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We went to Malé to see some interesting places and went to the local fish market. It was interesting to see so many fishes and big tunas.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Prague, Czech Republic
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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went to Malé to see some interesting places and went to the local fish market. It was interesting to see so many fishes and big tunas.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Was in Male for one day, which was long enough, and stumbled across the fish market. The smell was enough to put anyone off so unless you're an ardent fan of the smell of fish, I would give this a wide berth.

Thank Gael999
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The market is used by almost all of Maldivian . So you can see their real life and of course get fresh fishes. But it's not so clean place because of seawater and sea smell. So maybe it's better not to use new favorite shoes!

1 Thank 友香里 岩
San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always fascinating to see how seafaring communities function, and this fish market is a truly remarkable place. Combined with the nearby produce market you'll get a sense of how commerce functions old-school style in one of the most densely-populated capitals on earth. After your visit head to the rooftop (7th floor) of the nearby Salt Cafe & Restaurant for dazzling... More 

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San Diego, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

I spent one night and one day in Male and walked to the fish market from my hotel - Tour Rest Inn. There were a ton of mackerel and tuna - some upwards of a couple hundred pounds, and a few wahoo, upwards of 50 pounds. I walked through it and took a couple of photos, but spent a whole... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Maybe for maldives it might be a market but i live in abu dhabi we have a fish market 3 times bigger and cleaner then this one...total waste of time

Thank hmansoor
Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

It was indeed a great experience to visit Male fish market. You can explore the beauty of Sea fishes which were directly brought from the sea. This place is crowdy & noisy but you can get a glimpse of busy life of fishermen. Large number of fresh sea fishes would give you a new experience. Be aware of bad smell!

Thank Tazbir S
Liedekerke, Belgium
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

Tuna is almost extinct, still 1 euro/kilo. I understand you have to make a living. it is the fish and the people working on these boats that are paying the price. Then the plastic bags are everywhere. On land in the harbor,... Here is your fish, please throw your plastic bag afterwards into the sea. Nobody cares apparently, the goverment... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

The male fish market it was small but have so many fish to see and buy to cook your self a meal, a lot of big tuna and the other fish. Would recommend to see

Thank Jayson B
Lahore, Pakistan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

Malé Fish Market is a one-time go-to place for tourists in Malé since there's not much to see other than this. The market is an unkempt place with water everywhere and fishmongers selling fish. This should not be termed as an attraction. However, how the business takes place at the harbour right next to it is quite a place. Huge... More 

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