Maldives (Male & Outer Islands)

Maldives (Male & Outer Islands), photo by Mattes
Maldives (Male & Outer Islands) (photo by Mattes)
 

Malé (pronounced Mah-lay) is the capital and main city of the Maldives, occupying the entire small island it lies on in the North Male Atoll.

The island is only [1.7 km long and 1.0 km wide], but with over 100,000 people crammed onto it, Male is by some measures the world’s densest city. Despite this congestion, the city retains its own distinctive character, with narrow streets, colorful houses, and a strong communal feel.

The neighboring islands Hulhumale (artificial) and Vilingili are served by frequent and very cheap public ferries, and provide getaways from the capital city.

The vast majority of travelers venture further, to the Maldives’ outer islands, where the best beaches, coral reefs, surfing and windsporting spots, etc, are found. For those staying at resorts, it is common for the resort to provide its own boat shuttle from Male.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
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Beach Grand & Spa Premium

Located just 3 km from the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, Beach Grand & Spa Premium operates a 24-hour front desk for the convenience of the guests. Free WiFi is available. Average score from 18 guest reviews: 7.3/10.

$49

 
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Transit Inn

Modern yet cosy rooms with free Wi-Fi feature at Transit Inn. Located on Hulhumale in Maldives, the guesthouse provides airport shuttle services at a surcharge when arranged 3 days in advance. Average score from 83 guest reviews: 7.5/10.

$47

 
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Beach Grand and Spa

Beach Grand and Spa offers accommodation in Hulhumale. The guest house has a barbecue and terrace, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Every room comes with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and electric kettle. Average score from 29 guest reviews: 6.8/10.

$51

 
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Coral Queen Inn

Featuring rooms with sea views, Coral Queen Inn has its own buffet restaurant and is just 4 km from Malé Airport on Hulhumale. Guests have access to free WiFi in all areas of the property. Average score from 148 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$43

 
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Rivethi Beach Hotel

Located just 12 km from the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, Rivethi Beach Boutique Hotel provides a 24-hour front desk for the convenience of the guests. Free WiFi access is available in all areas and room. Average score from 571 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$84

 
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See all hotels in Maldives (Male & Outer Islands).
Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Maakanaa Lodge

Maakanaa Lodge

Maakanaa Lodge has air-conditioned rooms offering plenty of natural sunlight and free WiFi in Hulhumale. Offering airport shuttle services at a surcharge, the hotel provides free parking nearby. Average score from 117 guest reviews: 9.5/10.

$87

 
$879.5
Rivethi Beach Hotel

Rivethi Beach Hotel

Located just 12 km from the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, Rivethi Beach Boutique Hotel provides a 24-hour front desk for the convenience of the guests. Free WiFi access is available in all areas and room. Average score from 571 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$84

 
$848.3
h78

h78

Located just 3 km from the Male International Airport, hotel78 provides a 24-hour front desk for the convenience of the guests. Free in-room WiFi access is available. Free 2-way airport transfer is provided. Average score from 555 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$85

 
$858.3
Simry Beachside Maldives

Simry Beachside Maldives

Featuring free WiFi, a barbecue and a sun terrace, Simry Beachside Maldives offers accommodation in Hulhumale, 500 metres from Hulhumalé Hospital. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Average score from 25 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$68

 
$688.2
Planktons Beach

Planktons Beach

Located on the beachfront in Hulhumale, Planktons Beach boasts views of the lagoon and sea. The hotel has a terrace and water sports facilities. Guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Average score from 64 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$80

 
$808.2
House Clover

House Clover

House Clover offers modern rooms in Male’s city centre, with free Wi-Fi provided in all rooms and public areas. Each floor features a common lounge area with free tea/coffee making amenities. Average score from 144 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$80

 
$808.1
LVIS boutique

LVIS boutique

LVIS Boutique is located in Malé City, a convenient 10-minute walk from local restaurants and shops. It houses an à la carte restaurant and offers complimentary WiFi access in all areas including rooms and parking. Average score from 451 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$71

