Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, also known as Malé International Airport, is the main terminal serving the Maldives. It is situated on Hulhulé Island, about 0.62 miles from the capital island Malé. It is the main transport hub for visitors to the islands, and is currently the only airport serving international flights into the Maldives. International airlines that fly here include Emirates, Singapore Airlines, and Cathay Pacific.
The Airport is connected to the rest of the Maldives islands by sea and air transport, and is only 10 minutes from the city by boat. Local speedboats, called dhoni, are the most common way of getting there, but other modern high-speed boats and Safari vessels can be chartered from resorts or surrounding atolls to take passengers to the Airport.
The Airport Ferry offers regular transfers between the Airport and Malé city. The inter-island air fleet – either Trans Maldivian Airways or Maldivian Air taxi – provide a completely different vista of the islands while zipping you across the sea. Domestic airlines Maldivian and Fly Me can also take you to Ibrahim Nasir Airport.
All passenger areas of the Airport are accessible by foot.
What to see and do
Within the Airport, there are many facilities to keep you occupied while you wait for your next flight or departure. From local confectionery to hand-painted souvenirs, you can spend your last minute thoughtfully in the terminal before heading off.
You don’t have to travel far from Ibrahim Nasir Airport to begin your relaxing retreat. Less than five minutes’ drive from the terminal lies the only hotel sharing Hulhulé Island has with the Airport. A complimentary hotel shuttle can take you to this beachfront resort, where you can unwind and kick back by the shores almost immediately upon arrival. When you’re ready to get up and going, Malé Island is only 10 minutes away by boat, and the hotel can provide free transfers to and from Malé Island as well.
A mere 10 minutes away from the Airport lies the capital island of Malé, where a world of adventures and discoveries await every kind of traveler. For starters, explore the reefs of the Maldives from the comfort of the Whale Submarine – although you won’t get to see any majestic whales, the sprawling corals and curious fish that bob near the large lens-like windows of the sub are enough to enthrall those looking out from within. Recommended for families with children or tourists who cannot dive.
A nice departure from the typical seafront activities is another front that the Maldives is great at. Its oldest mosque, Hukuru Miskiiy, is one icon to look out for. Built as long ago as 1656, it is erected of coral stone etched with intricate carvings and Quranic script. One particularly long panel, carved in the 13th Century, commemorates the introduction of Islam to the Maldives. Pay heed that visitors who wish to enter must attain permission from an official of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs – most of the staff there are officials – and it is recommended you dress conservatively when you visit.
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