What airport should I fly to?
You can fly into Velana International Airport in Malé, the capital of the Maldives.
What happens when I arrive at Velana International Airport?
Upon exiting the doors after luggage collection, you will be met by Soneva’s Airport Representative holding a sign with ‘Soneva’. They will escort you to either the lounge or the seaplane/domestic terminal for departure.
Can I land my private jet at the local airport?
Yes, but you will need prior authorisation before entering the Maldives, which can be arranged through a jet handler in Malé. The length of the runway at our local airport on Dharavandoo island is 1,200 metres, which is long enough to accommodate most medium-sized jets.
Are there CIP services at Velana International Airport?
Yes, the Maamahi Executive Lounge is available for CIP guests on both arrival and departure from the Maldives. Access is USD 280 per person, and is complimentary for guests staying in Soneva Fushi villas priced at USD 2,000 per night and above. Please note that due to limited space, access to the lounge may be restricted by the airport team in peak seasons. We will do our best to ensure availability, however this can not always be guaranteed.
Can I leave luggage in the Soneva Lounge?
There are no storage facilities at the Soneva Lounge, however there are secure locker facilities at the International Airport. Lockers can be rented for less than USD 10 per day. This can be arranged upon arrival at the airport. Please ask Soneva’s airport representative for assistance.
How do I get to Soneva Fushi from Malé?
Transfers are arranged by our Reservations Team, and flights can also be arranged via our website booking engine. There are two ways to reach Soneva Fushi from Malé: a seaplane from Malé International Airport direct to Soneva Fushi (recommended), or a domestic flight from Malé International Airport to Dharavandhoo Airport, followed by a 12-minute speedboat ride to Soneva Fushi.
Both flights take approximately 30 to 40 minutes, however the prices are different. The seaplane only operates during the day, with the last flight leaving at 17H00. The last domestic flight to Dharavandhoo Airport is at 23H15.
Why does the seaplane only fly during the day?
As seaplanes land on and take off from water, they will only fly from sunrise to sunset.
When arriving into the Maldives, please plan to arrive at Malé by 15H30 local time if you would like to reach Soneva Fushi by seaplane on the same day. If you are unable to arrive by that time, you can spend the night in Malé or take an internal flight to the nearby Dharavandhoo Airport and arrive at the resort by speedboat.
For guests departing from Soneva Fushi, seaplane flights can be arranged for international flights scheduled for a departure time after 09H00 until approximately 16H30.
At what altitude does the seaplane fly? The seaplane flies at an altitude between 2,100 to 6,500 feet. This varies with different payloads and the number of people on each flight.
What happens if I arrive in Malé late at night?
The last domestic flight from Malé to Dharavandhoo Airport is at 23H15. If you arrive too late to make this connection, you can arrange an overnight stay at either the Hulhule Island Hotel at the airport or Hotel Jen Malé. The first seaplane of the following day will depart for Soneva Fushi at 09H00. Our airport representative will meet you upon your arrival and assist you with any transfers.
What is the baggage allowance on the seaplane?
The standard weight is 25 kg per person, including hand luggage. If you have more luggage, please let our Reservations Team know in advance. There is no baggage allowance for infants under two on the seaplane.
Do infants require their own seat?
Transfers for infants below the age of two are free of charge. Due to legal safety requirements, there is no separate seat allocation for infants under two on the seaplane.
Can I charter a private seaplane?
Yes, we offer a private seaplane charter. The cost of a private charter on Soneva Seaplane (9 seats) is USD 9,000 per one way trip, which includes a CIP service.
Trans Maldivian Airlines (TMA) also offers a VIP private charter at USD 8,000 per one way trip (for 8 or 10 seats depending on the plane selected). This does not include CIP services. TMA also offers a regular 14 seat charter, including CIP services, at USD 6,500 per one way trip. All prices include taxes.
Can I arrange a speedboat transfer direct from Malé to Soneva Fushi?
We advise against speedboat transfers from Malé – the journey takes approximately 2.5 hours by sea, and can be rough.
What are the speedboat transfer fees from other resorts?
Speedboat transfers can be arranged from the following resorts at an additional cost, plus 23.2% tax.
Baa Atoll, Royal Island Resort (3.2 NM, 7 mins) US$ 175 Baa Atoll, Dusit Thani (6.2 NM, 15 mins) US$ 225 Baa Atoll, Reethi Beach (10 NM, 25 mins) US$ 325 Baa Atoll, Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru (11.4 NM, 30 mins) US$ 350 Baa Atoll, Anantara Kihaavah Villas (11 NM, 30 mins) US$ 375 Kaafu Atoll, One&Only Reethi Rah (39.5 NM, 1 hr 30 mins) US$ 1,100 Kaafu Atoll, Malé (62 NM, 2 hrs) US$ 1,600 Noonu Atoll, Cheval Blanc Randheli (38.9 NM, 1 hr 20 mins) US$ 1,100
For other resorts, guests will need to return to Malé International Airport and arrange seaplane transfers directly from there.
The prices listed are for indication only and are liable to change. Please check with our Reservations team before you book.
What happens on departure from Soneva Fushi?
The exact timing for your departure will be communicated to you by your Barefoot Butler on the evening of departure. Your luggage will be collected and you will be presented with your final bill for signing approximately one hour before you depart. Our transfer team will ensures that all guests reach Malé International Airport on time for their connecting flights.