Arrival and Transfer

Your dreamy vacation in the Maldives starts with a scenic 25-minute seaplane transfer from Velana International Airport, bringing you to one of the best dive resorts in the country. View the idyllic islands from above, including Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa – nestled in the South Ari Atoll and surrounded by the royal blue ocean.

Seaplane Transfer

Trans Maldivian Airways ­(TMA) provides­ seaplane transfers ­to and from the TMA Terminal located at Velana International Airport (Male’ International Airport). The flights are scheduled to coincide with the arrival and departure of international flights.

Once you arrive at Velana International Airport, you will go through Immigration and Customs, and collect your luggage. Once you are in the arrival hall, navigate towards booth #59 for Crown & Champa Resorts, where the airport representative will assist you with your transfer to Vilamendhoo.

Relax and refresh in Crown & Champa Resorts Lounge at TMA Terminal A before your seaplane transfer. The lounge offers restrooms, complimentary WiFi, a bottle of water, a soft drink, tea or coffee. An additional light snack menu is available from TMA at reasonable prices.

Seaplanes may only fly during daylight hours, between 06:00 and 18:00.International airline policy requires passengers to check-in no later than 2 hours before flight time, therefore, a Vilamendhoo guests can only connect by seaplane to international flights departing Velana International Airport after 09:00. Also, the last seaplane departure from Vilamendhoo is about 16:00 (depending on the daily schedule of TMA).

Domestic Flight Transfer

Fly Me­ provides domestic flight transfers to and from the Domestic Terminal located at Velana International Airport to Maamigili Airport and a short speedboat ride from Maamigili Airport to Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa. Upon arrival in the Maldives, after clearing Immigration & Customs, exit the Customs area, proceed to Crown & Champa Resorts’s counter #59 where our Airport Representative will escort you to Fly Me counter located in Domestic Terminal.­

Guests arriving on an international flight from which it is not possible to connect with the last seaplane departure from the TMA Terminal (the guest must check-in at the TMA Terminal no later than 16:00) may choose to overnight at Champa Central Hotel, Male’, or remain at the airport. Guests can connect with their local ground-handling agent to arrange overnight accommodation.

In rare instances, due to circumstances outside the control of TMA and/or Vilamendhoo, such as unfavourable weather conditions, the seaplane departure may be scheduled to depart earlier than usual from Vilamendhoo to the TMA Terminal; or later than usual from the TMA Terminal to Vilamendhoo. TMA and Vilamendhoo assume no liability for any related expenses.

View Seaplane & Domestic Flight Transfer Policy


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