Actor Hansika Motwani is the latest celeb who cannot seem to get enough of Maldives. There is a picture of her posing in front of a Seaplane, another one has her proclaiming herself as a “mermaid.” According to her, one cannot get a better view of the island than from a seaplane.
Though there are several seaplanes available in Maldives, the Trans Maldivian Airways, which has the world's largest seaplane fleet is a clear favourite among the tourists. It picks you from Velana International Airport in Malé to the island.
Most of the Maldives seaplanes are twin-otter DHC-6-300s aircraft, also called de Havilland Twin Otters, common aircrafts used for short-distance take-off and landings.
They can safely carry up to 15 passengers and these aircraft can take off and land on water and land. Seaplanes are like the propeller planes you fly when on a safari in Africa and are not air-conditioned. Also, make sure to book one of the 60 resorts that are accessible by seaplane. The seaplane departure and arrival routes are worked out daily based on the number and destination of the passengers who arrive on the day. The transfer time will depend on the time you land in Malé (capital) and on what resort you are transferring to and they only fly during the daylight. Seaplane tickets need to be booked by the resorts directly and charged to your booking. The cost of a seaplane transfer varies by the resort (anything from $450 per person upwards).
Aircrafts are small and short, and the ceiling is extremely low. Seats are small, and there is no armrest separating the two passengers in the double seats.
In Malé, you can try The Grand Friday Mosque, Scuba diving, and snorkelling, Male Fish Market, Malé's National Museum, Tsunami Monument, Dive Club Maldives, Underwater Scooters.
Scenic beauty, luxury resorts, white sand beaches and adventure water sports have made Maldives a favourite of Indian celebrities.