District of Malé
Mosque of Hulhumalé
Mosque of Hulhumalé
Hulhumalé is located in MaldivesHulhumaléHulhumalé
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 4°13′N 73°32′ECoordinates: 4°13′N 73°32′E
Geographic atoll North Male’ Atoll
• Council Malé City Council
• Total 2 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
• Length 2.4 km (1.5 mi)
• Width 1.0 km (0.6 mi)
• Total 30,000
• Density 15,000/km2 (39,000/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)
Hulhumalé or Hulhulemale (Dhivehi: ހުޅުމާލެ) is a reclaimed island located in the south of North Male Atoll, Maldives. The artificial island was reclaimed to establish a new land mass required to meet the existing and future housing, industrial and commercial development demands of the Malé region. The official settlement was inaugurated by President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on May 12, 2004.
The development and management of the island is undertaken by a government-owned corporation called Housing Development Corporation (formerly Hulhumalé Development Unit/Hulhumalé Development Corporation) which was incorporated on March 23, 2005.
Reclamation of Hulhumalé began on October 16, 1997 on the Hulhulé-Farukolhufushi lagoon 1.3 km off the north west coast of Malé. Initial reclamation (or Phase I) consisting of 45% of land mass was carried out by the Ministry of Construction and Public Works (MCPW) costing USD 11 million. The project was then continued by a Belgian Joint Venture Company, International Port Engineering and Management (IPEM) and Dredging International (DI) costing an estimated USD 21 million. All the works involving reclamation and coastal structure development covered in Phase I were completed by June 2002.
A basis of development known as Phase I was formed under the first Master Plan which was completed in July 2001 by a consortium of consultants from Singapore with the contribution of many government agencies, committees and individuals. It conceptually defines the long-term land use and development strategy (including urban design proposals, transportation plans and utility infrastructure) with considerations for future infrastructure connections to the adjacent Phase II and planned airport extension areas. The Master Plan is to be periodically reviewed and adjusted to include advances in development.
Phase I of the Master Plan includes:
Stage 1A (completed)
A 280-room apartment complex with a combination of 2,3 and 4 bedroom units
An integrated primary and secondary school housing 20 classrooms
A public building for government and social requirements containing 32 units
A hospital with 50 bed capacity
A mosque for 1500 persons
Four commercial buildings with a total of 48 units
An asphalt-paved road network approximately 12.5 km long
An adequate land space for the cultivation of indigenous plants and imported varieties
Stage 1B (to be completed by December 2005)
232 condominium housing units
120 basic housing units
169 beach plots
56 Standard plots,
132 terraced houses
280 housing units
57 residential beach front plots
109 residential beach plots
56 residential standard plots
132 plots for terraced housing
A public building with 32 public units
15 industrial and commercial land plots with an average of 1,000 m2 per unit
Stage 1C (planned for 2006)
1900 housing units
Stage 2 (targeted for 2016)
2950 housing units
Stage 3 (targeted for 2020)
3075 housing units
Hulhumalé is underutilized relative to other central atolls in the Maldives. It would take the lead of the government to improve utilization by moving government ministers, government departments and public institutions to Hulhumalé and assisting public servants with relocation costs. Pending urban development, greenery landscaping would help make the place more attractive.
On 15 January 2015 the second reclamation phase of Hulhumalé was launched, which will include the construction of a Youth Centre.
DIVING IN THE MALDIVES QUICK FACTS
The coconut palm and the yellow-fin tuna, symbols of the Maldives, say a great deal about this nation of more than a thousand islands. Grouped into 26 low atolls in the Indian Ocean, less than 300 of the islands are inhabited. The Maldives is flat with white sandy beaches and excellent reefs with an abundance of marine life. Scuba diving is done at a leisurely drift pace as the Indian Monsoon Current sweeps along the island chains, moving nutrients and divers along. This nutrient-rich water flows up along the walls, feeding the sponges and soft corals clinging to the rock sides. Inside the atoll lagoons, rock pinnacles – thila – vault up from the bottom to scratch the water’s surface. In the channels, there are swim-throughs, caverns and overhangs festooned with colorful sponges, invertebrates and gorgonians to explore. At well-known cleaning stations, wrasse and shrimp service manta rays, and other large marine species. With a welcoming culture and some of the finest liveaboard dive boats and luxury resorts on the globe, a dive holiday in the Maldives makes for an unforgettable experience.
