Best things to do in Maldives
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Male is the most populous city and the capital of Maldives, the country often considered as the epitome of beauty and one of the top tourist destinations in the world. With large colorful buildings and flanked by the bright turquoise water the city offers some amazing and beautiful views. Home to approximately 150,000 people, Male is financial, commercial and trade center of the country and has an area of about 6.8 square kilometers. Whether you are looking for tuna fish or bonito fish you will find them abundant in the fish market near the harbor as fish is one of the chief products of the city. Other major products of Male are woven palm mats, breadfruit and coconuts. Vegetables, fresh fruits and other local products can be found in Male local market. Famous for its colorful buildings and beautifully designed mosques, this bustling city attracts many tourists from all over the world. The Islamic Center which is famous for exquisite architecture and golden domes has the largest mosque of Maldives. The city is surrounded by seawalls, which greatly reduced the damage when Maldives was hit by a terrifying tsunami in 2004.
Built in 1984, the magnificent Grand Friday Mosque is located in the famous Islamic Center in Male. With the capacity of accommodate about 5000 worshipers it is the largest mosque in Maldives. Its impressive artwork, magnificent golden dome and unique architecture attract many tourists. There are beautiful wood carvings and designs on the mosque's walls.
Embark on a thrilling 45 minutes underwater world journey in a submarine, which takes you 100 feet (30.48 m) deep in the ocean where you will see many different types of fish such as Yellow Box fish and Lion fish, colorful corals and turtles. The submarine is one of the largest in the world and has a capacity to accommodate up to 50 passengers at a time. It is a once in a lifetime experience which you shouldn’t miss if you are in Male.
The National Museum (Maldives) in Male was opened in 1952 and is the first national museum of Maldives. The museum has an amazing collection of artifacts including costumes, thrones, shoes, relics, royal furniture, coins, and armor. The museum’s building was gifted by China.
Maldives has so many beautiful and amazing beaches but since Male has no natural beach, an artificial beach has been constructed. It may be a man-made beach but it offers you the opportunity to swim and relax. You can also enjoy food and drinks from nearby restaurants and cafes. It is a hidden gem of Male.
Royal Garden Cafe is an amazing and beautiful restaurant in Male which offers some very delicious food including Italian and local food. The restaurant has a beautiful garden and its dark wood interior is equally beautiful.
If you want to see and buy the best local fish, the fish market in Male has a vast variety of colorful fish including tuna.