Male is the capital of the Maldives, it’s also the most densely populated city on earth. It’s best visited for a day or two as your passing by to another island, or as a base the night before your flight home, (boats can be cancelled last minute if conditions are too bad, it’s best to have a little spare room in your itinerary in case this happens. You don’t want to be stuck on an island 3 hours away.)
Other than passing through, there isn’t a great deal to do in Male, it’s just like any other big city, and feels like you could be anywhere in the world.
There are two beaches on Male, both are man made, the beach on the east coast is the best for relaxing and playing in the ocean, there is a barrier to protect swimmers from large waves. Male is a strict no-bikini island, you need to stay covered at all times. (Shorts and t-shirts are fine.)
Nighttime is when the locals like to shop, the streets get busier and it’s also when locals like to exercise, the beaches all have water aerobics classes and the outdoor gyms get busy.
We stayed at the Lvis boutique hotel, which was absolutely perfect, breakfast was delivered to the room and service was wonderful. We honestly only chose it because it was the cheapest on Hotels.com, hotels on Male can be really expensive.
It’s super easy to get too, there is a boat leaving the airport every 10 minutes and it only takes 10 minutes to get there. It only costs Rf10/pp for a 1 way trip. (They have also begun work on a bridge to connect the airport to the island.)