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November 1, 2011

Our Honeymoon in Maldives 爱在阳光灿烂的天堂 。马尔代夫 - Part 3, Sea Plane - Miles of atolls, reefs and lagoons 第三章,水上飞机 —— 一望无际的环礁,珊瑚礁和泻湖

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There are 2 sea-plane terminals in Maldives - Maldivian Air Taxi (MAT) and Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA). Basically there is no conflict of route coverage on contract basis with the resorts.
马尔代夫有2个水上飞机码头 - Maldivian Air Taxi (MAT)和 Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA)。两家公司基本上没有覆盖的路线,因为已和各度假村签下合同。

You may check for the list of resorts that both these sea-plane operators fly to...
(1) Maldivian Air Taxi
(2) Trans Maldivian Airways

Our transfer to Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa at Meemu Atoll was with Maldivian Air Taxi's De Havilland Twin Otter aircraft. Our resort is located among the southern atolls.. 45 minutes to reach.
我们乘搭Maldivian Air Taxi的 De Havilland Twin Otter aircraft 飞往坐落在Meemu环礁的Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa Chaaya。我们的度假村位于南部的环礁之间.. 45分钟即可到达。

Weighing our baggage.

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Checked-in baggage allowance for our regular transfer flights is 20kgs for each passenger.
However, there are instances when baggage may have to be sent by a later flight due to payload restrictions of the aircraft concerned... and that was our case. We had one baggage with us in the same flight, and another delivered straight to our room at the resort after 3 hours.

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After checked in we were ushered to one of the air-conditioned coaches. The coach took us around the international runway to MAT terminal. That's about 10 minutes journey.

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Happily waiting.

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That's Malé the concrete jungle. Our friend said the new president promised to build another 3 ten-storey flat in Malé. I cannot imagine living in this heavily urbanized, over populated island. The built-up area taking up essentially its entire landmass!

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Enjoying the coach ride to the terminal.

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So hot out there!!

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Passing by TMA terminal.

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Then reached MAT terminal!

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Arrived at the terminal. Flight is scheduled only upon check-in and base on availability as there is very limited seats per flight. So not necessary you will be the first to board a plane even if you check-in early. Our flight covered two resorts at Meemu Atoll -- Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa and Medhufushi Island Resort.
终于抵达终端。由于每个航班座位有限,飞行时间将会在办理登记手续后才会定下。因此,就算你是第一个到达,也未必是最先登上飞机的乘客。我们的航班总共飞往Meemu环礁的两个度假村 —— Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa 和 Medhufushi Island Resort。

Maldives Sea Plan terminal

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Holiday mood. A new pair of sandals for every trip!

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A sea plane ready to take-off. But not ours.

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Finally ours had arrived.

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There is a way to differentiate your cabin crew. If he is wearing short pants, he is. Those wearing long trousers are only ground crew.

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There are 3 sea plane crew who will be at service in each flight -- the pilot, the assistant pilot, and a cabin crew. No air-cond in the aircraft and it's very hot when you get into it. Everyone was sweating.... Ventilation of air is through the small holes at the top side of every seat, you will feel cool air blowing in after taking off.
每班机共有3个飞行人员服务 —— 机师,助理飞行员和机舱服务员。机内没有冷气,真的很热,每个人都大汗淋漓。。。空气会通过每个座位上侧的小孔吹入,在起飞后你才会感受到凉爽的空气吹进机舱。

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After briefing done, we finally took off! Whoa... look at the blue!!

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Flying across Hulhule island.

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Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. Speedboats to resorts as well.
Ibrahim Nasir 国际机场。还有前往度假村的快艇。

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See that super congested small island?? That's Malé!!

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Then baby moved to the back seat to capture the photos of atolls from another angle.

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Magical moments!! Where on earth can you see heaven... this is it! I nearly cried when looking out through the sea plane window...

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Now I can understand why is Maldives being nominated as the New7Wonders of Nature.

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Small reefs...

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And big ones...

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After 40 minutes in the air, we're about to land. This is one of the inhabited islands at Meemu Atoll.

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Another one.

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This is a dream came true.

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Meet the bare foot pilot!

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Give me a pinch! Give me a pinch! I'm finally at the resort~

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Guest relation officer was there to assist us. That's Shova.

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Shova helped us take a photo.

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I will never ever forget the aquamarine waters.

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A dhoni.

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White and blue. Aren't they always make a perfect combination?

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Some blues at Hakura Huraa the world has never seen.
And, will never see.
No blue ever stays the same at Hakura Huraa.

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We'll see. =)

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...to be continued...


期待下篇,快快 ! 呵呵


OMG the blue!!!!
Me too, next pls!

I wish I can go Maldive as well. Is really beautiful place. Cheryl, faster post next article...

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