We had about 24 hours back in the Maldives before having to catch our flight back to Turkey (and back to reality!) We wanted to make the most of our time there, but we also needed to catch up on sleep after spending all night in the Colombo airport.
There really couldn’t be a better place to spend a long layover, considering the whole country is full of beautiful beaches. The main conundrum people run into is the ferry schedules. Not all of the ferries run at convenient times, and if you have an early morning flight, you don’t want to risk going very far.
After asking around, we determined that the best choice was the island of Hulhumale, which is right across the bridge from the airport. Buses run every 30 minutes from the airport and are very cheap and comfortable. We did not book in advance, but were lucky to find a reasonable hotel with a room available. Our only agenda was to soak up the sun one last time and enjoy the beach (and our last day of vacation!)
While I certainly hope anyone traveling to the Maldives goes for more than just a layover, there are certainly worse places to be stuck for 24 hours!