Flying time from Singapore 4 hours 35 minutes
Currency Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR)
International dialling code
Climate Tropical. The monsoon season (short, torrential downpours with strong winds, but with long hours of sunshine) spans May to November, while the dry season takes place between December and April
Airport code MLE
Airport to city 2km
Airport tax USD25 for international flights
Located at the southern edge of the North Malé atoll (Kaafu Atoll) about 645km southwest of Sri Lanka, this bustling capital is one of the smallest and densest cities in the world. Malé is also the gateway to the Maldives’ famed islands, which are blessed with pristine beaches, dazzlingly clear waters and colourful marine life. In total, the Republic of Maldives comprises a chain of around 1,200 small coral islands – grouped into 20 atolls – stretching 750km across the Indian Ocean, but only 200 are inhabited. Malé itself is a quirky city that’s buzzing with local life, offering visitors a different side of the Maldives.