Saturday, August 12, 2017

D-4 Male City, Maldives 2017

Dusit Thani Maldives, Mudhdhow Island, Baa Atoll - Beach Villa with Pool Rm2,432 inclusive of taxes (2 adults)
+ Airport Transfer Rm1,847 return = Total US$1,000 per night in low season month of August 2017
Anantara Kihavah Villas, Baa Atoll Maldives - Beach Pool Villas Rm4,900 inclusive of taxes (2 Adults)
+ Round trip sea plane transfer for two Rm5,326 = Total Rm10,266 (US$2,400)
Loama Resort Maldives, Raa Atoll - No rooms available from mid to end August 2017
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavanu - Beach Bungalow with pool for three US2,112 after tax
+ transfer fee for three US1,983 = US$4,095 per night in mid August 2017

Day 4 Wednesday 9th August 2017 - putting aside our aborted Rasdhoo visit, today we focused our free time exploring the greater Hulhumale & Male City areas. Due to the convenience of the ferry services, we were able to visit Thilafushi & Villigili Public Beach and in Eastern Male City, our group visited a popular artificial beach ideal for swimming there. 

1) Early morning stroll at the Eastern Beach, Hulhumale

2)  Beach Front Hotels, F & B & Massage Services at Eastern Beach, Hulhumale

3) Free buffet breakfast (07.30>09.00) at UI Inn's café located behind the hotel

4) Taking a public ferry from Hulhumale Ferry Terminal to Male City 

5) Upon arrival at Hulhumale Ferry Terminal in Male City, our group took a taxi (35MVR) to House Clover hotel (Rm483=US$113 for a triple bed room) + US$3 Green Tax per pax for an early check in. 

6) A panoramic view of Male City as seen from the 9th floor of our hotel

7) Taking a public ferry from Villingili Ferry Terminal to Thilafushi - not a touristy place, mainly industrial area, just enjoy the ferry ride. 

8) Taking a public ferry (24 hrs service) from Villingili Ferry Terminal to Villingili Public Beach - just show up and enjoy the walking tour (30 mins) around this smallish island, the nearest natural public beach from Male City, a round the island buggy  service is available. 

9) Souvenir Shops near Independence Square

10) Jetty No 1

11) Presidential Jetty

12) Independence Square

13) Waterfront / Commercial hub areas

14) Hulhumale Ferry Terminal, Male City

15) The Artificial Beach (Raalhugandu), South East Corner of  Male City, a new bridge is currently under construction linking Male airport with Male City, expect the project to be completed by the end of 2018. 

16)  Rasfannu Artificial Beach, Western Male City (2nd visit)

17) Dinner at Athama Palace (2nd visit), Male City. Just loved the fried rice & grilled chicken served in the restaurant !

18) Retail inspection on packaged food on sale in a supermarket in Male City 

12MVR for a 500ml Sprite Drink (US0.80=Rm3.42)
SAFA 1 litre fruit juice 27MVR (US$1.80=Rm7.74)
Anchor Fresh Milk 1 Litre - 36MVR (US$2.40=Rm10.27)
Sliced White Bread 560gm - 23MVR (US$1.53=Rm6.56)
100 Plus 325ml - 12MVR(US$0.80=Rm3.42)
Ceres 100% Juice 1 Litre - 36MVR (US$2.40=Rm10.27)
Nutro Marie Biscuits 200gm - 17MVR (US$1.13=Rm4.83)
Mamee Express Cup Instant Noodle - 10MVR (US$0.66=Rm2.82)
Pokka Cappuccino 12MVR (US$0.80=Rm3.42)
White eggs x 6 - 14MVR (US$0.93=Rm3.98) 
Meiji Yoghurt - 23MVR (US$1.53=Rm6.54)
Drinking Water 375ml - 5MVR (US$0.33=Rm1.41)
Extra Long Grain Basmati Rice 1 kg - 38MVR (US$2.53=Rm10.82)

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