Explore the historic city of Male during this picturesque and informative walking tour of the capital of the Maldives.
Your ship's tender takes you to the city center near the large public square where your walking tour begins. The national flag of the Maldives flies here and is one of the most photographed items in Male.
Walk by the three-story Islamic Center, Male's most renowned architectural landmark. Its Grand Friday Mosque is the biggest in the Maldives and accommodates more than 5,000 worshippers. Built from coral stone in 1656 AD, during the reign of Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar, is home to a number of ancient tombstones erected in memory of past sultans, heroes, and nobles.
See Medhu Ziyaarath, the shrine of Abu al Barakaath Yusuf al Barbari, and Presidential Palace, or Mulee-aage, which holds official functions and accommodates visiting heads of state and other foreign dignitaries,
Follow your guide through Sultan Park and to the National Museum, formerly part of the Sultan's Palace. The museum displays artifacts, sculptures, clothing, coins, arms, armor, and other antiquities, which you will see during your visit. See many other important and historical landmarks and stop for a short visit to the colorful fish market, where your tour concludes. Afterwards, you may stay in town to explore further on your own or take the tender back to your ship.