The Maldives are a photographer’s dream, so take the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course. The PADI Drift Diver course will prepare you for the drift dives through the channels. Enriched air nitrox is available, so the PADI Enriched Air Diver course is a good idea.
The Maldives are not only idleness and inactivity ! There are different kinds of tours allowing you to explore local islands and culture, experience the underwater life or simply enjoy the natural beauty of the Maldives.
We listed below the top 5 activities in Maldives, accessible to all guests without any certification or required physical skill. Here are our top 5 “must do” activities during your next vacations in Maldives.
1/ SANDBANK & SNORKELING :
sandbank, lagoon and reef turtle while snorkeling tour snorkeling & sandbank
snorkeling lagoon beautiful day today www.cruise-maldives.com sandbank excursion www.cruise-maldives.com
What is the point of coming to Maldives and not seeing the amazing underwater life?
If you come to Maldives you must experience a sandbank and snorkeling excursion!
Imagine the privacy and intimacy of sharing a tiny sandbank in the middle of the Indian Ocean with your own group of friends and family.
In this tour you will take a boat to a deserted sandbank. Enjoy crystal clear water while snorkeling or simply soak up the sun on this tiny piece of sand in the middle of nowhere.
This tour is highly recommended to all Maldives visitors, young & old, amateur or experienced snorkelers, swimmers or non-swimmers (life jacket is provided for all non swimmers guests).
Snorkeling gear is generally included free of charge for all guests participating in this activity.
Indulge in relaxing fishing in the Maldives where the waters can be an adventure of a lifetime. Not only is there a lot of fish , there is a lot of huge fish.
Marvel at the Maldivian seas which are blue and deep and the fish numerous & varied.
Take part in trolling, a method used for big-game fishing. You will be trolling for sailfish, marlin, dogtooth tune & dorado.
Treat yourself with the Maldivian ocean and the reef surrounded by coral islands with tall palms, green trees & white sandy beaches.
You can choose from either a 4 hour trip or a 8 hour trip.
Variety of Courses during holiday is a chance of self development in a fun way. Join open water diving courses in Maldives .
Choose A Resort ,Liveboard Or A Local Island
The gorgeous atolls of the Maldives. Abundant snorkeling options.
Maldives snorkeling is a memorable and unique experience. This group of atolls in the Indian Ocean south of India, offer a stunning destination for a snorkel adventure. But unlike many other locations on this website, where you can visit an island and rent a car, the best ways to visit the Maldives for snorkeling are: to stay at a resort with a good house reef, or book yourself on a snorkeling liveaboard trip or can still do it with local Island guest houses which can be easy to find though advertisements and by asking a person.
The native Maldive anemonefish has black bottom fins. These are common to see snorkeling there.
We were enticed to visit the Maldives years ago by folks telling us they thought it was the best snorkeling in the world. But, because of the distance from the U.S. and cost, we delayed going. Shortly after partnering with Wendy, our travel agent friend who organizes group snorkeling trips, we were given the opportunity and we took it.
As for whether we agree that the Maldives has the best snorkeling in the world, unfortunately, we do not. While at most spots, we did see the most fish we have seen anywhere else, and we saw an amazing array and number of other creatures, the reefs are being severely affected by global warming, and we saw for ourselves a brand new bleaching event in the southern part of the country. There was a similar event in the northern part of the country in 1998 and other smaller ones since. Time will tell if the dying and dead reefs will continue to support the fish and other creatures. The picture below shows the mix of amazing fish life with a lot of coral bleaching.
We saw many many fish snorkeling in the Maldives, but many reefs corals were bleached or bleaching due to warm water.
That said, we definitely still recommend it as a great destination for a snorkeling focused trip. Check out the video below to see just how many fish and creatures we saw.
What Is The Best Way
To Snorkel The Maldives?
We found that there are really two ways to do a Maldives snorkeling trip. Click on the links below for more information about both.
