A seaplane transfer is probably the most spectacular mode of transportation to your resort. It is quick and practical but most of all it is a breathtaking excursion. By booking a seaplane transfer you will enjoy an amazing aerial view of Maldivian atolls and islands.
There are currently 3 seaplanes companies operating in Maldives :
TRANS MALDIVIAN AIRWAYS ( TMA) , which operates the world’s largest seaplane fleet. TMA operates a fleet of more than 40 de Havilland Twin Otters.
MALDIVIAN (Island aviation) is the national airlines of Maldives and operates 6 DHC-6 Twin Otter
FLYME operates 1 aircraft
FAQ : ALL WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SEAPLANE IN MALDIVES
How do I book my seaplane transfer?
Your resort will take care of all the transfer arrangements and charges for seaplane will be included in your final invoice.
Can seaplane fly at night ?
No, authorities permit seaplane to fly only from sunrise to sunset.
Arrival: If you want to reach your resort on the same day, you better plan to arrive in Maldives by 3.30PM (15:30) . If you can’t find an international flight which gets you here in time (or if you international flight is delayed ) , you will have to spend a night in Male or Hulhumale . Budget Guesthouse in Hulhumale
Departure: Seaplane transfer will be arranged for all clients with international flight departing after 9 AM (09:00).
How long do we have to wait at Male Airport prior to seaplane transfer ?
The average waiting time is usually 1 hour and 30 minutes. Seaplane schedules can be affected by international flight arrival delays
Where do we have to wait at Male airport ?
Once checked-in you will be transferred by van to the seaplane terminal. Most of the resorts have a private lounge where clients can wait and enjoy refreshments before departing for their final destination.
What is the luggage allowance ? How much is supplement in case of overweight?
Allowance is usually 20 kg/person + 5 kg/per person for hand luggage. Additional weight will be charged USD5 per extra kg (plus applicable taxes)
Is the seaplane direct to the resort?
Most of the times seaplanes are direct to their final destination but occasionally aircraft will have a brief stop to others resorts to drop clients.
How much is a seaplane transfer from Male airport to resort?
Seaplane transfers are quite expensive. Price will depends on your resort location and the distance from Male airport. Return transfer starts approximately from USD450 per person.
Can I charter a private seaplane ?
Yes, it is possible. Private charter will cost you roughly between USD3000 and USD6000 per way.
What are the costs for children ?
Free of charge for children under 2 years old. Under 12 years old children will be charged 50% of the adult fare.’
What is the capacity of a seaplane?
Depending on luggage weight, seaplane can accommodate between 12 and 15 passengers.
Can clients request for a specific return transfer time?
Seaplane are always arranged according to international flight departure time and seaplane schedule. Clients will be informed 24 hours prior departure of their transfer time. Clients can request for a specific transfer time but please note that it cannot be guaranteed.
Is it possible to book a seaplane for a photo-shoot excursion ?
Yes, some local travel agencies can arrange air sightseeing tour. On board a twin otter seaplane you will and enjoy a unique excursion. Click here for seaplane tour details.
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