This article is for those folks who are travelling to Maldives for a vacation and want to make the maximum use of their time at the resort/hotel. There are plenty of airlines running direct Mumbai to Maldives flights. However, while a direct flight may look convenient, there are other factors you might need to consider.
Mumbai to Maldives flights – The actual problem
Personally, I wouldn’t suggest booking direct Mumbai to Maldives flights by Indigo/SpiceJet , if you want to make the best use of your hotel accommodation. Their timing is pretty inconvenient with most arrivals at around 5 PM at Male & departures at 8 AM in the morning.
Now, just think about this for a minute – You are spending more than 25,000 INR/night at your resort. So do you really want to waste half of that time in transit?
I believe when you are spending big bucks/night it makes sense to take flights which give you maximum time at the resort. Unless you are travelling in the peak-season, I don’t see any reason why the resort wouldn’t be able to offer an early check-in. My resort – Meeru Island Resort & Spa did provide me with an early check-in. Most hotels in Maldives would happily provide an early check-in if available.
Mumbai to Maldives flights – The solution
The best combo in such scenarios is to book either early morning direct flights or overnight flights which will land you at Male before 12 PM. Most resorts are good 30-60 mins speedboat/sea plane ride away from the airport. So you should be at your resort by 2 PM max after completing all formalities.
Same goes for the checkout, book a flight that leaves after 4-5 PM. This way you can leave the resort by 1-2 PM and you get to maximise your time at the resort.
We stayed at Meeru Island Resorts (also known as Meerufenfushi) located on the easternmost tip of North Malé Atoll (Kaafu Atoll) in the Maldives. It took us around 50 mins by the speed boat to reach the resort. I dozed off on most of the journey as it was a very cloudy & windy day and we had taken an early morning flight from Kochi (Mumbai – Kochi – Male).
I do hope that more airlines will consider these points and introduce new flights at better suited timings.
You can use Skyscanner to check for flights. I personally find it very convenient for the research. However, I book my flights from different portals depending on the credit card offers.
Read this post about How I have earned points worth 1 lakh Rs every year for last 2 years just by maximising my credit card usage. No it’s not a click-bait I can assure you that.
TIP – Always use incognito mode while booking flights.
Planning a trip to Maldives?
If you are planning to stay at Meeru Island Resort & Spa or for that matter any other resort in Maldives, I would recommend going through the below links to help you plan better. Here’s a sneak peak of the paradise:
- Maldives Visa Requirements for Indians
- How to choose the right resort and room type?
- How to select the best suited F&B package as per your requirements & budget?
- Take a look at my Trip Expenses to give you a rough idea.
Planning other trips?
Checkout my backpacking trip blogs from South East Asia to Europe with all details including the flight tickets, sightseeing, itinerary, food and drinks and day to day expenses.
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Thanks for your patience in reading the entire blog. Feel free to drop me a comment here or on Instagram if you have any queries. Happy travelling.