Flying with Maldivian Air Taxi seaplanes in Maldives

Flying with Maldivian Air Taxi seaplanes in Maldives



Maldivian Air Taxi seaplane Maldives
Maldivian Air Taxi seaplane parked on a sandbank in Maldives | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

Could you please bring me to a sandbank  ?
Of course I can!  Anywhere you wish…

Welcome on board of one of the most exciting “taxi” in World….the Twin Otter seaplane.
Please be aware : you are about to live an extraordinary experience.

Flying on board of a seaplane in Maldives is one of the many ultimate experiences that the destination has to offer.
If you go to Maldives, you will probably have the chance to fly with one of them as they are mainly used as transfers to bring passengers to the many remote resorts of the archipelago.  But while all close-by Resorts of North and South Male Atoll provide speed-boat transfers, most of the luxury ones also propose seaplanes to comply with the exigences of their guests.

Flight duration can be as short as 10/15 minutes for the closest hideaway until 1H15 mns to reach one of the most far away resort, Beach House Manafaru, located in the most Northern Maldivian Atoll of Haa Alifu.

Maldivian Air Taxi transfer to MAldives resort
A Maldivian Air Taxi seaplane waiting for a transfer in a resort | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

If a transfer by seaplane can not be schedule during your holidays, because of your budget – average price for a seaplane round-trip transfer can reach up to app 500 USD/325 £ per person or because the resort simply does not provide it, you might still have a chance to experience it by booking a photo-flight excursion available at your resort. Departures are organized directly from the resort itself or after a transfer by boat to Male Airport.
Do not forget to ask your travel agent if the excursion is organized by your favorite resort ! The price of this excursion will vary according to your resort with a starting price at +/- 120 USD par personne for app.20 minutes flight. Note : a minimum of participants will be required ( 10/11 pers) to be effective.

If budget is not a problem, you should then go for a private transfer or photo-flight.
A Private photo flight will surely make you live an extraordinary time.
Anything will be possible…like anchoring on a desert sandbank for example !

©Dreaming of Maldives.


About The Author

I am Rozenn, Dreaming of Maldives writer and editor. Sakis, my partner in life, is the photograher behind most of the images you will see here. We travel to the Maldives several times a year for journeys that can vary from 1 week to several months. We created Dreaming of Maldives “The Blog” as an extension of the webite of the same name to make you discover the Maldives in the most complete and different way as possible. This blog is a place to dream. It is mainly aimed to share with you our long time experience and Emotions of travelling in the marvelous and so unique Maldives… PLEASE ...NEVER STOP DREAMING . Dreamfully Yours. Rozenn. Carpe Diem.

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  1. Keith R Yovine

    Is it possible to fly to rangali to have lunch in the underwater restaurant and back to residence Maldives this Friday?

    1. Dreaming of Maldives

      Hello Keith,
      It should be possible according to your budget.
      Please contact your resort asap.
      Dreamfully yours,

      1. Parvez Merchant

        My wife Meenaz & I are travelling on Costa Cruise from 16th Dec. We have been given 17th Dec for excursion to Male. Can we do submarine & Seaplane rides on that day? Can you also suggest cheapest tour for This?

  2. Serhat

    Is there any other option to transfer to dhuni kohlu island? I heard the seaplane tickets are more expensive than our 6days holiday. So if the seaplane is our only choice to get there i would probably give up from coco palm resort.

    1. Dreaming of Maldives

      Dear MummyEd,
      It is TRUE !
      Unfortunately seaplane Cies are sending the all schedule the night before only 🙁
      Resorts cannnot do anything ( and believe they wish they could 🙂 )
      But at the end, don’t worry everything is super well organized from resorts towards transfers !

      Have a wonderful stay dear MummyEd.

  3. Eva Wong

    Dear Sirs,

    I would like to arrange an sea plane on the date of 25/02/2015 total of 7 passengers at 1700 or 1800 from Kandolhu Island to the Mali Airport and transport from the seaplane airport to Mali Airport, please advise total cost of the fare, and let me know if you have any questions.

    Kind Regards,

    1. Dreaming of Maldives

      Dear EVA,
      Thank you for your enquiry, but we are not entitled to book seaplane tickets nor to give any detailed prices about this service.
      All requests have to be made to your resort or eventually directly with the Seaplane Company.
      Have a nice day,
      Best regards,

  4. Neel Nawani

    I will be arriving Male around 8.30 am or 10.30 am.
    What are the timings for sea plane ride to Lily resort so I can book my inbound flights accordingly.
    Also what is the frequency & the last sea plane flight out of Lily resort to go back to Male airport.

    1. Dreaming of Maldives

      The best is to contact the resorts scheduled during you trip to the Maldives.
      Everything depends on your itinerary.
      2 Companies handle the seaplane flights : Maldivian Air taxi and Trans Maldivian Airways.
      Both fly to different resorts.

      Hope this help you a bit,
      Best regards,

  5. jean Crotti

    I wish I could know the cost of a “ticket ” with a seaplane , from Malé to Noonu Atoll , as close as possible to Vellidhoo .
    Thanks for answering . .
    Mr. Jean Crotti

    1. Dreaming of Maldives

      Dear Jean,
      Thank you for enquiry, but we are unfortunately not entitled to give detailed prices about seaplane tickets. All requests have to be made at your resort or eventually directly with the Seaplane Company.

      Have a nice day,
      Best regards

    1. Dreaming of Maldives

      Dear Yvonne,
      Seaplanes are usually booked according to your stay. The best is to ask for a transfer back directly with your resort.
      In case you would wish to charter a seaplane, you would have to contact them directly.
      Maldives have 2 seaplane Companies. MAT and TMA.
      I hope I’ve answered your question,
      Wishing you a nice day,

  6. Silvia Dal Pozzo

    Good morning,
    I work in a tour operator and we are planning a working trip to Maldives to see few suppliers in the beginning of September .
    Can you please indicate me the quotation for me and my partner for the follwing trasferts?
    The date may change of few days, depend on the International flight availability.

    05/09 from Malé Airport to Constance Moofushi Resort
    09/09 from Constance Moofushi Resort to Constance Halaveli Resort
    12/09 from Constance Halaveli Resort to Malé Airport

    Waiaitng for your kind answer,
    best regards,

    1. Dreaming of Maldives

      Buongiorno Silvia,

      For info, seaplane transfers cannot be booked with the operating companies.

      I come asap to you about this via email.

      Best regards


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