Male (Malé) is the capital of The Maldives, an island in the Indian Ocean. Male Island is known for its historic mosques and colorful buildings, and different tourist attractions. The Maldives capital city has a population of about 150,000 citizens, and is one of the world's smallest national capitals.
Male is the best chance to see the ‘real’ Maldives, and see the colored buildings surrounded by crystal blue waters. Male has all the traditional and local markets, at the main market you can find local produce and souvenirs, from freshly caught fish, fruits and vegetables, to handmade products and accessories.
If you're staying in Male while in The Maldives, make sure you stay at one of the best hotels, such as Hulhule Island Hotel, known as the Airport Hotel, or places like The Somerset Hotel, Hotel Jen Male and Hotel Octave.
Or book your stay in a resort near Male, the closest one is Centara Ras Fushi Resort, 20 minutes away by speedboat. Other hotels and resorts near Male, are Niyama Maldives, Huvafen Fushi, The Residence Maldives, and Anantara Veli Resort and Spa, to name a few.
Also when you're in Male, make sure you visit The National Museum, in Sultan Park, as it showcases regional artifacts like ancient weapons and sultans' thrones. If you're going to the north part of the city, pass by Huskuru Miskiiy, which is a 17th century mosque built of coral stone and housing intricate wood carvings. The best time to visit Male are the months of March and April, when it is mostly sunny and perfect beach season. The coldest month is September at 28°C (82°F), and July is considered to be the wettest month in Male, Maldives.
The Maldives capital has beautiful local markets, which offer fresh produce, and souvenirs.
Places to visit include the Male Fish Market, which is located on the northern waterfront of Male, and is a major tourist attraction. It is always crowded with people who shop for fresh or dried fish.
Another market on the Male island is the Local Market, where you can find local fruits and vegetables, as well as spices, and green coconuts. You can also shop for some souvenirs at the Local Market.
Another place you must visit on your honeymoon to this beautiful island is The Grand Friday Mosque and Islamic Center which is the biggest mosque in the country and is known for its golden dome, which has become a symbol of the city.
The mosque was opened in 1984 and is located opposite the National Security Service Headquarters.
The National Museum of Male, opened in 1952, has a collection of historic artefacts that trace the history of the islands. The museum is located in the Sultan Park, which was a part of the Sultan's palace.
Once in Male make sure to book one of the different tours they have, such as the walking tours, and the food tours.
You can also book a cooking class in Male, where you can enjoy a cooking experience together and learn about Islamic culture.
According to TripAdvisor: "Your 3-hour private food and culture tour begins with your host meeting you at the Jetty. The small group with a maximum of 4 people allows for a personal experience. You will shop at the local market for the items to be prepared for the day. Prepare and enjoy a typical Maldivian meal and then listen to a short lecture about Islam."