Candy-coloured tower blocks and thundering turquoise waves welcome you to Malé, the Maldivian gateway to countless dreamy resorts. This tiny island is a heaven for surfers and spectators. Though the beaches are seductive, Malé is strictly Muslim and decent attire is expected – so put on shorts and a t-shirt for a swim in the sea. Or flaunt your new swim-gear by the hotel pool and check out the offshore dive sites, when the water looks tempting in the city’s smouldering heat.
No immediate danger of getting eaten by a shark in Malé. The island is surrounded by a 3.5 metre high sea wall.
Check out Malé’s small shops, dim cafés and narrow streets, where you will find the locals likely straddling their scooters. At dusk the city comes alive as young men, women in tight jeans and headscarves, and expats congregate in trendy shisha – water-pipe – bars. Like its drinks, Malé is alcohol-free, colourful and fit for kicking back by the pool.