When you arrive in the Maldives, one of the most idyllic and up-market destinations in the world, the transfer to your chosen island resort will most likely be by sea plane. This Indian Ocean country consists of nearly 2,000 coral islands, which stretch north over 800km from the Equator. In other words, there are no boring road transfers here!
On arrival at Male International Airport, you will be met for the short drive to the sea plane domestic airport next door. The process is very smooth. You can even hold on to your US dollars – in fact we recommend it, as they’ll be the currency at your resort, and if you do buy Maldivian Rufiyaas, they can be hard to change back.
On boarding the sea plane, many visitors are struck by how tanned and smart the pilots look – even without shoes! But barefoot will also be your standard dress code for the duration of your island stay, even at the most elite resort in the country.
The sea plane takes off past the small (island) capital of Male and flies for up to 30 minutes at low altitude. Your camera will be clicking as you pass over beautiful islands in the turquoise, tropical seas below.
This is the safest sea plane in the world – a DHC-6 Twin Otter. It is a Canadian 19-passenger STOL (short take off and landing) utility aircraft developed by De Havilland. Many of the pilots are also Canadian. At your resort, you will frequently hear the quiet buzzing of these planes landing or taking off.
As a footnote, keep in mind that the Maldives is a Muslim country. As such, alcohol cannot be imported and customs will relieve you of any they find on airport scanners. Don’t worry; you will be given a receipt and can retrieve the goods in an easy and simple process when you depart. Alcohol is also freely available at your island resort.
Goway’s specialist IslandsEscapes team offers 16 different resorts in the Maldives for you to choose from. They also have three different air-inclusive packages (either from Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles) for 11 days in the Maldives that include a stopover in Dubai.