With all excitement we boarded our goair flight to Male which was half empty and since it was a brand new flight the take off and landing was smooth. The travel time was 2 hours and 15 mins but we landed in 2 hours. Maldives is half an hour behind IST. Keep a watch while landing for some stunning views of indian ocean.
The immigration happened in just 5 mins and we were out of the airport in 10mins.
Male airport doesn't have a wifi and our scheduled speed boat was at 17.30 and we had good 1.5 hours to spend in the airport.
As we came out of the airport exit , it opened to a beautiful view of the indian ocean.
We waited till 18.00 and still we couldn't find the boat to the island. All vexed, we entered the food court and bought 5ml black coffee for 300₹ or 4$ to get access to wifi. Once I got wifi access, i immediately called the hotel manager and was shocked to know that the boat has left. We were right at the jetty and couldn't really guess how we missed the boat or was the hotel guy fooling us. The hotel manager told that the next boat is only at 22.30 and we had to push our time till then.
Please note: There are private speed boats and government ferry for commuting between islands but the con is that government ferry is available only once in a day whereas the private speed boats are a available once in 2 to 3 hours and cost more than 10 times the cost of ferry. Yes, the ferry will cost you hardly 2$ per person while the speed boat to Gulhi is 25$ per person.
Coming to our story, we were bugged up waiting in the airport so we thought to go and explore the Male city. We quickly exchanged 40$ to MVR and went to the taxi bay. We enquired the taxi guy to take us somewhere and bring us back to airport by 10pm. One of the local there suggested us to visit an island called "Hulhulmale" for indian dinner as there is an indian restaurant called "Bombay Darbar". So we boarded the taxi and paid him 100mvr for hardly a distance of 5kms from airport. This island "Hulhulmale" is a artificial island planned and made by chinese. The roads are well laid and the infrastructure is too good. This island also has an artificial beach. After having yummy indian dinner at Bombay Darbar , we roamed around in the island for a while and decided to go back to airport by bus.
We waited in the bus stop for a while and boarded the air-conditioned bus to airport. It was so spacious and had good air condition with space for the luggage too. With just 40 MVR for two we reached the airport by 9.20pm. We clicked few pictures and went back to airport lobby to wait for the hotel manager.
The hotel manager came by 9.35pm and appologized. He later told us that there is an information desk at the exit of airport from where we can make calls for free. If he had told this earlier may be we wouldn't have missed the boat. However, our boat arrived at 10.20pm. We boarded the boat by paying 50$ and reached the island by 11.15pm.
We were greeted by our hotel supervisor at the jetty and finally we checked in to our small room with beautiful interiors by 11.40pm.