Getting Here

How to get to Dhigali Maldives

Updated: 2024-01-26T11:31:47.078Z

To access Dhigali Maldives from Malé airport, you have two transfer options. The first is a scenic 45-minute seaplane flight, while the second involves a domestic transfer to a nearby airport, followed by a speedboat ride. The domestic choice typically requires around 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Usually, we suggest the seaplane option as the preferred choice.

It's important to note that there are no boat-only transfers to Dhigali Maldives due to the substantial distance from Malé (156km or 97 miles).

Your Arrival at Malé Airport (MLE)

Upon arrival at Malé airport (Velana International) in the Maldives, after completing security procedures and exiting into the arrivals hall, a resort guide will warmly welcome you, holding a sign displaying the resorts name. They will offer assistance in guiding you to the designated location for your next transfer to Dhigali Maldives and can also assist with your luggage.

The mode of onward transfer will be determined by your preference between a seaplane or a domestic plane:

Option 1 - Seaplane to Dhigali

Manta air seaplane for Dhigali Maldives

Your resort guide will aid you and accompany both you and your belongings to a vehicle bound for the nearby seaplane terminal. Upon reaching the terminal, you can finalize the check-in procedure and await your seaplane flight. During this time, you can enjoy up-close views of the seaplanes and unwind with complimentary common lounge “Neeri” access at the seaplane terminal.

Manta Air are the seaplane airline of choice for transfers to Dhigali Maldives. These are among the newest seaplanes in the Maldives and operate on a pre-determined schedule to minimize waiting times.

Upon boarding the seaplane, the expected duration of the flight is approximately 45 minutes. However, the overall transfer time might be slightly extended if the plane makes stops to drop off guests at other resorts along the journey.

Seaplanes touch down on the water near Dhigali Maldives. Upon arrival, you'll disembark onto the arrivals jetty and be able to walk to the island. The resort staff will be readily available to assist guests and ensure the seamless handling of luggage.

Option 2 - Domestic Transfer to Dhigali Maldives

Manta Air domestic transfer for Dhigali Maldives

Dhigali's preferred airport is situated on Dharavandhoo Island in the Baa Atoll, south-east of the resort. Manta Air is the recommended domestic carrier, providing frequent flights to Dharavandhoo aboard air-conditioned ATR72-600 turboprop planes, lauded for their minimal greenhouse gas emissions and unmatched fuel efficiency.

This direct flight usually lasts about 20 minutes. Once you arrive at the local airport island, you'll board a speedboat for a 45-minute ride to reach your ultimate destination, Dhigali Maldives.

Dhigali Maldives domestic transfer map

Dhigali Maldives Transfer Prices in 2024


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

  • Seaplane
    • Adult $480
    • Child $249
  • Domestic Transfer
    • Adult $480
    • Child $249

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?

Typically, we recommend opting for a seaplane transfer when traveling to Dhigali Maldives, especially when they costs are equal.

Seaplanes are renowned in the Maldives for offering breath-taking views due to their low flying altitude. The experience is genuinely exceptional and is something worth trying at least once.

However, there are specific benefits to choosing a domestic transfer that may align better with your preferences. Consider a domestic transfer if any of the following conditions apply to your situation:

  • International flights arriving in the Maldives after 3pm 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.
  • A cheaper transfer option is preferred or you have a significant amount of luggage
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