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Boat / Seaplane transfers

Singapore, Singapore
6 posts
Boat / Seaplane transfers

Hi all! Planning my first trip to the Maldives, and am intending to book through an online site such as expedia or agoda.com. Some of the transfer prices quoted seem a bit ridiculous - $1000USD for 2 to Hilton Irufushi by seaplane?? Is it cheaper arranging this with the hotel direct, or am I better off booking through some other channel? Could I arrange a transfer after landing in Male, or is this completely not advisable?

Thanks in advance!!

Divide, Colorado
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1. Re: Boat / Seaplane transfers

you can NOT arrange a transfer once you arrive. the scedules and passenger lists are made up each evening for the next day and you won't save a penny. as a matter of fact, you risk getting stuck in male for a day while having to pay for your island hotel plus male accomodation and losing time off your vacation.

there is no choice but to use the carrier the hotel is associated with - which is either one of the two seaplane companies or the hotel's boat.

as for the price ... simply check with the hotel for their set price and then compare it to the online offer and go with the lower one - problem solved.

Edited: 11:02 am, May 17, 2012
Oxford, United...
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2. Re: Boat / Seaplane transfers

Hi

Welcome to the forum.

Transfer to resort islands is arranged by the island. The $500 per person is the charge quoted on the Hilton website. There is an extra 6% GST on top of this.

It is not possible to arrange transfer once you arrive.

OD

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Singapore, Singapore
6 posts
3. Re: Boat / Seaplane transfers

Many thanks!! I saw some of the threads here and got the idea that transfers run around <$350/person, just wanted to make sure the sites weren't arbitrarily marking the price up.

Anyone have suggestions on good places to book Maldives resorts online? Direct through the hotel site, travel websites or an agent?

Divide, Colorado
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4. Re: Boat / Seaplane transfers

if you contact Richard , who is here on the forum under PurelyMaldives , you will either get the best deal or if he cannot beat someone els's price, he will point you in the right direction. he is vacationing himself on irufushi at the moment though ..therefore you might give him a little time to respond.

Singapore, Singapore
6 posts
5. Re: Boat / Seaplane transfers

Thanks spammie that sounds fantastic, I'll hit him up!

London, United...
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6. Re: Boat / Seaplane transfers

Prices, just like normal scheduled airlines, are based on how far you are travelling. A 20 min flight costs less that a 40 min one, but yes these are quite normal prices. I would assume they are return flights though.

Oxford, United...
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7. Re: Boat / Seaplane transfers

Froggy

Yes - they are return flights per person.

OD

Hampshire
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2,765 posts
8. Re: Boat / Seaplane transfers

Hello Ivorybells

One of our guys in the office will help if you wish - however my advice is to go very careful with online price engines.

There are many Maldives specialists who always price lower than the Agoda and Expedia sites you mention. Agoda et al are not allowed to price as low as tour operators as they are just a supermarket and have no product knowledge or local customer service - they try to fool customers by showing a 'total tax' amount which is actually only a daily tax total rather than your holiday total. My advice would be to talk to a few companies, find one that you like how they treat your query and respond to your requests etc then get down to the serious discussion of planning your first trip (of many!) to the beautiful Maldives.

Best wishes

Richard from PurelyMaldives

Bedford...
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9. Re: Boat / Seaplane transfers

Ivorybells:

Were you able to find any work around? I am also thinking about booking my honeymoon trip at Hilton. Everything looks fine except for SeaPlane cost which is $1000.

Divide, Colorado
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10. Re: Boat / Seaplane transfers

nulife ... there is no workaround unless you want to swim. seriously .. the seaplane company that is contracted to irufushi is your only choice , short of chartering a private seaplane or private boat which would cost a whole lot more