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About Malé

Malé is the capital city of Maldives, and 133,412 people reside in the city. The city occupies the entire island of the Maldives. This miraculous picture of paradise entices the keen traveller with luxury bungalows extending over sapphire blue waters, and sandy white beaches. Enjoy beautiful waters from your private balcony in the world’s premier scuba diving destination.

Cheap flights to Malé are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be captivated by this beautiful city. Malé is home to the Velana International Airport (MLE), which is approximately 35-minute boat ride to the island. Velana Airport serves a multitude of airlines - including Emirates Airlines and Etihad Airlines. Popular international flights to Malé, Maldives departure from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Malé is approximately 13 hours and 35 minutes.

Why visit Malé

Sightseeing Male


This miraculous picture of paradise entices the traveller with luxury bungalows extending over sapphire blue waters, and sandy white beaches. An alluring invitation to anyone seeking a fantastic holiday destination.

Marine Life

Marine Life

The major natural resources, fisheries and marine environment are favourable to tourism. The lovely coral-based island has beautiful, natural scenic outlooks – a must explore site for any traveller.

Rice With Prawn Served In Pineapple


Flavoursome ingredients like chillies, curry leaves, grated coconut and capsicum are used to spice up dishes. Other delectable dishes include Maldives fish, skipjack tuna, mahi-mahi, and big-eye scads.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Maldives
Currency Maldivian rufiyaa
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 1.18 Maldivian rufiyaa (MVR)
Language Dhivehi, English
Hub Airport Velana International Airport (MLE)
Airline Emirates Airlines and Etihad Airlines
Time Zone GMT + 5 hours
Travel Adaptor Type C, D, G, J, K and L

Best time to visit Malé

Over the past couple of years, the Maldives has seen a lot of changes in the climate. These changes leave a longer period for both summer and winter. A long, dry summer season stretches from November to March. This season has a lot going for it, with low prices amongst resorts, and fewer crowds. Although the atmosphere is very laid-back, Malé does offer a lot of activities to keep you busy. Optimal surf and scuba diving conditions are just some of the great benefits of travelling to Malé around this time of year. There are over 1000 species of coral life to explore on the reefs, and it is hard to resist not being outdoors. Winter (May to October) brings the idea of cold, chilly air into the atmosphere, but not the feeling. This fascinating climate, with its exotically warm temperate still get to enjoy a 40 degree Celsius during this time. For sunbathers, this is absolute glory, and they take advantage of basking in the sun. Although the sea life among the reefs are less plentiful, and room rates are at their peak, this little gem in paradise has so much more to offer.

Weather & Climate in Malé

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) 25°C 25°C 26°C 26°C 26°C 26°C 25°C 25°C 25°C 25°C 25°C 25°C
High (°C) 30°C 31°C 31°C 32°C 31°C 30°C 30°C 30°C 30°C 30°C 30°C 30°C
Rainfall (mm) 90 70 80 130 210 185 160 185 215 230 190 200


The islands of the Maldives, lies strewn across the Indian Ocean, portraying a tropical heaven. Travellers are often lured by the immaculate beaches, tepid waters, and miraculously blue lagoons. The awe-inspiring islands consist of 26 atolls, which are spread in a vast area of one million square kilometres.

Naturally articulated, these lagoons and coral reefs collectively surround the group of islands. Behold remarkable views of the marine life, whilst thick tropical flora covers the peaks that protrude from these little islands. Preventing the island from corroding, you will find elevated, soaring coconut trees amongst shrubs and plants, adding to the splendour of the island.

People from all around the world choose Malé as the ultimate holiday destination, some even find themselves settling here. The island is a picture of different species of life living together - birds, fish, marine life and humans all live harmoniously together here.

Visa & Customs

South African citizens are issued a tourist visa (30 days) on arrival in the Maldives.

• A valid South Africa passport with a 6 month validity period is required. • Ensure your passport has 2 blank pages available for entry stamps. • The closest South African High Commission to the Maldives is in Sri Lanka. 114 Rosemead Place, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Phone +94-11-246-3000

Health & Safety

All travellers should be up to date with routine vaccinations, as vaccinations are required. There are no real health risks associated with travelling to Malé, Maldives. • Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A & B, typhoid and rabies. • A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission. • The dry climate can cause excessively high temperatures, so sunburn is a concern. Make sure you bring lotion with a high sun protective factor. • Try not to spend too much time in the sun, and wear a sunhat. • Obtain travel insurance. • Obey the laws of the city you are visiting. • Stay away from public and political demonstrations.

Cost of Living

Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 110.00 R 60.59
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 66.86
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.35 R 31.93
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 20.89
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 38.00 R 38.00 R 39.28

Where to stay?

Situated just seconds from the waterfront, this hotel has rooms with great views on the higher floors. There is a rooftop swimming pool, and standard well furnished rooms are kept in tip-top shape. The accommodation rate is moderate, and a friendly service is at the top of its list.

Centrally located in Malé, and less than a kilometre from attractions such as the shopping mall and dining areas, this hotel makes for a convenient layover. The rooms are well taken care of, and fitted with modern interior design and bed-linens. The hotel offers free shuttle service for transporting their guests to and from the airport, and should be enquired upon when making a booking.

Finally, cruise along the vast Maldives coastline on a luxury boat cruise. The ship has 6 floors, exquisite and stylish rooms fitted with en-suite bathrooms, and air-conditioning. Order room service from the ship’s stylish restaurant on board, and enjoy a hearty meal. You can also spend time in the game room or relax in the common lounge area.

Get Around

Airport Ferry: Departure from Jetty - be transported by an air-conditioned ride. You can expect to be served a great lunch when on this ferry during lunch time.

Boat Ride: Various boat cruise companies offer rides on their distinct boats, each known for its style and on-board facilities. These sailors will take you to your destination. You can expect a luxurious air-conditioned ride, as well as very hospitable services.

Main attractions in Malé

Grand Friday Mosque

Grand Friday Mosque

Artificial Beach

Artificial Beach

Sultan's Park

Sultan's Park

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