As travellers, we want to keep memories of the places we visited for as long as we could. That’s why we take so many photos during our trips, right? But even with thousands of photos and videos, sometimes memories just fade away as time goes by. That’s a sad truth. That is one of the reasons why I write a blog. Besides providing travel information, I have my own selfish agenda, which is to preserve my stories and memories during my trip. To kickstart my habit of preserving memorable stories, I will… Read More
A lot of people say that there’s nothing to do in Malé, the capital of Maldives. But we, the curious travellers, wouldn’t let go of the opportunity to see what’s there in Malé. On our final day in Maldives, we checked out of our hotel in Hulhumalé, stored our luggage with the reception staff, and made our way from Hulhumalé to Malé with public ferry.
Oh, Olhuveli. The day that we’ve been waiting for since we booked the plane ticket to Maldives finally arrived. We’ve been dreaming about visiting a luxurious resort in Maldives for so long. We knew we didn’t have the budget to stay in a water villa in Maldives, so the best thing we can do to experience the luxury of Maldives is to visit the resort on a day pass.
When I was doing research to determine which island to visit, Maafushi came out way more often than any other island. I had the impression that Maafushi is like the tourist hub for backpackers in Maldives, like Phuket. That, to me, is a good thing. But, Nomadic Matt said it was a horrible island as it has become too crowded with tourists and he would never return. He got me wondering, should I really avoid Maafushi?
How did I end up here, on the island of Hangnaamedhoo? Well, to answer this, I need to bring you back to 3 months before when I was doing research for this Maldives trip. Back then, I was facing a “trip planning burnout” as I was overwhelmed with the huge number of islands in Maldives and Atoll names that are kind of repetitive and confusing. To understand my pain, try to make sense of this:
Hangnaameedhoo is a small local island located in the Alifu Dhaalu Atoll (or Southern Ari Atoll) in Maldives. There are many ways to get to Hangnaameedhoo island from Male, including public ferry, speedboat, chartered speedboat and seaplane.
My flight from Singapore to Malé is scheduled to arrive at 8.05pm Maldives time. During the trip planning stage, I knew I have to stay overnight near the airport on the first night because the public ferry that goes to my next destination only depart in the morning. I weighed the pros and cons of staying in 3 different islands, namely Malé, Hulhumalé and Villingili. In the end, I decided to stay in Hulhumalé.
Going to a new country for the first time could be nerve-wracking. I, too, was anxious to visit Maldives for the first time. In this Airport Guide, I’m going to share my tips about the essential things to do when you arrive at Velana International Airport in Male, Maldives, to make your first day smooth.
“You’re so rich!” That’s what people said when I told them I’m going to Maldives. I can’t blame them, that’s the impression people have about Maldives. And I’m going to prove them wrong! Planning Stage Planning a trip to Maldives for the first time gave me a lot of headache! I knew I didn’t want to stay in resorts, so I began searching for local islands. But there are so many local islands, and most of them are located in different Atoll (chain of islands).