Getting Here

How to get to Alila Kothaifaru Maldives

Updated: 2024-01-31T13:46:45.885Z

The main method of reaching Alila Kothaifaru Maldives is by seaplane. This 45-minute seaplane excursion from Malé International Airport offers guests a stunning preview of their holiday, treating them to panoramic views of the azure lagoons and winding atolls. It serves as a delightful introduction to the natural splendour awaiting during your Maldives getaway.

For those arriving after 3:30pm into Malé the resort offer a domestic flight option.

Please note that there are no boat-only transfers to Alila Kothaifaru Maldives due to the distance from Malé (167km or 104 miles).

Your Arrival at Malé Airport (MLE)

Upon your arrival in the Maldives at Malé airport (Velana International) and clearing security to enter the arrivals hall, you'll be greeted by a dedicated resort guide holding a wooden sign with the resort's name. They'll assist in directing you to your onward transfer point and can offer support with your luggage as required.

Your onwards journey will depend on what time of day Malé airport:

Option 1 - Seaplane to Alila Kothaifaru Maldives

Trans Maldivian Airways seaplane for Alila Kothaifaru Maldives

Your resort guide will accompany you and your belongings to a waiting vehicle for transportation to the seaplane terminal, which is just a few minutes' drive away. Once at the terminal, you'll be able to check in and await your scheduled seaplane flight. Meanwhile, you can enjoy close-up views of the seaplanes, access the a dedicated lounge with refreshments.

Alila Kothaifaru Maldives utilizes seaplanes operated by Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) for transfers to the resort. TMA is renowned for possessing the Maldives' most extensive seaplane fleet and maintaining a reliable track record.

Upon boarding the seaplane, the flight is anticipated to last approximately 45 minutes; however, transfers may be slightly prolonged if the plane makes stops to drop off guests at other resorts along the way.

Seaplanes make a water landing just off Alila Kothaifaru Maldives. Upon arrival, you'll disembark onto the arrivals jetty and have the convenience of walking directly to the island. Resort staff will be readily available to assist guests and handle luggage throughout the entire process.

Option 2 - Domestic Transfer to Alila Kothaifaru Maldives

Maldivian domestic transfer for Alila Kothaifaru Maldives

Ifuru Island serves as the nearest airport to Alila Kothaifaru Maldives. The preferred domestic carrier for this route is Maldivian, the leading domestic airline in the country. Maldivian operates regular flights utilizing air-conditioned ATR-72 and ATR-42 turboprop aircraft, as well as Dash 8-200 and Dash 8-300 aircraft, renowned for their robust design, advanced safety features, and dependable performance.

This direct flight typically lasts around 35 minutes. Upon arrival at the local airport island, guests proceed to embark on a speedboat for a half-hour journey to their final destination - Alila Kothaifaru Maldives.

Alila Kothaifaru Maldives domestic transfer map

Alila Kothaifaru Transfer Prices in 2024


These are the current costs for transfers to Alila Kothaifaru Maldives. Prices are per person for a return trip and include all taxes.

  • Seaplane
    • Adult $655
    • Child $328
  • Domestic Transfer
    • Adult $655
    • Child $328

Infants under 2 are free in both cases. Children aged 12 or over are classed as adults for transfers.

Prices above are for guidance only, your actual charge will depend on the prevailing rates at the time of your booking.

Do I have to transfer via seaplane?

Seaplanes truly embody the essence of the Maldives, offering unparalleled views from their low flying altitude. It's a remarkable journey that everyone should experience at least once.

However, there are alternative modes of travel within the Maldives. If you or your family feel that seaplanes are not suitable, it's worth reaching out to the resort to explore other transportation options.

Consider a domestic transfer if any of the following conditions apply:

  • International flights arriving in the Maldives after 3:30pm Malé time (seaplanes only fly during daylight).
  • You simply don't want to go on a seaplane.
  • You have limited mobility which would make it difficult.
  • You have a significant amount of luggage
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