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Villa Nautica Paradise Island
Villa Nautica Paradise Island
Villa Nautica Paradise Island
Villa Nautica Paradise Island
Villa Nautica Paradise Island
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A five-star Island Resort, located in North Male’ Atoll with beaches and a reef all around with excellent marine life. Rooms are comfortably decorated and have private balconies with views of the Indian Ocean.

The Island has variety of activities ranging from table-tennis to motorized water sports. After a long day the “Araamu Spa” is a great place to refresh the body and mind. The specialty restaurants offer Japanese, Italian and Western food. VILLA NAUTICA Paradise Island is one of the top luxury resorts in Maldives, offering variety of attractive packages to all types of guests.


  • Check-In: from: 2:00 pm (1400 hours) of the Arrival Date
  • Check-Out: from 12:00 pm (1200 hours) of the Departure Date.
      • Prior to 04:45 hrs – Book from previous day.
      • 04:45 – 08:00 hrs – 50% of overnight room rate.
      • 08:00 hrs onwards – FREE, subject to availability.
      • 12:00 – 18:00 hrs – 50% of overnight room rate.
      • Beyond 18:00 hrs – Overnight room rate.
    • NOTE: Late Check-Out untill 1400 hrs could be provided on complimentary basis subject to availability on departure day. However, for guaranteed late check-out, reservation should be confirmed with Late Check-Out as per the above details.
  • Cancellation / Payment: Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please contact us with the dates of your stay  and check what conditions apply to your preferred room category.
  • Children & Beds: Children of all ages are welcome.
  • No Age Restriction: There is no age requirements for Check-In.
  • Pets: Pets are NOT allowed.

To Consider:

    • Arrival/Departure: All transfers are on Speed Boat.
    • All transfers are schedule transfers, unless guest requests for seperate transfer.
  • CHILD Policy
    • The ages for considering Infants and Children are as follows:
      • INFANT – from 00 to 01.99 years
      • CHILD – from 02 to 11.99 years
    • The Child rates are applicable based on the Child’s age at the arrival date to the resort.
    • Child Rates are valid for children sharing rooms with parents.
    • Children below 1.99 years will eat FREE based on the rules and meal-plan accompanied by an adult, excluding alcoholic beverages. And a mandatory Green-TAX of USD 6/- per child per night will be charged.
    • Parents must sign a liability release to accommodate children in Pool Villas and Overwater Villas.
  • GENERAL Policies:
    • Credit-Card holder name and the booking-holder name should be same.
    • Please present the same Credit-Card used to guarantee your booking when Check-In, making the payment at the hotel. Please note that property may contact the Card-holder for verification purposes.
    • Due to safety and privacy concerns the operation of unmanned aerial systems or drones by any of guests including model aircraft by recreational users and hobbyists is prohibited.
    • Meet and Greet service on arrival at the Airport.
    • Welcome refreshment on arriva to the Resort.
    • The Resort will provide a drinking water bottle (1 ltr) per person per day in the room.
    • Free drinking water at mealtimes served by glass.
    • Tea/Coffee making facilities in the room (1 set per day)
    • Free WiFi in all rooms.
    • Gymnasium (excluding personal trainer)
    • Land Sports: (excluding coach and instructors); Badminton, Snooker/Billiards, Table Tennis, Dart, Beach Volleyball, Squash, Daylight Tennis, Basketball.
    • HONEYMOONERS: A bottle of Sparkling Wine and a Fruit Basket for Honeymooners (for marriages within the last 12 months of arrival date).
    • WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: A bottle of Sparkling Wine and a Cake for wedding anniversaries celebrated at the Resort.
    • BIRTHDAYS: A Birthday Cake and a Bottle of Wine for Birthdays celebrated at the Resort.
      • NOTE: All Honeymooners and Wedding Anniversary information shall be notified at the time of booking or specified in the service voucher. In addition Guests are required to present marriage Certificates at the time of Check-In to the Resort.

The Villas and Suites draw inspiration from the sun-drenched isle, with its idyllic pearl-white beaches and lush tropical greenery. Savour the raw natural beauty that comes with desert island life, with the glittering lights of Male’ twinkling in the distance. Your dream holiday in the Maldives begin right here.

The island has 9 VILLA TYPES to choose from, they are;

Two-bedroom Ocean Suite with Pool   |   One-bedroom Ocean Suite with Pool   |   Ocean Beach Pool Villa   |   Water Villa with Whirlpool   |   Sunset Beach Pool Villa   |   Deluxe Beach Pool Villa   |   Water Villa   |   Two-bedroom Family Beach Villa   |   Beach Villa

Two-bedroom Ocean SUITE with Pool


Beautiful both inside and out, the “Two-bedroom Ocean Suites with Pools” are everything a luxury overwater villa in the Maldives should be.

With two spacious bedroom, a private plunge pool and a large sunrise-facing sundeck, the Two-bedroom Ocean Suites with Pool are the biggest water bungalows on the island. Perfect for families, they have direct access to the crystal-clear lagoon below and offer panoramic views of the horizon.

Features:   391 square metres   |   sleeps 4 Adults + 2 children   |   Villas: 731 – 734   |   Ocean Access   |   Private Sundeck   |   Private pool   |   Private Whirlpool

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi   |   Air Conditioning   |   Satellite TV   |   Direct-Dial Telephone   |   Safe Deposit Box   |   Mini Bar   |   Hair Dryer   |   Tea & Coffee   |   Open-air-shower   |   Butler Service upon Request   |   Twice-Daily House Keeping Service   |   24-hour Room Service.

