MaldivesHow to get there


How to get there
(Last updated August 2013)

From Australia and Asia
Singapore Airlines and Malaysian Airlines offer great connections from major Australian and Asian cities.

From Europe
Many European Charter Airlines offer direct flights to Male. Often these flights include additional allowances for dive luggage. Alternatively, we recommend you travel with Emirates, Qatar Airways and Sri Lankan Airlines, which offer not only good connections and good service, but also up to 10kg additional diving equipment.

From America
Maldives is pretty much halfway around the globe if you start your travel in North or South America. In all cases you will either travel via Europe or via Australia/Asia and then connect from there.

Domestic Transfers/Flights
Once landed in Male it is a short transfer to the harbour to catch your transfer boat or liveaboard cruise. Seaplanes are a fast and scenic option to reach your more remote island resorts. Luggage is restricted to 20kg check-in and 5kg hand luggage. Each additional kg excess baggage is charged locally at about USD 3/kg for the roundtrip. Seaplane transfers to the islands are only possible during daylight hours.
Airfares
As part of your travel plan we will happily assist you in finding the most suitable flight connections to your dive destination. In many cases we can issue the tickets on your behalf.

Air taxes are subject to strong fluctuations and can change daily and until your flight ticket has been purchased. Taxes generally include local airport/security fees, departure taxes, ground handling fees and fuel surcharges.

Should the most convenient route involve instant purchase airfares we can still issue them with your authorisation. All airfares issued by us will attract a small service fee and might be slightly more expensive then the cheapest offers online.

In general, airfares available for purchase online depend on day of departure and time of travel. Those instant purchase airfares require full payment at time of booking. If you choose to arrange your own flights online, we won’t be able to provide any services for seat reservations, schedule or itinerary changes.
Baggage
Please note that baggage rules and regulations are subject to change at any time.

For most carriers operating between the US and Asia, the 2 piece system still applies. You are allowed to check in 2 pieces at 23kg (50lbs) per piece.

Coming from Australia and Europe, the checked baggage allowance is generally 20kg (44lbs) to 23kg (50lbs), depending on the airline chosen, and airlines can charge excess baggage fees for dive gear.

Airlines are strictly enforcing their checked baggage limit and can charge excess baggage fees for additional checked pieces and dive gear.

Fragile items such as camera, regulator, dive computer etc., should be packed in a small bag and taken as carry-on luggage. Batteries from dive torches, strobes, cameras and other devices should be removed prior to check-in. Be sure your baggage is properly tagged.
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