1. Book Yourself On A Snorkeler-Only Liveaboard Boat – We had a great time exploring the southern part of the country on our snorkeling liveaboard trip organized by Wendy. If unlimited snorkeling at many different spots is what you want, this is the ticket. You travel through the atolls on a large comfortable yacht, and then take a smaller boat out to the snorkel spots.
Our Maldives snorkeling liveaboard, and a dhoni, very much like the small boat that we snorkeled from.
2. Stay At One Or More Resorts With Good Snorkeling House Reefs – We chose to stay at one Maldives snorkeling resort island during our trip and it had a wonderful house reef that could easily have been explored for a week or more. The resorts and Local Island Guest Houses offered short boat snorkeling tours to nearby reefs as well. In the research we did for our trip, we found a number of resorts that sounded like they had great reefs to explore too.
Maldives snorkeling resorts offer gorgeous beaches and house reefs.
Embark on a 45-minute journey into the underwater world of Maldives, 100 feet beneath the ocean, in air-conditioned comfort. The certified crew will make sure that this underwater tour into the mysterious depths of the Indian Ocean, on this German-built passenger submarine, is once in a life time experience. You will embark on the largest, deepest diving passenger submarine in the world, capable of carrying 50 passengers and 3 crew to a maximum depth of 150 meters. Choose from one of four departure times when you book.
The complimentary transfer boat will pick you from the capital city, Male’ or from the airport to take you to the submarine dive site, approximately 15 minutes away from Male’. On reaching the submarine dive site, you will be transferred to a large floating platform where you will be served complimentary fresh towels, soft drinks, and tea/coffee before boarding. Boarding will start 15 minutes before dive time and passengers will enter the submarine via the main hatch down a staircase. Once you are seated (free seating), the submarine will leave the floating platform and cruise on the surface while crew give you a safety briefing and demonstrate the use of safety equipment’s on board the submarine. After an announcement, the pilot will start the decent, and through large acrylic view-ports in front of each seat, you can see the depths of the ocean and a school of surgeon fish greeting the submarine. On reaching a depth of 100 feet you will see a coral reef with different types of marine life and corals. Depending on the time of the day, you may see manta rays and the reef sharks swirling around this reef. The submarine is equipped with a fish feeding system to attract these creatures closer to your view-ports. While cruising underwater, the submarine will move slowly to avoid damaging the reef or scaring away the marine life. During the dive you maybe asked to switch seats so that both you and others can view the depths from a different view-port. Don’t forget to take your camera or phone with you so that you can take selfie with the pilot or the crew. After a 45-minute tour the submarine will come back to the surface and you will be transferred back to a boat. The boat will then take you back to Male’ City or to the Airport.
The speedboat driver glances back with a broad grin. Then the roar of engines. Hang on for dear life. Laughter and shrieks of excitement fill the air. A rainbow spray of water. Cutting through the waves, free as a bird. Paddle across the atoll in a kayak. Ride a strong gust on a clear morning. Balance on a catamaran. Parasailing, wakeboarding, jet skiing. An array of watersports activities and facilities to indulge in. So many ways to soar.
Water Sports Facilities
Jet Ski Tour
Surfing in the Maldives
A short boat ride from Kurumba Maldives, and you’re there: one of the prime surf spots on the planet. In the North Malé Atoll, our experienced instructors cater to students of all skill levels. The roar of the waves. The taste of salt and adrenaline. White foam over azure waters. A sense of victory like nothing you’ve experienced as you ride the barrel to the white sand shore. Surfing season in North Malé Atoll generally runs from mid-April to mid-October.
Jet Ski Safari
One of Kurumba’s most popular activities, an exhilarating experience not to be missed. Visit other islands in the Maldives, snorkel a hidden reef and explore enchanting spots only accessible by Jet Ski. An environmentally friendly approach to jet skiing, using the latest craft with low emissions and noise levels. Get up close with the island’s natural beauty while preserving its quiet harmony. As you journey, one of our experienced guides shares Maldivian wisdom and points out local Islands and snorkelling spots. Drivers must be over 18 years of age, and passengers over 10 years of age.