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- Nice area to spend a half hour or so to take in the sights, including the imposing mosque itself and the nearby park & open area.Written 8 February 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Before you book a trip to Maldives you have to decide what is within your budget.
I decided to spend 85% of my budget on business class air travel with Emirates so that I would have a perfectly comfortable ride from New York City to Dubai and then to Maldives and back. That’s almost 20 hours of travel time.
Many other people use the majority of their budget to book a nice resort stay and spend a smaller part of their travel budget on an economy airfare ticket.
The “Maldives” that you’ve probably heard of and seen on social media is most likely video footage or photos from some of the top resorts in this archipelago. When someone says “Maldives“ that is what they are most likely thinking of.
“Hulhumale Beach” is a PUBLIC BEACH.
That is the most important thing to understand. This beach is inside a highly populous city and it is subject to city levels of pollution, stray animals and the other stressors associated with being inside the city. It’s like comparing a public swimming pool to a private pool inside a spa.
There are stray cats roaming around. There is garbage everywhere which includes plastic bottles, construction equipment, debris, parts, etc. fortunately: I never spotted any human waste but there is never the less an overwhelming sense of population and clutter as evidenced by the garbage.
That’s not to say that this is a terrible place. It’s just important to understand that you are constantly surrounded by “city life“. As a New Yorker, I am used to this. I purposefully pick city centers when I go on vacation so this way I can be close to goods and services. If you choose to go to one of Maldives resorts you will be much further away from the city and all of its offerings. Your entire stay will be contingent on the resort’s amenities.
Because there’s so much distance between Hulhumale and the resorts this isn’t likely to be a place that you can travel back-and-forth to considering the sea plane flights are $500 round-trip and the speed boat routes can be pretty pricey as the distance increases.
If you are a “foodie“ there are plenty of restaurants to try but most of them have variations of Indian food, Thai food or Chinese food. It is illegal to import alcohol into Maldives so unless you are on the private resorts you aren’t likely to see beer and alcohol in any of the stores.
Hulhumale beach has several restaurants and cafés to choose from. Unfortunately a large portion of these hotels and restaurants are still under construction as of April 2022. The hotels here tend to be noisy because there is still a lot of construction going on. The hotels also tend to be noisy because this beach is the final approach of many of the sea planes.
Do not come here during Ramadan because the restaurants don’t open until 6:00 PM. Some of the restaurants will make allowances for tourists but most of them don’t. The other important thing to remember is that there are some restaurants that will have buffets for the Ramadan after-hours fast break.
As this is a Muslim country you can expect there to be a call to prayer during certain hours of the day and many of the rules for women must be followed. Some of the other reviewer‘s complained that you can’t wear bikinis in certain places. The private resorts are where you want to be if you choose to wear a bikini.
As far as solo travel goes: there really isn’t a lot to do unless you don’t mind spending considerable amount of money for the water sports. There aren’t very many good looking women to talk to. The majority of the women that you might happen to see our natives and they aren’t very exciting nor pleasing to the eye. If you’re looking for women during solo travel you’re better going off to Thailand or to the Philippines.
It’s also important to note that prices for food are relatively high compared to Thailand or the Philippines. You are likely to pay between $13 and $20 for meal on average.
Hulhumale Beach has a “swimming pool“ flotation moored to the ocean floor. As this is not an enclosed flotation it’s more of a boundary to float in the middle of the water. The locals host swimming lessons in this boundary.
Overall: I can’t say that it’s the worst place in the world because the beach water in the sand is quite attractive. The temperature is around 90° every day and the water is hot tub warm. The main complaints have already been addressed: the pollution, garbage and lack of attractive women.
If you want to get the most out of the Maldives your best bet is to ignore this beach and to plan your stay on one of the islands. Nearby Karumba Island is close enough where it won’t cost you a fortune to travel back-and-forth to Hulhumale or Male if you crave being near a city center.Written 19 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- A large park in the center of Hulhumale. Ideal for evening strolls, well maintained and very clean. One of the few green areas in Male - Hulhumale area.Written 27 September 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Thanks Ruth/Secret Paradise for the excellent support organising and following up on our custom trip!
