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How do I get to the Maldives?

The main airport of the Maldives is the Velana International Airport located on Hulhule Island, next to the capital city of Male. Once visitors arrive at the airport in order to reach other Maldives islands, and atolls you will need to take a ferry, seaplane, or speedboat to reach your final destination. The airport serves as the main gateway to the Maldives islands and no location is more than 90 minutes by plane from Male.

How do I get from the airport to my hotel?

If you have not booked a private transfer through us then you have a few options to reach your final destination. The resort counters can be found just outside the terminal, if you are traveling to a guesthouse or hotel on a local island, you will have received information with your booking regarding your hotel transfer from the airport. Most likely you will be greeted by a representative that will take you to your speedboat or seaplane transfer.

If you are visiting Male the capital city, you can take a ferry from the ferry jetty outside the airport. You can buy a ticket from the ticketing counter and board the ferry. Ferry services are regular with services every 10 minutes from 6:00 am until 11:59 pm, and every 30 minutes from midnight to 6:00 am. The cost of a ticket is around MVR10 for the 10 minute journey across the channel to Male.

The airport hosts the largest seaplane operations in the entire world, with Trans Maldivian Airways and Maldivina Air Taxi. These flights will connect you to your island/resort and are the fastest option, but also the most expensive.

Speedboat transfers can take as long as two hours to reach the location of some islands/resorts. Speedboat transfers operate 24 hours a day. Booking in advance is highly recommended as this is one of the most popular forms of transportation and they often fill up quickly. Prices vary depending on the final destination and total distance traveled.

How do I get around the city using public transportation?

There are only a few ways to travel between the Maldives Islands including public ferry, speed boats, seaplane, domestic flights, or private yachts. Once on the islands many don’t offer public transportation or even allow cars on the islands. So getting around is done by walking, golf carts, bicycles, or by water.

The national public ferry network was established in 2010 connecting all inhabited islands in the country. The ferry may only run a few times a week to another island or atoll.

How do I get around by boat in the Maldives?

Getting around by boat is one of the only ways to connect to these remote islands. There are four options for water travel in the Maldives; Public ferries (only run 3-6 times a week), private ferries (Male to Maafushi), scheduled speedboats (most popular tourist geared), and charter speedboats (high cost).

Many resorts, hotels, and guesthouses in the Maldives collect guests from Male or regional airstrips by speedboat. The public ferry system can be slow and infrequent, and also does not connect to every island and atoll.

Should I rent a car in the Maldives?

The only islands that allow vehicles are the capital city of Male, Fuvahmulah, and Hulhumale, and connecting between the islands of Laamu, and Addu Atoll by causeways.

How do I call/hail a taxi?

Taxis are more prevalent on the bigger islands like Male, not many other islands or atolls even allow vehicles.

Is the Maldives a walking city?

Yes, walking around the islands and atolls is one of the only ways to explore the resorts, hotels, beaches, shops, restaurants, and other attractions.

Can I ride a bike in the Maldives?

A bicycle is an excellent way to get around the island, bikes are often offered to guests at the larger resorts and some guesthouses free of charge. Renting bikes is easy on most of the islands and atolls and a glorious way to explore the tropical paradise.

Is Maldives a dangerous city, is there anything I should be aware of?

Maldives Island is an extremely safe place to visit, most visitors stay in “resort hotels” where crime levels are relatively low. Use your street smarts when exploring busy tourist areas, keep your wits about you and keep your personal items close. Petty crime including theft of goods unattended on the beach or in hotel rooms does occur, use a safe deposit box in the hotels and resorts to take care of your valuables.

What are some popular areas for shopping?

