Male Island is where many cruises begin. Male is also the capital and largest city, characterized by colourful buildings and mosques while hosting a wide range of shopping and dining experiences. It’s a great place to learn about Maldivian life and mingle with the locals, perhaps at the popular fish market near the harbour selling the catch of the day, or the produce market, stocked with all sorts of local fruits. The Grand Friday Mosque, the biggest in the archipelago, is a highlight here. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in Maldives’ history and culture, you’ll want to spend time on this island.