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Half-Day Walking Tour of Malé

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  • Half-day walking tour of Malé
  • Explore Malé on a leisurely walk around the city
  • Small group ensures personal service
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Half-Day Walking Tour of Malé
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4 Hour Morning Male TourMost Popular
Discover the key points of interest in Male including the fish market and local market, Presidents Palace, Sultan Park and Friday Mosque.Stop for a drink at Royal Garden Café, frequented by locals.
From US$ 40.00
4 Hour Afternoon Male Tour
Discover the key points of interest in Male including the fish market, local market, Presidents Palace and Sultan Park. Stop for a drink at Royal Garden Café, frequented by locals.
From US$ 40.00
Overview
Discover the history and culture of Malé on a half-day walking tour with a local guide. Head to the fish market to see the catch from the Indian Ocean, view landmarks such as the President's Palace, Sultan Park, and Friday Mosque. Head up a tall building for views over the city, and visit the Royal Garden Cafe for snacks and a break from the action. Includes light refreshments at Royal Garden Cafe and commentary from your guide.
What to Expect
Your tour starts with an overview of Male and the harbour area, a very important aspect of any island nation.

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!
Reviews (25)
1 - 5 of 21 reviews
Reviewed yesterday
Great Way To See Male

What a difference a guide makes! Ours - Coco - provided us with a great tour of this tiny capital, taking in the sights (such as they are) and giving us lots and lots of background info on this small island nation.More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Richard J
Secret P, Director of Sales at Secret Paradise Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi Richard, Thank you for taking time out of your cruise to write your review it is appreciated. We really do believe that the best way to discover a city or country is with a local guide so it is great to hear you feel...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great introduction and overview of Male--well worth it!

My trip to Maldives was primarily focused under the water scuba diving. However, I had a little time before and after my trip to explore on my own during the layover. I decided to take this half day tour, and it was a great decision....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank swimjohn18
Secret P, Director of Sales at Secret Paradise Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi John, Many thanks for your review, pleased to hear that you felt your afternoon with Maahee and Farish was worthwhile and provided you with a good introduction to the Maldives. As a diver myself I am pretty certain you would have had a great...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Very awesome tour!

Thank you so so much to Kokko and Farish for showing us how awesome Male is! We learned so much about the history of Male and we also learned so much about the Islam religion, Maldivian culture, politics, education system, geography and more. Coming from...More

Thank JCJuaneza
Secret P, Director of Sales at Secret Paradise Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Good Morning! Thank you for your detailed review, it's great to hear you enjoyed your afternoon with Kokko and Farish. You are so right, Male does indeed have some hidden gems and a wealth of history and culture which our team are passionate about sharing...More

Reviewed 20 October 2018
Thank you for an excellent tour

Thank you, Maahee for an excellent tour. The guide is knowledgeable on a wide range of topics and shares his stories in an engaging, interesting way. Thank youMore

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Gigi F
Ruth F, Director of Sales at Secret Paradise Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2018

Hi Gigi. Thank you for your review. Great to hear you enjoyed your morning with Maahee. I am sure you will have learnt a great deal about the Maldives and it's good to hear that all this information was relayed in a way that engaged...More

Reviewed 18 August 2018
Excellent Guide

The half-day walking tour was great! The local guide, Maahee was wonderful. He starts the tour by showing you the first school in Male and ends the tour with a view of the island from a rooftop lounge. Throughout the tour he tells you about...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kristina H
Ruth F, Director of Sales at Secret Paradise Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2018

Dear Kristina, Thank you for taking the time to write your review.I think you have done a great job of summing up what to expect from our Male City Walking Tour! Pleased to learn that you felt it opened up the side of the Maldives...More

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jk204
20 September 2018|
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Hi I am sorry that we missed your question however for reference for others who may wish to know the answer it is possible to arrange tailor made tours to suit timing requirements where scheduled departure tour times are not... More
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Judy N
16 September 2018|
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Hi Judy, We regularly provide tours for cruise passengers that are aligned with the time the liner is in Male. Subject to availability we can offer group tours as well as private tailor made options. If you would like to... More
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