Seaplane Transfers in Maldives
Seaplane Transfers in Maldives are a common way to get to your island from Male Airport. They are essential for islands that are quite a distance away. For islands closer to the airport, a boat will be ready and waiting for you to speed you to you resort. For Seaplane Transfers you will be transferred by a minibus to the waiting area.
Most resorts have their own lounge for you to wait in until your seaplane is ready. Some resorts will share a lounge. The lounge will usually include some food and drink. You may even be able to get a quick massage to undo any tension after your long flight.
When you arrive in the Maldives, you must already have your transfers arranged. It’s simply not possible to arrive in Maldives and organise your Maldives island transfers at the airport. Mostly when you book a holiday to the Maldives the transfer, whether by seaplane, speedboat or a domestic flight is included in the package. Sometimes transfers can be booked with the resort and you pay them on arrival, but they must still be booked in advance.
Seaplane Transfers in Maldives are made in daylight hours and so you should aim to land before 3.30pm. If you arrive and it is to dark to fly then you will need to stay at the Hulhule Airport Hotel and catch your seaplane the next morning. The shortest seaplane transfer is 25 min, longer flights can be as long as 75 min. With some resorts you do have the option to choose between speedboat or a seaplane transfer. Speedboat transfers are cheaper, bit longer, up to 90 min for some resorts. The seaplane although more is much quicker.
Luggage limit for seaplanes is 20Kg, the planes are loaded with bags at the back, until no more can be fitted in. Any extra ones will follow on and catch up with you later. Probably the best thing about the seaplane transfers in Maldives is the spectacular views of the atolls from the air, giving you the chance to see the islands, surrounded by the turquoise lagoons, from a birds eye view. It’s one of the best ways to start your holiday.
Trans-Maldivian is by far the largest seaplane airline, in fact it is the largest seaplane operator in the world with 48 planes. Maldivian Air is another operator and has about 9 seaplanes. Manta Air is a new seaplane operator, starting in Feb 2019 which has a seaplane terminal at the Maldives’ main Velana International Airport.