PACKAGE Starts on FULL BOARD for 4 pax @ US$ 6,555 +

One-bedroom Ocean SUITE with Pool


With direct access to the ocean, a private freshwater pool and panoramic views, the Ocean Suites with Pools are among the finest overwater bungalows in the Maldives.

A sunrise-facing bedroom featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, a private pool and whirlpool, and the azure lagoon stretching out before you in every direction create a tropical haven. These luxuriously spaciously and beautifully furnished overwater bungalows are an idyllic setting for a romantic honeymoon in the Maldives. And, given their ample space, these villas are often the favourite choice for families, who love the option of adding up to two generous sofa beds for a fantastic holiday with children.

Features:   255 square metres   |   sleeps 4 Adults   |   Villas: 729, 730, 735 and 736   |   Ocean Access   |   Private Sundeck   |   Private pool   |   Private Whirlpool

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi   |   Air Conditioning   |   Satellite TV   |   Direct-Dial Telephone   |   Safe Deposit Box   |   Mini Bar   |   Hair Dryer   |   Tea & Coffee   |   Open-air-shower   |   Butler Service upon Request   |   Twice-Daily House Keeping Service   |   24-hour Room Service.

PACKAGE Starts on FULL BOARD for 2 pax @ US$ 2,757 +

Ocean Beach Pool Villa


Indulge in luxury and privacy at your exclusive pool villa, tucked away in secluded corner of the island, offering a serene and tranquil atmosphere.

Drawing inspiration from the ocean and showcasing a contemporary nautical design, the expansive 150sqm space combines timeless interiors with aquatic hues to deliver the epitome of luxurious indoor-outdoor living. Rise and feel the gentle embrace of your surroundings, or immerse yourself in the turquoise lagoon brimming with marine life just steps away from your villa. Your lagoon oasis beckons you to regain balance, spark inspiration, and reconnect with nature.

Features:   150 square metres   |   sleeps 2 Adults + 1 child   |   Villas: 170 – 175   |   Private Sundeck   |   Private Pool

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi   |   Air Conditioning   |   Satellite TV   |   Direct-Dial Telephone   |   Safe Deposit Box   |   Mini Bar   |   Hair Dryer   |   Tea & Coffee   |   Open-air-shower   |   Butler Service upon Request   |   Twice-Daily House Keeping Service   |   24-hour Room Service.

PACKAGE Starts on FULL BOARD for 2 pax @ US$ 1,166 +

Water Villa with Whirlpool


With glorious sunrise views, outdoor whirlpools and plenty of room to relax, these water villas in the Maldives are tailor-made for couples.

The Water Villas with Whirlpools are positioned on the east side of the island – one of the best places to experience the world-famous Maldivian sunrise. Design with indulgence in mind, each one features a spacious living area, private sundeck and access to the sparkling aquamarine waters below.

Features:   86 square metres   |   sleeps 2 Adults + 1 child   |   Villas: 721 – 728 & 735 – 742   |   Ocean Access   |   Private Sundeck   |   Private Whirlpool

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi   |   Air Conditioning   |   Satellite TV   |   Direct-Dial Telephone   |   Safe Deposit Box   |   Mini Bar   |   Hair Dryer   |   Tea & Coffee   |   Open-air-shower   |   Butler Service upon Request   |   Twice-Daily House Keeping Service   |   24-hour Room Service.

PACKAGE Starts on FULL BOARD for 2 pax @ US$ 1,177 +

Sunset Beach Pool Villa


Enchanting sunset views, direct access to the sparkling turquoise lagoon and a private beach cabana make these the perfect villas for couples in the Maldives.

These sunset-facing villas with pools bring laid-back luxury to a beautiful beachfront setting. Step from your private sundeck onto soft white sands, listen to the ocean waves and enjoy cooling sea breezes from the comfort of your very own beach cabana.

Features:   140 square metres   |   sleeps 2 Adults + 1 child   |   Villas: 304 – 320   |   Sunset View   |   Beach Access   |   Private Beach Cabana   |   Private Sundeck

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi   |   Air Conditioning   |   Satellite TV   |   Direct-Dial Telephone   |   Safe Deposit Box   |   Mini Bar   |   Hair Dryer   |   Tea & Coffee   |   Open-air-shower   |   Butler Service upon Request   |   Twice-Daily House Keeping Service   |   24-hour Room Service.

PACKAGE Starts on FULL BOARD for 2 pax @ US$ 1,077 +

Deluxe Beach Pool Villa


Panoramic ocean views, private plunge pools and pristine palm-fringed beaches on the doorstep. Your luxury escape in the Maldives starts here.

Escape to a “Deluxe Beach Pool Villa”, bordering the east side of the islands and just moments away from the Araamu Spa. Surrounded by the scent of tropical flowers, the open-air shower brings the beauty of the outdoors in, while the private pool is the perfect place to steal a few precious moments during the golden hour.

Features:   150 square metres   |   sleeps 2 Adults + 1 child   |   Villas: 274 – 303   |   Beach Access   |   Private Sundeck   |   Private pool 

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi   |   Air Conditioning   |   Satellite TV   |   Direct-Dial Telephone   |   Safe Deposit Box   |   Mini Bar   |   Hair Dryer   |   Tea & Coffee   |   Open-air-shower   |   Butler Service upon Request   |   Twice-Daily House Keeping Service   |   24-hour Room Service.

PACKAGE Starts on FULL BOARD for 2 pax @ US$ 1,055 +

Water Villa


Bright, spacious and with unbeatable ocean views these luxurious water villas at the “VILLA NAUTICA Paradise Island” are perfect for couples.