The island nation of the Maldives offers some great places to pick up souvenirs and mementos from your trip. There are many popular local street markets found throughout the Maldives, small scale souvenirs shops, and high end boutiques to browse. Mahe, the capital of the Maldives offers many shopping opportunities such as the Male Local Market, a huge, popular street market located on the waterfront, a favorite amongst locals with numerous stalls selling handicrafts, mementos, and gift items along with snacks. Majeedhee Magu is the main road in Male, which runs the entire length of the island from east to west. The road offers some great shopping options including clothing, electronics, cosmetics, accessories, perfume, shoes, and watches along with restaurants. Many resorts and hotels have shops on site but many are limited as to what they sell and the prices might be inflated.

What are the beaches like in the Maldives?

The magical island nation of the Maldives is made up of a chain of 1,200 islands in the gorgeous Indian Ocean. There are many picture perfect beaches sprinkled throughout the archipelago offering visitors some of the most serene, and wildly scenic stretches of sand. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world can be found in the Maldives;

Reethi Beach is located on a tiny island in the Baa Atoll, the beaches here are the type you dream of. This is said to be the best beach in the Maldives covered in blinding white sands that meet sparkling turquoise waters and palm fringed shores, creating a slice of tropical paradise.

Cocoa Island is a luxurious hideaway on the South Male Atoll, home to the stunning and spectacular COMO Cocoa Island Resort (the only resort on the island). The beach here is famous and known for being quite exotic, fine white sugar sand, lapping crystal blue waters teeming with vibrant coral reefs and magnificent marine life blend to create this ravishing beach.

Landaa Giraavaru is home to the fabulous Four Seasons Resort and the idyllic beach on one of the most coveted private islands in the Maldives. A long sandbank slopes into the blue azure waters, backed by verdant jungles, a true slice of paradise.

What is the language spoken in the Maldives?

The official language spoken of the Maldives is Dhivehi, many people speak English especially in the service industry at hotels and restaurants. Most of the island's inhabitants have a good comprehension of the English language. We recommend you get a good English-Dhivehi guidebook and learn the common phrases such as hello, goodbye, please, thank you, and numbers 1-10.

What is the best time to visit the Maldives?

The Maldives enjoys a warm tropical climate with plenty of sunshine and daily average temperatures between 79-88 degrees. There is quite a bit of rain during the months of April to October with the southwest monsoon season, especially June to November. This is the time of year visitors can find some of the best travel deals including cheaper flights and discounted accommodation. November through April offers visitors the best weather throughout the island nation with warm temperatures and little precipitation.

What is the currency? Can I pay/tip in US dollars?

The currency of the Maldives is the Maldivian rufiyaa (Rf or MVR). US dollars are widely accepted and in most resorts prices are posted in USD. It is recommended to exchange some rufiyaa for the other inhabited islands and on Male. There are exchange desks at the airport.

What is the food like?

The cuisine in the Maldives revolves heavily around fish (mas) tuna in particular and other ingredients from the region including coconut and starches featured in many dishes. The cuisine is a mixture of Sri Lankan and South Indian traditions, especially Kerala with hot and spicy flavors and flavored with coconut. A traditional meal would consist of rice, a clear fish broth, and a side dish of lime, chili and onions. Curries (riha) are also very popular

The restaurant scene in the Maldives is mostly self contained in the hotels, resorts and guesthouses. Most offer breakfast included which is typically a modern European or generic Asian type of cuisine, some offer lunch and dinner buffets with a mixture of dishes, and ingredients. Male city has a thriving restaurant scene with many eateries aimed towards tourists and the rest aimed toward the Maldivian elite.

What is the nightlife like?

Nightlife in the Maldives is usually limited to your resort or hotel where drinks, dinner, music, and live entertainment are usually offered. Outside of Male City there is not much to the nightlife in the Maldives.

What should I do if I need medical assistance or need to go to the hospital?

In case of an emergency dial 1-1-9 in the Maldives, a direct dial free emergency phone number that connects the caller to the national police.


Tree Top Hospital - Male - tel. 960-335-1610

Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital - Male - tel. 960-333-5335

Adk Hospital - Male - tel. 960-331-3553