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Maldives Transportation – Taxi, Train, Bus & Airport Tips

Maldives Transportation

Located in the tranquil waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is an island nation made up of twenty-six atolls and more than 1,000 coral islands.  The capital of the Male is where most tourists begin their trip and from here you can decide on the best Maldives transportation for your itinerary.

Maldives Transportation in Male

If you decide to spend time in Male, the city can easily be explored by walking. Otherwise, you can take a taxi. Taking a public bus is a cheaper option.

Maldives Transportation to Your Island Resort

If you plan on going straight to your resort after landing in Male, you have three options to get you there. The first option is to hop on a seaplane transfer. This choice is the most expensive but also the fastest way to get to your resort. One traveler writes, “The views from the seaplane are wonderful and you may find yourself stopping at another resort on your way – giving you the opportunity to have a look over the island as you come in to land. You’ll also get great views of the uninhabited islands throughout the Maldives.”

The downside to the seaplane outfits are your luggage may need to go separately and  the seaplanes only fly during the day. The three domestic airlines in the Maldives are Villa Air, Island Aviation Services, and Trans Maldivian Airways.

The second option is to charter a speedboat, which is less expensive than a seaplane. The third option is to take a supply boat across the waters. Supply boats are the slowest transportation but also the least expensive. These transportation options can be booked in advance with a reliable tour agent to save money on Maldives transportation.

Maldives Atoll Transportation

The best way to explore the various atolls throughout the Maldives is by boat. These tours can be arranged through your island resort.

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