Male is the capital of the Maldives - a republic comprised of 26 coral atolls and 1,190 islands draped along the Indian Ocean like a string of pearls. With a population of 150,000 souls, the Maldives are an unspoiled paradise of white-sand beaches, placid lagoons, and coral reefs. Male is the most developed city and island in the republic, boasting modern high-rise buildings and a surprising host of cars.

Ironically, there are no beaches on Male itself - the island is bordered by a seawall. There is an artificial beach is on north east corner of the island. Visitors to the Male' and other village islands should cover from shoulders to the knee all the time even at the beach as fit for Muslim society.

Half-Day Trip (Self-helped Tour)

Independence Square (Jumhooree Maidhaan)
Independence Square (Jumhooree Maidhaan) is the focal point of every political demonstration in the capital, hence the heavy security presence, and it's also a popular gathering place for locals.

Friday Mosque/Islamic Center
The Old Friday Mosque was built in 1656 by Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar. Constructed out of intricately carved coral stone, the mosque is famed for its fine lacquer work and elaborate woodcarvings.

National Museum/Sultan Park
The National Museum and Sultan Park are both housed in the last surviving building of the former Sultan's Palace. View magnificent royal ceremonial robes, and artifacts dating from the 11th century.

Fish/Local Market
Bustling Male is home to a thriving shopping district located deep in its narrow lanes. Tour the colorful fish, vegetable and fruit markets near the waterfront, and barter with locals for bargains.