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Top 3 modes of Transportation in the Maldives - Time to Ride or Fly!

The Maldives is a beautiful tropical paradise with many islands and features on offer, let's look at the best modes of transport between its many locations.


Public Ferries

Public ferries are the main mode of travel between all of the islands in the Maldives, and they are known to be extremely cheap. Most routes here involve a journey of under 5 hours and will cost you a mere simple sum of 2 USD per person. If it's one of the extremely remote islands that you're travelling to, you'll be looking at a 15-hour journey, but one that will cost you a maximum of around 10 USD. Public ferries are a key form of travel if you're visiting the Maldives on a budget. All most all ferry boats here are called 'Dhoni' by the locals. You'll find larger ferry boats as well, but these are mainly used for travel that involves a greater distance. The public ferries are known to be very safe. A point to note is that there are no public ferries offered on Fridays, however, a select number of local islands are connected through affordable public speedboats that operate on Fridays as well.


Public and Private Speedboats

If you're someone who is time sensitive, public speedboats provide a more effective solution for your travel needs. They are sometimes necessary as they provide the only available access to remote islands. Relative to its name, they offer a much faster service that will definitely cut down on your time that would otherwise take much longer on a public ferry. Most speedboats carry around 30 passengers are very well maintained. Popular islands like Maafushi, Ukhulas, Mathiveri, Thoddoo, and Rasdhoo all offer a speedboat connection. Speedboat tickets would cost you between 20 USD to 50 USD based on the distance and can be conveniently booked using many service companies. You'll find private speedboats on offer as well, however, these can be quite costly and are mainly used by resort islands. A simple one-way ride from the Airport to your destination could cost you anywhere between 150 USD to 1000 USD. Whether it's Dining in Maldives or utmost relaxation that you seek, the country offers a massive range of places for you to choose from, such as Maafushivaru Maldives for instance.



The most remote islands in the Maldives do not have any ferry connection and must be reached via a Seaplane, this is the most time-saving option and is considered to be a once in a lifetime experience. A return flight via seaplane would cost you around 250 USD to 450 USD. You can contact your resort or hotel to arrange the flight for you before you travel. Tickets for these should be booked a few days in advance, and you must be aware of the weight limit across airlines as excess baggage could end up costing you quite a lot. In case you exceed the special weight allowance, they will offer to have some of your luggage be brought over on the next flight or via a ferry. Aside from its advantage as a mode of transport, seaplanes offer an incredible view over the entirety of the Maldives, giving you a spectacular sight that cannot be seen otherwise.

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