Flying Over The Maldives; Seaplanes

Maldives is a nation where everything is on its own separate island. Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is on its own separate island, each and every resort is on its own separate little island, there is a separate island for recycling, an island for dumping garbage, numerous islands for picnics and the list goes on.


The 1200 or so Maldives’ Islands span over 90,000 km2 over the Indian Ocean making the total area covered larger than Sri Lanka, French Guiana or Austria (to name a few). Due to the dispersed nature of the islands, traveling long distances by boat can be a daunting task.  And that’s where the seaplanes come in.

Seaplane Transfers in the Maldives

Maldives is home to the largest seaplane operation in the world. With over 150,000 flights within the Maldives each year, seaplanes have become the number one preferred mode of transportation from island to island in the Maldives.


The first seaplanes took flight in the Maldives back in a time of helicopters in the Maldives during the early 90’s. Seaplanes were introduced as means of transferring guests seeking to holiday at resorts located outside of Kaafu Atoll (Male’ Atoll). Since then the seaplanes have become the preferred mode of transport for guests and locals alike that require long distance travel.

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