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Transport in Maldives

Maldives is not a single island but a cluster of thousands Robinson Crusoe islands. Male International Airport located 2 km northwest of enthralling capital city Male. It is the premier gateway to Maldives. Internal transport service of Maldives is very well maintained with air and ferry service from Male.

The transport sector is dominated by maritime and air transportation.

Road Transport

Paved roads are few: some 60 km in Male, and 14 km each on the Laamu and Addu Atolls. Village roads are mainly of compacted coral.

Bicycles and Motorbikes

Bicycles and motorbikes are the most common means of road transport. You will be amused to find that motor cars are the status symbol of the elite class.


Limited taxi services are also available.

Sea Transport

Getting around in the Maldives is not restricted to a boat though. Seaplanes offer an even faster and scenic alternative, especially to distant resorts.

Speedboat : Airport to hotel transfer. Recreational (including water-skiing)

Passenger ferries : Larger vessels, often fast and air-conditioned.

Cargo Vessels : Normally diesel powered, slow.

Dhoni : Versatile and adoptable workhorse of the sea. Very sea worthy.

Wind surfing : Special mention. Inter-island travel banned.

Air Transport

Main Airports

Male International (MLE) on Hulule Island is 2km (1.2 miles) from Male (journey time by boat - 15 minutes). To/from the airport: Boats travel from the airport to Male. Boats from the various island resorts meet each arriving plane to take visitors to their accommodation. There is no scheduled transfer from Hulule Island to the other islands, save to Male. Maldivian Air Taxi and Trans Maldivian Airways operate special transfer trips to most resorts. If an advance booking has been made, representatives of the resorts will receive tourists at the airport and will take care of all onward transport arrangements.


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