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Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Male'

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Less than 1 hour Time to Spend

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If you wish to catch a glimpse of Maldivians' daily lives, look no further than the Malé 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 Malé Fish Market is located along the inner harbor on the north side of the island, just west of Republic Square.

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Many vacationers head to the Maldives solely to relax on the beach – and for good reason. The sugar white sand and striking blue water make for the perfect beach vacation backdrop. Most island resorts offer their own private stretches of sand, complete with lounge chairs and umbrellas. Some resorts that boast notably beautiful beaches include: the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, aaaVeee resort, COMO Cocoa Island, Fihalhohi Island Resort and Angsana Ihuru. Past visitors said the beach scenes in the Maldives are hard to describe, saying their beauty is unparalleled. There are public beaches on a handful of Maldivian islands, though visitors must be covered as wearing revealing clothing is illegal. A very few "bikini beaches" (on Rasdhoo and Maafushi) allow sun-seekers to wear typical bathing suits. However, travelers recommend sticking to the beaches on or near your island.

In addition to lounging on the beach, travelers can enjoy various water sports activities in the Maldives. Many resorts offer equipment for rent, sometimes included in the room rate. Windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and surfing are just a few water sports options popular in the Maldives. Some resorts offer other games and activities like beach volleyball for visitors to enjoy.

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