Free Things To Do in Maldives
- #2View all PhotosfreeMale'#2 in MaldivesShopping, Free, Neighborhood/AreaTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPENDShopping, Free, Neighborhood/AreaTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPEND
Male' is one of the world's smallest capital cities at just 2.2 square miles, but it packs in the people and sights. Top sights to check out in the capital city include:
Republic Square: This green square is situated on the northern edge of Male' and lined with palm trees. The square was constructed in 1989 and features a flagpole with the nation's largest Maldivian flag waving proudly. This area is also a popular spot for locals to meet.
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If you wish to catch a glimpse of Maldivians' daily lives, look no further than the Male' Fish Market. This is the commercial epicenter of arguably the country's most important industry: fishing. Here, the foot traffic peaks in the afternoon as fishermen from the entire country sail right up to the edge of the market and unload the daily catch. Tuna is the most popular fish for sale, but you'll find some other types as well. Visitors say watching the workers filet and clean the fish is impressive. You could even pick up some fresh fish for dinner, if you have a facility to prepare a meal. Though, some previous travelers warn communication may be difficult here as some Maldivian fishermen do not speak fluent English.
There is no set opening and closing times for market, but you'll find the best selection in early morning and between 3 and 4 p.m. in the afternoon. The Male' Fish Market is located along the inner harbor on the north side of the island, just west of Republic Square.
- #5View all PhotosfreeHukuru Miskiiy#5 in MaldivesChurches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, FreeTYPELess than 1 hourTIME TO SPENDChurches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, FreeTYPELess than 1 hourTIME TO SPEND
Hukuru Miskiiy, also known as the "Old Friday Mosque," dates back to 1656 and is the oldest mosque in the country. The exterior is made of coral stone and features intricate designs and inscriptions from the Quran. While it may seem underwhelming to the average traveler from the outside, the inside of this mosque displays intricate woodwork and exquisite inlays.
Although admission is free, non-Muslim visitors are required to get permission from an official of the Ministry of Islamic affairs before entering (many staff here are officials and can grant access). You should dress conservatively if you want to gain entry to the mosque and plan on visiting outside of prayer times. Your best chances to get inside are Sunday through Thursday before the noon prayer; religious services are conducted on Friday and Saturday. You'll find the mosque on Hulhumale', just north of Velana International Airport.
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