The images that accompany a mention of the “Maldives” are most often ones of pristine beaches, romantic sunsets, rejuvenating spa treatments and thrilling water sports. Then there is also everything from overwater Maldives villas to charming beachside bungalows that are part of a truly sublime island escape. But there is so much more to this slice of paradise and those looking to soak up some local culture while on holiday should make it a point to visit the Maldives Fish Market in Male.
Male is the capital of the Maldives and while this island can be some distance from your home away from home, it is nevertheless worth exploring be it before you head to your resort or during your stay. Some properties such as Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives even organise excursions to Male and let you take in the lively action at the Maldives Fish Market.
Situated on the island’s northern waterfront, this well known fish market is the place where one can witness local fishermen bringing in their day’s catch on traditional boats known as dhonis. Also called the Male Fish Market, it offers a unique perspective of a traditional livelihood which has been practiced from days of old. Even though tourism has become the key industry in the local economy, fishing still plays an important role and a visit here offers a unique perspective.
The catch brought in is mainly tuna, and once unloaded from the boats, it is taken to the market where they are ready to be sold to those eager on purchasing this fresh catch. The atmosphere can get quite lively and the sights and sounds (not forgetting smells!) of the Maldives Fish Market all make this quite a fascinating place to visit.
And it’s not just fish you will find here either. The shops around the market also offer a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits harvested from different atolls which lend to the overall charm of this locale.
Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+