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Half-Day Walking Tour of Malé

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    What to Expect
    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!
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    Important Information
    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
    • Light refreshments at Royal Garden Cafe
    • Local guide
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
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    Additional Info
    • 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
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Popular mentions
    I really felt I was being introduced to this interesting city by trusted friends. Shaffaf and Hoo were open and welcoming while proudly showing us their city and encouraging us to sample the delights of their food at each market visited. Detailed explanations of the country's
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    Response from RuthSecretParadise, Director of Sales at Half-Day Walking Tour of Malé
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    Dear Fiona Thank you for sharing your feedback and a great photo! Delighted as always to hear Hoo and Shaffaf provided you both a memorable experience and plenty of information and knowledge on the Maldives, I am sure you felt you had gained a great insight into our island paradise. I will share your review with them both and the team. We hope we may have the opportunity to welcome you on another tour in the future. Kind Regards Ruth
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    We had a Half-Day Walking Tour of Male last October 31, 2019. Our tour guide was Archie. The activity did not disappoint. We were guided by Archie who was very knowledgeable about the place and its culture. We were supposed to proceed to the island resort but we did not regret
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    Response from RuthSecretParadise, Director of Sales at Half-Day Walking Tour of Malé
    Responded 5 weeks ago
    Hi there! Thanks for your feedback, great to hear you enjoyed your walking tour with Archie. Love that you felt you had been 'immersed' in Male. Our aim is definitely to do this by allowing our guests the opportunity to discover not only the key sites and the stories behind them but also to share a feel of local life. Thank you for making the decision to spend a day of your holiday with us and I hope you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday at your selected resort. Kind Regards Ruth
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    We spent a delightful 3 hours in the company of a young tour guide called Shafaf. He was knowledgeable, very gentle and friendly. In the 3 hours we visited amongst others, the Friday mosque which is entirely made of coral and other relics from times gone by. Shafaf also gave
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    Response from Secret P, Director of Sales at Half-Day Walking Tour of Malé
    Responded 1 Nov 2019
    Dear Amanda Thank you for taking time to write your review, it is appreciated by myself and the team. Great to hear you enjoyed your final few hours in the Maldives exploring Male with Shaffaf, I will be sure to share your comments with him. I trust you had a comfortable flight home and we look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Kind Regards Ruth
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    Great way to see this very small but very busy city. Guides were knowledgeable and we got far more out of the day than if we had explored on our own. Need long sleeved, loose clothing to be able to enter mosque grounds (no shorts for men or women) and wear comfortable shoes -
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    Response from Secret P, Director of Sales at Half-Day Walking Tour of Malé
    Responded 2 Oct 2019
    Good Morning from the Maldives. Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am pleased to learn that you feel you gained more from your experience with Archie than if you had explored independently. You are absolutely correct about both male and female guests requiring long trousers to enter the mosques and also to have shoulders covered. We do include this information on the tour confirmation email you would have received from us as well as a few other helpful pieces of information. Thank you again for your feedback which I will share with Archie and the team. Kind regards Ruth
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    Our flight arrived early morning and ferry to maafushi leaves at 3pm in afternoon. So, we have half day to spend and we decided to have a guided city tour. The guide picked us from airport and helped us change currency, and took us to nearly all tourist attraction and showed is
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    Response from Secret P, Director of Sales at Half-Day Walking Tour of Malé
    Responded 21 Sep 2019
    Dear Aayush Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your morning with UB exploring Male. I trust you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday in the Maldives and we hope we can welcome you again in the future. Kind Regards Ruth
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