Long the seat of power, Male (produced Mah-ley) is the past and present capital of the Maldives. Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, Male has since grown into a densely populated settlement packed onto the island of the same name. Given its importance as the administrative center of the islands, Male is home to almost a third of the Maldives' population. Because of its small size, Male can be easily traversed by foot; its beaches, however, cannot compare to those on the other islands of the Maldives. Nonetheless, Male is the beginning for any trip to the surrounding islands.
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Our General Manager Victoria Hilley lived in the Maldives for 3 years, and has fond memories of seaplane flights and swimming with whale sharks and sea turtles.
A semi-submersible vehicle with clear, round portholes and plenty of seats, the Whale Submarine is an excellent way to view the flora and fauna of the sea. The Whale Submarine, contrary to the name, is actually not used for whale-spotting purposes; instead, it embarks on short, 30-40 minute trips off the coast of Male – home to colorful tropical fish, swaying coral reefs, and the intensely blue waters of the Indian Ocean.
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Visit the National Art Gallery of the Maldives. Home to a rotating series of exhibits, the National Gallery is a small space that features some of the premier artists of the tiny country.
Dine at the Raanbaa, a gourmet restaurant housed within a giant, multi-story tree-house. Serving an exhaustive menu that includes western dishes, Indian specialties, and plenty of fresh seafood and cold drinks, Raanbaa is the largest, and arguably the best, restaurant in Male.
Visit the National Museum of the Maldives, housed on the grounds of the former Maldivian royal palace. The National Museum contains an eclectic collection of artifacts from Maldive’s pre-Islamic era, including a Buddha head made from coral, limestone sculptures, native fabrics, and royal furniture, textiles and accessories. Unfortunately, certain parts of the National Museum’s collection wer destroyed during a period of political unrest in February 2012.
Spend 6 days enjoying the luxurious tropical surroundings of the stunning Kaafu Atoll, on this languid Maldives escape. You’ll cruise the crystal waters looking for dolphins, and see them from above in a sea-plane, while also Scuba diving, parasailing, and of course, relaxing by the beach at your luxury resort.
Jetset between two of the world’s most luxurious destinations: the Maldives and Dubai on this 8-day tour. You’ll relax in the paradise of Kaafu Atoll, dive into the lively azure waters that surround, and fly to Dubai, where you’ll see the city from a private plane, all the while staying in the world’s best hotels.
Malé, the capital and entry point of the Maldives, hosts over 100,000 residents on an island that is just 1.7km long and 1km wide. There are a handful of worthwhile sites to see in the capital, and we recommend that you take a short tour of the city shortly after your arrival or before your departure. However, we do recommend that you take advantage of the isolation that the island nation’s more private islets offer and stay at a resort that is accessible from Malé by either speedboat or seaplane.