Official language: Maldivian
Time zone: UTC +5
Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa (MVR)
Not alcohol but supari (areca nut) is the most popular drug in the Maldives. People chew it for its refreshing and stimulating effects. Nice alternative to coffee and tobacco.
…this is something you don’t see every day. Well-developed infrastructure provides comfort to both residents and tourists. Administratively, the city of Malé consists of the main and nearby islands: Villingili, Hulhumale, and Hulhule where the airport is located.
When visiting the Maldives don’t forget to try the Maldivian Lady – the legendary cocktail with fruits and white rum. Just don’t be surprised that every bartender has their own special way to make it.
Malé is the capital of the Republic of the Maldives and the only urban area of the Maldives Archipelago, Indian Ocean. On the island, which is approximately 2 km long and 1 km wide, you will find an airport and a seaport, in addition to modern urban constructions with shopping malls, public administration offices, and community centers. There are also numerous mosques, including the oldest one in the Maldives (Malé Hukuru Miskiy with the historical cemetery), as well as Sultan Park, Presidential Palace, and National Museum.
Malé can be easily explored on foot – just use your GPS device or hire a local guide. During the stroll around the island, go to the street market offering fresh fruit, vegetables, and fish. On the other hand, Chaandanee Magu with its colorful fabrics, jewelry, or wooden figures will be the best place for souvenir shopping.
All islands within the archipelago are well-connected and the insular character of the region encourages to be active. It’s a paradise for water sports lovers. Scuba diving, underwater tours, fishing trips – these are just a few attractions and things to do in Malé. It provides also great conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing. If it’s not enough, you can watch dolphins, whales, and sharks in the wild or even rent a boat to explore the coast on your own.
Tuna (in all forms) is the king of local cuisine. Among other popular delicacies, you will find octopus, Roshi bread, and fish stock served with coconut milk and a lime. In almost every restaurant you can order the local specialty made with rice, tuna, and lentils. Great place for a buffet lunch is Citron by Lemongrass – fish, and seafood offered here is just a feast for the palate. If you fancy a breakfast or lunch, step to Sea House Maldives known for delicious snacks and reasonable prices. The Maldives is also famous for flavorsome desserts. Fruit salads, ice cream, pancakes, and freshly squeezed juice are served, e.g., at Seagull Cafe House.