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Hulule International Airport
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Maldives' gateway to the world, Hulule Airport, is an island which from the air, looks more like an aircraft carrier. A short boat journey from Male', the former airstrip has evolved into a modern and busy international airport. Helicopters and seaplanes transport passengers to outlying resorts and also operate sightseeing flights. Internal flights to northern and southern atolls are also available from Hulule.

While there is room for improvement of basic services, Hulule rates pretty well compared with the region's other airports, particularly after the recent construction of new terminal facilities. After processing through cramped immigration and customs areas, the first glimpse of white coral sand and the sea beyond is an extremely welcome sight.

Immediately upon leaving the terminal, the various representatives of resorts and travel agents wait with signs to greet and transport their various groups. Travel representatives also wait on the lookout for the very few who arrive without accommodation bookings.

There is an airport restaurant offering simple meals and refreshments. Money changing facilities are also available.

Ferry service to the resorts is not regular scheduled, therefore, each resort makes its own arrangements. A ferry service runs to and from Male', with frequencies depending on demand. The fare varies, starting from a few Rufiyaa for sharing a dhoni to several dollars for a speed boat.

Departure formalities are much more relaxed. Several duty free shops also offer a wide variety of items.

Airline Counters are only open during flight times, and the airport can seem deserted only minutes after departure of the flight.

Airport Hotels

The closest airport hotel is Paradise Island Resort Maldives, situated approximately 2.6 miles from the airport. Other hotels located near the airport in Male include the Kurumba Village Maldives, Fun Island Maldives, and Laguna Beach Resort Maldives. Discounted reservations can be made through DirectRooms.com
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