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Seaplane or Boat

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Seaplane or Boat

Hi

Could anyone advise me on the transfers to and from Male to Kuramathi. We land in Male at 14.55 and depart from Male 09.15. Am I right in thinking that your luggage is taken by boat and on the return trip you don't get the Airport Lounge - I am thinking maybe seaplane on arrival and then depart via boat if I have to wait for luggage?

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Your are right you wont get the seaplane lounge on the return. If you are flying business then you will have access to the lounge airside.

Kuramathi is a long boat trip, so would advise the sea plane if possible. Your luggage should travel with you on the sea plane most of the time. On occasion the luggage may travel on a boat if the overall weight is a concern.

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If you get the seaplane then your luggage will be on the same plane that you are on, although occasionally it may have to follow on a subsequent flight.

You are correct that on the return journey you will not have access to the seaplane lounge, but you are unlikely to have to wait for too long at the airport anyway with such an early flight.

From memory, the return trip by boat leaves at 6.00am or 6.30am, whereas your seaplane would be more like 7.30am, so it may depend on how much you value your sleep as to which method you prefer.

Also, bear in mind that it is a long boat journey (60- 90 mins) and so if the sea is choppy then it can be a rather uncomfortable journey. You may also have to wait for around an hour at the airport for the boat to Kuramathi as there are only two boat journeys per day. You will not have access to the lounge during this wait.

Personally we always pay the extra for the seaplane journey.

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How much is the sea plane?

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You'll need to contact either the resort or your travel agent if you're using one for confirmation of the price of seaplane transfers. It's not possible to book seaplane transfers yourself.

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Just to add, we took the seaplane from Male to Kuramathi which took about 20 min and used the speedboat back to Male which took 1 hour 10mins having timed it.

The speedboat is good fun and going early in the morning you get to see the sunrise as well as all the boats and ships as you get nearer to Male. (May not be for everyone of course)

The sea was reasonably calm that day and on arrival we were greeted by the Kunio representative who kindly escorted us to the lounge area as we were early for our flight back to (LGW) (The cost of the seaplane I believe to be around $150)

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Hi , we paid around £90 each for one way

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We did boat both ways. It takes about 1 hour and 15 mins, it’s a huge very comfy quick boat. New to the Resort this year.

Your return trip we did this morning. You get a personal wake up call at 5am then put your cases outside door there picked up at 5.15am quick breakfast which opens for drinks and cereal, then your boat sets of at 6am to get you to Male at 7.15 by the time you have got through all the checks we didn’t have time for any lounge.

Inbound we spoke to seaplane transfer guest who waited in seaplane lounge for nearly two hours. They came in with Qatar it does depend on your flight down to Male I saw the boat arrive back from

Male docking at 12.10pm every day, seaplanes landed all day near a landing platform the other side of Rashdoo they were them picked up by speedboat,

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Hi Karen

When we went to Kuramathi last year we took the boat transfer to Kuramathi and the Sea Plane on return. The Speed Boat was old with torn seats and smelt of engine fumes. The boat had six people on including ourselves who were going to stay at Kuramathi and about twenty staff, waiters ect. On arrival at Kuramthi we complained about the condition of the boat and we were given compensation. We said then that we would never use the boat again. I am interested to read that you have said there is a new boat in use at Kuramathi. Do you know if this is the only boat they use for transfers or are we likely to get the old boat again. If the old boat is still being used then it will be Seaplane both ways for us. Thanks

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Kuoni advised us the boat was a new boat it had to large seating areas it would accomadate at least 60 people. It had smart seating and no fumes. We felt very safe and the journey was very speedy x

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We paid around 200 GBP for 2 of us return. Well worth it

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