The Paradise Of The Maldives

Travel to Maldives is easy wherever you are. Many airlines offer international regular scheduled and charter flights from Asia, Europe, Middle East or any other part.

There is only one international airport in Maldives, Male’ International Airport. The airport is located in an island of its own which is exclusively for airport use and is just over one kilometer. The island is known as Hulule. It’s only 10 minutes by boat from the capital city Male’.

For those of who are tired of traveling long distance flights you can take a sea plan to your resort. For others who like to travel and enjoy the scenery, you can travel in a speed launch to your resort.

AIRLINES OPERATING SCHEDULED FLIGHTS:

# SRILANKAN AIRLINES
# CONDOR
# EMIRATES
# INDIAN ARLINES
# LTU
# AUSTRIAN AIRLINES
# MALAYSIA AIRLINES
# SINGAPORE AIRLINES
# EURO FLY
# LAUDA AIR – ITALY
# QATAR AIRWAYS
# EXPO AVIATION (CARGO)

AIRLINES OPERATING CHARTER FLIGHTS:

# MONARCH AIRLINES
# EDELWEISS AIR
# TRANSAERO AIRLINES
# FIRST CHOICE
# KRAS AIR
# NEOS SPA

There are four domestic airports in Maldives, apart from Male’ International Airport. These domestic airports are in Seenu Atoll Gan, Laamu Atoll Kadhu, Haa Dhaal Atoll Hanimadhoo and Gaaf Dhaal Atoll Kaadehdhoo. At the time of writing this article Gan airport is being developed to an international airport and is expected to be opened in few months time.

The domestic airport’s transport system mostly cater for the Maldivian travelers because there are few resorts located in the regions where these domestic airports are. However once Gan airport opens as an international airport, a new resort in Seenu Atoll, Villingili is expected to open. Even at this moment there is one hotel in Gan, the Equator Village.

Gan is an interesting island in the history of Maldives as it was used by the British as an air base. In fact Gan airport was initially built by the British for them to use during the Second World War. Once you are in Maldives, have fun! Travel to different islands and explore!

The most common form of transport in the Maldives within the islands is sea transport. Speed launches and speed boats are available to carry you from one island to another. If you have booked a resort that is far from the airport, your travel agent can arrange for you to be transported by sea plan. Or, you will need to make separate travel arrangements.

There are two sea plan operators in the Maldives both having a total of about 40 sea plans. These two companies are Maldivian Air Taxi and Trans Maldivian Airways. You may also wish to travel by sea and see the beautiful seas and other tiny islands along the way to your resort.

The means of travel within your resort is foot! Since all resorts in the Maldives are built on an exclusive island and because all islands in Maldives are particularly small there is no need for a vehicle. However there are a couple of resorts in which you can use bicycle to travel. You can go from place to place, such as going from your room to the restaurant or to the bar. There are no engine vehicles in any resort which make the atmosphere exceptionally clean and pleasant.

If you come to Male’ the capital city, you will see a lot of motor cycles and cars. Few years back there were a lot of bicycles in Male’ but nowadays, they have been replaced by motor bikes. All cars in Male’ are imported, and the majority of them are from Japan.

You can also find a few Mercedes Benz and few BMWs in Male’. Other models may have been imported from Malaysia. Taxis in Male’ are all air conditioned and are in good condition. The taxi fare in Male’ is MRf 15.00 (about US$1.17) from any location to in Male’ to any destination (in Male’ of cause). If you put any luggage to the car there will be an extra charge of MRf 5.00 (about US$ 0.40).

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