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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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Means of Transportation in Maldives – Getting Around Paradise

Set amidst mile upon mile of azure Indian Ocean, the Maldives offers several ways in which to get around and appreciate the spectacular beauty that surrounds its numerous islands.



Because the distance between the capital island Male and most of the island resorts are quite far, speed boats have become a popular means of transport. Since the country's main airport is near Male, chances are you will have to take a speedboat to your chosen island resort. Though the distance may be great, a speed boat ride reduces the time it takes to reach your destination and is often a thrilling way to take in the majestic panoramas that the Maldives is known for. Certain resorts such as Adaaran Club Rannalhi even offer private speed boat excursions which are a fun way to explore the seas.



While you make plans to stay at some of the best hotels in Maldives, do remember that a wonderful way to incorporate travel and sightseeing is by way of a seaplane ride. Certain resorts are actually further than what can be reached by speedboat and thus seaplanes provide an invaluable way in which to get there. As an added bonus, you have the chance to enjoy a bird's eye view of this slice of paradise and get a unique perspective of the Maldives, its atolls and enchanting islands that are set amidst a seemingly never ending blanket of blue.



The term "dhoni" is given to traditional boats used by Maldivians. These time tested vessels have for long sailed the seas and our popular amongst fishermen. They are also used by some resorts and provide a fascinating way in which to not only plan an outing to nearby islands, but also for excursions out to sea. Certain dhonis will take you on snorkelling, fishing or diving tours, while others, which have been modified to add a touch of luxury and space provide an ideal way in which to celebrate high adventure or oceanside romance.



For a more luxurious form of transport which provides great means in which to explore remote reefs and secluded islands, one can always consider travelling on a yacht. You will find some resorts with docks of their own as well as private yachts that can be hired out. While certain vessels will come with their own captain and / or crew, experienced sailors can look to embark on an adventure out to sea by themselves. Though, first do look to contact your respective resort and find out if private yacht excursions are on offer.



While kayaking may not be a typical way of getting around the Maldives, it nevertheless provides a fun way to get about, especially if there are any nearby uninhabited islands you wish to explore or isolated sandbanks that provide a private getaway. Do keep in mind that you will need to familiarise yourself with how to kayak if you are a first timer. Once you get the hang of it, it provides a great way to set off on a journey of exploration.

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