We had quite a stringent requirements - an inhabited island, a resort, some time with at least an overnight on the capital island; reasonable budget, beautiful islands (maybe all Maldives islands are beautiful but seems like some are more beautiful than others!) with easy snorkelling and amazing diving (same as before), and reasonable travel with a toddler. Good and varied food. Resort on the small and unassuming but confortable side - we don't like big and fancy, but we do like confort :-) .
Last but not least, extremely tough requirements on the bedding for our "big" toddler.
All only about a month before our very fixed dates.
And they sorted it all! We are used to travel (and organise) on our own but we could have not matched the absolute (and tested) knowledge, the final selection, and even price we got from SP; the assistance and perfect organisation for the (complex and multi-step) transportation in between the islands was excellent and definitely needed for our first real vacation with the little one.
We ended up in the Baa atoll which was great, but rather than reviewing our choices we suggest you explain your preferences to SP and they will make a unique travel proposal for you - not stopping until you are pleased, and we can be sure you'll be extremely satisfied with the result.
Just a comment on travel during Ramadan. It makes pretty much no difference on a resort island; on the inhabited one people were very nice and taking care of us (...food and drink...) even during the day, insisting that we don't need to hide to eat - insteadWritten 20 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- A five star + week with Guillaume and his team. Guillaume uses his huge experience of Maldives to spot the right dive with the right balance between security challenge and amazing memories. you can feel his passion and dedication at every instant so you enjoy your dive in perfect conditions. the cook is also over expectations even according to French standards. the whole crew is great under Guillaume leadership. my third travel with Dune world a truly global organization with great boats and teams around the worldWritten 7 January 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I have just returned from the Maldives having dived with the wonderful friendly staff at Ocean Junkies. It was just a morning 2 dive trip before hoping on my Liveaboard but they couldn't have been more helpful and accommodating. They have several good local dive sites to visit (Fish box) and make use of local boats to get you there. Rayna was so helpful from my first enquiring e-mail unlike any of the other centres in Hulhumale who couldn't even be bothered to reply. If you have time and enjoy diving these are the guys for you.Written 5 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Amongst 14 of us we had great time at the Shallow Lagoon Rashdoo Hotel, Ari Atoll, Rashdoo. Alex from islandii.com provided all the help possible, making the trip easy and full of programs. Also recommended for divers, we had 11 dives, sharks, turtles, mantas, wreck, anything you can imagineWritten 14 January 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Had a superb day here while in Male on a cruise stop. We visited various reefs and had 3 stops for snorkelling as well as an island stop for a beach dip and lunch. Well done again to Dawn for organising this.Written 18 December 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Very good and professional company for excursions or day trips in the Maldives. We arranged a sandbank trip from home and they waited for us at Malè airport, took us to a beautiful tiny sandbank just for us and gave us the equipment for snorkeling. We were very satisfied with the trip, so that the following day we booked another day trip to a resort. Again, a good choice for a good price ($90 pp). Ideal also for cruisers, like we were. Would definetely recommend and come back 😊.Written 22 March 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Thank you so much !! was the best snorkeling tour we have been on !! we did the snorkel and sand banks tour!! our tour guide was amazing !! showing us all the different types of fish and corals!! it was honestly the best trip and actually was the highlight of our trip in the maldives ! our tour guide also took amazing pictures and videos of us!! It was the best day !! THANK YOU THANK YOU !!!!Written 27 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I booked that trip from England in advance. They organized everything perfectly. I went to paradise Island and had a great time.Written 4 February 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- What a amazing magical day with the amazing Peter and Barbra on our private boat for worth every Penny was surrounded by 100s of dolphins jumping flippping and coming right over to the boat visited a Beautiful island then snorkelling and seen a Turtle and stingray
Thanks for an amazing once in a life time experience both made the day for the both of us.
Riu Maldives 🇲🇻Written 18 December 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Frequently Asked Questions about Hulhumale
- The best day trips from Hulhumale according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Half-Day Cruise in Maldives with Snorkeling & Beach Picnic Lunch
- Sandbank, Snorkeling, Dolphin Cruise, Picnic, Beach Photography
- Maldives Adventure Trip
- The most popular things to do in Hulhumale with children according to Tripadvisor travellers are:See all kid friendly things to do in Hulhumale on Tripadvisor