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.