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FIYA Magazine by Villa Air: The Ultimate Guide to Bucket List Experiences in the Maldives

We're constantly looking for bucket-list experiences to explore in the sunny side of life.

A visit to the Maldives itself is a bucket-list experience for many. From honeymoons to anniversaries, the Maldives is one of the most romantic destinations to explore. The country, however, is not just for the lovebirds to explore. Maldives islands and resorts have the experience to create unforgettable memories for every type of traveller. Villa Air recently showcased some of the perfect bucket-list destinations to visit to craft your Maldives experience. In the latest Villa Air inflight magazine issue, travellers can read about experiences for friends, families, couples, and even solo travellers!

Exploring the Local Islands with FIYA Magazine

Although Maldives resorts are popular for their beautiful and luxurious villas, there is something uniquely beautiful about local islands. You’re getting a budget-friendly experience without compromising on the white sandy beaches, azure waters, or even the lush greenery. If anything, local islands bring a touch more culture and vibrancy. From the friendly islanders to exploring something unique to each island, local islands are their own unique experiences. Here are some of the beautiful destinations, as recommended by the magazine for travellers to explore:

  • Maafushi – This is truly one of the most popular local islands. Located near Male’ City, Maafushi is a vibrant island filled with art, culture and beautiful hotels to explore. While one side of the island feels more like a resort, travellers can also explore the local side!
  • Fehendhoo – Tucked away in Baa Atoll, Fehendhoo is the perfect place to explore crystal-clear waters. In addition to being extremely beautiful, this small island has some of the friendliest locals you could meet!
  • Dhigurah – Dhigurah features those beautiful powdery beaches we all dream of visiting. While you’re on this island, you can also book an excursion to amazing destinations like Hanifaru Bay!
  • Thulusdhoo – This island is a surfer’s dream destination! the laid-back vibes and amazing surfing spot make this destination a surf enthusiast’s paradise. If you’re a cat lover, Thulusdhoo also houses some of the most adorable cats you’ll meet in the Maldives.
  • Huraa – Huraa and Thulusdhoo are both located in close proximity to each other. So if you’re looking for an island hopping experience, a stay in Huraa and a day visit to Thulusdhoo will make for the perfect trip.
  • Gulhi – This small island is perfect for anyone looking for an island near Male’ that isn’t too packed with tourists. Gulhi is the perfect place to interact with some locals and enjoy peaceful days by the beach.

Every Traveller Must Have These Experiences!

If you’re looking to explore the most scenic islands of the Maldives you must visit Baa Atoll! The Atoll is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve homing to some of the most vibrant coral reefs and aquatic wonders of the world. If you watched ‘Love in the Maldives’ you already know a trip to Vaavu Atoll is a must. This one is for adventure travellers. From dolphin watching to shipwrecks, everything in Vaavu is an adventure. And as we all know, an Excursion is an absolute must. Whether you’re visiting a resort or a local island, try to book at least one excursion trip. It could be sunset dolphin watching, fishing or even island hopping. There is something quite magical about this experience.

Don’t Miss out on these Resort Experiences

If you’re looking for a romantic and unforgettable resort experience, book a stay at Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll. This beautiful resort offers a beach bubble, perfect for creating lifelong memories. This intimate retreat setting feels like a glamping experience in the Maldives. Couples can enjoy the starlit nights of the Maldives and enjoy private beach dinners and breakfasts!

While you’re in the Maldives, book a romantic photoshoot with IM Studio. Whether you’re looking to create reels or capture the perfect picture, IM Studio elevates your experience. Go home with the perfect memories from your trip by booking with the amazing team that always delivers.

Whether you’re visiting Anantara, Soneva, CROSSROADS, SO/ Maldives or even Finolhu, don’t miss out on the overwater villa experience. A stay in an overwater villa in the Maldives is truly unique. You’re surrounded by the most beautiful waters and views one cannot forget!

If you’re taking a Villa Air flight to your next destination, dive into these bucket list experiences with the FIYA Magazine!

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Hawaiian Airlines’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Welcomes First Guests!

Hawaiian Airlines has just marked the arrival of the inaugural flight of its new flagship aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The airline, which is celebrating 93 years in 2024 is is the largest operator of commercial flights to and from the island state of Hawaii. Additionally, the airline is also the 24th-largest commercial airline in the United States.

The inaugural flight for Hawaiian Airlines’ new flagship aircraft Aircraft N781N has been named named Kapuahi. This name directly translated to a star known as Aldebaran in Western astronomy.

Today marks an incredible achievement for all of us at Hawaiian Airlines and I’d like to thank all of our teammates, Boeing and our many partners for helping us make this moment possible. Our 787-9 is a true flagship product that, when paired with the award-winning hospitality of our crew, will provide guests with an unforgettable Hawaiʻi travel experience, says Peter Ingram – president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines.

The guests of the inaugural Hawaiian Airlines flight also had the lucky chance to be the first to watch the brand new safety video on the airline. The tag-line ‘Aloha and welcome aboard’ welcomes the passengers, as the crew talks through the safety procedures. The safety video also showcases the beauty of Hawaii, allowing travellers a first glimpse into the beautiful island.

A Look Into the Cabins of Hawaiian Airlines

The 34 Leihōkū (garland of stars) suites of the airline features lie-flat seating. With this, Hawaiian Airlines welcome travelers with an 18-inch in-flight entertainment screen, as well as personal power outlets, wireless cell phone charging, and direct aisle access. The suites also offers privacy or a shared experience, allowing couples to fall asleep.

The main cabin consists of 266 Collins Aerospace Aspire seats with ergonomically contoured back and armrests. This seat can be maximized into a living space, offering more shoulder and hip room. Additionally, the cabin also features a 12-inch seatback monitor with USB-A and USB-C charging ports. Main Cabin guests can also select from 79 Extra Comfort seats to enjoy more legroom and access to AC power outlets.

Hawaii has been an increasingly popular destination among travellers. As of recent, Hawaii has yet again picked up its popularity as a dream wedding destination as well. Travellers who love the islands compare it to other beach destinations such as The Maldives.

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