Section : Traffic Information
Safety of Public Transportation: Good to Excellent
Urban Road Conditions/Maintenance: Excellent
Rural road conditions/Maintenance: Fair
Availability of Roadside Assistance: Poor
Only a few of the islands are large enough to support automobiles. Most transportation in the Maldives is by boat or seaplane. The Maldives has good safety standards for land, sea, and air travel. Roads in Male and on the airport island are brick and generally well maintained. Sand roads on resort islands are well kept by the resorts. Transportation on the small island on which the capital, Male, is situated is either by foot or by readily available taxi. Transportation between the airport and Male, as well as to nearby resort islands, is by motorized water taxis (known as dhoni) and by speedboat. Several local companies provide seaplane (air taxi) and helicopter service to outlying islands. Air taxis stop flying one hour before sunset, and some resorts do not transport passengers by boat between the airport and the resort island later than one hour before sunset. Visitors to distant resorts arriving in the country at night can expect to stay overnight at a hotel in Male or at the Hulhule Airport hotel. All travelers should confirm their transfer arrangements in advance.