé, Hulhule and Hulhumale.

charities Cultural considerations

The Maldives is an Islamic country and you’ll find beautiful mosques located in Malé. Be aware of local customs when entering religious buildings. If you visit during Ramadan, you may find some restaurants, cafes and markets are closed during the day.

accommodation Where to stay

Most Malé hotels are located on the main island of the same name. For a more relaxed atmosphere, you might prefer staying on the less populated Hulhumale, where the hotels are positioned along the sandy beach.

plane Island transfers

If you’ve booked plane tickets to Malé but are continuing your journey to another idyllic island in the Maldives, you’ll have two main options for transport – speedboat or seaplane. It’s worth knowing that some of the country’s more remote atolls can only be reached by air.

Flying to Malé: FAQs

How many days should I spend in Malé?

If you’re heading elsewhere on your trip to the Maldives, two to three days is usually enough time to soak up Malé’s major sights. If you’re looking for a mix of culture and relaxation, book a few nights in the capital before moving to a beach resort on one of the many surrounding islands.

What should I see in Malé?

The Grand Friday Mosque, with its white marble façade and golden dome, can be visited by non-Muslims outside of prayer times. Chaandhanee Magu is a good street to pick up souvenirs, while you can discover more about the Maldives’ history at the National Museum.

How do I get around Malé?

Getting around Malé itself can easily be done on foot as it only covers just over 3.5 square miles. If you’re venturing to other islands within the North Malé Atoll, you can take a local ferry or seaplane or arrange a private transfer via your resort.

Why we love Malé

“Malé is a very picturesque city – the hotels opening out onto the waterfront, boats floating on crystal-clear water and the narrow, winding streets filled with hawkers and fish sellers make for a vibrant and colourful atmosphere."

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Weather in Male

28 °C
Tuesday20 Oct 2020
28 °C
Wednesday21 Oct 2020
28 °C
Thursday22 Oct 2020
28 °C
Friday23 Oct 2020
28 °C
Saturday24 Oct 2020
28 °C
Sunday25 Oct 2020
28 °C
Monday26 Oct 2020
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