Malé is the jostling capital of the Maldives. With its colourful buildings and trembling streets, this city manages to capture the feverish soul of the Maldives – a place famed for its dreamy rhythm and tropical landscapes. Malé is home to over 150,000 people. Popular attractions include the National Museum, Hulhumalé Island, and the surrounding Maldivian atolls.
Cheap flights to Malé are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be captivated by this unique city. Malé is home to Velana International Airport (MLE), which is a 35-minute ferry ride from the island. Velana Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including Qatar Airways, Emirates, and Etihad. Popular international flights to Malé depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Malé is approximately 13 hours and 45 minutes.
Popular flights to Malé
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Malé
The Maldives is considered one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Embark on a holiday to this island paradise and spend your days lost in tropical bliss and sublime sunsets with the one you love.
The surrounding atolls offer idyllic havens for scuba divers, snorkellers, thrill seekers and ocean lovers to explore the exquisite underwater kingdoms of the Maldives. Maldivian marine life is iconic.
Flavoursome ingredients such as chillies, curry leaves, grated coconut and capsicum are used to spice up dishes. Other delectable dishes include, mas huni (smoked fish with coconut), dhon riha (tuna curry) and mahi-mahi.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
1 ZAR = 1.16 MVR
Velana International Airport (MLE)
Type D / G
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 place, with its exotically warm climate still gets to enjoy high temperatures 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 is less plentiful, and room rates are at their peak, this little gem in paradise still has so much to offer.
Weather & Climate in Malé
Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month
The islands of the Maldives lies strewn across the Indian Ocean, a tropical heaven for travellers, nature lovers and honeymooners. Travellers are often lured by the immaculate beaches, and miraculously blue lagoons, while romance seekers are seduced by its sensational sunsets and water bungalows. The awe-inspiring islands consist of 26 atolls, which are spread across a vast area of one million square kilometres.
Situated in the heart of this archipelago is Malé, the capital of the Maldives.
With its colourful buildings and bustling streets, this island city contrasts remarkably with the easygoing allure and idyllic landscapes of the surrounding islands, but is no less mesmerising. Malé is a city that trembles with soul and surreal Maldivian city experiences. And of course, it offers the ultimate gateway to the many islets and atolls.
People from all around the world choose Malé as the ultimate holiday destination; some even find themselves settling here. That is the magic of the Maldives.
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South African passport holders are issued a tourist visa upon arrival in the Maldives. It is valid for a stay of 30 days.
You will need to ensure your passport has a validity of at least 6 month and 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
The closest South African High Commission to the Maldives is in Sri Lanka.
Address: 114 Rosemead Place, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 11 246 3000
Although Malé is considered a relatively safe travel destination, it is still recommended that you use common sense and remain vigilant throughout your stay. Travel insurance to cover medical expenses and theft is recommended.
You should familarise yourself with the local laws and customs before arriving in Malé. Avoid flashy displays of wealth and leaving belongings unattended, as petty theft does happen.
Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A & B, typhoid and rabies. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required fif you are arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission.
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught)
Taxi 1 km (Normal Tariff)
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)
A number of hotels, spa resorts, inns and lodges can be found around the island. Visitors can expect world-class amenities and sensational Maldivian service.
The best way to get around Malé is by walking.
Other options include:
Airport Ferry: Air-conditioned ferries depart from the jetty and offer delectable lunches.
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.