These Overwater villas are synonymous with the freedom and tranquility that come with quayside living. Wake up to views of the sunrise, descent the private staircase into the blue lagoon below, and spend your days relaxing on your private sundeck with nothing but the sea air and the sound of waves for company.

Features:   77 square metres   |   sleeps 2 Adults + 1 child   |   Villas: 701 – 720 & 745 – 764   |   Ocean Access   |   Private Sundeck   

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi   |   Air Conditioning   |   Satellite TV   |   Direct-Dial Telephone   |   Safe Deposit Box   |   Mini Bar   |   Hair Dryer   |   Tea & Coffee   |   Open-air-shower   |   Butler Service upon Request   |   Twice-Daily House Keeping Service   |   24-hour Room Service.

PACKAGE Starts on FULL BOARD for 2 pax @ US$ 1,022 +

Two-bedroom Family Beach Villa


Beautiful furnished and with unbeatable sunset views, these are the largest and most luxurious of the “VILLA NAUTICA Paradise Island’s” Beach Villas.

Each “Two-Bedroom Family Beach Villa”, is a secluded hideaway. A large open-air shower, interconnecting rooms that look out onto the turquoise lagoon, and a private terrace come together to create a space for couples or multigenerational families in search of the ultimate in laid-back luxury.

Features:   108 square metres   |   sleeps 4 Adults + 2 children   |   Villas: 124 – 169   |   Beach Access   |   Private Terrace

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi   |   Air Conditioning   |   Satellite TV   |   Direct-Dial Telephone   |   Safe Deposit Box   |   Mini Bar   |   Hair Dryer   |   Tea & Coffee   |   Open-air-shower   |   Butler Service upon Request   |   Twice-Daily House Keeping Service   |   24-hour Room Service.

PACKAGE Starts on FULL BOARD for 4 pax @ US$ 2699 +



Nestled among swaying palm trees, just a few steps away from the ocean, these traditional Maldivian beach villas embrace the simplicity of island life.

Each one-bedroom beach villa has an open-air shower, uninterrupted views of the blue lagoon, and direct access to the island’s sugar-white sandy beaches. Surrounded by the dappled shade of tropical greenery, your villas is a tranquil retreat where you can relax and truly unwind.

Features:   54 square metres   |   sleeps 2 Adults + 1 child   |   Villas: 124 – 169 & 176 – 273  |   Beach Access   |   Private Sundeck   

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi   |   Air Conditioning   |   Satellite TV   |   Direct-Dial Telephone   |   Safe Deposit Box   |   Mini Bar   |   Hair Dryer   |   Tea & Coffee   |   Open-air-shower   |   Butler Service upon Request   |   Twice-Daily House Keeping Service   |   24-hour Room Service.

PACKAGE Starts on FULL BOARD for 2 pax @ US$ 577 +


Villa Nautica, six superb restaurants showcase global cuisines, including authentic Japanese- and Italian-inspired dining. The island’s Maldivian dishes are fragrant with traditional spices and they enjoy an abundance of seafood caught by local fishermen in the waters that surround the island. Fresh produce is handpicked daily by chefs from the island’s organic gardens or markets in Malé

Private Dinning


Whether it’s an interactive teppanyaki-style dinner, a seafood lunch at Farumathi, or a private barbeque under a thousand stars as the air fills with the fragrant scent of the island’s flower gardens, you’re spoilt for choice at Villa Nautica.

There’s nothing more memorable on an island holiday than eating outdoors on the beach or discovering a new cuisine.


Bageecha - restaurant

Bageecha offers all-day dining in its crisp and breezy blue-and-white interiors. The food at Bageecha is a celebration of the location, with ingredients sustainably sourced from the organic gardens of the island and surrounding oceans.

OPENING HOURS:    Breakfast: 07:30 am – 10:00 am   |   Lunch: 12:30 pm – 14:00 pm   |   Dinner: 19:00 pm – 21:00 pm

The Lagoon - restaurant

Catering for guests staying in the Water Villas, this sophisticated but relaxed overwater restaurant also serves dishes from around the world. Expect mesmerizing dawn-to-dusk ocean views from your table

OPENING HOURS:    Breakfast: 07:30 am – 10:00 am   |   Lunch: 12:30 pm – 14:00 pm   |   Dinner: 19:30 pm – 21:00 pm

Ristorante al Tramonto

With an open-air terrace illuminated by lanterns, and a menu inspired by authentic Italian dining, Ristorante al Tramonto is the perfect setting to enjoy panoramic views of pastel-coloured skies at sunset.

OPENING HOURS:  11:00  –  23:00

Fukuya Teppanyaki

A sophisticated dining experience with delicious sushi and tempura dishes, as well as locally sourced fish and meats prepared on the teppanyaki grill, Fukuya Teppanyaki promises authentic Japanese cooking with a side of theatre.

OPENING HOURS:    Lunch: 12:30 pm – 14:30 pm   |   Dinner: 18:30 pm – 22:00 pm

Farumathi - restaurant

The inspiring Farumathi Restaurant, located at the end of the overwater jetty, serves fresh seafood with serene ocean views and if one of the best spots on the island for an intimate dinner.

