Popular Attractions

Water Sports in Maldives

In a place that is more sea than land, there is no end to the fun things you do in the water. Maldivians swim for recreation, they play water polo with their friends at weekend picnics, they surf addictively. The visitor is not excepted: every single resort of the Maldives has a sports centre that provides a range of watersports activities.

Whales and Dolphins Watching

Maldives ranks among the top five places for watching whales and dolphins. Over 20 different species call the Maldives home. These range from the mighty Blue Whale (the largest animal alive) to the diminutive but highly acrobatic Spinner Dolphin.

Under Water Activities

Made up of over 2000 islands, the Maldives are famous all over the world for their excellent scuba diving and snorkelling. Visibility is sometimes further than 50 metres, there are stunning coral formations and year-round warm water. Most resorts will advise on the best places to go, and numerous places offer diving trips.

Esjehi Gallery

Housed in one of Male’s oldest buildings, the Esjehi Gallery is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of traditional and contemporary Maldivian arts and crafts. The building has many beautifully carved wooden panels and hosts occasional art exhibitions and sales, as well as being a meeting place for the local artistic community.

Huskuru Miskiiy

Built in the 17th century, the Huskuru Miskiiy (or Friday Mosque) is the biggest in the Maldives and the islands’ principal place of worship. Built by Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar, it is a fine example of traditional architecture and local craft, covered with beautiful coral carvings and filigree work. The heavy wooden doors are decorated with Arabic panels.

Male Fish Market

Male Fish Market is always a hive of activity. Located on the beachfront to the west of Republic Square, it is where fishermen from all over the archipelago come to sell their catch. The Maldives are famously laid back, so a visit here makes a welcome change, and the market is flanked by shops and stalls selling a variety of other local produce.