Trans Maldivian Airways floatplane, Maldives Trans Maldivian Airways floatplane, Maldives – Image courtesy of Trans Maldivian Airways

Getting around the Maldives

Although stretching 820km (509mi) from north to south and 130km (80mi) east to west, no island in the Maldives is more than 45 minutes away by air taxi (sea plane) from Malé’s international airport.

Trans Maldivian Airways (tel: +960 330 5201; operates a seaplane transfer service from Velana International Airport (MLE) to a large number of resorts and islands in the Maldives.

Internal flights from Malé to provincial centres, including Hanimaadhoo, Kaadedhdhoo, Kadhdhoo and Gan are operated by Maldivian (

Transport options in the Maldives

Taxis are available from the ferry terminal in Malé.

The only roads are in Malé. Small tarmaced strips suffice for roads on a couple of other islands. Driving is on the left.

It’s easy enough to walk around most islands as they’re usually quite small, taking no longer than 30 minutes to cross on foot. For longer distances, transport is usually by golf buggy.

Between islands

Ferry: A 24-hour ferry service provides transfers from Velana International Airport to Malé city.

Journey time is approximately 10 minutes, with a fare of MRf10. Ferry's also service the various resort islands.

Speedboat: Known locally as a dhoni, this common means of transport is the most popular for getting around. (Most islands are only 1km apart).

Incoming guests are usually met by courtesy speedboats from the respective island resorts.

TMA Seaplane base, Male

Seaplane: Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) operates from Velana International Airport (MLE), providing seaplane transfers to individual resorts in the Maldives.

These services are also available for charter trips around islands.

TMA offers seaplane transfer services to and from the following islands…

Haa Alif Atoll

• Manafaru (JA Manafaru)
• Dhonakulhi (Hideaway Beach Resort and Spa)

Shaviyani Atoll

• Gaakoshinbi (Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi)
• Vagaru (JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa)

Noonu Atoll

• Fushivelaavaru (Velaa Private Island)
• Iru Fushi (The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi)
• Kudafunafaru (Noku Maldives)
• Medhufaru (Soneva Jani)
• Kuredhivaru (Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru)
• Randheli (Cheval Blanc Randheli)

Raa Atoll

• Aarah (Heritance Aarah) • Dhigali (Dhigali Maldives)
• Faarafushi (Faarufushi Maldives)
• Filaidhoo (Reethi Faru Maldives)
• Furaveri (Furaveri Island Resort)
• Huruvalhi (Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa)
• Meedhupparu (Adaaran Select Medhupparu)
• Uthurumaafaru (You & Me by Cocoon Maldives)

Baa Atoll

• Dhunikolhu (Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu)
• Dhigufaruvinagandu (Dhigufaru Island Resort)
• Finolhas (Amilla Fushi)
• Fonimagoodhoo (Reethi Beach Resort)
• Kanifushi (Finolhu)
• Kunfunadhoo (Soneva Fushi)
• Landaa Giraavaru (Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru)
• Milaidhoo (Milaidhoo)
• Miriandhoo (The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo)
• Mudhdhoo (Dusit Thani Maldives)
• Thiladhoo (The Nautilus Maldives)

Lhaviyani Atoll

• Fushifaru (Fushifaru Maldives)
• Huruvalhi (Hurawalhi Maldives Resort)
• Innahura (Innahura Maldives Resort)
• Kanifushi (Atmosphere Kanifushi)
• Kanuhura (Kanuhura)
• Komandoo (Komandoo Maldives Island Resort)
• Kudadhoo (Kudadhoo Maldives Private Island)
• Kuredhdhoo (Kuredu Resort)
• Madhiriguraidhoo (Palm Beach Resort and Spa Maldives)
• Ookolhufinolhu (Cocoon Maldives)

Kaafu Atoll

• Biyadhoo (Biyadhoo Island Resort)
• Bolifushi (Jumeirah Vittaveli)
• Helengeli (Helengeli Island Resort)
• Kuda Huraa (Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa)
• Medhufinolhu (One & Only Reethi Rah)
• Meerufenfushi (Meeru Island Resort and Spa)
• Olhahali (LUX* North Male' Atoll)
• Ziyaaraifushi (Summer Island Village)

Alif Alif Atoll

• Ellaidhoo (Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo)
• Fesdu (W Retreat and Spa - Maldives)
• Gangehi (Gangehi Island Resort)
• Halaveli (Constance Halaveli)
• Kandholhudhoo (Kandholhu Island)
• Kudafolhudhoo (Nika Island Resort)
• Kuramathi (Kuramathi Island Resort)
• Maayafushi (VOI Maayafushi Resort)
• Velidhoo (Velidhu Island Resort)
• Veligandu (Veligandu Island Resort and Spa)

Alif Dhaalu Atoll

• Athuruga (Diamonds Athuruga)
• Dhidhdhoofinolhu (LUX* South Ari Atoll)
• Huvahendhoo (Lily Beach Resort and Spa)
• Kudarah (Amaya Resort Kudarah)
• Maafushivaru (Maafushivaru)
• Machchafushi (Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa Maldives)
• Mirihi (Mirihi Island Resort)
• Moofushi (Constance Moofushi)
• Rangalifinolhu (Conrad Maldives Rangali Island)
• Theluveligaa (Drift Thelu Veliga by Castaway)
• Thudufushi (Diamonds Thudufushi)
• Vakarufalhi (Vakarufalhi Island Resort)
• Vilamendhoo (Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa)

Vaavu Atoll

• Alimatha (Alimatha Aquatic Resort)
• Dhiggiri (VOI Dhiggiri Resort)

Meemu Atoll

• Medhufushi (Medhufushi Island Resort)

Faafu Atoll

• Filitheyo (Filitheyo Island Resort)

Dhaalu Atoll

• Aluvifushi (Sun Aqua Iru Veli)
• Dhoores (aaaVeee Nature's Paradise Maldives)
• Meedhuffushi (Sun Aqua Vilu Reef)
• Velavaru (Angsana Velavaru Resort)
• Vommuli (St. Regis Vommuli)

Photo: TMA Base at Velana International Airport (MLE)

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Latest update: How to get around the Maldives: 12 June, 2020

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