Half-Day Walking Tour of Malé
Passing by the oldest school in the city, learn about the education system and why the Maldives has a 98% literacy rate. Visit Hukuru Miskiiy - Old Friday Mosque and the tomb of Abu -al - Barakaath and learn why the Maldives converted to Islam and how the Islamic faith underpins everyday life.
Stop for a refreshing cup of traditional black tea at Royal Garden Café, a popular spot for locals. Housed in a rare example of a ‘ganduvaru’ a nobleman’s house, it provides a great example of traditional dark carved wood interiors.
Stopping at the November 3rd Memorial, hear the story of how 8 brave military servicemen died in the protection of their country from a terrorist attack in 1988. Wander through Sultan Park, a reference to the time the Maldives was governed by a sultanate with an optional visit to the National Museum. (Note: Entrance fee not included.)
Walking back towards the harbour area, pass by the Grand Friday Mosque and the Islamic Centre, Male's famous architectural landmark and onto Jumhooree Maiden - Independence Square. From here, learn the meaning of the Maldives national flag and pick out key government buildings.
Heading west along the harbour, visit the bustling fish market and the local market, where the sights, sounds and smells will fill your senses. Chat with the local stall holders and taste tropical produce and homemade sweets.
The tour finishes at the top of one of the city's tallest buildings, providing a great back drop to your final tour photo image!
- Light refreshments at Royal Garden Cafe
- Local guide
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A maximum of 8 people per booking
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- The Maldives is a Muslim country therefore we would request female guests to dress with modesty in mind.
- For cruise ship passengers: at time of booking, passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name & docking time.
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Archie was an excellent guide. Not only was he personable and friendly, he was very informative. The walking tour was well worth doing. Fascinating city.
This was an interesting and informative morning with our erudite and very politically aware guide, Maahee. I hope that spelling is close We learned much about the country and its turmoil, the state of emergency that was in effect at the time, and the hope that the young people have in their government. We also walked through both the old and the new of the city, as well as the great fish market! We saw a lot, learned a lot and enjoyed it all.
It is a small island with a lot of history and without our guide Maahee we would have just walked around and had the visual but not the story. Maahee was excellent taking time to answer ever question and talk about what we were interested in. There are so many things to see in this tiny, crowded place. Highlights were the beautiful buildings, the park and of course the views from the top of Male's tallest building.
Our plane was late arriving in Male and our guide was very accommodating in waiting for us. Our guide, Maahee with Secret Paradise Maldives was very knowledgeable of the history and culture of the Maldives. The tour was exactly what we had expected - he took us to all the essential place in a sort period of time. The refreshment stop was also very good. We were a little late finishing the tour and Maahee paid for our taxi ride back tot he pier. The only thing we would change is the souvenir shop he took us to did not have the variety of items that we wanted - very limit selection.