Malé Atoll

Overview

It is an administrative atoll of the Maldives and comprises a group of natural atolls. Two separate atolls North Male Atoll and South Male Atoll make up Male Atoll. Smaller geographic atolls of Kaashidhoo island and Gaafaru forms the administrative division of Male Atoll. Its Thaana alphabet letter code name is Kaafu Atoll.

The capital city of the Maldives lies in the south of North Male Atoll. International Airport of the Maldives lies in the adjacent islands of Hulhule. Villingili and Hulhumale are the artificial islands, which are not part of Male Atoll. It is a separate administrative unit. Thulusdhoo in North Male atoll is the capital of Male Atoll.

How to Reach Male Atolls In Maldives

First, tourists will catch a flight to land at Male International Airport. Further internal transportation is available from the seaplane base. Within the city, tourists can get around in a cab or taxi.

Opening Hours

Hours Today: 08:00 am - 09:00 pm

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 08:00 am to 09:00 pm
  • Sunday : 08:00 am to 09:00 pm
  • Sunday : 08:00 am to 09:00 pm
  • Sunday : 08:00 am to 09:00 pm
  • Sunday : 08:00 am to 09:00 pm
  • Sunday : 08:00 am to 09:00 pm
  • Sunday : 08:00 am to 09:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • Air and Seaplane : First, tourists will catch a flight to land at Male International Airport. Further internal transportation is available from the seaplane base.
  • Cab or taxi : Within the city, tourists can get around in a cab or taxi.

Things to Do

Diving and surfing are the main activities that draw people to this part of Maldives. There are numerous diving sites on both atolls and convenient surf breaks on the eastern side of both atolls. The government ended the exclusive surfing. Earlier, surf breaks were deemed the property of the resorts, and only their guests were able to surf the waves. Now, you are free to surf at any break in the country.

  • Experience snorkeling and relaxing on the beach.
  • Enjoy swimming alongside manta rays
  • Visit Dhoragail island
  • Visit Funadhoo's unspoiled lagoon
  • Explore Shahjahan sandbank and white powder-like sand
  • You will find museums and boutiques in the downtown area.
  • Sip hot coffee at one of the cafes or have a delicious meal at a restaurant.
  • Watch a show at the theater.
  • Move around and find shops to buy souvenirs or go to your favorite gallery to discover artistic aesthetic.
  • Rent a car and explore cities, towns, and county fairs.

North Male Atoll

Banana Reef

This reef is the place to behold fish life and underwater plants. Snorkeling and diving are the activities here with excellent visibility and clean water. It is one of the best reefs in the north male atoll. 

Bikini Beach(Picnic Island Beach)

Bikini beach at Kuda Bandos in North Male Atoll lies on a private resort island. This beach is open to tourists from Sunday to Thursday. Parasailing, diving, snorkeling, speed boating, driving water scooters and canoeing, and picnic are the main attractions on the beach.

Hulhumale Beach

Friends and families can chill at cafes and beach club at this garbage-free beach with crystal clear waters and white sands. You can partake in water sports activities like surfing and snorkeling. Shops are here to savor snacks and delicious meals.

Artificial Beach

This artificial human-made beach is a popular swimming and hangout place for young locals, families, and children.

Artificial lagoon, volleyball court, and a futsal turf pitch are the main attractions. You have to wear unique swimsuits, and no bikini is allowed here.

Sultan Park

You can relax on benches and shade around fountains and sculptures/art. It isn't easy to click photos at the Jumharee maidan near the sultan park because so many tour guides offer their service.

Atoll Transfer

You will see boats lined up while departing from the airport. Guests transfer in a speed boat, seaplane, or public ferry is an exhilarating journey crystal clear tropical water.

Male Local Market

Tourists come here to experience the local life and buy Maldives local products. Maldives hot chilies, mango, tropical island fruits, dried fish, smoke fish, Riya Hakuru, and Maldives fish(Umbalakada) are worth buying.

Male Fish Market

Different sizes of Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish, and reef fish are the fresh catch in the fish market. Local fishers carve and fillet fish beautifully. The fruit and vegetable market is nearby.

Grand Friday Mosque

This grand and beautiful mosque is the leading Islamic center of Male city. You will see the giant golden dome from afar.

Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque)

Intricately carved decorations, cemetery, and coral stone structure make it in the same league with India and Sri Lanka. It also has a pretty garden.

Hulhumale Central Park

Free exercise gadgets are available here. It is suitable for jogging, gym in the middle of Hulhumale. It is 4 minutes walk from the ferry terminal.

Rasfannu

Rasfannu artificial beach is worth visiting with your family to enjoy the sunset view and enjoyable time. The male city has this plush beach resort with grand pavilion building that houses international franchisee shops and eateries.

South Male Atoll

Gulhi Beach

The jet ski, kayaking, and bouncy ride are the water sports on this beach close to Male. Its shallow water makes it safe for non-swimmers who undertake snorkeling.

Bikini Beach

This is a small and crowded beach in Maafushi with shallow water, palm trees, and tricky sunbeds. You can watch the sunset from your sunbed. If you swim inside, you may come across small stingrays and little black-tip reef sharks.

Biyadoo Island

Biyadoo is a circular ten-acre resort island in South Male Atoll in the administrative division Kaafu Atoll. The distance from Male International Airport is 18 miles. Local and western food is good. It offers excellent reefs for diving.

Eco Dive Club

The center for environment-friendly diving in Maafushi, Maldives, offers a professional diving experience to tourists. Its opening hours are from 08:00 am to 09:30 pm. Diving is performed in small groups.

Arena Dive Club

In Maafushi, this International Padi 5 Stars Resort Facility imparts a range of Padi courses with instructions in Italian, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, English, and Arabic. Its courses range from Discover Scuba for beginners to Professional level as Divemaster.

Address

Male-atoll, Maldives

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FAQs

Anantara Veli Maldives Resort in South Male Atoll is the closest to the Male Airport. This luxurious island resort is 24.5 kilometers from Male.
...South Ari Atoll is suitable for inexperienced divers with less current and shallow water. Diving sites in the north are a little hard to dive. For non-divers, it is equally enjoyable.
...Tourism is trouble-free, mostly. Swimming or diving accidents, losing passports are some of the petty incidents that should be taken care of. The Maldives Government is very stringent on tourism safety.
...You will have access to bottled water on the resort islands. In some resorts, you will have potable water from the taps.
...The Best Places to Stay in The Maldives You can stay at Anantara Veli on South Male Atoll. This resort is just 30 minutes journey from Male International Airport. You can reserve Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu if you like sleeping above land close to Male.
...Male is the capital city of the Maldives with 8.30 square kilometers area and a population of 215,879. Male is one of the thickly populated cities in the world.
...The Maldives is a republic on the Indian Ocean in the east-west of Sri Lanka. Its archipelago has around 1200 islands. It lies in the south-west of Kerala’s capital Trivandrum.
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