A seaplane, as its name suggests is an aircraft which takes off and lands on water. The most common hotel transfer in Maldives other than a boat ride is seaplane. For people who have never flown on a seaplane before or are curious about their journey, this blog will help you with all the information

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Where is Maldives located?
The Maldives is a captivating archipelago nestled in the heart of the Indian Ocean. Geographically, it can be found southwest of the Indian subcontinent, neighboring both India and Sri Lanka. This tropical paradise comprises a collection of 26 coral atolls, encompassing approximately 1,200 coral islands. The Maldives’ geographical coordinates place it southwest of Sri Lanka and southwest of the southernmost tip of India.

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Maldives Seaplane
From Inside
Maldives Seaplane
Gorgeous Views
Maldives Seaplane
Maldives Seaplane
Maldives Seaplane

How does it work?

A guide on how to catch a seaplane once you book it and land at the International Airport in Male, Maldives.

Once you book your resort, they will book and arrange the seaplane transfer for you. 
After completing your immigration and once you collect your luggage you will see a resort representative. 
He will take you to the seaplane check in counter which are located near the arrival hall.

Maldives Seaplane
Maldives Seaplane

You will have to leave your luggage there. You will be then transferred by car/bus to the seaplane terminal which is a 10 min ride from airport. Some resorts have their private luxury vehicles for transfers. 
You will have to wait approx. 2 hours for you to board your seaplane flight till all the guests from your resort or route join in. There are small lounges inside the terminals usually to wait during this time.
Seaplane boarding passes dont have seat numbers so you just walk to the plane and sit wherever you wish.

Maldives Seaplane
Sea Terminal Lounge Area
Maldives Seaplane
Sea Terminal

As mentioned earlier, seaplanes are extremely noisy and compact.  As there is no A/C and just fans, it can get stuffy and hot. Luggage is stored at the back of plane. As there is limited space, you can keep a small purse or backpack with you. You can handover your cabin luggage to the crew to store at the back of the flight. 
Don’t forget to enjoy your first seaplane ride with some gorgeous views 🙂  

Maldives Seaplane
Gorgeous Views
Maldives Seaplane
Seaplane from inside

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    1. You can choose a speed boat ride if you are claustrophobic. Also depending on the island you are visiting , there are domestic flights flying between Male Airport and many islands.

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