Getting Here

How to get to Anantara Kihavah Villas

Updated: 2024-04-15T13:40:28.284Z

To reach Anatara Kihavah Villas from Malé airport, there is one main transfer option. This involves a picturesque 35-minute seaplane flight. While there is a second option, this is reserved for those landing at Malé airport after 3:30pm and includes a domestic transfer to a nearby airport followed by a speedboat ride.

Please note that boat-only transfers to Anantara Kihavah are unavailable due to the considerable distance from Malé (134km or 83 miles).

Your Arrival at Malé Airport (MLE)

Upon your arrival at Malé airport (Velana International) in the Maldives and clearing security into the arrivals hall, a dedicated resort guide will greet you with the "Anantara" wooden sign board. They will assist in directing you precisely to your onward transfer point to Anantara Kihavah and provide support with luggage as needed.

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

Option 1 - Seaplane to Anantara Kihavah Villas

Manta air seaplane for Anantara Kihavah Villas

Your resort guide will assist you and your belongings into a vehicle for transportation to the seaplane terminal, which is only a few minutes' drive away. Upon reaching the terminal, you can complete the check-in process and await your seaplane flight. Visitors of Kihavah have the privilege of accessing the VIP Seaplane Lounge, where complimentary drinks and light refreshments are provided.

Anantara Kihavah Villas relies on Manta Air seaplanes for resort transfers. These seaplanes stand among the latest models in the Maldives and operate on a predetermined schedule, minimizing waiting times for guests.

Once aboard the seaplane, the flight should last around 35 minutes; however, transfers might take a bit longer if the plane is making stops to drop off guests at other resorts in the Baa Atoll along the way.

Seaplanes make a water landing just off Anantara Kihavah. Upon arrival, you will disembark onto the floating seaplane platform and then transfer to a speedboat for a brief journey before taking your first steps on the island. The resort staff will be on hand to assist guests and manage luggage throughout the process.

Option 2 - Domestic Transfer to Anantara Kihavah

Manta Air domestic transfer for Anantara Kihavah Villas

With seaplanes only flying during daylight hours, you may have no choice but to take a domestic flight to your destination.

The closest airport to Anantara Kihavah is located on the island of Dharavandhoo. The recommended local airline is Manta Air, known for its regular flights to Dharavandhoo using air-conditioned ATR72-600 turboprop aircraft, recognized for their low greenhouse gas emissions and exceptional fuel efficiency.

The flight is a brief, direct journey with no stops, taking approximately 20 minutes. Upon reaching the local airport island, guests will then transfer to a speedboat for a 30-minute ride to their ultimate destination - Anantara Kihavah.

Anantara Kihavah domestic transfer map

Anantara Kihavah Transfer Prices in 2024


These are the current costs for transfers to Anantara Kihavah. Prices are per person for a return trip and include all taxes.

  • Seaplane
    • Adult $850
    • Child $425
  • Domestic Transfer
    • Adult $850
    • Child $425

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.

Is a seaplane or domestic transfer better?

In general we will always recommend a seaplane transfer to Anantara Kihavah.

As well as being the resorts preferred transfer method, seaplanes are an iconic part of the Maldives and the low flight level gives incredible views. It's a fantastic journey worth experiencing at least once.

However, there are some advantages to a domestic transfer which may be relevant to you. You should choose a domestic transfer instead if any of the following apply to you:

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