Best of the Maldives: Shark Plane – Hulhumale

Hulhumale - shark plane

The biggest flying sea creature is the Embraer plane visit last month to the Maldives. Maldives Isle website reported

  • Embraer’s E190-E2 Profit Hunter demonstration airplane, with its distinctive shark livery, completed a demo flight at Velana International Airport this afternoon. Potential buyers and prominent airline officials from Maldivian, Flyme and Manta Air took part in the 1-hour demo flight.”

Maybe not a permanent fixture, but to fun to omit from the collection of sea creature inspired aviation in the maldives.

  

Best of the Maldives: Parrot Fish Plane – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru - parrot fish plane

Up the sky of the Baa atoll, it’s a fish named after a bird, it’s a plane…it’s Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru’s latest seaplane inspired by one of the more colourful creatures on the atoll reef…

“A warm welcome to the 52nd member of our fleet!!! The magnificent Four Seasons branded aircraft!”

I might have to create a new tag for “Fish Planes”…

Best of the Maldives: Resort Airport – Kooddoo

In many places, being “close to the airport” is seen as a negative. The new Mercure Maldives Kooddoo actually boast its aeronautical geography with its press releases announcing: “Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort is the first ever water villa resort built on an airport island in Maldives.”

Kooddoo is an airports like Heathrow with jumbo jets roaring in and rattling the rafters every 30 seconds. Instead it gets one or two flights a day from relatively small planes. The infrequency makes it more of an event than a disturbance (“De plane, de plane!” – Tatoo, Fantasy Island). On the positive side, it makes for an incredibly convenient outside-Kaafu transfer. For most distant resorts, you can either take a seaplane that will land at your resort but many consider very loud inside and too small and cramped for some people’s liking (not to mention expensive). Or you can take small jet planes to an increasing number of mini-airports around the country, but then you still have one more transfer by speedboat to finally get to your resort. At Kooddoo, you have the comfort and cost-savings of a conventional flight and when you touch down, you are just a short buggy ride to your villa.

Kooddoo - airport island

Best of the Maldives: Aeronautical Heritage: Equator Village

The resort to celebration all things aviation is Equator Village. Not only set in the epicentre of Maldives aeronautics past and present, but itself originally an airbase. The villas themselves used to be officer quarters and the dining room the officer’s club. The classic post-war style is still in evidence and the property features a number of reminders of its high flying pedigree. RAF veterans still make regular pilgrimages for reunions to the resort. I especially enjoyed this nostalgic collection of videos taken of Gan way back before the tourism industry had brought foreign guests by the planeload.

For the full story, check out my previous post about the base’s history (as well as some of the other historical highlights of Gan.

Plane Sailing

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National Aviation Day and National Photo Day today. Sooooo…photos of aviation are in order methinks. And the Maldives fashionistas are more than ready to oblige. 35 for each of the years RAF Gan operated as an airstrip…

  1. Dayane Mello (Brazil) – Palm Beach [ABOVE]
  2. Gia Johnson-Singh (United Kingdom) – Gili LankanfushiGia Johnson-Singh (United Kingdom) – Gili Lankanfushi
        
  3. Adriana Larina (Philippines) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Adriana Larina (Philippines) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  4. Lindsey van der Hoeven (Netherlands) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Lindsey van der Hoeven (Netherlands) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  5. Camila Storchi (Brazil) – Sun Island
    Camila Storchi (Brazil) - Sun Island 4
      
  6. Viviane Marissa Francesca (Netherlands) – Veligandu
    Viviane Marissa Francesca (Netherlands) - Veligandu
       
  7. Lena Titok (Russia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Lena Titok (Russia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
        
  8. Lea Rostain (France)
    Lea Rostain (France)

       
  9. Luiza Toma (USA) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Luiza Toma (USA) - LUX South Ari Atoll
      
  10. Mariaelena (Italy) – Palm Beach
    Mariaelena (Italy) - Palm Beach
      
  11. Tania Carvalho (United Kingdom) – Veligandu
    Tania Carvalho (United Kingdom) - Veligandu
      
  12. Irina (Germany) – Atmosphere Kanifushi
    Irina (Germany) - Atmosphere Kanifushi
      
  13. Chloe Kahn (United Kingdom) – Dusit Thani
    Chloe Kahn (United Kingdom) - Dusit Thani
      
  14. Dashama (USA) – Angsana Velavaru
    Dashama (USA) - Angsana Velavaru 2
      
  15. Pichamon N. (Thailand) – Club Med Kani
    Pichamon N. (Thailand) - Club Med Kani
       
  16. Marissa Hempe (Germany) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Marissa Hempe (Germany) - Club Med Finolhu Villas
        
  17. Urvi Shetty (India) – Sun Island
    Urvi Shetty (India) - Sun Island
      
  18. Angelina Yao (Hong Kong) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Angelina Yao (Hong Kong) - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
      
  19. Alina Korennaya (Ukraine) – JA Manafaru
    Alina Korennaya (Ukraine) - JA Manafaru
          
  20. Pepo Kiittikran (Thailand) – NIYAMA
    Pepo Kiittikran (Thailand) - NIYAMA
      
  21. Silvia Caruso (Italy) – Conrad Rangali
    Silvia Caruso (Italy) - Conrad Rangali
      
  22. Kuredu
    Kuredu - seaplane

      

  23. Rocky Barnes (USA) – Palm Beach
    Rocky Barnes (USA) – Palm Beach
      
  24. Mary Muravieva (Russia) – Meedhupparu
    Mary Muravieva (Russia) – Meedhupparu
      
  25. Violin Julia (Rusia) – Meedhupparu
    Violin Julia (Rusia) – Meedhupparu
      
  26. Victoria S. (Russia) Meedhupparu
    Victoria S (Russia) Meedhupparu
      
  27. Twinkle Mukherjee (India) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Twinkle Mukherjee (India) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  28. Faya Nillson (Sweden) – W Retreat
    Faya Nillson (Sweden) – W Retreat
      
  29. Vladislava Shvets (Ukraine) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Vladislava Shvets (Ukraine) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  30. Helen Owen (USA) – Dusit Thani
    Helen Owen (USA) – Dusit Thani
      
  31. Pamela Reif (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Pamela Reif (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  32. Jessica Van Der Steen (Belgium) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Jessica Van Der Steen (Belgium) – LUX South Ari Atoll
      
  33. Kristine Purvinska (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Kristine Purvinska (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  34. Roxy Louw (South Africa) – Chaaya Island Dhonveli
    Roxy Louw (South Africa) – Chaaya Island Dhonveli

      
  35. LUX South Ari Atoll
    LUX Maldives - group

Best of the Maldives: Seaplane – FlyMe

Villa Air Whaleshark plane

What’s your ride getting dressed up as for Halloween? The prize for best seaplane costume definitely goes to FlyMe’s “SEEPLANE” had its maiden flight this week.

It is appropriately based at the epicentre of everything whale shark in Maldives near the bottom of the South Ari atoll, the Villa International Airport Maamigili. In fact, the whale shark marine sanctuary goes right by the airport.

The amphibian Cessna C208 holds up to 7 passengers (plus 2 pilots). It serves all the resorts in the area for 20 minute (or longer) privately booked and scheduled excursions with a minimum of 4 people.

Seaplanes have always been a distinctive way to experience the unique, other-worldly geography of the Maldives. And if you don’t spy a whale shark swimming below, you can always have a photo-op with this aeronautic imposter.

Pimp my seaplane!

FlyMe whale shark See Plane