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Anthony Carlile

Male

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Male is the capital of the Maldives, is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, and like everywhere in the Maldives it's an island in the middle of paradise.

The city is not that big, only a few square kilometres, so it's easy to walk around it. I would advise taking a walking tour with a local guide however. This is relatively inexpensive (the hotel I stayed in actually arranged the tour for me for free, (I just had to pay the guide a tip) and this way you will see and learn much more. 

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Male from the air

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Seaplane Port in Male

Most hotels you will book in the Maldives will require a seaplane transfer. Taking a seaplane is a great experience in itself, and the seaplane port is one of the best looking airport locations in the world!

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Map of Male city

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Ancient tomb in Male 

Fish Market

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Male fish market

Male fish market is an interesting place to walk around. It's lively, with lots of activity and some huge and interesting fish. Like most Asian food markets it isn't for the squeamish.

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Male fish market

National Museum

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Entrance to the National Museum in Male

The entrance to the museum is very grand, as is the whole building. This recently new build was funded by the Chinese government. 

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Inside the National Museum

As you walk around the museum you get the sense that it has been thrown together with not a lot of thought. It's interesting enough, but the collection includes furniture and clothing from past leaders, musical instruments of a national famous band, an entire section dedicated to the Maldivian police, entire rooms dedicated to stamps and shells, a whale skeleton, and some random natural history artefacts. This is one for the obscure bucket list perhaps! 

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Inside the National Museum

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Inside the National Museum

Male Bombing Memorial

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Memorial

This is a memorial to commemorate those that lost their lives in a 2007 terrorist bombing in the city centre.

Islamic Centre 

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Islamic Centre

This impressive and modern looking mosque is located not far from the harbour, so is a nice easy walk from your sea ferry. 

Presidential Palace

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 Presidential Palace

This is the Presidential Palace (also known as Mulee Aage Palace) and is also within walking distance of the harbour. 

 Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) 

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Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) 

Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) is again within easy walking distance of the harbour, and was originally constructed in 1658. 

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Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) 

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