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Tourism is sternly regulated, and travelling independently is demoralized since it is viewed as disruptive to traditional island communities. Those who desire to see the Maldivian lifestyle can stay in Male, the fascinating capital city. From here it's possible to make daytime trips to island residential areas adjacent to holiday resorts. It's possible to travel to the remote islands, but it's hard enough to deter all but the most determined and dedicated. An Inter Atoll Travel Permit is needed to travel to islands outside the tourist zone, and the Ministry of Atolls Administration will issue them only to those whose visit is supported by a resident of the specific island.

Air Maldives, the small national airline, operates regularly and very pleasant flights to all four airstrips in the outlying atolls. Hydroplanes and helicopters are used to transport travellers to some of the more remote vacation spots. The major form of regional and local transportation is the dhoni, a traditional all-purpose vessel powered by a diesel engine. Larger boats called vedis are used for longer journeys to far-away atolls.

Safari cruises in modified; live-aboard dhonis are becoming more popular, particularly with dive groups who desire to visit more isolated spots. Most safari trips sail within the tourist area, but it is possible to organize longer trips to the outlying atolls - the operator must have the requisite permits. Most islets are so small that transport is not a problem; however, bicycles motorcycles and taxis are available in Male, the capital city.
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