For intrepid explorers seeking thrills and adventure as well as tranquility and seclusion at the further reaches of the Maldives' pearl necklace of islands, there are a number of atolls that can only be reached by seaplane. With many of these remote getaways holding just one resort, they are the ideal choice for those who want to escape the world, kick off their shoes and bask in nature. Upon landing in Male, guests bound for those outer atolls can check in for their amphibious transport at the airport before taking a van to the seaplane terminal where the relaxation begins immediately in the private lounges. Once aboard, the journey of no more than one hour affords incomparable bird's-eye views of the tiny white islands, scattered in the deep azure ocean. It is worth bearing in mind that these destinations are best suited for travelers who are happy to pack light, since seaplane luggage is restricted to 44lbs.
On the return journey, the last seaplanes depart for Male at 3pm each day which, for travelers with late flight times, can allow for a little time to explore the city of Male or indulge in a little shopping at the airport.