Muscat to Malé (Maldives)
Just one day of relaxing, and driving around Muscat with a rented car,
port Mutuah and the old town and port of Muscat with its many
buildings in excellent, old fashion architecture and museums were
and hardly enough in this interesting country with its long history.
The old town of Muscat, sitting In between mountains and the sea was
interesting to visit. We later drove along the coast to the famous
Bustan, this great place was actually being renovated at this time.
After lunch we spent much time at the hotel Intercontinental pool.
was 46 degrees C and no doubt, we spent most time in the water to cool
Yesterday the 26th of June, we had an early start. We got up at 4oclock
morning, to allow an early take off with full load of 115 % Gross
Remember, with all our gear and an additional tank in the cabin with
Gallons of fuel.
We planned for a take- off at 06:00, but with delays caused by the
agent, we finally could take off just before 8 o clock with full 220
fuel and a relatively good weather forecast.
Our Comanche performed exceptionally well, considering that the outside
temperature was already 40 degrees C at this time in the morning. This
longest leg, all over the water of nearly 11 hours. Flight was
once we reached our Flight was uneventful, and once we reached our
altitude of FL 110 it cooled down to an acceptable level inside the
Because the time difference, flying eastward of 1 hour, and the delay
ground before departure, we landed well after dark at Male
is situated just outside the Island of Male, the capital and looks like
form of an Aircraft carrier.
We stayed at the near bay airport hotel, which proved the ideal hotel
The aircraft was basically in view of our room. After unloading the
pitch dark night and having cleared all the preliminaries, Customs,
etc we had an well deserved cold beer and a buffet dinner and then off
Today the 27th of June, we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at the top
our hotel, with a clear view of Malé Island and then organized to go
our aircraft to take care of all the preparations for our flight
which will take us to Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.
Relaxing at the hotel's pool was what we really needed and enjoyed.
spending most of the morning on the aircraft, we met Azim, one of the
operations mangers. Later in the afternoon, we then crossed over by
our hotel to the neighboring Island Male and Azim showed us the busy
90'000 habitants on a place of just one square Kilometer.
Mazem invited us to his home and we met all his family in a small
Back at the hotel we, made the final preparations for tomorrows flight
and had a final drink at the rooftop of the hotel, overlooking the
View from the hotel on the airport island to Malé Island,
the capital of the Maledives.
A shady place to arrange the flight maps to Colombo.
Meeting place in Malé city.