Capital Male City Tour Maldives

Male Maldives

Male Maldives is the capital city and the main land of the maldives. The city is one of the most densely populated places in the world with a population of 133,412 citizens and estimated 50,000 workers in an area of 1.92 square. Male is geographically located in the southern edge of North Male’ Atoll (Kaafu Atoll) next to the Maldives international Airport. Male Maldives is a great place to visit for short periods of time. It holds many important icons and sights of the country. Out of them one the most famous among the visitors are: (Old friday mosque, Stingray point, Fish -market, Artificial beach, Victory monument, Male Square, Museum, Souvenir Street etc...). The Streets are very small and busy during peak hours. 

Short Tours (2Hours)

Do you have 2 hours of waiting at Male' Airport or Male' city?

Short tours are specially for those guests who has some waiting time at Male Airport between international and domestic flights/boats.The airport is located in the south edge of Male atoll, in-between Male city and Huhumale city, which are also the only connected lands to the airport. All other islands are separated by the ocean, which makes most of the visitor to take a domestic flight, seaplane or a boat in most cases. sadly this requires some waiting time both on arrival and departures, especially if you take a domestic flight, even with speedboats, many resorts in Male atoll have added time, as sometimes when the sea gets rough, it can be a slow ride. With all these reasons, many travelers have 2-5 hours of waiting time at the Male airport. So why wait in the airport? when you have the most populous and capital city of Maldives next to you, within 10 minutes distance and we (Local Guides) are here to pick you from airport, show around the city and its most important sites and after the tour we will drop back you to the airport or another location in Male Maldives.

Male City Walking Tour Walking Tour

Male City Walking Tour Walking Tour

USD $15

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Walk in the city center with our guide and visit to the most important sites


Airport Pickup and Drop | Local Guide | Taxes


Stingray point | Local market | Fish market | Souvenir street | Presidential Old palace | Grand Friday mosque | Victory monument | Old Friday mosque (Heritage) | presidential office | Parliament | School | Artificial beach | Surfing point

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Bike Tour

USD $34

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Sit behind our driver/guide and visit to the Male city


Airport Pickup and Drop | Local Guide | Motor Bike | Helmet | Taxes


Stingray point | Local market | Fish market | Souvenir street | Presidential Old palace | Grand Friday mosque | Victory monument | Old Friday mosque (Heritage) | presidential office | Parliament | School | Artificial beach | Surfing point | Artificial Beach 2 | Tsunami Monument | King Salmaan Mosque | Male Bridge

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Car Tour

USD $150 per vehicle

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Drive around the male city in an air-conditioned car for sightseeing with a local tour guide


Airport Pickup and Drop | Local Guide | 4 seater car | Coconut Drink | Taxes


Stingray point | Local market | Fish market | Souvenir street | Presidential Old palace | Grand Friday mosque | Victory monument | Old Friday mosque (Heritage) | presidential office | Parliament | School | Artificial beach | Surfing point | Artificial Beach 2 | Tsunami Monument | King Salmaan Mosque | Male Bridge

Half Day Tours (5-6Hours)

Have you ever wondered on what to do on your last day on the paradise?

Half-day male city tours are for those guests who are staying in Male, Hulhumale or close by resorts. Arrive Male city to discover the local culture and history of the Maldives. For the guests who are staying in close by islands/resorts, can arrive for a half day tour. All local islands in Male atoll has public ferries connected to the city (Maldives public ferry Schedules). You can easily arrive to Male island by these ferries, if you are staying in any of these local islands and for those who are staying in close by resorts can also arrive to the airport easily by requesting at the resort. there are many arrivals and departures daily and you can jump on any one of those boat and we will meet you at the airport or at the jetty where your resort boat comes.

Half day tour

Half Day Walking

USD $38

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Walk around in 3 islands (Male, Hulhumale & Vilimale)


Airport Pickup and Drop | Local Guide | Vilimale Transfer | Hulhumale Transfer | Tea with Local snacks


Stingray point | Local market | Fish market | Souvenir street | Presidential Old palace | Grand Friday mosque | Victory monument | Old Friday mosque (Heritage) | presidential office | Parliament | School | Artificial beach | Surfing point | Artificial Beach 2 | Tsunami Monument | King Salmaan Mosque | Male Bridge | Vilimale Visit | Hulhumale Visit | Seaplane port view | National Museum (additional 7$)

half day bike tour

Half Day Bike

USD $70

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Sit behind the driver and drive around in 2 islands (Male & Hulhumale) and visit Vilimale by ferry


Airport Pickup and Drop | Male Tour Guide | Motor Bike | Helmet | Tea with local snacks | Vilimale Transfer


Stingray point | Local market | Fish market | Souvenir street | Presidential Old palace | Grand Friday mosque | Victory monument | Old Friday mosque (Heritage) | presidential office | Parliament | School | Artificial beach | Surfing point | Artificial Beach 2 | Tsunami Monument | King Salmaan Mosque | Male Bridge | Vilimale Visit | Hulhumale Visit | National Museum (additional 7$)

Meeting points

Male Jetty No.1

Airport Information Desk

Our guide will be waiting with a signboard of (Maldives Tour Guide) on the meeting point confirmed for you.

