Getting there & away
The airport functions as the biggest transport hub in the country, so if you want to travel to a resort from Male’, take the airport ferry and get a transfer to whichever resort you want to visit. You’ll need to book the transfer in advance and pay for it at the resort. Dhonis to/from the airport dock at the east end of Boduthakurufaanu Magu. This is also the best place to charter a dhoni for a day trip. Boats to Hulhumale’, which is the overspill island for the capital and located on the other side of the airport island, depart from the brand-new ferry terminal east of the airport ferry dock.
Dhonis to nearby Viligili use the New Harbour on the southwest corner of Male’.
Safari boats and private yachts usually moor between Male’ island and Viligili, or in the lagoon west of Hulhumale’. Safari-boat operators will normally pick up new passengers from the airport or Male’, and ferry them directly to the boat.
All international flights to the Maldives use Male’ International Airport (www.airports.com.mv), which is on a separate island, Hulhule’, about 2km east of Male’ island. Domestic flights and seaplane transfers to resorts also use Hulhule’. Male’ is linked by daily scheduled flights to Colombo, Qatar, Dubai and Trivandrum and less frequently with Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Vienna and Moscow. Charter flights connect Male’ several times a week with many western European capitals.