OPENING HOURS: 11:00 am – 23:00 pm

Captain's BAR

Chic quayside lifestyle at its best: step off the jetty to a warm welcome at the Captain’s Bar. Your glamorous island holiday starts here and the bar is always open for poolside cocktails or even a good coffee. Go an see the sunset, this is the place to be: everything happens here


Beach Bar

Beach lovers and friends drift by all day to soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere at the Beach Bar, especially after the adrenaline rush of the water sports. Enjoy ice-cold drinks with your feet in the sand while cooling off in the fresh sea breeze

OPENING HOURS:  09:00  –  18:00 hours

Dhaavani Coffee Shop

Discerning coffee lovers are in for a reassuring surprise… traditionally the Maldives has been strong on teas, but the coffee culture is equally vibrant so the expertly trained baristas serve a world-class coffee. Dhaavani is also open 24/7 for delicious light meals.

OPENING HOURS:  Open 24 hours


Experience the Villa Nautica’s cosmopolitan quayside lifestyle from the moment you arrive by speedboat. Surrounded by sparkling lagoons along pearl-white beaches, this is an island like no other: it’s a hive of fun activity and a glamorous social hub. Here’s a glimpse of what’s on offer….

Signature Experience   |   Private Dining   |   Water Sports   |   Excursions   |    Wavy Navy Kids club   |   Land Sports   |   Weddings   |   Honeymoons   |   Celebrations   |   Meetings & Conferences

Signature Experience


At Villa Nautica the signature experiences have been curated especially for you, with everything from interactive Captain’s classes to pop-up beach parties and private picnics

Seawall Specialties   |   Crow’s Nest   |   Shipshape   |   Club Nautica   |   Cocoon Lounge   |   Captains’ Class   |   

Seawall Specialties

A more personal and relaxed option for meals: wicker baskets are stocked with delicious seasonal snacking delights and all the provisions necessary for a secluded picnic on your favorite spot on the beach. Choose from a tantalising smörgåsbord in three different hampers. All chef needs is an indication of palate from the Mediterranean Moments, Indian Summer (vegetarian) or ‘Lucky Dip’ menu – and your delicious picnic basket will arrive with a cotton picnic rug and portable board games to enjoy together

Crow's Nest

Inspired by lifeguard towers, this colourful wooden structure offers guests a thrilling climb up a spiral staircase to two lofty platforms with panoramic views of the island. At the first level – half way to the top – there are rope ladders and rope swings for families to play around or just enjoy the shaded spot. Head further up to the top and discover a cosy den with cushions and throws creating the ultimate chill-out nest – one of our most-photographed vantage-points on the island! At a look-out window a beautifully crafted map, etched in copper, shows the geographical points of interest for each location. You’ll also find a pirate’s treasure chest filled with objects to entertain – a telescope, playing cards and binoculars – and even an honesty box for readymade cocktail drinks: help yourself to miniature bottles all concocted with a rum base.


Villa Nautica, have curated top-level exercise classes guaranteed to get you shipshape and yacht-body ready in no time! Trained instructors help with the quick-fire combination of weights, cardio and intense anaerobic movements. Private workouts can be tailor-made ahead of their arrival, and everyone from newbies to injured athletes or dedicated gym bunnies is welcome! A permanent structure is built on the beach with a selection of different styled ship-rope apparatus, from battling ropes, hanging ropes and shaking ropes through to rope ladders for climbing, all designed for a more dynamic, fat-busting full-body workout. Inspired by Ironman’s level of endurance, these classes are physically and mentally demanding.

Club Nautica

Each pop-up party at Club Nautica is a unique celebration, imbued with a freshness and excitement that promises a new experience every week. The music is the heart of these events, powered by a lineup of both local and international guest DJs. Their distinctive beats and masterful blending of various genres create a vibrant atmosphere, keeping the party energetic and the dance floor bustling. At Club Nautica, every night is a celebration under the stars, a memorable experience that you'll carry with you long after the music fades.

Cocoon Lounge

Hang out in the Cocoon Lounge, a relaxing hammock zone, tucked away at the quiet end of the island. Here, in a gloriously shaded grove of palms, you’ll find a variety of gently swaying hammocks, all with padded cushions for chill-out comfort, as well as herbal shisha to enjoy. In this chic setting, herbal shisha is served in a selection of flavours from apple to grape. The handblown glass shisha bowls are each unique as they are locally made here in the Maldives. Enjoy this nicotine-free, laid-back experience at the Cocoon Lounge.

Captain's Class

Appealing to the escapist spirit deep in every guest, nautical skills can easily be learnt. Why not join the Captain’s classes? Sign up to evening classes to listen to the Captain give a series of fascinating and informative talks. Subjects cover everything of nautical interest about the islands, the people and their traditions, the exotic marine life and, of course, folklore.

Private Dining

There’s nothing more memorable on an island holiday than eating outdoors on the beach or discovering a new cuisine.

Indulge in fresh seafood, authentic dishes and warm hospitality as your private chef attends to your every wish. Toast the conclusion of your escape on the sweetest notes with a passionate desert personalized by the islands’ culinary experts

Candlelit Beach Dinner   |   Dig-in Dinner   |   Crow’s Nest   |   Oriental Night Experience   |   Private BBQ on The Beach   |   Seawall Specialities

There’s nothing more memorable on an island holiday than eating outdoors on the beach or discovering a new cuisine. Indulge in fresh seafood, authentic dishes and warm hospitality as your private chef attends to your every wish. Toast the conclusion of your escape on the sweetest notes with a passionate desert personalized by the islands’ culinary experts.

Candlelit Beach Dinner

Villa Nautica’s, candlelit beach dinners are the quintessential island experience: set out under the stars, the night is all yours… Whether you are commemorating a special occasion or celebrating life, our beach dinners promise to cast a magical spell on you. We love nothing more than to spoil our guests, so the rest is a surprise!

