Getting to Maldives

Getting Here

There are flights to the Maldives direct from Europe as well as via the Middle East and from the main Asian airports with connections from the USA or Australia. Some airlines only operate seasonal charters and some have a code-sharing arrangement with other carriers flying to Velana International Airport.

Velana International Airport is connected to Capital city Male' by a bridge, Private Taxi ride costs US$ 5.00 per way. There are ferries running regularly between the airport and Male’ at a cost of US$1 per passenger. Other ferries operate on a daily basis from Male’ in the afternoons to nearby islands, returning to Male’ in the mornings. There are separate ferries on a regular basis operating from ferry terminals on Male’ to Hulhumale’ and Vilingilli. Taxis can be hired to get around Male’ and a bus service operates in Hulhumale’.
Resort representatives meet guests on arrival at 
Velana International Airport and escort them to the jetty or domestic airport for transfer to their resort. Domestic carriers are Maldivian (Island Aviation) and Flyme, with Trans Maldivian operating seaplanes. Guests are met on arrival at every domestic airport for transfer by speedboat to their resort or guesthouse.

Domestic airports are at:     

  • Dharavandhoo, Baa Atoll
  • Fuvahmulah, Gnaviyani Atoll
  • Ifuru, Raa Atoll
  • Kaadedhdhoo, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll
  • Kadhdhoo, Laamu Atoll
  • Thimarafushi, Thaa Atoll
  • Gan, Addu City, Addu Atoll (with facilities for international flights)
  • Hanimaadhoo, Haa Dhaalu Atoll (with facilities for international flights)
  • Maamigili, Alifu Dhaalu Atoll (with facilities for international flights)

If your resort requires a seaplane transfer, a few things to be aware of: the seaplanes only operate in daylight hours, so if you arrive after sunset you'll have to stay in Male overnight before being able to transfer to your resort. Ditto if your flight home is early in the morning - you will leave your resort the afternoon before - make sure you check with your tour operator that you will be given accommodation while you wait for your international flight.
The seaplane journey in itself is an experience, as you get stunning views of the atolls - make sure you get a window seat and that you get your camera out before boarding (your hand luggage will probably be put at the back of the plane as there's no space under or over the seats). The seaplane will usually land next to a floating platform, from which you will be picked up by boat to be taken the remaining few meters inshore to your resort.
Some resorts have landing stages that allow the seaplane to deliver you right up to the beaches of your destined resorts. It is an amazing feeling to get off the seaplane & right on to the sunny white beaches of the country where waves are sweeping at your feet. NB - seaplane transfer methods vary from resort to resort.