TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSPORT IN MALDIVES
TELECOMMUNICATIONS IN MALDIVES
Maldives has one of the most advanced state-of-the-art communications in the region. STD / IDD facilities as well as mobile (GSM 900 and GSM 1800) are available in all inhabited islands and resorts. Pre-paid SIMs and pre-paid internet cards are commonly available.
Global roaming facilities as well as SMS and MMS messaging services are available and are widely used by locals as well as visitors.
Most resorts and hotels facilitate broadband internet access to all visitors.
Dhiraagu and Ooredoo Maldives are the telecom service providers of Maldives.
TRANSPORT IN MALDIVES
Air: There are two inter island flight operators in Maldives (Trans Maldivian Airways and Maldivian Air Taxi). They fly tourists from airport to resort destinations as well as cater for sightseeing trips, flights to uninhabited islands, aerial photo shooting trips, executive charters and medevac operations.
Water: Local boats (Dhonis) are the most common form of transport between islands. Modern speedboats can also be hired. A cheaper alternative are the various ferry services now operating between various islands.
There are two ferry services between Male’ and Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. Airport Ferry dhonis charge MVR 10 per person per trip and depart every 10-15 minutes. MTCC Airport Express is a speedboat service charging MVR 20 per person per trip and departs every 15 minutes.
Land: it is best to explore on foot because it takes about half an hour on most islands. Bicycles, motorbikes, scooters and moped are commonplace. Taxis are unmetered and charge MVR 20 per stop (MVR 5 extra for luggage). In Male’ there is a total of 18 bus stops and costs MVR 5.