Dig-in Dinner

Barefoot dining at its best, a ‘dig-in-dinner’ is especially created on the beach for you…. A specially dug set-up in the sand is quite simply the most authentic way to experience dining on the sand under a balmy night sky. Whether in front of your private villa or in one of the available beach locations – experience a magical evening that will create memories for a lifetime.

Crow's Nest

Experience the epitome of romance with a dinner at Crow's Nest. This exclusive location provides an intimate setting to enjoy a personalized menu under the starry night sky. Immortalize your love with a captured polaroid moment, write a daily guiding promise, and symbolically seal your affection with a padlock, making the magic of your love last forever. Cherish these unique moments that give the word "forever" an unforgettable dimension

Oriental Night Experience

Experience the mystical charm of the Arabian nights. Dine amidst a picturesque setup on a sandy white beach, with an awe-inspiring view of the lagoon and horizon. Luxuriate in the plush lounge with a Hookah, and savor an enticing selection from two distinctive menus, boasting of authentic Arabian and Oriental delicacies.

Private BBQ on The Beach

The island’s laid-back, private barbeques under the stars are ideal for multigenerational families or for entertaining new friends you’ve met on the island. Informal and fun, the barbeques are set up in various locations and especially enjoyed by teens who want to socialize with holiday friends.

Seawall Specialities

A more personal and relaxed option for meals: wicker baskets are stocked with delicious seasonal snacking delights and all the provisions necessary for a secluded picnic on your favorite beach spot.

Water Sports

Explore the sparkling waters that surround the sun-drenched isle at your own pace, whether you fancy heading off on a stand-up paddle board over the aquamarine lagoons or are in the mood for the thrill of being propelled up high or spinning on an exhilarating jet blade. This is an adventure seeker’s paradise with water sports to suit the whole family.

OPENING HOURS:  09:00 am – 18:00 pm

Snorkelling   |   Stand-up Paddleboarding   |   Canoeing    |   Windsurfing   |   Kitesurfing   |   Jetblade   |   JetSurf    |   Seabob   |   Funtube      |   Waterskiing, Kneeboarding & Wakeboarding   |   Parasailing   |   Jet Ski   |   Jet Ski Tours   |   Foilboard   |   Speddboat Tours   |   Surfing   |   Bodyboarding   |   Sailing   |   Semi-submarine   |   Beach Wheelchair


Take to the water and snorkel with tropical fish, colourful corals and majestic manta rays. All equipment, including masks and flippers, is provided. Plus, we'll give you inside tips on all the best places to go snorkelling around the island.

Standup PaddleBoarding

The calm, tranquil lagoons around the island are the perfect place to try stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Whether you choose to have a lesson or simply make use of our equipment, you'll spend a few peaceful hours spotting tropical sea life while working on your core strength and fitness.


Canoeing is a great way to explore the island’s blue lagoons, white sandy beaches and hidden coves. It's also perfect for those looking for a low-impact activity. Our team has both double and single canoes for you to choose from


With tranquil lagoons and a moderate breeze throughout the year, Villa Nautica is the perfect place to windsurf. Our team of instructors will introduce you to the basics and suggest some of the best areas around the island to explore.

Kite Surfing

Kitesurfing uses the power of the wind to propel you across the crystal-clear waters at high speed. It's the perfect activity for thrill-seekers, and is also a great way to soak up the magnificent scenery that surrounds you.

Jet Blade

With a water-propelled jet pack, you'll be able to go as high as 10 metres in the air and perform graceful turns over the lagoon. No experience is necessary – all you need is good balance and a sense of adventure.

Jet Surf

With the help of a motorized surfboard, you can travel across the lagoons at high speed and even perform jumps in the water. The boards are easy to control and manoeuvre, and no experience is necessary.


These hand-held scooters are perfect for exploring the underwater world that surrounds Villa Nautica. Swim through colourful reefs, get up close to a range of fish and keep an eye out for mantas.

Fun Tube

This high-speed water sport is just the thing for families and thrill-seekers. Simply hold on tight as the boat pulls your inflatable tube through the turquoise waters in the bay. Expect big splashes and lots of fun.

Water skiing, kneeboarding & wakeboarding

These exhilarating, high-speed water sports are a great way to see more of the beautiful bay. Our instructors will ensure you are challenged, whatever your ability, and we guarantee you'll get a full-body workout in the process.


Parasailing combines the thrills of acceleration and altitude with unforgettable views of the atolls. It's also become one of our most popular water sports here at Villa Nautica. Sit back, relax and enjoy your flight – no training required.

Jet Skii

Hop on to one of our high-powered watercraft and take a tour of the beautiful lagoons surrounding Villa Nautica. All our Jet Skis can carry one or two people, and our team has all the tips for the best areas to explore

Jet Skii Tours

Venture beyond the blue shallow waters surrounding the island with one of our Jet Ski tours. Our team will take you to nearby sandbanks, out into the ocean, and to some of the best coral reefs for snorkelling.


Experience the freedom of flight and glide above the surface of water. Our expert instructors are here to assist for first timers in this exhilarating activity.

Speedboat Tours

Explore the nearby atolls, and enjoy a spot of snorkelling, with one of our exhilarating speedboat tours. Our team will take you to deserted private islands, hidden sandy coves, and beautiful blue lagoons filled with colourful sea creatures.


The Maldives is a surfer’s paradise, and there's no better place to catch some waves than Villa Nautica. With beautiful azure waters, white sandy beaches, and plenty of swell in the surf season, it's the perfect place to hone your skills or try it for the first time.

