Speed Boat Vs Slow Boat in Maldives

Last updated on September 11th, 2019 at 08:42 pm

Speed Boat Vs Slow Boat Vs in Maldives

In Maldives the best way to move around is with the speed boat and slow boat. Today we will write speed boat Vs public boat in Maldives. So you will know what to expect with both of them.

If you want to move around local islands in Maldives you will have the option of speed boat Vs slow boat. But if you are staying in luxury resorts you can only have speed boat or sea plane. You can also take a domestic plane in Maldives and combining with a speed boat as we did to visit Hadahaa Island on the South of Maldives. Or speed boat as we did to Kuramathi Island. For the local islands we did by slow boat and we used only once the speed boat coming back from Omadhoo Island.

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Read here travel guide of local islands in Maldives: DhiffushiThulusdhooMaafushiGulhi IslandMaleHulhumale and Omadhoo Island.

Best time to visit Maldives

Maldives might be hot and sunny all year round, but it still consists of two seasons; the dry season and the wet season.   December to April is the high season, which encounters the drier northeast monsoon and when most resorts rates rises. The best time to visit the Maldives is May to November. Although you’ll experience some rain during the southwestern monsoon that occurs at this time, you’ll have the least company and the prices of the resorts are a little cheaper. Click here to know when is the best time to visit Maldives!

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Speed Boat Vs Slow Schedule

Speed Boat Vs Slow Boat in Maldives

Let’s go first of all with the slow boat. The schedule of the slow boat is the inconvenient in Maldives. There is only one daily public boat going from Male to the local islands. It’s usually first thing in the morning leaving from Male if the journey is 3-4 hours. Or around 2-3 pm in the afternoon going to island like Maafushi and Thulusdhoo.

The speed boat has better schedule leaving Male 2-3 times per day depending the island that you are visiting. Sometimes your guest house can arrange the transfer from the airport. But most of the times the departure and arrival is in Male port. No worries from Male port you just need to walk 5 minutes to get another ferry to the airport that it will take 10 minutes. And they are leaving very often.

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Speed Boat Vs Slow Boat Price

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Prices of the slow boat in Maldives are so cheap. You will pay around $2-4 USD for 3-4 hours journey. Yes the government take care of it that’s why it’s so cheap. Remember the official currency in the country is the Maldivian Rufiyaa and the exchange rate is around $1=15.4 Rufiyaas.

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Speed boat in Maldives prices are expensive. Especially if you are traveling long term and you have time to organize yourself. Expect to pay $25-30 USD going to local island for journey. Even island like Omadhoo Island which is 5 hours by public boat and 1 hour 30 minutes with the speed boat they keep the same price.

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Speed Boat Vs Slow Boat Travel time

Speed Boat Vs Slow Boat Vs in Maldives

If you are taking the slow boat to local islands like Maafushi and Thulusdhoo expect to take 2-3 hours with the public boat. There are islands like Dhiffushi and Omadhoo island that it will take you 3-5 hours with the slow boat. Public boats make a few stops during the trip that’s why it takes so long.

With the speed boat traveling to local islands the trip will take 45 minutes to 1 hour to island like Maafushi and Thulusdho. Sometimes they make a few stops on the way to pick up more people. For a trip like Omadhoo Island with the public boat was 5 hours and by speed boat was 1 hour 30 minutes. Sometimes the speed boat can reach in 40 minutes if they don’t stop on the way to Male or if it’s going direct to the airport.

We mentioned that going to the luxury resorts you can only go by speed boat and not by public boat. Prices for the speed boat to a luxury resort can be really expensive. And some of the resorts include in their packages. You have to check properly because a speed boat to a luxury resort can be $100-140 USD one way per person. Yes you read properly Maldives when going to luxury resorts things are really expensive.

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Speed Boat Vs Slow Boat Comfort

Slow boat is more simple than Speed Boat but it was comfortable for us. Sometimes is empty and you can lay down as locals do when there is space. I like travel slow and I felt more comfortable in the public boat.

Speed boat you will have your seat what’s comfortable enough for the trip. The problem sometimes is wavy. And you feel the waves haha. The boat will be jumping and it will be like an amusement part but no worries is totally safe both o them. In Maldives there aren’t usually big waves.

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Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. He believes in travel without money. Recently, he finished a bicycle trip, 9500 km, from Madrid to North Cape.