Male is the capital and the most popular city in Maldives and is located at the southern edge of the 1.7 km long islet of Kaafu Atoll, the northern Male atoll.
Throughout its history, Male happens to be the place where the King used to rule from and today it is a renowned yacht charter destination in the Maldives.
Male’s location in the middle of the Indian Ocean, just off the southwest of the Indian peninsula is a major tourist destination and being surrounded by thousands and thousands of atolls of mesmerizing beauty also contribute to make Male so famous among the yacht charter communities.
For most visitors, Male is an interesting place to discover the taste of the Maldivian life and culture and there are also a number of places worth visiting.
In the city center, you will find numerous alcohol-free (alcoholic drinks are not allowed on the island as it is devout to Muslim) bars and restaurants lined in an incredible array of shops and lively markets.
During a visit to Male, you will have the opportunity to visit some of the main sights in the Maldives including the religious and political buildings like the Friday Mosque, the Islamic center, famous for its architectural landmark and which houses one of the biggest and finest mosques in the Southeast Asian region.
There are also the Independence square, the Sultan Park and the National museum that are worth visiting too. You will also have the opportunity to taste the traditional Maldivian cuisine which is based on fish and seafood. As the Indian culture weighs heavily on the food habits, you should expect to find the same spicy and sweet dishes typical to India.
Male is also a haven for divers, the Lion’s Head is one of the most interesting diving spots in the area and is worth exploring. It is a protected marine park located in a channel but is subject to some strong currents. However it is a deep wall reef which is home to a large variety of fishes and some pelagic species like the tunas, the napoleon wrasses, sharks and turtles.
Unfortunately, Male is one of the few places in the Maldives where palm trees and sandy beaches are not in the menu, however yacht charterers can sail to the Hulhumale Island nearby where they will find some lovely beaches.