|Finally, our turn to say, Honeymoon!|
Our Honeymoon begins. Departing to Male, the capital of Maldives. With over 300km2 of tropical land, over three hundred fifty thousand in population. Home to sunni muslims. Having lovely climate with temperatures averaging 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year. Good thing, mostly speaks English here. Perhaps due to the high volume of tourist visiting.
Flights are not frequent and few airline does not include Maldives in their destination. Good thing in Malaysia, budget airline AirAsia have direct flights to Maldives, however, about two to three time a week. Maldives have great tourist visa policies, a free 30days visa on arrival.
Arriving at Male International Airport, located on Hulhule Island next to capital Male. Quite a disappointment on our arrival, as usual you need to fill in the arrival/departure paper. The writing stands have no pen with "ink" left to use and we forget to bring pens! Immigration officers don't seems friendly, not approachable types. Fortunately we found few people gathering at one of the corners as that's the only place with a pen with ink. Remember, bring your own pen!
At exit, all tourist was stopped to have their luggage checked. Didn't know that we were not allowed to bring alcohol. Although we would only drink them at the hotel, in private. Our beloved wine bottle was taken by the custom, fortunately can be claimed back when leaving the country. Remember, just buy them at the resort/hotel.
|Hello Maldives Sea!!|
We arrived in the evening, so there is no transport to our "island resort". Boat and Seaplanes to Island Resorts are only during the daytime, especially long distance. So we booked a hotel closer to the Airport for the night. Hotel Lonuveli, about 15min away from airport. Beautiful budget hotel and providing excellent airport transfer services and coordination with your island resort (your Island Resort will also coordinate with your temporary Hotel, so make sure to inform them the details). Service was excellent. Rooms are comfortable and clean.
Having astonishing view of the ocean and sun rise. Lovely morning. Having pleasant simple and comfort breakfast close to the coast. Feeling of the tropical ocean breeze. Honestly, i would have stayed here another night.
Our island resort is located 151 kilometres away from Male International Airport. So the fastest way to get there will be a direct seaplane transfer, about 35mins. To take note that flight schedules are also subject to weather conditions. Price are also subject to season. We are here during the peak season so expecting seaplane to cost about USD485/person. Smiles*. Bringing kids? Bring them while they are below 2 years old or you will be charged USD289/kids. Ha-ha.
Next up. Seaplane and Arrival to Resort.