Getting Here

How to get to Six Senses Laamu

Updated: 2024-02-02T13:42:34.070Z

To reach Six Senses Laamu Resort from Malé airport, you have two transportation options. The first is a scenic 65-minute seaplane flight, while the second involves a 45-minute domestic transfer to a nearby airport, followed by a 15-minute speedboat ride.

The resort recommend the seaplane option as the preferred choice unless arriving too late in the day.

It's important to note that there are no boat-only transfers to Six Senses Laamu due to the considerable distance from Malé (264km or 164 miles).

Your Arrival at Malé Airport (MLE)

Upon your arrival at Malé airport (Velana International) in the Maldives, after clearing security and entering the arrivals hall, a dedicated resort guide will be waiting for you. Holding a wooden sign with the resort's name, they'll assist you in finding your onward transfer point and can provide assistance with your luggage if needed.

Your onward journey options will vary depending on the time of day you arrive at Malé airport:

Option 1 - Seaplane to Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu Private Seaplane

Your designated resort guide will be on hand to assist you and your belongings to a waiting vehicle for transportation to the nearby seaplane terminal, located just a short 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 and relax in a comfortable lounge where there are washroom facilities, complimentary refreshments, and Wi-Fi services

Operated by Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA), the Six Senses Private Seaplane, Flying Turtle (8Q-TAU), is a specially customized De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter seaplane exclusively for the use of guests visiting Six Senses Laamu. Equipped with 12 seats, the aircraft ensures an exciting journey across the azure waters of the Maldives. TMA is renowned for possessing the Maldives' most extensive seaplane fleet and maintaining a reliable track record.

Once you're aboard the seaplane, expect the flight to last around 65 minutes.

Upon arrival, the seaplane will touch down on the water near the island. From there, you'll disembark onto a floating platform and then be transported to the island by boat.

Throughout this process, resort staff will be available to assist guests and manage luggage to ensure a smooth arrival experience.

It is important to note that transfers can not be guaranteed in the Flying Turtle as this is dependant on the amount of passengers and timings of flights. If this is the case then you will be transferred by a commercial TMA seaplane to the resort.

Option 2 - Domestic Transfer to Six Senses Laamu

Maldivian domestic transfer for Six Senses Laamu

The nearest airport to Six Senses Laamu is situated on Kadhdhoo Island (KDO). Maldivian is the preferred domestic airline for this route, operating the only flights to the Laamu Atoll aboard their air-conditioned ATR-72 turboprop aircraft. These planes are known for their reliability, ensuring a trusted travel experience.

The flight typically lasts around 45 minutes, although occasional stops at other domestic airports may be necessary to accommodate additional visitors to the Maldives. Upon arrival at the local airport island, you'll be transferred to the marina before boarding a speedboat for a 15-minute journey to Six Senses Laamu Resort, your final destination.

You can relax knowing that the resort staff will take care of your checked luggage for you.

Six Senses Laamu Maldives domestic transfer map

Six Senses Laamu Transfer Prices in 2024


These are the current costs for transfers to Six Senses Laamu. Prices are per person for a return trip and include all taxes.

  • Seaplane
    • Adult $1
    • Child $759
  • Domestic Transfer
    • Adult $1
    • Child $683

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 capture the essence of the Maldives, providing unmatched views from their low-altitude flights. It's an extraordinary journey that everyone should embark on at least once.

Nevertheless, there are alternative travel options within the Maldives. If seaplanes are not suitable for you or your family, it's advisable to contact the resort to discuss other transportation possibilities.

You might 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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