Maldives (Male & Outer Islands)

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

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.



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.



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.



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.



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.


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

Kurumba Maldives

On a tropical private island in North Male Atoll, Kurumba Maldives features beautiful white sand beaches and scenic coconut trees. It is just 10 minutes by speedboat from the airport with boat transfers available 24 hours a day. Average score from 50 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$358 - $1792

Flying Fish

Flying Fish

New Flying Fish offers cabins on a boat, which travels from Hulhumale to the north and back. Featuring its own restaurant, the boat also provides free WiFi and air-conditioning. Average score from 375 guest reviews: 9.1/10.


Hathaa Beach Maldives

Hathaa Beach Maldives

Hathaa Beach Maldives is located in Hulhumale, 700 metres from Hulhumalé Hospital and 700 metres from Ferry Terminal Park. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is available and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 52 guest reviews: 8.8/10.


MV Yasawa Princess

MV Yasawa Princess

Wake up at a different island everyday on board the MV Yasawa Princess. Embark from Malé City and stay in an air-conditioned cabin with a private bathroom. Free WiFi is available on the boat. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 8.8/10.


Liveaboard Amphibiya

Liveaboard Amphibiya

Offering free WiFi and a barbecue, Liveaboard Amphibiya is located in Male City. National Museum is 400 metres away. There is also a dining area and a kitchen fitted with a microwave and fridge. Average score from 52 guest reviews: 8.8/10.


Scubaspa Maldives

Scubaspa Maldives

Cruising along the paradisiac Maldivian waters, Scubaspa Maldives features a 5-star luxurious accommodation on-board a cruise vessel. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 8.8/10.


Sala Boutique Hotel

Sala Boutique Hotel

Sala Boutique Hotel is located in central Malé, adjacent to the Maldives Parliament. It offers free in-room WiFi, a Thai and Italian restaurant, and non-smoking rooms that combine traditional Asian décor with modern comforts. Average score from 206 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$129 - $178

Hotel Ocean Grand at Hulhumale

Hotel Ocean Grand at Hulhumale

Located just a 10 minute drive away from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, Hotel Ocean Grand offers cosy and comfortable accommodation and a 24-hour front desk to assist guests at all hours. Average score from 915 guest reviews: 8.7/10.


The Somerset Hotel

The Somerset Hotel

With free WiFi in all areas, Somerset Hotel offers rooms in Male' City and provides free transfers from Male International Airport, a 7-minute ride away. All the rooms are equipped with air conditioning. Average score from 668 guest reviews: 8.6/10.


Somerset Inn

Somerset Inn

Featuring free in-room WiFi and a barbecue, Somerset Inn offers accommodation in Male City. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV. Average score from 603 guest reviews: 8.3/10.


Hotel Octave Maldives

Hotel Octave Maldives

Hotel Octave Maldives is centrally located in Male, offering easy access to popular shopping and dining areas. It provides air-conditioned rooms with en suite bathrooms and free Wi-Fi and free airport transfers. Average score from 125 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$94 - $98

The Beehive

The Beehive

Centrally located in Malé, The Beehive offers modern rooms with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Situated 2 km from Malé International Airport, it features a restaurant serving Western and Asian dishes. Average score from 277 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$95 - $107

Vista Beach Retreat

Vista Beach Retreat

Offering a terrace and water sports facilities, Vista Beach Retreat is set in Hulhumale, 800 metres from Hulhumalé Hospital. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Union Pay is accepted here. Average score from 267 guest reviews: 8.1/10.


Hotel Jen Malé, Maldives

Hotel Jen Malé, Maldives

Boasting a rooftop infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, Hotel Jen Malé by Shangri-la, Maldives provides free speedboat transfers from Male International Airport, a 5-minute ride away. It features a spa and 24-hour café. Average score from 223 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$166 - $420

Airport Comfort Inn Premium

Airport Comfort Inn Premium

Offering a terrace and views of the sea, Airport Comfort Inn Premium is situated in Hulhumale. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Certain units feature a seating area for your convenience. You will find a kettle in the room. Average score from 107 guest reviews: 7.9/10.


Airport Beach Hotel

Airport Beach Hotel

Airport Beach Hotel is located in Hulhumale just 4 km away from Male International Airport. This beachfront property welcomes guests with an outdoor swimming pool, free motorbike rentals and free WiFi access. Average score from 89 guest reviews: 7.4/10.


Surfview Raalhugandu

Surfview Raalhugandu

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Surfview Raalhugandu offers accommodation in Male City. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is equipped with a TV. Enjoy a cup of tea while looking out at the sea or city. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 7.4/10.



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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.
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.
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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