Half-Day Walking Tour of Malé

Duration: 4 hours
Destination: Maldives, Male, Malé

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  • 4 hours
  • Malé
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Wander the roads of Male, the capital of the Maldives with TripAdvisors' leading Hulhumale tour company and discover the history, religion and culture of the city that rises from the Indian Ocean. Accompanied by a local guide experience a sensory overload at the fish market and local market. Hear historical stories of the President's Palace, Sultan Park and Friday Mosque. Rest your legs at Royal Garden Café, an oasis of tranquility within the hubbub of the city and take in the view from one of the city's tallest buildings.


  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Led by a local guide
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Small group ensures personal service

Your tour starts with an overview of Male and the harbour area, a very important aspect of any island nation.

Passing by the oldest school in the city, learn about the education system and why the Maldives has a 98% literacy rate. Visit Hukuru Miskiiy - Old Friday Mosque and the tomb of Abu -al - Barakaath and learn why the Maldives converted to Islam and how the Islamic faith underpins everyday life.

Stop for a refreshing cup of traditional black tea at Royal Garden Café, a popular spot for locals. Housed in a rare example of a ‘ganduvaru’ a nobleman’s house, it provides a great example of traditional dark carved wood interiors.

Stopping at the November 3rd Memorial, hear the story of how 8 brave military servicemen died in the protection of their country from a terrorist attack in 1988. Wander through Sultan Park, a reference to the time the Maldives was governed by a sultanate with an optional visit to the National Museum. (Note: Entrance fee not included.)

Walking back towards the harbour area, pass by the Grand Friday Mosque and the Islamic Centre, Male's famous architectural landmark and onto Jumhooree Maiden - Independence Square. From here, learn the meaning of the Maldives national flag and pick out key government buildings.

Heading west along the harbour, visit the bustling fish market and the local market, where the sights, sounds and smells will fill your senses. Chat with the local stall holders and taste tropical produce and homemade sweets.

The tour finishes at the top of one of the city's tallest buildings, providing a great back drop to your final tour photo image!

  • Light refreshments at Royal Garden Cafe
  • Local guide

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • The Maldives is a Muslim country therefore we would request female guests to dress with modesty in mind.
  • For cruise ship passengers: at time of booking, passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name & docking time.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Departure Point

Jetty Number 5, Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Malé, Maldives

Traveler pickup is offered
We can arrange pick up from all hotels in Male and Hulhumale.

We can also arrange pick up from the jetty where the cruise liner tenders moor.

Rates are reflective of guests joining from Male.

For guest’s joining from Hulhumale or Male International Airport we include complimentary transfer by public ferry/bus to the jetty in Hulhumale where most of our tours start.

Should you wish for a private return transfer to and from Male by taxi there is an additional charge of $30 for 2 persons.

Whilst we are happy to provide excursions to guests staying on resorts within Male Atolls, there would be an additional charge for transfers between the resort and Male. This cost will be dependent on the distance the resort is from Male. We would also require permission from the resort to allow us to collect you from their private jetty which can be obtained via the guest relations team at reception. Alternatively, you wish to take the resort transfer to the airport or Male from where we can arrange a guide to meet with you.


  • Velana International Airport, Airport Main Rd, Malé 22000, Maldives


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


4 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 03 Jul 2019 -

Debra S

Archie was an excellent guide. Not only was he personable and friendly, he was very informative. The walking tour was well worth doing. Fascinating city.

Image - 28 Mar 2018 -

Thomas M K

This was an interesting and informative morning with our erudite and very politically aware guide, Maahee. I hope that spelling is close We learned much about the country and its turmoil, the state of emergency that was in effect at the time, and the hope that the young people have in their government. We also walked through both the old and the new of the city, as well as the great fish market! We saw a lot, learned a lot and enjoyed it all.

Image - 26 Jan 2018 -

Gloria H

It is a small island with a lot of history and without our guide Maahee we would have just walked around and had the visual but not the story. Maahee was excellent taking time to answer ever question and talk about what we were interested in. There are so many things to see in this tiny, crowded place. Highlights were the beautiful buildings, the park and of course the views from the top of Male's tallest building.

Image - 12 Jan 2018 -


Our plane was late arriving in Male and our guide was very accommodating in waiting for us. Our guide, Maahee with Secret Paradise Maldives was very knowledgeable of the history and culture of the Maldives. The tour was exactly what we had expected - he took us to all the essential place in a sort period of time. The refreshment stop was also very good. We were a little late finishing the tour and Maahee paid for our taxi ride back tot he pier. The only thing we would change is the souvenir shop he took us to did not have the variety of items that we wanted - very limit selection.

Image - 06 Mar 2017 -

Aaron C

I really loved this walking tour. My guide Koko was very knowledgeable. Male is a small and crowded city, but I found it fascinating to learn in depth about the Maldivian history and culture. Most tourists never set foot in Male as they are whisked to their isolated luxury resorts upon landing here. I was fortunate to have had a half day free upon my arrival to take this tour. I'd highly recommend it if you have the time.

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