Important Information

Maldives is 100% Muslim Country, therefore it requires modest clothes to enter some sites (Half-length is fine) Alcohol is not allowed to bring or drink in the Male city and Moral behaviors are expected from all visitors and some sites like mosques requires full length clothes with head covered(ladies) to get inside (a scarf is fine)

it is important to provide the flight details if you are departure guests so that we can drop you to the airport on time.

National Museum available with additional charges.

Luggage storage available with additional charges.

Tours can be customizable.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. This experience requires good weather. If it gets canceled due to poor weather, you will be offered a different date or a full refund.

For the guests who are staying in far islands or atolls can do this tour?

Maldives is geographically on of the most dispersed country in Asia. That is why, for the guests who are staying in other than Male Atoll, it can cost money and time to arrive Male city. So if your a cultural lover who is interested to discover the capital city of the Maldives and its life style, what we recommend is to book the domestic transfer with additional time, you can do that by requesting at your resort or agent to include 3-4 hours for the connection time, and we can arrange airport pick up and drop for you with the short tour.

What to expect on this tour from male tourist guide?

Discover the local culture by visiting the local markets and other sites. Our guide will take you to all the important and famous locations of the city (the locations are mentioned on the tour details). If you are a  souvenir lover, you can mention it to the guide and he will take you to the shopping street. If you do get tired in the middle of the tour you can also ask the guide to make a stop or you can take a break to enjoy some local foods from the streets.  If you want to discover the history and the Maldives city life, there is no other place better to visit than the national museum.In 5 minutes distance national park is located with a small winter park for children, ice skating is available. The stingray point is 10 minutes away from the museum. If you want to feed the stingrays you can ask the guide to buy fish from the guide. The stingrays love tuna fish.  At the last you will Visit the public beach and surfing point where you can wait for a moment to enjoy the view and watch surfers during the surfing season or sit down to breath in the cool ocean breeze of the Maldives capital city.

Over view of the maldives capital city

While Malé island is geographically part of the Kaafu Atoll, it is not administratively part of it. The island of Malé forms the city's central region. Hulhulé, Hulhumalé, Vilimalé, Gulhifalhu, and Thilafushi are among the city's five additional islands. On the central island, a commercial harbour acts as the hub of the country's commercial activity, The central island is densely populated, with the built-up area occupying almost the entire landmass. [nine] The capital city houses slightly less than one-third of the country's population, and its population has grown from 40,000 in 1987 to 100,000 in 2006 and today 350,000.


The Maldives is the name given to the entire island group. "The islands (dives) of ""Malé male maldives" is how the term "Maldives" is translated. The first settlers in the Maldivian islands were Dravidians who came from the modern Indian Subcontinent's neighboring shores and coastal Ceylon. From ancient times, comparative studies of Maldivian linguistic, oral, and other cultural practices, as well as folklore, point to a deep Dravidian influence on Maldivian culture, centered in Malé. The Giraavaru people of Giraavaru claim to be descendants of the Maldives' first Tamil settlers. Early Tamil settlers dubbed the islands Malaitivu, which translates to "Garland Islands" or "Chain Islands." Giraavaru fishermen used to go to a certain big sandbank at the southern end of their atoll on a regular basis to clean tuna fish after a successful catch, according to legend.

The names of Malé Island's main four wards or divisions are said to have been provided by the original Giraavaru fishermen: Maafannu (big) and fannu (a place where a village path meets the sea), Henveiru (out where fishermen got their bait), Galolhu (stone groove), and Macchangolhi (matchi-angolhi) (windward path-fork).

When Ibn Battuta visited Malé Maldives in 1343, he wrote a detailed overview of the city as well as the Maldives Islands as a whole. He stated that the Queen, Rehendhi Khadeeja, had a home in Malé island, which, based on its description, could be the same palace as that of the later sultan rulers in the island's center. Several pits inside the palace grounds held stocks of cowrie shells ready to be sold. Ibn Battuta also listed a number of wooden mosques.

Capital Malé island had 2,148 residents in 1888, but rapid population growth necessitated the search for new housing spaces. Under Muhammad Shamsuddeen III's reign, the old forts and crumbling walls were demolished and reconstructed on a smaller scale in 1925-1927. Roads were also straightened and widened. Former broad cemeteries had also been demolished to make way for more houses. When the city was remodeled under President Ibrahim Nasir's rule in the aftermath of the monarchy's abolition in 1968, the Royal Palace, along with the picturesque forts and bastions, were demolished. Only the National Museum and the Malé Friday Mosque remain, as well as the last sultan's residence. Malé's population swelled to 11,453 in 1967 and 29,522 in 1977. By 1986, the shallow lagoon around Malé had been reclaimed to accommodate the increasing population.

