The Maldives, though isolated in location, is easily accessible from anywhere in South-East Asia, the Middle-East and Europe.
As your plane breaks through the clouds revealing the emerald islands below, prepare for one of the most exciting flying experiences. The runway of Hulhule’ airport, that runs parallel to the shore creates a (rather safe, of course) adrenalin rush, for a second, when it makes you think that the plane is landing on water.
The Male International Airport is mere fifteen minutes from Male’. The airport is small, but well-equipped with souvenir and duty-free shops, restaurants, medical facilities, and provides banking and postal services.
The airport is accessible via Male’ on a dhoni ferry, that run every few minutes between the two islands.
The airport island also hosts the five-star Hulhule’ Island Hotel.
Whether to pack only the more casual options like shorts and khakis or the newest Gucci number depends on what you plan to do, or where you plan to stay. Smart casual clothing is usually enough for Male’ or resorts, but the more up-market resorts may require that you dress up for dinner.
Sunscreen, insect repellent, and hats are widely necessary for a comfortable holiday, but they are available widely for purchase in resorts and around Male’.
Travelling in between inhabited islands are done through various ferry services. Ferries to nearby islands Villingili and Hulhumale’ can be taken from Male’.
Duty-free shopping is available at the departure terminal at the Male’ International Airport. There are specialized shops with a wide variety of international brands selling well-known products and competitive prices. Products include souvenirs, perfume, electronics, toys, watches, fashion accessories and jewellery, liquor, tobacco and confectionary.