How to Get Around in the Maldives

Malé from above

As one of the most coveted beach vacation destinations on the planet, the island paradise of Maldives is a popular vacation hotspot for the masses. Boasting truly unique topographical features the archipelago is a landscape made up of over a thousand pristine islands, identified at atolls. Perhaps this is why getting around the island nation might require a whole new game plan for first prime visitors. Here are some insights on the transport options available in the country for your next getaway.

1. Find a Strategic Base Hotel
When it comes to finding hotels and resorts that are advantageously situated for holidays in Maldives, location is key. Although one may be tempted to select well-known resorts the likes of Kurumba Maldives and countless others littering the paradise isles considering the location of the resort can save both time and money spent on transfers. As a rule of thumb opt out of resort bases that are located further away from the capital Male or in remote areas of the country as these accommodation providers will run up transport costs considerably and also make travelling around the country an unnecessary challenge for holidaymakers. Consider staying close to the capital or at a resort base that can be reached via a short boat transfer from Male’s airport isle for ease and convenience when travelling around the Maldives.

2. Exploring Male
The best mode of transportation for exploring Male is surprisingly on foot. Although the bustling city is the country’s only cosmopolitan area Male is ideal for walking tours due to its proximity to the ocean and the location of many cultural points of interest that are within close range of one another. When visiting iconic landmarks the likes of Republic Square, Presidential Mansions, Sultan Park or the National Museum it is not only best to walk but ideal as the verdant surroundings of these cultural hotspots makes for an engaging strolling experience. Bus services are also available in the city so visitors can explore Male’s retail hubs and other attractions with the more than affordable public bus network if they so, please.

3. Airport Transfer Options
Travellers who wish to skip a tour of Male and head straight to their resort of choice after landing in Hulhumale, on the other hand, have three modes of transportation to reach their hotel base. The most expensive transfer option among these is, of course, seaplane rides. Often regarded as the most efficient way to get to resort isles after landing in Male, seaplane trips also offer visitors bird’s eye views of the country on the journey. The disadvantage of this costly mode of travel, however, is that one’s luggage may have to fly separately as seaplane transfers are only available during the daytime. Three local airlines, the Island Aviation Services, Trans Maldivian Airways, Maldives Villa Air provide seaplane transfers in the country. Speedboats are another alternative available to holidaymakers and it is a popular option due to the low costs. You can also hitch a ride on supply boats heading to the area of your resort although the transfer time is quite slow and the schedule unreliable.

4. Travelling between Atolls
Once you are settled in the resort base of your choice the best way to travel to various areas of the atolls and the country at large, is by boat. Keep in mind that those who wish to explore uninhabited islands or experience scuba diving tours or snorkelling activities away from the hotel’s house reef can book an organised tour through private operators or book a boat transfer via the hotel. Those who wish to charter a yacht or a catamaran to various quarters of the islands surrounding your hotel will also find plenty of local tour operators at their disposal.

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