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  • Things to do in Male City, Maldives

  • Male City in the Maldives is well-known for its beautifully constructed mosques, colorful buildings, amazing fish markets, delectable local cuisine, and, most importantly, its rich Asian culture, which can be found almost everywhere in the Maldives capital.

    Whether you are staying in the Maldives for a short or long period of time, there are a few things you must do to make your trip to the Maldives more exciting. Local tour guides in the Maldives' capital Male are the best in this regard, as they can help you choose or customize your tour based on your budget and the length of your stay in Male.

    So, what are the best things that you can do during your stay in Capital Male City? We've compiled a list of some of the best things you can do in Male, the Maldives' capital city, at very low prices:

  • Historical Attractions in Male are a Must

  • The Maldives has a rich history, which you can easily see while strolling down the country's roads and streets. The famous Boduthakurufaanu Magu, which was named after the famous win over the Portuguese in the 16th century, is right next to the airport for you to come out and visit during your waiting hours.

    Near this historical attraction lies another famous park called "The Sultan Park" and the "Jumhooree Maidan", which is there in remembrance of the Sultanate’s finale in 1968.

  • Grand Friday Mosque and Hukuru Miskiiy

  • If you are here in Capital Male City for a longer period, then you must not miss your visit to Hukuru Miskiiy, which is a great coral stone mosque. It is worth visiting if you want to have a deeper look into the rich culture and history of the Maldives.

    Just like Hukuru Miskiiy, Grand Friday Mosque is another big and famous mosque located right in the heart of Male City. The Hukuru Miskiiy is more of heritage now, and it is the Grand Friday Mosque where most people visit for their daily prayers and other religious activities. The Grand Friday Mosque is beautiful from both inside and outside. The architecture and layout of this mosque are enough to grab the attention of passersby.

  • Henveiru Beach

  • Although the Maldives, has plenty of beaches, the one with the most spectacular views and serene environment is known as Henveiru Beach, an artificial beach in the capital Male city. Located on the eastern side of the island, this beach is a perfect destination to spend your last hours or last day in Male Maldives.

    It is also one of those places in Capital Male City where you can relax and enjoy life away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life because it is usually quiet and empty. This place usually comes to life in the afternoon and mostly on weekends. So, in the morning hours and on weekdays, you can really enjoy the quiet vibe of the ocean in the Maldives capital city.

  • Sinamale Bridge

  • If you are taking bike and car tours, then you can add the visit to Sinamale Bridge to your customized package. Because you wouldn’t like to miss out on the most beautiful views the Capital Male City has to offer. The Sinamale Bridge joins the islands of Male, Hulhule, and Hulhumale and has separate tracks for cars, bikes, and pedestrians, which makes the bridge accessible to walking tours too.

    The best thing about Sinamale Bridge is that it is close to the airport, so if you are in Male at short notice, then all you have to do is to call us and we will give you an amazing ride to and from this bridge with scenic views of the Indian Ocean right beneath you and Male Island all around you.

  • Victory Monument

  • The Victory Monument is a great way to learn about the history of the Maldives when the Indian government helped this beautiful country fight and win against the Siri Lankan rebels' attack. The Victory Monument is worth visiting because of its beautiful angelic white marble all around and the central white, green, and red colored circular symbol.

    As the Victory Monument is located away from the proud city life, people often visit there to find peace and tranquility, a rare thing to find in the capital male city.

  • Tsunami Monument

  • The Tsunami Monument, which is located within walking distance of the Jetty, is another must-see attraction in Maldives Capital. The Tsunami Monument is included in almost every type of local tour guide, i.e., walking tour guides, bike tour guides, and car tour guides.

    The Tsunami Monument was built to remember the lives many countries lost in the 2004 tsunami. It is a beautiful, clean, and quiet place. This area is also the best for sea views as the open space gives a very beautiful view of the Indian Ocean, which is quite a scenic view to enjoy in a peaceful environment.

  • Male Fish and the Local Market

  • Visiting the fish and local markets in Maldives Capital is on almost every traveler's bucket list. Most tourists and those waiting for ferries or flights often visit these markets to pass their time instead of going to monuments and mosques. The reason lies in the vibrant and active lifestyle of residents one can get to know in these markets.

    The local market is not that big but is famous for its wide varieties of fruits, vegetables, and other local products like coconut oil, coconut-honey candy, etc.

    The Fish Market is a great way to learn about how the fish are offloaded and transferred to this fish market. Visiting the Fish Market early in the morning will give you an idea of how hard fishermen work to provide fresh fish every day for both locals and tourists.

    The Capital Male city is a mix of modern and historical culture in the Maldives. While you can easily see skyscraping buildings with lush resorts and hotels, on one hand, the Maldives' history and old culture are also right there for tourists to learn about the country and its capital, Male, in detail. Local tour guides in Male City are the best way to make the most of your time in this city; these guides know the best and most scenic routes to every attraction in this city that you don't want to miss.