Getting Here

How to get to Vakkaru Resort

Updated: 2024-01-10T10:42:48.872Z

There are two transportation options available to reach Vakkaru from Malé airport. The first involves a 30-minute picturesque seaplane journey, while the second entails a short domestic transfer to a nearby airport on the island of Dharavandhoo followed by a 30-minute speedboat ride. Our primary recommendation is the seaplane option, as it is considered the optimal choice. It's worth noting that boat-only transfers to Vakkaru are not available due to the considerable distance from Malé (125km or 80 miles).

Your Arrival at Malé Airport (MLE)

Upon arrival at Malé airport in the Maldives, after clearing security at the arrival’s hall, a resort guide will be there to greet you. They will guide you to the appropriate location for your onward transfer to Vakkaru and can also assist with handling your luggage.

Your onward journey depends on your decision between a seaplane or a domestic transfer:

Option 1 - Seaplane to Vakkaru

Manta air seaplane for Vakkaru

Your resort guide will assist you and your belongings into a transport vehicle bound for the seaplane terminal, just a few minutes away by taxi. Upon reaching the terminal, you can proceed with the check-in process and await your seaplane flight. In the mean time, you can enjoy some close up views of the seaplanes from the comfort of the resorts seaplane lounge, complete with complimentary drinks, snacks and Wi-Fi while you wait for your journey to continue.

Vakkaru employs the use of Manta Air seaplanes for their transfers. These seaplanes are among the latest additions in the Maldives, operating on a predefined schedule to minimize any potential waiting time for passengers.

When aboard the seaplane, the flight is expected to last around 30 minutes; nevertheless, transfers may extend slightly if they involve dropping off guests at other Baa atoll resorts.

Seaplanes touch down on the water near Vakkaru. Upon arrival, you'll step onto the arrivals jetty and be able to walk to the island. Resort staff will be on hand to aid guests and manage luggage.

Option 2 - Domestic Transfer to Vakkaru

Maldivian Air domestic transfer for Vakkaru

The closest airport to Vakkaru is situated on the island of Dharavandhoo. The recommended domestic carrier is Maldivian Air however they may also use Flyme (Villa Air) on occasion.

This brief and direct flight, lasting approximately 20 minutes, has no stops along the way. Upon arrival at the local airport island, you'll proceed to board a speedboat for a 20-minute journey to your ultimate destination – Vakkaru.

Vakkaru domestic transfer map

Vakkaru Transfer Prices in 2024


These are the current costs for transfers to Vakkaru. Prices are per person for a return trip.

  • Seaplane
    • Adult $950
    • Child $475
  • Domestic Transfer
    • Adult $830
    • Child $415

Guests 12 years old and above are considered as adults and the charges will be applicable accordingly. Both transfers are complimentary for infants (below 2 years).

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 to Vakkaru.

Seaplanes are an iconic feature of the Maldives, providing breath taking views at a low flight level. The journey is truly remarkable and worth experiencing at least once.

Nevertheless, there are certain advantages to choosing a domestic transfer that might be relevant to your situation. Opt for a domestic transfer if any of the following conditions apply:

  • 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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