Home to the main international airport in the Maldives, Hulhule offers a taste of both island and urban life on the doorstep of Male. Dotted with green spaces, it was artificially created and is connected to the capital of the Maldives via the two-kilometre-long Sinamale Bridge.
Things to do in Hulhule
At the heart of Hulhule is Central Park, a picturesque green space that is a popular spot for locals to stroll in the evenings. It encompasses an outdoor gym, a kid-friendly skating area and a running track, as well as a peaceful pond with an urn-inspired fountain. Walking trails wind between its landscaped flower beds and across the photogenic bridge.
On the east coast of the island is Hulhule Beach, a palm-lined stretch of white sand that is fronted by the crystal clear waters of the Laccadive Sea. It’s protected by a reef that offers wonderful snorkelling, with the opportunity to get up close to sea turtles, rays and a variety of tropical fish. Backing the beach are plenty of eateries where you can dine throughout the day, including Naga’s Indian, Papa Sam’s and Cafe ler Hulhumale.
Hulhule is an ideal base for exploring Male, which is clustered with colourful buildings and ornate mosques. One of the oldest is the 17th-century Male Friday Mosque, a whitewashed marvel that stands opposite Muliaage, the official presidential residence. You can get up close to historic and cultural artefacts at the National Museum before relaxing on one of the shaded benches of Sultan Park.
Getting around Hulhule
Hulhule is home to Velana International Airport, which has flights to destinations across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Male is around 10 minutes’ drive from Hulhule, with public buses connecting the two. The centre of Hulhule and its beachside area can easily be explored on foot.