Hulhumale, Maldives Overview

Hulhumale is an artificial island in Maldives located south of the North Male Atoll and connected to the airport by a causeway. It spreads across 188 hectares and is a perfect fusion of urban life with the delights of island life. It houses the popular Hulhumale Beach located on the sunrise side of the island. The beachfront road is ideal for a walk and houses some resorts and cafes. Other attractions here are Central Park, Fruit & Vegetable Market, and some mosques.

Hulhumale is most famous amongst tourists who arrive in the Maldives in the late evenings or have a day to spare before their flight departs, as it is connected to the airport island by road. The purpose of developing Hulhumale was to reduce the amount of congestion in Male, Maldives' capital city. The result was a beautiful green island that despite its artificiality, looks more natural and mystical than most islands in the Maldives.

Hulhumale Highlights

1. Hulhumale Beach

Hulhumale Beach
The Hulhumale Beach has white sand and shallow crystal waters making it a perfect place to stroll around, be enthralled by the sunrise or sunset or indulge in several other activities. The stunning be (Read More)ach is also protected by a reef around 100 metres in the sea, which makes it an extremely safe place for swimming. Witness harmless baby sharks, turtles, rays and several colourful coral fishes while snorkelling at the beach. 

2. Hulhumale Central Park

Hulhumale Central Park
The Hulhumale Island Central Park is located right in the middle of the island and is ideal for some serenity and peace amongst the lush greens of the garden. It is a famous spot for locals to ca (Read More)tch up and spend their afternoons, so it is also the perfect spot to get a first-hand experience of the island life and the culture which is vastly different from others. The garden also has jogging, cycling and walking tracks available and has a huge pond in the middle.

3. Watersports

Besides the beach activities, cafes and parks, Hulhumale Island have several hidden treasures to see and thrilling activities to do. The island has a total of four dive shops that promise an adventure (Read More) like no other by taking you diving in the deep sea waters with properly skilled guides that will make sure that you get a truly magical experience.

4. Watching Sunsets

Watching Sunsets
The sunsets on Hulhumale are breathtaking. Head over to Hulhumale harbour or any place on the western side of the island to experience the sky changing colours and the sun setting over the waters (Read More).

5. Hulhumale Mosque

Hulhumale Mosque
Also called Masjid al-Sheikh Qasim bin Al-Thani, the Hulhumale Mosque is situated in the heart of the island, near Central Park. The white facade with a shining golden dome has a spacious prayer (Read More)hall carved with text from the Koran. There are separate prayer halls for men and women.

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  • Dress appropriately as Hulhumale Island is a local island and strictly follows the Muslim culture.
  • Drinking is strictly prohibited on this island, but individuals can always take a boat to one of the nearby resorts for the day and come back later.

How To Reach Hulhumale

To visit Hulhumale from Male, take the Hulhumale-Male ferry available every 15 minutes. The journey will cost Rf 5.50 and takes about 20 minutes. The speed boat will cost Rf25 and takes about 10 minutes to reach and is available every 30 minutes. From the international airport, there is a bus to Hulhumale which costs Rf 20 and takes about 15 minutes. The bus runs every 30 minutes from 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

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