That is the way many of our guests see our lovely island in the Republic of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. We have guests who are visiting the Maldives for the 20th time and still are not bored. On the contrary, every time they land on Hulule it's like coming home again.
Of course they also are tired after the long flight and would like to pass the customs officer faster, but a "Asslaam ALakum" (good morning/ afternoon/ evening) makes some faces smile and after receiving the necessary stamps a "Shukuryyaa"; will de-ice all faces.
When you travel for the first time, you should have some patience. The immigration officers check your passport and your embarkation card. (The airline crew will hand this card to you). But once you are done with all the paperwork you can pick up your luggage. Please remember that you are visiting a Muslim country. Respect their way of life; don't try to bring in pork, alcohol or drugs. Don't even try to hide it in your luggage, they will find it.
Then it's time to wonder, once outside the airport you will notice you have landed on a very small island, that up till now, has only one runway. So the next leg of your trip is either by boat or by plane. But don't worry, all travel agencies have people waiting for you and they are friendly and will bring you to the waiting ferry. But don't rush; take your time. It's too hot to worry and to rush! If you cant find the representative of your travel agency, please go to counter no 23 (Kaimoo Travel). There they will take care of everything.
As most tourists are transported by boat you will be accompanied to the jetty. One of the Noors will be waiting for you, but before embarking there is your next surprise. The sea is really blue, just the way it was in the brochure and it's not modified, it's real! Once on board of one of the "Noors" sit down and relax. Leaving the harbor and on the way to Summer Island Village you will see Male, the capital, with the gold plated roof of the mosque. And if, you are lucky, dolphins will accompany you on the way to Summer Island.
On the jetty you will be welcomed by the manager or the assistant manager, or by one of the members of the uniformed staff who will accompany you up to the reception, don't worry about your luggage, the crew will bring it to the reception. On your way to the reception you will come across the diving school and the watersport center. Once you know your room number, the crew will carry your luggage to your room. Don't forget to tip them; they carried your luggage and besides it is warm! At the reception you will be welcomed with a cloth to freshen up.