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Tourist Attractions in the Maldives

Religious Attractions

Grand Friday Mosque

The Islamic Centre and a distinct work of architecture in Maldives, The Grand Friday Mosque is a major attraction in Male. Masjid-al-Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam as it is formally called, is the largest mosque in Maldives and draws several pilgrims as well as architecture lovers throughout the year. This grand architecture of bygone times was constructed by the Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar in 1656. The grand Friday mosque of Maldives also includes the famous Islamic center. Grand Friday mosque in Maldives has a capacity to accommodate nearly 5000 people.
The dominant golden dome of the Maldives Grand Friday mosque adorns the facade of Male'. The artwork in this mosque is simply mind blowing. This magnificent edifice, with its unique minarets, amazing coral engravings and tombs of national heroes and members of royalty, provides the tourists with the glimpses of the past.

Location
Male
Opening Times
Daily: 9 am to 5 pm
Entrance Fee
Free Entry

Hukuru Miskiy (Old Friday Mosque)

Hukuru Miskiy (Dhivehi: މާލެ ހުކުރު މިސްކިތް) in Maldives is the oldest mosque of the country that was established in the year 1956. The walls of the mosque are intricately carved with coral stone and Arabic script. The main building which is still used for conducting the daily prayers is divided into three sections:
Mihuraabuge: The room or section used by the Imam in leading the prayers.
Medhu Miskiy: The middle Mosque.
Fahu Miskiy: The back Mosque.
The mosque was originally an old temple that faced west to the setting sun, and not northwest towards Mecca, hence worshippers face the corner of the mosque when they pray.
This old Friday mosque was set up during the reign of Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar I. Hukuru Miskiy is known for its fine lacquer artwork and intricate woodcarvings. Built with coral stones, the interior and exterior walls of the mosque are beautifully carved with Arabic writings and other ornamental designs. Different kinds of woods are used in the making of the doors, window frames and roof of Hukuru Miskiy. If you visit the place, you can also find the various ancient tombstones erected in its compound. The mosque is also a listed cultural UNESCO World Heritage site.

Location
Hukuru Miskiy, Medhuziyaarai Magu, Malé, Maldives
Opening Times
Entrance Fee

Hulhumale Mosque

This exquisitely designed mosque is located at the borders of the reclaimed island of Hulhumale. The mosque has a massive golden dome that is supported by trusses and its unique design is what sets it apart from other traditional places of worship of Islamic people.
Built in the year 2006, the mosque can accommodate over 900 worshippers at one time!






Location
Hulhumale (Reclaimed island which also houses the international airport of Male)
Opening Times
Entrance Fee

Cultural & Historical Attractions

Maldives National Museum

The National Museum of Maldives is located at Sultan Park in Male, which was the former palace of the Sultan of Maldives. It houses several well-kept artefacts of Maldivian culture, including coins, royal antiques, furniture, items of clothing, coins, embellishments and armaments. A visit to this museum is a must for the lovers of history and culture while touring Male.
The Maldives national museum was opened for public display on the National Day, 1 Rabeeul Awwal 1372 A.H., (19th November 1952). It was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister, Ameer Mohamed Amin Didi. The purpose of setting up the museum was to preserve the history of Maldives and to invoke the patriotic feelings of people.
The museum houses a number of fabulous objects belonging to the Sultans. It consists of the ornaments and costumes worn by various kings and queens, stone items of the Maldives' pre-Islamic period, paper and cloth manuscripts, arms and armor, photographs of important personalities, anthropological objects and other such items that exhibit the past Maldivian way of life.

Location
Sultan Park, Male
Opening Times
Sunday to Thursday : 9 am to 5 pm (Closed on Friday and Saturday)
Entrance Fee
Adults: MVR 50; Children: MVR 15

National Art Gallery

The National Art Gallery of Maldives was established by the Government of Maldives in 1999 to showcase regular displays of Maldivian and international art works.
From photography to paintings and conceptual works, the gallery has regular exhibitions, along with other promotional events like presentations and workshops.













