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

Maldivian Seaplane provides air transfers to and from the Maldivian Seaplane Building located at Velana International Airport (Malé  International Airport). The flights are scheduled to coincide with the arrival and departure of international flights. The seaplane transfer time from the Maldivian Sea Plane Terminal to Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is a scenic 25 minutes.

Typically, upon arrival in the Maldives, after clearing Immigration and Customs, the guest will exit the Customs area and enter the Arrivals Hall, proceed to the nearby Maldivian Seaplane Check-In Counter. After seaplane check-in, the guest is transferred by a shuttle bus, from the International Arrival Terminal to the Maldivian Seaplane Lounge, approximately 10-minutes away. The guest will wait in the Crown & Champa Resorts “CCR” lounge area for their scheduled seaplane transfer to Vilamendhoo. The seaplane to Vilamendhoo is normally scheduled to depart within one to two hours of all guests clearing Immigration and Customs.

In rare instances, such as international flight arrival delays or if a baggage claim form must be completed, the wait would usually be extended. In these instances, Vilamndhoo works with Maldivian to ensure guests fly at the earliest possible time.

Guests arriving on an international flight which cannot connect to the last seaplane of the day to Vilamendhoo (usually departs no later than about 16h00) may choose to overnight in a nearby Male’ hotel. Guest’s local handling agents can also be of assistance in such instances.

  • Seaplanes only fly during daylight hours, i.e. between about 06h00 and 18h00.
  • International airline policy requires passengers to check-in no later than 2 hours before flight time, therefore a guest can connect to international flights departing Velana International Airport only after 9h00.
  • The last flight departure from Vilamendhoo is around 16h00.

The seaplane allowance for checked-in luggage is 20 kg while carry-on luggage is 5 kg per person, above which there will be an excess charge of US$5.00 per kg (subject to 12% GST). In extraordinary circumstances, luggage may be transported by a later flight (as per safety regulations and Maldivian policies & procedures).

In rare instances, due to circumstances beyond the control of Maldivian Seaplane and/or Vilamendhoo, such as unfavorable weather conditions, the seaplane may depart earlier or later than scheduled to/from the resort, in which case, neither Maldivian nor Vilamendhoo assume liability for any related expenses incurred by guests.

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