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“Modern residential town”
Review of Hulhumale

Ranked #13 of 44 things to do in Kaafu Atoll
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“Modern residential town”
Reviewed 13 January 2013

A mainly residential island, ( artificial ) under construction. Big street, apartment block, shops, all very western style...

Visited January 2013
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“Budget tourism on Hulhumale”
Reviewed 8 September 2012

There are several hotels along the beach on Hulhumale. I stayed at the Palm View for under $30 per night, and it was clean and comfortable. The owner and staff were friendly and helpful. The hotel is right on the beach, next to a Beach Hut restaurant where you can sit out on the beach for a reasonable meal.

Hulhumale, unlike Male city, can be reached by road (bus or taxi), so it is the most accessible place in the Maldives. The island is artificial land, designed as a bedroom community for the overcrowded Male, so there are shops and restaurants, serving mostly the local communty. It's not touristy, but cheaper than any other place in the Maldives. There are 20-minute ferries every half hour to get over to Male.

So if you want to avoid the high tourist prices of the outer islands, try the easy-going community of Hulhumale, and stay at the Palm View or any of a dozen other guesthouses and small hotels right on the beach.

Visited August 2012
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“A nice island with few tourists”
Reviewed 29 January 2010

The artificial island Hulhumale is a nice island, but is not a palce to go if you want luxary and paradise feeling. The island is still under construction, meaning that there is still a lot of building going on.

We stayed at the Oceans Sounds, which is a rental house located on the beach front. This was a nice place but what we didn't know was that on this beach no bikinis was allowed, becuase Maldives is a Muslim country. So, if we wanted to go to the beach we had to dress up with shorts and t-shirts, which is not much fun if you want to get tanned.

There were some restaurants and many shops, but most of them were super markets. The price in the shops were very cheap atleast compared to where we come from. The food was very good, though they like to use chilli in almost all most everything, so the food is some what spicy, but it is mostly ok.

I have to say that I would not recomend my friends to come here, because I looked forward to luxary and paradise whn comming to the Maldives, and Hulhumale did not live up to those conditions. Hulhumale is a nice place to go if you would like to experience the local culture, but if you seek a place to relax going around in bikini all day, then don't choose Hulhumale!

There is not much to do in Hulhumale, but as we had our own boat and guide, we went to picnic island (Little bandos) almost everyday. On this island we could use bikinis as much as we wanted, and is was definiatley paradise. You can also take a trip into the capital city Malé, as there goes ferries from the harbour almost all day around. We went there time, and that was enough for us. There was not very much shopping posibilities there, but there were some. And, if you are going, be careful of the "guides" following you. When you arrive people will come after you, showing you the way to different shops and following you aroudn every where. If you want to pay extra for everything you buy then you are very welcome to let the "guides guide" you. The truth is, if you go into a shop followed by a "guide" the shop has to charge you extra money for everything you buy, as they have to give 20% of what you paied to the "giude" !! It might be hard to get rid of them, but if you don't want them to follow you (and pay extra in every shop) you just have to be strict and say NO to them! Except for the these guides Malé was a nice city, not very much to do there either, but it was a nice experience.

Also, on fridays all the local people go to the beach, so is can get kind of ower crowded.

Hope this could be useful for anyone thinking about going here ;)

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