Body Boarding

Bodyboarding is perfect for all ages and abilities, and is one of our most popular water sports for families. One of the best things about bodyboarding is that it can be enjoyed in all conditions and requires less skill than surfing.


Azure waters that stretch as far as the eye can see, a moderate, cooling breeze all year round, and an ocean peppered with secluded white sandbanks, just waiting to be discovered. Our majestic isle in North Malé Atoll is one of the best places for sailing in the Maldives.


Enjoy the best of both worlds! This is a wonderful experience for multigenerational families – even the very young can experience the wonders of our marine underworld from the comfort of our semi-submarine. Above deck, soak up beautiful views of the surrounding beaches and palm trees, or head below and discover tropical fish, colourful corals, mantas and even graceful turtles.

Beach Wheelchair

Experience the sun-kissed sandy shores or head down to the water's edge - freedom is yours. Our team members are here to assist.

Excurions & Tours to bearby Attractions @ Villa Nautica


The island tours, excursions and activities have been designed to help you make the most of your vacation in the Maldives. Embark on a big game fishing adventure, experience the magic of snorkelling around nearby reefs at sunrise, or spend the golden hour watching wild dolphins play in the waves on a traditional dhoni.

Speedboat Tours   |   Whale Submarine   |   Big Game Fishing   |   Blue Escape   |   Sunrise Fishing    |   Sunset Fishing   |   Snorkelling   |   Exotic Insula   |   Semi Submarine

Speedboat Tours

Explore the nearby atolls, and enjoy a spot of snorkelling, with one of our exhilarating speedboat tours. Our team will take you to deserted private islands, hidden sandy coves, and beautiful blue lagoons filled with colourful sea creatures

Whale Submarine

Board our whale submarine and embark on an immersive, underwater tour of the Indian Ocean. This state-of-the-art passenger submarine will take you on an unforgettable journey around Villa Nautica's nearby reefs where you'll see tropical marine life and majestic coral.

Big Game Fishing

Discover more about the traditional methods used by Maldivian fishermen with a big game fishing adventure. All our equipment is specially designed to catch large fish, and anything you do catch can be barbecued or grilled by our chefs when you arrive back onshore.

Blue Escape

Experience the magic of a tropical Maldivian sunset with our dolphin safari. Choose between a high-powered speedboat or a traditional dhoni and keep your eye out for groups of dolphins playing in the surf.

Sunrise Fishing

Board a dhoni or one of our high-powered speedboats at sunrise and try your hand at sea fishing. Our team will take you to some of the best local reefs and will teach you how to fish like the locals with a traditional line and weights. Anything you catch can be taken back to shore and barbecued or grilled by our chefs.

Sunset Fishing

Try your hand at catching your own supper with our sunset fishing trip. Choose between a dhoni or one of our speedboats and let our team transport you to one of the nearby reefs for an evening of sea-fishing, the traditional way. Anything you catch can be taken back to shore and barbecued or grilled by our chefs.


Head to nearby coral reefs, tranquil lagoons, and snorkelling hotspots and encounter endless tropical marine life. Our team knows all the best places to see dolphins, turtles, and stingrays, and all snorkelling equipment is provided

Exotic Insula

Escape to a nearby sandbank and embark on the ultimate desert island castaway experience. Arrive on white sandy shores, spend time snorkelling in the shallows, and enjoy a barbecue lunch before heading back to Villa Nautica.

Semi Submarine

With our semi-submarines, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Above deck, soak up the beautiful views of the surrounding beaches and palm trees. Head below and you’ll discover tropical fish, colourful corals, and graceful sea turtles.

Wavy Navy Kid's Club

Children get special treatment in this wonderfully dynamic space and can enjoy a host of creative activities and educational games for kids up to the age of 12. Older, energetic children swim in the kids pool, build sandcastles or hop on an island tour. And when they’ve had enough time in the sun, little ones use the ‘nap lounge’, a peaceful cocooning space. Babysitting services are offered for young children from six months to four years old.

OPENNING HOURS:   09:00 am – 18:00 pm


They have a number of creative projects to keep kids busy and having fun. Face painting is a wonderfully therapeutic and calming activity done by talented artists who inspire little ones to use their wildest imagination while being transformed into their favourite characters and animals. Or take part in traditional Maldivian children’s activities: coconut leaf weaving sessions, shell collecting (starts at the Kids’ Club beach area), shell craft and paper origami. For budding artists, they offer programmes on hand printing and paper collage. Older kids love going exploring on the island tours or building sandcastles – a favourite with energetic kids who are on-the-go all the time

Land SPORTS Facilities & Activities @ Villa Nautica


The island’s sports facilities are here for those looking to keep their feet firmly on dry land. Villa Nautica’s land sports include everything from basketball and volleyball on the beach to floodlit tennis for cooler evenings, plus a state-of-the-art fitness centre

Ship Shape   |   Basketball   |   Volley Ball   |   Tennis   |   Fitness Centre   |   Table Tennis   |   Badminton   |   Squash   |   8 Pool

Ship Shape

Villa Nautica has curated top-level exercise classes that are guaranteed to get you shipshape and yacht-body ready


Hit the courts for a high-octane basketball session - the perfect way to work up an appetite ahead of lunch or simply put your skills to the test,

Volley Ball

Our volleyball nets are positioned just a few metres from the shoreline, so you can work on your fitness while making the most of the cooling ocean breezes,


Challenge your partner to a game of tennis. Our floodlit courts allow you to play in cooler temperatures after sunset. It’s advisable to book ahead.

