The Male Fish Market isn’t just one of the top tourist destinations in the Maldives..
It is also the main hub of trade and other commercial activities in the island.
Located at the northern waterfront of Male, the capital of Maldives, the Male Fish Market is always filled with avid people who visit different shops stocked with wide varieties of products. Here in the Fish Market, you will witness the “Dhonis” (local boats equipped with powerful engines and other improvements) dock into the inner harbor of Male and unload dried fish, fruits and vegetables, along with other products from food to construction materials, shipped from the different atolls of the Maldives.
The tempo of activities in the Fish Market during the afternoon increases as the “Dhonis” start docking with the day’s catch. The fishes, which are mostly tuna, are carried out across the roads and laid on the tiled floors of the open-sided market. The fishes are purchased by the locals and tourists just as fast as they are brought into the stalls. Despite its fishy atmosphere, the Male Fish Market is kept meticulously clean and disinfected at the end of the day. The fishermen in the “Dhonis” had spent their time aboard from dawn or at least during the early hours in the morning, till the afternoon when they bring in their catch for the customers to purchase.
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Aside from its pristine beaches and magnificent corals,
Another way to enjoy the Maldives and its wonderful culture would be shopping
Shopping in the Maldives would depend on your island location. Each resort would definitely have souvenir shops or boutiques where you can find the local items or clothes. But, the absolute shopping experience could really be found in the island capital of Male. Shopping in resort boutiques in the Maldives may be a bit costly than the local market sellers but it would be a more convenient shopping location. Although, traveling to other islands may give you the chance to buy local handicrafts such as woven mats, jewelry boxes, and sarongs. Shopping around the capital would really gratify your Maldives shopping experience. Everything could be found in Male, from clothes to perfume, jewelry and cosmetics, electronics, local fishes, and even imports from Singapore. In the local market, you could find local products from the atolls. It is a perfect place to sample the local fruits and homemade bottles of pickles and sweets. The Majeedhee Magu is a shopping alley located on the main road running from east to west while on the other hand, the Chaandhanee Magu runs from north to south. The Majeedhee Magu has various shops where you can find virtually everything you could ever with great varieties of clothes, watches, handbags, and perfumes. Shopping for souvenirs would be excellent in the Chaandhanee Magu, where you would find a vast array of gifts and souvenirs such as the Thudu Kuna, which is a Maldivian mat woven with natural fibers and the miniature wooden Dhonis, or Maldivian sailboats.