Traveling in the Maldives

For the average traveler, there’s one way of commuting in the Maldives; the Maldivian way.

My work takes me quite a few times to the Maldives. The plus side is that I get to sleep in really comfy beds. The down side is getting around. So I thought I’d share my experience which may give you a bit of a heads up.

When arranging your accommodation in the Maldives, remember that it is mandatory to also arrange a return transfer. The transfer could be via speedboat, seaplane, domestic flight or a combination of the same; it depends on where the Resort is located. If you want to explore any of the local islands or Malé once you get to the Resort, a separate transfer would need to be arranged for which there maybe a charge.

Sea plane transfer. Trans Maldivian Airways

Speed boat / Ferry transfer

Domestic flight: Maldivian Airways

Once you land at Velana International Airport, you walk out into a typical boat yard and ferry terminal. Each of the resorts have their own kiosk at the airport arrival area. If you’ve arranged accommodation with a Resort, a representative will typically greet you at Arrivals and guide you to the boat. If not, you can walk up to the hotel’s kiosk and provide your details.

If you’re simply traveling limbo and just need a place to crash for the night, the closest airport hotel is 5 minutes away (Hulhule Island Resort). A shuttle is available from the airport every 15 minutes.

Alternatively, you can get the public ferry (10 rufiya a ticket) to Malé which takes roughly 10 minutes. There are many city hotels for a comfortable stay. There’s also the option of traveling to Hulhumale, a local island close to the airport, also via ferry from Malé or from the airport.

Remember that no alcohol can be taken into the Maldives. It will be confiscated at the airport. No alcohol is served or is available in Malé or any of the local islands. Only resorts and hotels are licensed to serve alcohol on property.

Malé itself is a very small city. Hustle and bustle, narrow lanes and hundreds of bikes. Plenty of taxis are available at each of the ferry terminals. 25 Rufiyaa from Point A to wherever; 30 Rufiyaa if you put in a piece of luggage. Note: it is normal for a taxi ride to be shared. Other passengers can get in along the way if the taxi is going in the same direction as they are.

Maldives is fascinating and worth the fairly expensive experience.

Until I have more to add, enjoy some of the shots I managed to take in between the meetings!

I always fly SriLankan Airlines

Summer Island Maldives

Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives

Ayada Maldives

Kuda Bandos Island Maldives

Kuda Bandos Island Maldives

Malahini Kuda Bandos

Centara Ras Fushi Maldives

Airport Ferry Terminal

Kurumba Maldives

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