Fitness Centre

Keep working on your strength, balance, and cardio in our state-of-the-art fitness centre. Open early until late, seven days a week.

Table Tennis

Take a break from relaxing on the beach and enjoy a game of ping-pong under the shade of the palm trees.


Trade the sun and sand for a thrilling game of badminton at our resort's indoor court. Grab a racket and birdie, and enjoy exhilarating volleys with friends or family as you hone your skills in this fast-paced, energetic sport.


Step into our squash court for a vigorous workout that's both fun and challenging. Experience the adrenaline rush as you sprint, lunge, and strategize to outplay your opponent in this lively game

8 pool

Unwind in indoor billiards room, where your cue skills can be shown in a friendly game of 8-ball pool. Engage in lighthearted game as you sink shots and create memories to take home.



Weddings are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Why not celebrate your special day at Villa Nautica with a private ceremony on the beach?

The island’s, experienced team offer two packages to choose from for weddings at Villa Nautica. You can both relax knowing that every detail will be taken care of, so that you can enjoy your special day together and celebrate with family and close friends. Most of the bridal couples get married officially at home but come to the Maldives to say their vows together on our romantic shores and spend their honeymoon here. Bespoke arrangements are coordinated for larger weddings

|   PACKAGE A   |

Both our wedding packages include a private ceremony on the beach, followed by a romantic barbeque with music and local Boduberu dancers and drummers, who will also walk you to your beautiful arch of flowers on the shoreline.

The event is photographed by our wedding photographer and every couple is presented with a leather-bound photo album and with 50 photographs (USB) of their special event. Both include a bouquet of fresh flowers for the bride, a wedding cake and sparkling wine for a toast

|   PACKAGE B   |

The alternative package includes the “Package A” plus canapés and drinks for up to 25 guests. The bridal couple also enjoy additional pampering, including a special breakfast on the morning of the wedding plus fruit and sparkling wine, a relaxing ‘flower bath’, as well as a blissful Loabi-Loabi massage for couples.

Bespoke packages are created for weddings larger than 25 guests. You simply need to send us an E-MAIL. We look forward to planning your special day with you.



If there’s one honeymoon destination that gets it right, it’s the warm and welcoming Maldives. Quite simply the most dreamy and pampered treat after a wedding.

Undisputed as one of the most seductive honeymoon destinations in the world, these shimmering atolls will have you dreaming of lazing in a hammock over sparkling waters, romantic beach dinners, swimming with dolphins, snorkelling over colourful coral reefs and bobbing gently on a traditional wooden dhoni at sunset, cocktails in hand… Your honeymoon can be as laid-back or glamorous as you like: the choice is yours

A Blissful Romantic Exscape

Book your slice of paradise with Villa Nautica: with impossibly clear blue waters and magical marine life to discover together, candlelit dinners on exquisite sandy shores and stunning landscapes to traverse, romantic honeymooners are spoilt for choice. Honeymooners who were married within the past year (present your certificate when you arrive) will receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and a fruit basket.

Luxury Accomodation

The stylish and spacious villas and suites add comfort and glamour to their nautical setting. Interiors draw inspiration from the sun-drenched isle: idyllic pearl-white beaches, crystal-clear aquamarine waters and lush tropical greenery, and the raw, natural beauty that is found on the island shores. Your dream honeymoon in the Maldives begins right here. The Ocean Suites and Water Villas are a favourite with honeymooners.

Gourmet Dinning

There's nothing more memorable on an island holiday than eating outdoors or discovering a new cuisine. Whether it’s an interactive teppanyaki-style dinner, an enchanting dining experience over the shimmering lagoon, or a private barbeque under a thousand stars, as balmy evening breezes fill the air with the fragrant scent of the island flower gardens, you’re spoilt for choice

Romantic Experiences

Secluded water bungalows, private island excursions, and intimate sunset dinners on the beach - all this awaits on our romantic tropical retreat.


Every birthday and wedding anniversary deserves a joyful celebration so we’re here to make sure that you have an unforgettable island holiday together with a memorable event planned for your special day. We can create magical experiences for everything from candlelit beach dinners under the stars to interactive chef’s dinners at one of our restaurants – the choice is entirely yours


Birthdays at Villa Nautica are celebrated in a myriad ways: you might want to head out on a dive or experience swimming with dolphins for the first time in your life, spend the night out at sea on the traditional Maldivian houseboat or experience a teppanyaki-style dinner at the Japanese restaurant. Every guest is honoured with a birthday cake baked especially by the chefs and is gifted a bottle of wine.


If it’s your wedding anniversary while you’re staying at Villa Nautica, they’d like to congratulate you both by gifting a complimentary bottle of chilled sparkling wine and a celebratory cake. All you need to do is let them know by presenting the Original of your marriage certificate on arrival and they’d be delighted to take care of the rest!

Meetings & Conferences


Villa Nautica is one of the largest meeting and conference venues in the Maldives and only a short speedboat ride from Malé. They have seven different indoor event spaces, each with excellent on-site amenities. In-between sessions you will discover the best of the Maldives: world-renowned dive sites, easily accessible coral reefs, pristine sandy beaches, gourmet dining and more.

Dhinasha - Conference room

The largest corporate event space seat 460 in a theatre setup. It can also accomodate 234 guests in a classroom setup, or 240 for a banquet or drinks reception.

Burunu - Conference room

Burunu is spacious enough to accomodate 243 guests in a theatre setup. It can seat 128 guests classroom-style, or host 130 for a drinks reception.

