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Island hopping in the Maldives
Written by Arundhati Toshniwal on October 25, 2022 Share on

Island hopping in Maldives

Tropical vibes, fresh breeze and effortless beauty, the Maldives equals everything you are looking to have on your vacation. This archipelago country is located in Southern Asia in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The popular destination comprises 1190 islands, making it difficult for travellers to choose which island to explore. It is not possible to explore every island on your Maldives trip, so narrow down your list to five to seven islands and satisfy your travel cravings. Island Hopping is a new and easy way of vacationing that involves tourists to ‘hop’ from one island to another in just one day. 

It offers you a great opportunity to explore so much in less time. There are many tour operators available, providing you with smooth and comfortable island hopping experiences. Take a glance at the following list of islands you can visit and make them part of your island hopping in the Maldives. Build a perfect Maldives package and plan an extraordinary vacation like never before. The Maldives has got a lot on its plate so, get ready to experience the best out of best!

Best Islands to visit for Island hopping in the Maldives 

Why stop at one island when you have plenty of options to choose from. Every island has its own uniqueness and offers a lot to its visitors. Get ready to have a blasting island hopping in the Maldives. Check out this list of top islands and build a trip you have wished for. 

  1. Male
  2. Mirihi
  3. Baros
  4. Maafushi
  5. Vaadhoo

1. Male

There is no better place to start your Maldives trip other than Male. The capital city flourishes with luxurious resorts, lavish restaurants, extravagant monuments and fine beaches to explore. Male has plenty of things to do and tends to satisfy every traveller at its best. It promises to offer wonderful tropical experiences, so don’t miss it.

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2. Mirihi

Don’t miss adding Mirihi island to your Maldives island hopping list. Fresh air, delicious cuisine, magnificent views, thriving marine life and elegant stay options, this small island in the Alif Dhaal Atoll has it all! This tourist island is a gem of the Maldives that is known to offer soothing experiences to every visitor.

3. Baros

Baros is a sweet and pleasant destination where you can swim with turtles, admire vibrant and colourful coral reefs, enjoy scrumptious Maldivian food, stay in luxury water villas and rejuvenate yourself with tempting spa massages. Add Baros to your Island hopping list in the Maldives and experience something new.

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4. Maafushi

Maafushi is a popular local island in the Maldives that is known for its nominal budget travelling and better infrastructure. Escape your daily life chaos in white beaches, turquoise ocean, magical coral reefs, and amazing marine life. Maafushi makes one of the perfect islands to visit in the Maldives for hopping and exploring.

5. Vaadhoo

From all other islands, Vaadhoo has something very special to offer to its visitors. Vaadhoo island is extremely popular for its Sea of Stars that not only attracts tourists but locals as well. The sea that glows at night is due to the phenomenon of bioluminescence that is truly a blissful sight. Make your vacation worth remembering for a lifetime with the one you love. 

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Mode of Transportation in Maldives

Whether you are at a private island or a public island, walking across the island is a great and economical experience to have. There are many options to travel from one island to another in the Maldives. Check out and select one of the following conveyances depending on your budget and time duration. Also, do remember that sea and air transfers are closed about an hour before the sunset.

1. Seaplanes

The popular and fastest mode of transportation in the Maldives for island hopping is via seaplanes. These are also known as the ‘air taxi’ and a perfect way to commute between the islands. Enjoy breathtaking bird-eye views as you travel long distances in no time. Seaplanes can manage up to 18 people at a time while costing an average price between USD 200 and USD 500 (depending on the distance). TransMaldivian is the prominent seaplanes service provider in the country. To have a hassle-free experience, book your seaplane ride online in advance. If you wish to carry extra luggage, you might need to pay some extra bucks.

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2. Speedboats

Speedboats are another great option to commute between the islands. Motor-driven speedboat is the luxurious and fastest way to explore the Maldivian islands. Private speed boats are mostly used by the resorts, whereas public speedboats do not have a fixed schedule and are operated the whole day before sunset. Public speedboat carries about 20 to 30 people at a time and costs about a minimum of USD 20 whereas private speed boats cost a lot more.

3. Public Boats – Dhoni

Dhonis are also a good option to commute between destinations and are easy on pockets. These traditional boats are very popular in the country and are widely used by the tourists and locals for transportation due to their nominal prices. The maximum price can go up to USD 10 and the boat accommodates about 50 to 100 people at a time. The boats are operated every day before sunset except on Fridays. These are a perfect mode of transportation, but slow and time-consuming. Book your seat in advance or get knowledge about the schedule by visiting its online website.

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Isn’t Maldives a true paradise? Visit and explore this marvellous destination with your loved ones and make memories forever. Build a perfect island hopping itinerary for your Maldives trip and explore almost every corner of the country. Book an all-in-one Maldives honeymoon package from Pickyourtrail and get ready to have a perfect vacation on great deals. You can even customise your Maldives itinerary the way you want and have a vacation on your terms and conditions. Don’t wait to explore this tropical heaven with the people you love. See you soon 🙂

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