So after my previous post on Things you need to know before you go Maldives, I’ll proceed to my Maldives Travel Guide now. So as this trip is a very spontaneous decision, we cant get hold of the preferred airlines we want. I booked this trip via the “Flight + Hotel” section from Airasia after a lot of quick research on which hotel we wanted to stay.
Tips : If you are a “seek for comfy” person like me, 4 hours flight with Airasia is killing me. The space are soooo limited I can feel the pain in my backbone. So if next time you were to book a trip, I suggest to book earlier so you can opt for other airlines.
So as I mentioned, there is no need any visa application to go Maldives. All you need is to fill up the visa on arrival form. And if you arrived Maldives after 3pm, there is no speed boat or ferry to go to the Island therefore you need a one night stay at Hulhumale which is where the airport located. There is no need to go to Male. Hulhumale is good enough. There’s one very unique thing in Hulhumale Airport (Velana International Airport), if you din’t see your hotel personnel waiting for you or we have any problems or any confusion, just head to the information counter and they will solve everything for you. There’s a telephone at the information counter and if you need to call whoever, just use the telephone for free at your own conveniences. We din’t see our hotel people at the arrival hall because our flight is delayed for an hour, we went to the information counter and they just ask me to call the hotel. Problem solved. Even later the next day when we were waiting for the speedboat transfer, the gathering point is at the information counter as well. All Hail Multipurpose information counter!
We booked a guesthouse call Elite Inn which is just located near Eastern Beach at Hulhumale. Hulhumale is a very small and reserved little town, very peaceful and quiet. People around the Island is friendly so if you do not know where to eat when you first arrived, you can either ask the locals for suggestions or just go near the beach for the beachfront restaurants. Since we arrived at Hulhumale around 9pm, (airport is just 10 mins drive from Hulhumale main area) we went to bed early.
We booked Elite Inn for USD 60 per room with simple breakfast included and airport transfers. Breakfast served to your doorstep!
As you can see, simple continental breakfast like that is never enough for the hungry monsters… I mean in term of satisfaction! We want more food!
We woke up
very early around 9am and ready to explore this little town of Hulhumale. Honestly speaking, there’s literally nothing except the beautiful beach.
Oh THE BEACH IS SO BEAUTIFUL especially the sand. Its so clean and white. I would say I actually prefer the beach here compared to the one at Maafushi. Maafushi has beautiful sea as well but the sand is not as clean.
We wandered around taking lotsa picture before we settled down for a breakfast place alongside the beach.
AND HERE WE FOUND ONE OF THE BEST DISH THROUGHOUT THE TRIP — THE TUNA STEAK! OH MY GOLLY! The tuna steak is so fresh the meat is still soft but al dente. A simple char grilled with salt and pepper seasoning is enough to do justice.
Another famous Maldivian breakfast, “Mas huni” which is made up of shredded tuna and coconut, onions and chilli. All of the ingredients are chopped and grated finely eaten normally with roshi or chapati. I eat this everyday throughout the trip.
Happy Tummy Happy Family! A lot of people ask :” Why go Maldives with Family? So weird eh.” No no no its not weird at all, my family is the best travel partners of mine because
they follow my planning they are very sporting and we can play and eat all sorts of things together. I have my favourite three travelling groups which I can stick travel with them for the rest of my life. 1.) My family 2.) My Secondary Jimuis Yuenni & Laomao and 3.) My Dearest Debbie & Tracy. So any place with either three groups will make the whole travelling happy memorable and satisfying!
We loitered for about another 2 hours before we head back to the hotel for the airport transfer. There are two stations for speed boat transfer to Maafushi; one is at the airport and another one is at Male city jetty. We booked the speed boat transfer for USD 25 per person for one way at the airport jetty and it took us around half an hour to Maafushi.
THIS IS THE MOST BLUE-ISH sea i’ve ever seen! Or maybe the weather on that particular day is extremely hot so it makes the sea so ultra blue!
I very suaku
Strawberry Ice cream from Dairy Queen! We had a 10 mins stop at the Male jetty to collect another batches of passengers. They said the visibility of Maldives sea is 25 meters and I totally agreed with that! Look at the fishes!! At first i thought those were some dried leaves or something~
Half and hour speedboat ride to Maafushi island and you can already see your hotel personnel waiting for you at the jetty.
Maafushi is a public island and it is small enough that you can finish exploring the whole island in 15 mins by walking. We stayed at Kaani Beach Resort and its located at the beach front. I opt for full board with the price USD 168 per night and honestly speaking, half board is sufficient because the lunch option is very meh and its not in buffet style. However, breakfast and dinner are served in buffet style.
We checked in and had our lunch. They let you choose between two choices for appetisers and mains. Clock wise : Chick pea soup, Fried cheese rolls, vegetable rice and Maldivian fried rice. mehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh~ =_=
We wanted to explore the island to see if there is any street food to munch on but NOOOOOO…. Huhuhuhu! Foodie like me was like… T.T but the beautiful scenery save my soul. Ok I forgive you for not giving me enough food.
The sea is just overwhelmingly beautiful. Pictures can’t really do the justice because if you see it with your own eyes, the ocean is much clearer and blue. Stunning white beach with blue ocean, so much love!
The colour of the ocean is quite inviting, some part of the sea is more to clear and greenish blue, some is just pure baby blue like this!! YOU SEE!
papa & mama
We spend the day just purely exploring the island and snap a lot of photos and then we headed back to hotel for the dinner buffet.
The food is mostly served in a combination of western, Maldivian and Indian cuisine. It was raining heavily that particular night so we ended the day gossiping in the room instead. 😀