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Transportation in Maldives
Written by Rahul on November 16, 2022 Share on

Transportation in the Maldives – Move around this beautiful Island with ease

The Maldives, one beautiful place to visit is simply a paradise on earth. With its clean beaches and the great shores where tourists love to relax, it is indeed a very famous tourist destination. This place can be exclusively seen as a honeymoon destination owing to its beautiful landscapes and the blissful sea. Maldives tourism has undoubtedly increased in the last few years. With Maldives tour package, one witness this beauty. The stroll along the seashores and enjoy a romantic evening. The Maldives presents you with top-class resorts where you stay in and enjoy the ambience. One concern that strikes everyone is transportation in the Maldives. Planning a holiday to the Maldives? Keep reading to know more about transportation in the Maldives.

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The beautiful Maldives
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Transportation in the Maldives

The Island of the Maldives can be easily covered by foot, be it private or public islands. This is one of the main reasons why you will not be able to find any car rentals in the Maldives. But do note that Taxis operate in the larger part of the islands. But for an economic friendly trip, walking across the island will be cheap and economical. There are many options for you to travel from one island to another and you will be seeing the various options that we are going to present. So here is the list of ways of transportation in the Maldives.


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Addu and Male in the Maldives are the two places where you can spot taxis widely and is also popular for road transport. So they have a very efficient taxi service. In Mahe, you do have a comfortable taxi ride that you can avail very easily. This will be your mode of transport from the airport to the city. These taxies charge 20 MVR for any distance and raise about 10 MVR more after 11 PM. Shared taxi in the Maldives is a very common thing. This is because it is a small place and hence it can pick up multiple passengers at a time. The easiest way to get your taxi is from your hotel itself. So yes, look for a shared cab when you are in the Maldives. It can be easy and quick as well.

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Taxi transportation in the Maldives
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Imagine yourself driving in this amazing place. Wow, accompanied by strides of coconut trees in a smooth path, cycling is the best way to roam around too! Breath in the fresh air and enjoy cycling around. Cycling is both healthy and one of the most convenient ways for you to roam around the Maldives. Many resorts like Senova Fushi, Island Hideaway, Diva, Shangri la, etc. have cycles available for the visitors. But when you look at the overall city, there are not much cycle rentals which can ease the process of hiring. Some resorts even do have their own cycle guided tours which will be a great experience for you. So, enquire with your resort and if they have a cycling tour, you are simply good to go. Pedal your way through the island and enjoy the beauty.

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Cycle ride experience in Maldives
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Operated by Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC), buses in the Maldives are only active in some designated routes. But comparatively, it is a cheaper option than to the other options. The basic fares start from 3 MVR. You will be able to find the bus station 50 metres away from the airport and you will be dropped off at Hulhulmale for 20 MVR. Avoid boarding the bus with a lot of luggage. During rainy days the transport can be difficult because the buses remain crowded.

Bus transportation in Maldives
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For commuting between islands, Ferry is the cheapest option in the Maldives. Fares vary from 30 to 60 MVR. This journey lasts up to 5 hours which is really long. Getting a ferry from the airport to the island costs around 40 MVR. Public island ferries cost around 30-45 MVR. This is definitely one of the cheapest options for your travel between islands. Most of this ferry operates from 6 AM to 6 PM. But the one thing about these ferries is that you cannot rely on their timings. But this is the major transportation in the Maldives.


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Ferry transportation in Maldives
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Speed Boat

This is for the ones who can afford fast travel in the Maldives and those who do not like to travel in ferries. Speedboats are also an option for those who need to reach an island where ferries can’t reach. But the only hiccup here is the cost of the ride which can hike up to 3500 MVR. One thing you can also try is to ask for a lift from the local fishermen available there. You can also interact with them on your way and enjoy the ride too.

Speedboat docked in the port.
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When you are in too much of a hurry, the best possible option for you will be travelling via Seaplane. It is the quickest way of transportation available in the Maldives. Also due to the low altitude flying, you will be able to grab some of the most breathtaking views of the whole Island of Maldives. Fares may vary depending on the distance from 3500 to 7000 MVR. But if you are up for a memorable experience in the Island, then must not miss the seaplane experience. This is the costliest form of transportation in the Maldives.

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Sea Plane in a resort
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Maldivian ‘Dhoni’

The oldest sea vessels are quite famous in the Maldives. You can choose to travel with the traditional Maldivian Dhoni. Enjoy this one of a kind transport and it will make your experience a special one. Just like the Arabian vessel Dhow, the Dhoni is a traditional boat used for fishing. Renting a Maldivian Dhoni will cost you around 1000 to 1500 MVR. For a Honeymoon vacation, travelling in a Dhoni will be one of the most romantic. Do not miss to add the Maldivian Dhoni experience to your itinerary.

Maldivian fishing Dhoni
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