You know what was the most challenging part of traveling in the Maldives? It isn’t about which island is better or deciding what to do, it is the figuring out the transportation system. Even with lots of experience navigating in countries where I don’t speak the language, I underestimated the Maldives (well, more like, I trusted an inaccuracy online) which ended up costing me a bit. Here is how the entire transportation system of the Maldives works and hopefully you find it as fascinating as I did.
If the moon in the center of the Maldivian flag wasn’t an instant give away, let me remove all doubt. Yes, the Maldives is indeed a Muslim nation.
If you’ve read my previous article explaining the differences between Maldives travel in resorts vs local islands and decided to visit the “local island way,” you’ve come to the right place. You will find that there are many benefits in choosing an alternative to resorts and there are dozens of islands to choose from. For starters, there’s a cool map I got at the airport (ask in the information booth) with diving spots, manta points, and whale shark points all over the Maldives. Here is a zoomed in version of the Ari Atoll.
(Note – Just a heads up, there is link to a downloadable google docs spreadsheet at the bottom of this post with a full financial report of this trip!)
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