Location
National Art Gallery, Museum Building, Block A, Medhuziyaraiy Magu Male, Maldives
+960 334-3832
Opening Times
Mon - Thu: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Entrance Fee
depending on exhibition

Utheemu Ganduvaru

If you wanted to start your tour with historical place, than Utheemu Ganduvaru is the best one. It is historical place was the house of the Sultan Mohammad Thankurufaan. The historical place is located in Utheemu, Sultan Mohammad Thankurufaan is considered the one of the most famous heroes of the Maldives, and earned respects from the Maldivians for his historic action and bravery.






Location
Bodu Magu
Opening Times
Entrance Fee

Jumhooree Maidan (Republic Square)

Having been set up in the year 1989, this is a republic square located on the Northern beachfront of Male. This lush green vegetative space has replaced a few old government buildings. You can also find a few commercial establishments at one side of the maidan. This is one of the best tourist spots that you must never miss out.







Location
Male Atoll
Opening Times
Entrance Fee

Muliaage Palace

Located almost opposite of the Old Friday Mosque, Maldives Muliaage palace was built in the year 1906. The credit for its construction goes to the Sultan Mohamed Shamsuddeen III. It was before World War I that the Sultan built this palace for his son. However, when the Sultan was overthrown in May 1936, Muleeaage palace of Maldives was officially declared as the government's property.
In 1953, when Maldives became a republic, Muliaage palace became the President's Official Residence. It was later in the year 1986 that it was renamed the Presidential Palace. In the recent times, this colonial style building served as the office of president, where official meetings were held. After the resignation of the former president Mohamed Nasheed in 2012 the palace became vacant. This spectacular building with its beautiful white carvings definitely falls into the category of must visit tourist attraction destinations.

Location
Male City, not far of the Hukuru Miskiy (Old Friday Mosque)
Mulee Aage, Medhuziyaarai Magu, Henveiru, Malé 20115, Maldives
Opening Times
Entrance Fee

Natural Points of Interest

Manta Point

One of the best experiences for divers coming to Maldives is to be able to snorkel or scuba dive with Manta rays. Weighing up to 5,000 pounds and with a wingspan of 25 feet, these species can be found in large numbers in Manta Point.
One of the best places to find them is at one of the many manta ray cleaning stations, where the mantas gather to have the plankton removed by smaller fish.






Location
North of Hulhumale (4.275579, 73.555071)
Opening Times
24 hours - depending on dive centres and liveaboards frequenting this spot
Entrance Fee
depending on dive centres and liveaboards frequenting this spot

HP Reef

Not one meant for the faint-hearted, HP Reef is great for those looking to explore the underwater world. The dive site is often described as Rainbow Reef, because of its array of colours. HP Reef is a great dive site with sometimes strong currents which will require you to employ surface balloons or buoys.
This year-round dive site features soft corals of different colours and gorgonians or sea whips. With dives of up to 10 to 40 metres deep, the reef is great for spotting various reef fish, manta rays, dog tooth tunas and other marine life. Out here, you will also get to see crevices and caves, including large caves.
HP Reef displays excellent soft coral growth and an abundant fish life. The best diving at HP Reef is found on the southern side of the reef and when the current is flowing into the Atoll (East to West). During mild current you are able to swim slowly, observing the coral blocks, caves and overhangs. The coral blocks and the caves at HP Reef are filled with multicolored soft coral and you should keep your eyes open for the many invertebrates, including nudibranchs, leaf fish and many more. Eagle Rays, schooling Silver Jacks and Batfish are common at HP Reef.

Location
Thamburudhoo (4.320412, 73.582676)
Opening Times
24 hours - depending on dive centres and liveaboards frequenting this spot
Entrance Fee
depending on dive centres and liveaboards frequenting this spot

Fishhead

Mushimasmingili Reef also knows as Fish Head is protected by the Maldivian government. No anchoring, no fishing, no collecting of shells or coral allowed. Arguably one of the world’s best dive spots, Fish Head is situated in North Ari Atoll and offers divers the opportunity to see a large school of grey reef sharks, along with other marine life like fusiliers, large Napoleons and hungry barracuda. This dive site also features stunning caves, black corals and undersea rock formations.
It is a coral hill (Thila) lying on a sandy bottom at 40 meters, with the top of this hill measuring to 8 to 12 metres beneath the surface. The dive sites main quality is the sheer abundannce of fish found here. An incredible variety of reef fish, sharks, tuna, jacks and others often darkens the lower depths or hides your dive buddy among them. Rarer fish also congregate here; like the famous Napoleon Wrasse and turtles.

