It’s common to see locals sitting on locally made mesh chairs along the road
After a couple of days in Malé we also couldn’t help but notice something rather unique in front of many of the establishments around the city. We saw many locals relaxing on home-made, welded chairs that were lined with meshing. In most cases, at least 3-4 chairs were attached to one another as part of the steel framework. Many of the locals seemed quite content sitting back and talking to their friends about everything under the sun. This reminded us that away from Malé’s busiest streets, the locals still know what island life is all about.
When our alarm clock summoned us to the pier for the ferry to Maafushi Island, we were kindly greeted farewell by the hotel staff. We didn’t really know what to expect of Malé in terms of accommodation choices, but there are a handful of solid options in the city if you do your research. We would recommend getting a sea view room if possible to soak up the sunrise and/or sunset. It’s also quite enjoyable watching the boat traffic and sea planes from a balcony in the city. If you want to find a room with a good view take a look here. Although the locals appeared quite reserved and shy, they were very warm and helpful once they felt more comfortable speaking with us during our stay in Malé. After all, it’s not too common to meet people who were born in the middle of the Indian Ocean surrounded by arguably the nicest islands in the world!
How to find the cheapest rooms in the Maldives?
Technically, there are three different accommodation providers that we would recommend if you are visiting this beautiful country: www.booking.com, www.agoda.com and www.hotelscombined.com. In our particular case, we found www.booking.com to be the most useful – especially for guesthouse rooms on some of the remote islands. Hotelscombined is very effective at comparing prices before you book, so it might be something you want to try if you’re on a budget!
If you have any questions about Malé or our experience visiting the island please feel free to comment below. Safe travels!