Dohnis, are widely considered to be a symbol, of the Maldives. Here are some interesting facts to discover about these dreamy boats.
In the Maldives, when constructing dhonis, locals follow ancestral guidelines, passed down from one generation to the next. The boats are traditionally made from coconut timber, the trees most commonly found in the island nation.
Traditionally dhonis were used by the locals to fish, the mainstay of the Maldivian economy, and has braved stormy weathers and harsh waters. Today, dhonis are mostly used for diving safaris and excursions. Wondering how to get to the Maldives, especially when island hopping? Why not opt for a Dhoni ride? Most hotels such as Saii Lagoon Maldives would organise a ride upon guest request.
The traditional dhoni
Small dhonis as opposed to the larger ones commonly in use now, is a thing of beauty. Unfortunately due to the low speed and the small size, these types of dhonis are rarely in use. Usually, they are used by resorts to transport guests to and from water villas.
Over the years the materials, constructions and shapes, have developed and changed to facilitate greater speed and convenience. Today dhonis are increasingly built with imported wood and diesel engines.