Crystal clear waters, a range of water sports, snorkelling, sandbanks, delicious seafood and much more Maldives has got to offer. If you want to visit Maldives on a Budget, then check out my post where I have given details how to find cheap flight and accommodation in the Maldives.
Finally, it was my travel date, and I was flying from Dubai Airport Terminal 1, I was flying on Wednesday this way I just had to take two days off from work as Friday and Saturdays are off days in Dubai, and I was able to resume work on Sunday.
I start enjoying my every trip the moment I enter Dubai airport. After getting my boarding pass, I headed to E-gate as I had E-gate access card however now you can also use your Emirates ID to pass through these gates. Just a quick note to introduce E-gates, while travelling to or from Dubai airport you do not need to get your passport stamped from the immigration if you are UAE resident. This way you can beat the queues and pass through the immigration quickly. I always use E-gates and save a lot of time. This facility is also available at Abu Dhabi and Sharjah airports.
After passing through the security, I headed to Marhaba lounge to relax before my flight. I am entitled to complimentary access to 700+ airport lounges across the world, check my post get complimentary access to 700+ airport lounges.
I was monitoring my flight status while seating in the lounge. Finally, it was boarding time, and I was all set to explore one more country.
Malé airport was somewhat small, at the immigration counter they checked my return ticket and accommodation details, the immigration officer also phoned my host to confirm the reservation.
The immigration officer finally stamped my passport with entry stamp. When I came out of the airport, it was an entirely different world. Just after the airport, it was the vast sea with a lot of boats. I naturally paused there for some time to admire the view then took a bus to Hulhumale where my accommodation was.
I almost reached near the accommodation but couldn’t locate it. Then I phoned my host; I have an international voice and unlimited data roaming. My host came in almost 10 minutes and took me to his place. Just like any other traveller, I was also quite concerned about my stay as it was my very first stay with a local in an all new country. It was a comfortable apartment with spacious bedrooms and attached baths. We sat in the living room and started introducing ourselves. I also met another traveller who had taken a one-year break from his career to travel Asia. I said in my heart, oh, so such kind of people goes on a full year break.
My flight was at night, so I needed some rest, after having some chit-chat with the host and his friends I headed to my bedroom to sleep for some time.
Then later in the day, I explore the Hulhumale, it’s a reclaimed island adjacent to the airport. Next day I took a fairy to world’s one of the smallest capital Male to have a real feel of Maldivian life.
It’s a tiny city which gets heavy traffic packed during the day. I visited its famous fish market, saw the traders, fishers and people from different walks of life.
One of the most notable was President’s office.
It was already afternoon by then, and I was feeling hungry. I started checking for restaurants but couldn’t find a good one. I wanted to try some local fish. Finally, I settled on a restaurant and ordered Tuna; however, I didn’t like it at all and was quite disappointed that in the Maldives they cannot offer a tasty fish.
Anyways I headed back to Hulhumale; the public fairy was quite crowded. In the evening my Host, Ibraheem asked me if I want to join him as he was going to dinner with his friends. I instantly said yes, as what could be a better opportunity to know about local culture and talk to localities.
We had dinner and lengthy discussions about different topics. I wanted to visit village islands, sandbanks, and experience snorkelling, Ibraheem arranged a trip for me along with some other tourists.
We first visited a sandbank; it was utterly different than any other place which I have ever visited. A Just small piece of land with white sand, surrounded by shallow waters and beautiful white birds flying over it.
Then we headed to village island of Himafushi, where fish barbecue was waiting for us. We had lunch and then roamed in the village. Please be always respectful to the local people and do not intrude their privacy. We later visited some shops selling different artefacts.
Last part of our today’s trip was snorkelling since I do not know how to swim it was quite scary for me. In fact, two other girls who were with me on the boat did not try it at all, and one girl gave it a try but then immediately came back.
On the way to snorkelling point, we also spotted dolphins who were just swimming alongside our boat.
I also went in the water but then came quickly back to the boat as I got quite scared of water, after all, it was a sea, not a canal or river. However the captain of the boat was a super friendly guy, he encouraged me to try it again, I said it to myself I am going to repent later if I won’t do this, I jumped back in the water with full determination. This time I started relaxing under the water and enjoying the sea life. The captain also took many shots for me.
Then we headed back to Hulhumale; it was a fantastic day. In the evening I again to coffee shop with Ibraheem and his friends, enjoyed the weather and company of these amazing guys.
Next day I wanted to visit a resort island, and Ibraheem instantly sorted it out. It costs around 100 USD which includes pick & drop from Malé, entrance to the resort island, lunch buffet, unlimited selective drinks and pool access.
I met some travellers here including one nice chap from Nepal and one senior citizen from Bangladesh. I admire when people even in that age travel and enjoy their life. After spending the whole day, I headed back to my island.
Next day my flight was in the evening, so I had plenty of sleep, roam in the street of Hulhumale, and headed to the airport after thanking my excellent host. I highly recommend booking with him if you choose AirBnB or if you need any other travel services in the Maldives, here’s his Facebook address:
It was still quite some time to my flight, and the lounge at the airport
was not covered under lounge key, so I went to a nearby hotel and sat there for hours enjoying the weather and cool breeze and finally the sunset.
It was one of the best trips of my life, everything was great about this trip, and I highly recommend everyone to visit this charming country whether you are a couple or solo, the Maldives will not disappoint you.