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  • Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Male'
    Maldives

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  • Shopping, Sightseeing Type
  • Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
4.2
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    5.0
  • Facilities
    4.0
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    4.0

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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.

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