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Only a handful of major cruise lines call at Male (Maldive Islands), the capital city and only cruise port in the Maldives. The enticing destination -- a chain of white sand islands in the Indian Ocean -- generally features on long-haul cruise itineraries of more than two weeks in duration. Such cruises may also visit ports flanking the Indian Ocean in East and Southern Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
 
Malé is the capital of the Maldives - a republic comprised of 26 coral atolls and 1,190 islands draped along the Indian Ocean like a string of pearls. With a population of 150,000 souls, the Maldives are an unspoiled paradise of white-sand beaches, placid lagoons, and coral reefs. Malé is the most developed city and island in the republic, boasting modern high-rise buildings and a surprising host of cars.
 
Ironically, there are no beaches on Malé itself - the island is bordered by a seawall. There is an artificial beach is on north east corner of the island. Visitors to the Male' and other village islands should cover from shoulders to the knee all the time even at the beach as fit for Muslim society.
 
Friday Mosque/Islamic Center
The Old Friday Mosque was built in 1656 by Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar. Constructed out of intricately carved coral stone, the mosque is famed for its fine lacquer work and elaborate woodcarvings.
 
National Museum/Sultan Park National Museum/Sultan Park
The National Museum and Sultan Park are both housed in the last surviving building of the former Sultan's Palace. View magnificent royal ceremonial robes, and artifacts dating from the 11th century.
 
Island Beaches Island Beaches
Beautiful Kuda Bandos boasts a white sand beach and is one of the 26 coral atolls in the region, while others head to spectacular Resort Island to enjoy snorkeling, water-sports and spa treatments.
 
If you love the beach, then don't miss this visit to Kuda Bandos, a beautiful coral island located in North Malé Atoll. Beautiful Kuda Bandos boasts a white sand beach and is one of the 26 coral atolls in the region, while others head to spectacular Resort Island to enjoy
 
After embarking your dhoni boat, you will depart the pier for the ride to Kuda Bandos. This idyllic island features lush tropical vegetation and palm trees, and is surrounded by a wide sandy beach and the crystal-clear waters of an azure lagoon. The silent beauty of this tropical location complements the natural splendor of Kuda Bandos. Upon arrival, you can relax and unwind, swim and explore the beach.
 
Kuda Bandos is the smaller version of Bandos Island. It is a five minute drive with the dhoni from the main island.
 
The island is small, round and there are usually not too many tourists. During your visit on the island you have a mostly private beach. The beach is a dream come true, with its white sand and clear water.
 
The location is ideal for a private picnic or enjoying the sunset after a day of snorkeling. On the island there are public showers, changing rooms and rest rooms. Additionally, there are cooking sheds to make the picnic even better. To rest after a walk or cooking, there are benches, chairs and hammocks on the beach for the guests to use.
 
Following your visit, you will embark the dhoni boat for the ride back to the pier and ship.
 
Please note: You will spend approximately 3-4 hours on the beach. Guests are encouraged to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, beach shoes, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, and bring a towel from the ship. There are no lounge chairs, but fresh water showers and restrooms are available.
 
Malé is the capital of the Maldives - a republic comprised of 26 coral atolls and 1,190 islands draped along the Indian Ocean like a string of pearls. With a population of 150,000 souls, the Maldives are an unspoiled paradise of white-sand beaches, placid lagoons, and coral reefs. Malé is the most developed city and island in the republic, boasting modern high-rise buildings and a surprising host of cars.
 
Ironically, there are no beaches on Malé itself - the island is bordered by a seawall. There is an artificial beach is on north east corner of the island. Visitors to the Male' and other village islands should cover from shoulders to the knee all the time even at the beach as fit for Muslim society. snorkeling, water-sports and spa treatments.
 
Fish/Local Market Fish/Local Market
Bustling Malé is home to a thriving shopping district located deep in its narrow lanes. Tour the colorful fish, vegetable and fruit markets near the waterfront, and barter with locals for bargains.
 
Independence Square Independence Square
Independence Square (Jumhooree Maidhaan) is the focal point of every political demonstration in the capital, hence the heavy security presence, and it's also a popular gathering place for locals.




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