This near perfect setting is far better than the alternative, that is, the congested island of Malé, which has the north and south harbors for connectivity to the rest of the islands and the outside world.
On the western edge of the island, you can see scores of cruise vessels moored in the lagoon, while a bit further to the south you can see a lot of aircraft landing in the runaway that seems to be part of the sea. This sort of nexus between the airport and Hulhumalé is connected by a causeway, over which people can travel to and fro the airport. This convenience is particularly marked when the seas are choppy.
You will be fetched from the jetty by a dinghy belonging to your dive vessel, and spend a few hours usually before leaving Hulhumalé and travelling onwards on your itinerary to discover the Maldivian islands.
Upon your return, you will usually be transferred to an inn to wait for your flight, or by your own choice, if you wish to see the capital city before you go. The inns are located on the eastern side of the island, which has a lovely white sandy beach and a shallow sea that stretches about 500 ft outwards into the sea till the house reef, where waves break and sigh away. The beaches of Hulhumalé are well loved by all for a quick dip or an adventure in reef fishing. Residents visit the beach during holidays while vacationers take advantage of the midweek slump to soak up the sun.
Hulhumalé as a new city
Wherever you are on Hulhumalé, the differences between the island and the industrialized Ibrahim Nasir International Airport and the urbanized capital island is very striking. Casuarina trees shade the paved streets and wide sidewalks, separated from the streets by hedges of many varieties.
As you walk down Huvandhumaa Hingun, the main street of Hulhumalé, you would see many streetlights that have a solar panel mounted on it. This innovation is being piloted in Hulhumalé by Housing Development Corporation, a Government owned corporation that was incorporated on March 2005, to manage the ongoing development process. Read more about diving cruises in Hulhumalé.