Getting to Know You: What to See and Do in Malé

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This compact capital city can be walked around in an hour, and why not? Most of the sights are concentrated on its north shore. Watch the surfers from the vantage point offered by the Tsunami Monument and linger in Raalhugandu, a popular spot for local surfers. It's got a great vibe in the late afternoon as locals come out to relax and enjoy the end of the day. As you wander, stop to people-watch from the surf huts overlooking Raalhugandu, and drop into gaadiya, or street shops, for snacks.

Dive into the Maldives' history at the Hukuru Miskiy, or Friday Mosque, built in 1656. Inside, you'll see intricate engravings, gorgeous lacquer work, wood carvings and fluted coral walls. It's all surrounded by a cemetery also dating from the 1600s which features delicately carved coral headstones. Overlooking the Hukuru Miskiyy is Mulee-aage, the Presidential residence built in the early 1900s.

Watch the day's meal prepared at the Fish Market, located along the harbour-front to the west of Republic Square. It's a hive of activity, especially later in the afternoon when dhonis, or local boats, return with the day's catch. Freshly-caught tuna and other fish are filleted right before your eyes. As well as fish, local produce is also on sale.

Make the best of your time in Malé -- ask my friendly team about things to see and do and they'll help you put together the perfect itinerary.