Hulhumale is the island that is home to the only international airport in the Maldives. We had a late evening flight from Sri Lanka to the Maldives so we decided to spend our first night close to the airport and catch the morning boat to Maafushi.
Getting to the main town of Hulhumale male from the airport is really easy, there is a big red bus that stops directly outside of the arrivals area every 30 minutes. It costs MRV20/pp and takes about 15 minutes. You need to take the bus because pedestrians aren’t allowed to cross over the bridge.
At the time of writing there are currently more building sites on Hulhumale than there are actual buildings, although most of the hotels are expensive there are still a few good budget options. We stayed in the Elite Inn, which was perfect for 1 night.
The only beach on the island is on the north east side and is a strictly non-bikini beach. The water is clean and warm and there are water sports offers along the beach.
At night time the islands main activity is centred around the Central Park area, there is an open air gym and cycle paths. The park is full of locals playing football and socialising.
Getting to Male from Hulhumale is easy too, from the ferry port on the west side of the island, it costs MRV5.5/pp and comes every 15 minutes. The crossing is around 20-25 minutes.
There are plans for a bridge that will connect Hulhumale to the capital city of Male, construction work has already begun. (Written August 2017.)