Male City Educational Tour
Through this educational tour, you will get great insights about the Maldives and its capital city of Male. An experienced local guide will accompany with this tour and will tell you the fascinating stories about the history and culture of this nation while guiding you to the attractions of Male city.
Male is the capital of this island nation, located almost in the centre of the island chain and populates more than a quarter of the Maldives population. Male’ is the hub of trade and commerce. During this walking tour you will see the major attractions of the Male City.
Visit the 17th century Friday Mosque (Hukuru Miskiiy) area, the biggest coral made structure in the world and explore the fascinating ancient art of coral caving, then learn about the coral stone cemetery next to the mosque and know the secrets of those stones. Also see the 16th century minaret (Munnaaru) next to the mosque and learn why it was once the tallest building in the Male city.
See the official residence of the president, built in the year 1919 and learn about this palace. Just few steps ahead there is a 12th century tomb of Abu al-Barakaath (Medhu Ziyaaraiy), a Moroccan traveller who converted Maldivians into islam. Learn why every full moon night a virgin girl was sacrificed in the temple and know the ancient religions of the country.
See the parliament building and learn how parliament members are elected from each atoll. Just few steps ahead, passing through the oldest school in the Male city, learn about the education system and know why Maldives has 98% of literacy rate. See the President's office, learn how democracy was introduced to the Maldives and wonder why the president has so much privileges, like his own flag, private speedboats and private island.
Stop for a refreshing drink at a local cafe. Wander through Sultan Park and learn how the Maldives was governed by Sultanate. Just in front of the park, there is a Victory monument and learn how the 8 brave servicemen died for the country. Just few steps ahead, see the architectural landmark of Islamic Centre, explore the beautiful woodcarvings and Arabic calligraphy, and hear the colonial stories of Portuguese and British rules.
Passing through the Republican Squire (Jumhooree Maidhaan), see the biggest national flag hoisted in the country and know what represents the colours on the national flag. A few steps ahead, visit the Izzudheen Jetty or President's Jetty and learn about the islands of the Maldives and know why different islands assigned for different purposes.
Just few meters ahead there is a Local market, taste the homemade sweets and explore the locally grown fruits and vegetables. Visit the Fish Market, see the fresh fish, explore how people working there and witness the daily life of the people.
See the Theemuge and learn why this modern palace was changed from Presidential palace to Supreme court building. Visit the museum and explore the pre Islamic history. See the 18th century Kalhuvakaru Miskiiy and and learn the history of this mosque moving from one place to another.
This tour is ideal for passengers arriving from cruise ship, those staying in Male' city, Hulhumale, Maafushi, Himmafushi, Crossroads and those want to join from airport to spend spare time between departure flight.
- Morning: 09:30 ~ 13:30
- Afternoon: 14:00 ~ 18:00