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Old Oct 25, 17, 11:53 pm #1
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This is our first time to Maldives. Our flight landing at 10:10pm at MLE airport . We must stay over night in Male . I am open up for suggestion where to book a hotel stay in Male . If you know a good clean hotel, please share.

Currently, I am considered booking a 1 night stay at Octave Hotel .

The Octave hotel website said they have a complimentary pick up service, but I do not know if it is reliable. My travel companion has mobility issue and I want to learn as much as information before our trip in case no one show up to meet us at the airport.

Can someone please advise the following:

a) The best way to get to Octave hotel.

d) Which ferry to take from airport to Male city

c) Any taxi from ferry ( Male) to Octave hotel. Does taxi runs late at night. is it safe to take a taxi at this time of night . What is the fee and any surcharge for taking a taxi at night

d) is there any phone booth at airport to contact hotel.

e) How to go back from hotel to airport.

g) Do I need to exchange US dollar at airport. Not sure which currency to use in Maldives. Can I pay a taxi drive/ hotel fee in US dollars

i) Do I need to buy a simcard when landing at MLE airport.

Please advise and thank you
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Old Nov 6, 17, 9:18 pm #2

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a) The best way to get to Octave hotel.
You'd have to take the ferry to reach this hotel as its in Male. The airport is on an adjoining island.

d) Which ferry to take from airport to Male city
You shouldn't have a problem finding these as soon as your out of the airport

c) Any taxi from ferry ( Male) to Octave hotel. Does taxi runs late at night. is it safe to take a taxi at this time of night . What is the fee and any surcharge for taking a taxi at night
Not sure about this, as i've walked around on Male for the most part

d) is there any phone booth at airport to contact hotel.
I vaguely remember seeing one once you've cleared customs. In case you can't find it and need to make a call, head to the resort booth where your main booking is and am sure they'd help you out. Most of the major resorts have representation at the airport in the form of small booths, where's there's a rep.

e) How to go back from hotel to airport.
In the same way, ferry from Male back to the airport and this time i'm guessing you'd need to make your way to the sea plane terminal which is right next to the main airport terminal

g) Do I need to exchange US dollar at airport. Not sure which currency to use in Maldives. Can I pay a taxi drive/ hotel fee in US dollars
Yes you can exchange money at the airport itself. Exit customs & on the left you'll see an ATM and money changer.

i) Do I need to buy a simcard when landing at MLE airport.
Not sure about this.

Extra bits of info:
You could also consider staying at one of the hotels on Hulhumale. This is basically the island where the airport is and so it would save you the ferry ride. Prices are bound to be the same as what your paying for Octave. Let me know if you need some suggestions on some hotel options for hulhumale. Lot of people do this as a stop over/ transit stay when landing in late or if they have an early departure the following morning..
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Old Nov 7, 17, 12:17 am #3

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You could also consider staying at one of the hotels on Hulhumale. This is basically the island where the airport is and so it would save you the ferry ride. Prices are bound to be the same as what your paying for Octave. Let me know if you need some suggestions on some hotel options for hulhumale. Lot of people do this as a stop over/ transit stay when landing in late or if they have an early departure the following morning.
Strongly second this suggestion, particularly if you don't know until the very late evening when your water plane will be flying out the next day (could be very early in the morning, could be later that day). Would just get the pick up/drop off service from the hotel to keep things as smooth as possible.

Stayed at The Pine Lodge, which is a perfectly fine hotel for a short overnight albeit in a poor neighborhood. quarryking might have better suggestions
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Old Nov 7, 17, 11:57 pm #4
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@ quarryking & gpia

Thanks for reply my thread. I already make a reservation at Octave hotel .

Please give me suggestion of hotel you know in Hulhumale island. In case Octave does not show up to meet us at airport on the day of my arrival, at least I have another option of choosing where to stay overnight

I requested a pick up and drop of service with Octave. I am not sure how it turn out yet, until I get to Maldives. I plan to send an email to remind them a couples days before my departure so that they will remember to meet us at MLE airport.

Do you know how late the ferry running from airport to Male island. Where do I buy ferry ticket ( airport to Male island) and how much it costs. Can I pay with US dollars bill for ferry fee.
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