Virtually all visitors arrive in the Maldives at Malé International Airport, which is served by frequent flights from a wide variety of destinations throughout Asia and Europe, and even further afield via transfer.
Boats take the place of cars when it comes to travel within the Maldives, with most locals opting for inexpensive public ferries or semi-private speedboats. Most visitors also use private charter speedboats which provide a fast, direct taxi service between the various islands, although the convenience does come at a greater cost.
Another option for reaching more far-flung resort islands is via air taxi – essentially, a sea plane transfer service. Be aware, however, that many boats and air taxis prefer not to operate at night, so you may have to spend a night in Malé if your flight arrives late or departs early.
Most resorts include airport transfers in their package price, which is usually the easiest and cheapest option. They can also help arrange tours or private boat or plane charters for sightseeing, diving, etc.