 
$718.0
Ripple Beach Inn

Ripple Beach Inn

Ripple Beach Inn offers an on-site restaurant and free WiFi. This modern accommodation is 15 minutes' drive from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. Guests can enjoy BBQ facilities and a variety of on-site water sports. Average score from 223 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$80

 
$808.0
Season Holidays at Hulhumale

Season Holidays at Hulhumale

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property and a barbecue, Season Holidays at Hulhumale offers accommodation in the beachfront side of Hulhumale. The hotel has a terrace and views of the sea and guests can enjoy a drink at the snack bar. Average score from 333 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$77

 
$777.9
Crystal Beach Inn

Crystal Beach Inn

Crystal Beach Inn offers modern and air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi on Hulhumalé in the Maldives. A 10-minute drive from Male International Airport, the property provides free return airport transfers. Average score from 144 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$73

 
$737.7
Newtown Inn

Newtown Inn

Located just 1 km from Hulhumale Ferry Terminal, Newtown Inn is a guesthouse offering modern, air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. It features its own restaurant and a 24-hour front desk. Newtown Inn is 5 km from the city of Malé. Average score from 152 guest reviews: 7.6/10.

$56

 
$567.6
Fern Boquete Inn

Fern Boquete Inn

The stylish Fern Boquete Inn is located in South Hulhumale’s beach area, a 5-minute drive from Male City. It features a restaurant and free Wi-Fi access. Tastefully decorated, rooms feature soothing wall colours and offer views of the city or sea. Average score from 157 guest reviews: 7.6/10.

$62 - $150

 
$627.6
Golden Spiral

Golden Spiral

Offering a barbecue and views of the garden, Golden Spiral is located in Hulhumale in the Kaafu Atoll Region, 600 metres from Hulhumalé Hospital. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. You will find a kettle in the room. Average score from 16 guest reviews: 7.4/10.

$60

 
$607.4
Sunset Grand Sea View

Sunset Grand Sea View

Sunset Grand Sea View is set in Hulhumale, 700 metres from Hulhumalé Hospital and 700 metres from Ferry Terminal Park. The rooms have a flat-screen TV. Some units include a seating area for your convenience. Average score from 81 guest reviews: 7.4/10.

$75

 
$757.4
City Grand

City Grand

Situated in Hulhumale, City Grand offers modern and comfortable accommodation with free WiFi access in the entire property. Set close to the beach, guests can enjoy activities such as snorkelling, canoeing, windsurfing and diving. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 7.3/10.

$60

$607.3
Dream Relax

Dream Relax

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Dream Relax offers pet-friendly accommodation in Hulhumale, 400 metres from Hulhumalé Hospital. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 7.2/10.

$59

$597.2
Piculet Royal Beach

Piculet Royal Beach

Offering a barbecue and water sports facilities, Piculet Royal Beach is set in Hulhumale in the Kaafu Atoll Region, 600 metres from Hulhumalé Hospital. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 37 guest reviews: 7.2/10.

$60

 
$607.2

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Unusual Local Feature

Surfing

The Maldives is becoming an increasingly popular surfing destination. Turquoise water and quality waves makes it an ideal and uncrowded destination for surfers looking for smooth surfing conditions. The best period for surfing in the Maldives is between March and October, with the biggest waves occurring in June, July and August. Most of the recognized surf breaks are in Male’ Atoll. Specialized companies organize tailored multi-day boat trips in the region, allowing surfers to move easily from one point to another and maximizing the surfing time.
Diving
The primary travel activity on the Maldives is scuba diving. The atolls are all coral reefs hundreds of kilometers away from any major landmass, meaning that water clarity is excellent and underwater life is abundant. Manta rays, sharks, even a few wrecks, you name it, you can find it in the Maldives. Many divers opt for liveaboards, which can actually work out much cheaper than paying high resort fees. The best time for scuba diving is from January to April, when the sea is calm, the sun is shining and the visibility can reach 30 m.
Snorkeling
While snorkling is very good even in the immediate vicinity of Male, visibility and the chance of encountering large pelagics increases as you head to the outer atolls. From Male, resorts all around the Maldives pick people up and whisk them to their coral and beach locations further away.
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