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We left the lounge shortly after 7:20AM, and were through security by 7:25AM. Our flight was departing from gate 7, though upon arriving at the gate we found it hadn’t started boarding yet.
There were maybe 25 people in the gate area for the 37 seat Dash 8, so the flight seemed to be roughly two thirds full.
At 7:35AM boarding was finally announced, at which point all the passengers made a mad dash to the door. We waited till the end, since I sure as heck wasn’t excited about spending more time on a Dash 8 than I had to.
MLE (MLE) – Kooddoo (GKK)
Sunday, April 5
Aircraft: Dash 8-200
Seat: 2D (Economy Class)
Once our boarding passes were scanned we walked onto the tarmac, where a bunch of Maldivian Dash 8s were parked.
We were on one of the smaller ones, a Dash 8-200.
We quickly settled into row two. I was surprised by how comfortable the seats were.
The legroom wasn’t half bad, and the padding was good as well. I was surprised by how few tourists were on the plane. There were a total of five tourists, and the rest of the passengers seemed to be “locals.” Interestingly the tourists seemed to be seated in the first few rows, while the locals were sat behind.
It’s worth noting that the legroom in row one is excellent, particularly on the right side of the plane. This is only the case on the Dash 8-200, though. On the Dash 8-300, there’s a rear facing set of seats right by that row.
I looked through the seatback pocket, where I found the safety card, a guide for Chinese tourists vacationing in the Maldives, and a prayer card.
Boarding was finished at 7:40AM, at which point a prayer was played over the PA. Shortly thereafter the flight attendant distributed refreshing towels.
The flight attendant then announced our flight time of 55 minutes, and did the safety demo while still at the stand.
It was only at 7:50AM that we began our taxi. Being seated in a right window seat I had a great view of the international terminal, and all of the significantly more interesting traffic there.
Taking off at Male Airport usually requires taxiing the length of the runway, since the only taxiway for the runway is in the center. However, since we were in a prop we just took off in the middle of the runway, given we didn’t need as much room. We were airborne at 7:52AM, just two minutes after we began our taxi.
The view on the climb out was beautiful.
Though the views only got better the further into the flight we were.
About 10 minutes after takeoff the flight attendant pulled a curtain around the front of the cabin so she could serve the pilots.
Shortly thereafter she offered a beverage service, with a choice between water or a couple of types of juice. The juices were thick and tasty.
The flight attendant was rather quirky. She sat in her jumpseat for most of the flight and had facial expressions which cycled between looking like a motionless and expressionless mummy, to breaking out in laughter out of nowhere.
Eventually she randomly asked us if we were also flight attendants, because apparently that’s what we looked like. As it turns out one of the friends I was traveling with is a flight attendant, and she nearly bowed down to him when she found out the airline/airplane/position (suffice to say he’s not the inflight service manager on a Maldivian Dash 8). 😉
My eyes were glued to the window for the entirety of the flight, and before I knew it we were already on our descent into Kooddoo.
The runway seemed to be quite short, though we did have a smooth landing, and then rolled out to the end of the runway.
Once we got to to the end we taxied back half of the runway to the taxiway, which took us to the small terminal.
We deplaned within a couple of minutes, at around 8:50AM.
Kooddoo Airport’s terminal is tiny and sort of adorable.
The arrivals hall consists of just a dozen chairs.
Upon arrival we were greeted by people from the Park Hyatt, who loaded the five of us headed to the resort onto a golf cart. He explained that checked luggage would be collected for us.
It was a roughly five minute golf cart ride from the airport to the dock.
Once at the dock we were directed to the Park Hyatt’s boat, which featured seating for a bit over a dozen guests.
We were offered cold towels and water, and were give life vests to wear. We waited for about 10 minutes, until checked bags were loaded onto the boat. In total there were three staff on the boat, plus five guests.
The boat ride to the Park Hyatt took about 25 minutes. I was quite surprised by how fast the boat was — this was a true high speed boat.
Eventually we arrived at the Park Hyatt, and had made it to paradise.
Maldivian & Park Hyatt transfer bottom line
Getting to the Park Hyatt wasn’t easy… at least in my case. It involved five flights, a night at a not-so-nice hotel, and a boat ride. When I started the boat ride to the Park Hyatt I told my friends “there’s no way this is worth it, I’m beat.”
But once we actually arrived at the resort my impressions changed considerably. When we arrived and the boat’s engine was cut and I had the view of the last picture above, I think my exhaustion turned into excitement. How gorgeous!