Location
Mushimas Migili Reef (3.958325, 72.910579)
Opening Times
24 hours - depending on dive centres and liveaboards frequenting this spot
Entrance Fee
depending on dive centres and liveaboards frequenting this spot

Banana Reef

One of the oldest dive sites in Maldives to become internationally known, Banana Reef gets its name from the shape of the island when viewed from above.
The area has some of the most beautiful caves, cliffs and coral growths. A popular spot with divers, the caves at Banana Reef contain several species of exotic fish, and other marine life like the squirrelfish, soldierfish and Maldivian grubfish.
Banana Reef was the first dive site to be discovered in the Maldives continues to be one of the most popular. The dive, which ranges in depth from 5 to 30 meters, has several interesting characteristics including a pinnacle and some overhangs. Coral formations here are prolific and colorful, attracting an extensive variety of fish, including squirrelfish, bannerfish and oriental sweetlips. Currents can be strong at times around the reef, with occasional turbulence occurring around the overhangs. As such, the use of a surface balloon is recommended.

Location
Northeast of Bileiydhoo (3.147715, 73.007026)
Opening Times
24 hours - depending on dive centres and liveaboards frequenting this spot
Entrance Fee
depending on dive centres and liveaboards frequenting this spot

Artificial Beach (Male)

Though, there are a number of beautiful white sandy beaches in Maldives, but its capital city, where all the commercial activities are carried out, is unfortunately not blessed with beaches. For people in Male, there is a place where they can go to have some fresh air. Well, it is the Maldives artificial beach that has been constructed in the recent times. Most of the people freak out over here during the late afternoon time.
The artificial beach in the Maldives provides an opportunity to Maldivians to enjoy a good swim during summers. Infact, the beach is now not just meant for enjoying an evening walk or a swim, but also it is gaining popularity owing to a variety of entertainment activities that take place here like the different kinds of water sports, live music shows etc. Carnivals and parades are also conducted here.

Location
Artificial Beach Bus-Stop 101-402, Majeedhee Magu, Malé, Maldives
Opening Times
24 hours
Entrance Fee
none

Markets & Shopping

Male Local Market

Male, the capital city of Maldives has several markets selling souvenirs like miniatures of boats and mats, brooms and slippers made out of palm and coconut leaves. When in the market don’t forget to try some of their fresh coconut milk.
Other things to pick up while shopping in Maldives include wooden flower vases, decorations made out of seashells and lacquer ware. Also make sure you head to the market with the local currency, as most of the locals are not familiar with exchange rates of other currencies.




Location
Male, Maldives
Opening Times
Entrance Fee

Majeedhee Magu

A shopping street which ribbons Male from east to west, Majeedhee Magu offers all kinds of textiles and clothing items as well as accessories and electronics. This is a one-stop-shop destination for everything you would want to take away from Maldives.








Location
Male, Maldives
Opening Times
Daily: 9 am to 11 pm
Entrance Fee

Male Fish Market

As the name suggests, the Male Fish Market is a market selling fresh fish and seafood. Though what is unique about this market is that you can find almost any kind of fish here.
The market is very vibrant and colourful and is a great place to watch the life of Maldivian people up-close. The Male Fish Market is also a great place to take photographs and none of the shopkeepers mind if you take pictures of their wares.






Location
Male, Maldives
Opening Times
Entrance Fee

Chaandanee Magu

The best place to pick up souvenirs and gifts to take back home, Chaandanee Magu is lined with gift shops and stalls selling local craftwork which includes mats, miniature boats and T-shirts. The must-buys at Chaandanee Magu include Thudu Kuna, the popular Maldivian mat and souvenir-style Dhonis, which are minuscule versions of Maldivian sailboats.







Location
North Male Atoll, Maldives
Opening Times
Entrance Fee