Boating in Maldives
Home to a cluster of one hundred and ninety - two coral islands collected into twenty - six coral reef atolls, situated in the stunning Indian Ocean, Maldives is a naturally beautiful place. Taking boat tours to get around Maldives is more or less similar to getting car tours to explore other touristy countries. This is because unlike other countries, Maldives is surrounded with crystal clear turquoise waters from all sides.
herefore, yachts, seaplanes and boats are considered as a prevalent mode of transportation here. In fact, for short hops, boat is the best option of going around, given the Maldivian geography as only a few of the 1200 islands are connected to each other by causeways. Some of the ways through which you do boating and travel around through waterways in Maldives are given below.
1. Dhoni Charters
This is one prevalent mode of transportation and can be easily arranged by most of the Maldivian resorts or guesthouses. The price which you need to pay for them varies according to the place where you want to go, the duration of your travel and mainly upon your bargaining skills. Also, you must know beforehand that if you get a charter from a resort, it will definitely cost more and you will get one only when they are not already in use for any excursion or diving trips.
All the inhabited islands of Maldives are connected by ferry to atleast somewhere else, even if it is just a couple of times a week to another island in the atoll. In other words, if you wish to visit even the most remote inhabited islands and have loads of free time, then independent travel is the option for you. However, it is important for you to know that these ferries will not help you travel between resorts and will stop only at inhabited islands.
For reaching resorts, you would still need to use the expensive speedboat or seaplane transfers. Also, you must not entirely rely on the online information of ferry services as they often get cancelled unexpectedly.
Many resorts in North and South male Atoll, generally use speedboat to transfer their guests from Male airport. The cost of travel is somewhere between US $80 to US $450 depending upon the distance travelled. Speedboats has massively changed the scene of independent travelling. Speedboats are mainly aimed at tourists and those wealthy locals who wish to travel between atolls quickly and in a relatively affordable way.
This mode of transfer has even cut journey times to many islands by two thirds and even more. There are daily services provided between both male and Velana International airport and over a dozen of other inhabited islands in North and South Male Atoll, Vaavu Atoll, Faafu Atoll, North and South Ari Atollm etc.
Opting for the boating tours in Maldives, is a great way to explore this exceptionally gorgeous place. Make sure to try it on your next Maldives vacation!