Adha - Boardroom

Adha is spacious enough to seat upto 14 guests and measures 30 square metres.

Fura - Meeting room

Fura seats 14 guests in a boadroom layout, however, it is slightly smaller than Adha. Thus Fura is 27 square metres.

Reyva - Boardroom

The largest boardroom, Reyva - seats upto 20 guests. It is also the most spacious, measuring 44 square metres.

Kethi - VIP Lounge

The smallest of the VIP Lounges at Villa Nautica. Kethi measures 39 square metres with a seating capacity of 8 and has a Coffee Bar.

Roanu - VIP Lounge

Roanu seats upto 18 guests around a table and on sofas, and has a private coffee bar.


A voyage of the senses starts at Araamu Spa, a tropical garden sanctuary where time doesn’t move from hour to hour but mood to moment. Surrounded by the lush greenery of a private spa pavilion, find your zen while the restorative power of the island and sounds of exotic birds allow you to fully experience physical, mental and spiritual rejuvenation.

Let them melt away the layers of tension and transport you to a sublime world of inner calm. The secluded Araamu Spa is the ultimate oasis on your journey to personal wellness

Spa HOURS: 09:00 am – 20:00 pm (Last treatment begins at 19:00 pm)

Swept Away   |   Exotic Cocoon   |   Voyager   |   Shirodhara

Swept Away

Inspired by the purifying energy of the ocean, navigate through complete detoxifying experience. To start, reset the immune system with warming ginger lemonade, a detoxifying foot ritual and deep abdominal breathing. Continue this journey with Himalayan salt-pulling therapy combined with scalp reflexology to alleviate electromagnetic field and brain-fog caused by overuse of electronic devices. To further boost body purification, combine cool Himalayan salt-stone massage with warm herbal vitality bath. During this rejuvenating massage, essential minerals found in the stones will absorb into your skin helping to neutralize free radicals while our herbal bath will reduce muscular tension and chronic inflammation. To complete your detoxifying experience, sit back, relax and enjoy fresh papaya shake. Empty the mind of all stagnant energies and allow ocean breezes to flow through your fully cleansed body and mind

Exotic Cocoon

Wrap yourself in an exotic aroma of the Maldives. Start with a gentle coffee and coconut body scrub, followed by a smoothing coconut yogurt body cocoon. Finish your island inspired ritual with a nourishing hair treatment and a relaxing pressure point scalp massage.


Let go of muscular tension, shoulder knots and stiff joints. Start with stimulating bamboo brooming followed by deep tissue massage. During this treatment, therapist will combine powerful stretching techniques and joint rotations to help facilitate muscle recovery and release deeply accumulated tension all throughout the body.


Unblock the natural flow of energy, increase clarity and bring peace of mind. This holistic treatment starts with stimulating scalp massage, followed by meridian body massage with friction-based strokes. The therapy ends with a warm, herbalized oil steadily poured onto your forehead to improve blood supply to the brain, reduce restlessness and improve sleep quality.


The North Malé Atoll is the best scuba diving destination in the Maldives. Whether you’re new to diving or are looking to challenge yourself and go one step further: the dive centre, diveOceanus, offers a wide range of courses that range from Discover Scuba Diving right through to PADI Dive Master.

OPENING HOURS:  08:00 am – 12:00 pm and 14:00 pm – 17:00 pm

Not far off the island is Manta Point, a world-famous dive site where mantas are found regularly alongside turtles, giant Napoleon wrasse and abundant fish life. Just a short boat ride away is the famous Victory Wreck, as well as marine-protected areas such as Banana Reef and Paradise Rock. Experience gentle drift dives, exhilarating channel dives, colourful thila dives (submerged coral platforms) and others close by.

Listed below are the PADI Certified DIVE Courses:

Discover Scuba Diving Course   |   Scuba Diver Course   |   Open Water Course   |   Adventure Diver course   |   Advanced Open Water Course   |   Rescue Diver Course   |   Dive Master Certification   |   Bubble Maker

Discover Scuba Diving

This introductory course covers the foundations of scuba diving. Learn basic techniques and skills before putting them to the test in the shallows, and, once you feel confident in the water, embark on your first underwater adventure. The Discover Scuba Diving course can be credited towards a Scuba Diver certificate or an Open Water course.

Scuba Diving

This course is the first step towards a PADI diving certification. It covers three of the five parts of the Open Water course and certifies you to dive to a maximum depth of 12 meters/40 feet under the supervision of PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, or Instructor. The course can also be credited towards an Open Water Diver certification.

Open Water

On completion of this course, you will be certified to dive to a depth of 18 meters/60 feet under supervision. The course consists of knowledge development through classroom or online learning, as well as Confined Water Dives and Open Water Dives to test basic scuba skills.

Adventure Diver

To gain this certification, you must complete three adventure dives and knowledge reviews. Adventure dives include Deep Diver, Night Diver and Underwater Navigator.

Advanced Open Water

Once you have gained your Adventure Diver certification, you can complete a further two adventure dives that include lower depths and navigation and you will become a certified Advanced Open Water Diver.

Rescue Diver

The Rescue Diver course explores, in further detail, how to prevent potential problems and how to manage them effectively. It covers aspects such as self-rescue, recognizing and managing stress in other divers, and rescuing panicked or unresponsive divers.

Dive Master

In this course, you will work closely with a PADI instructor to expand your knowledge and skillset to a professional standard. The Dive Master course also helps to develop your leadership qualities, qualifying you to supervise diving activities and assist student divers.

Bubble Maker

For our younger guests with a sense of adventure, there are our kids' diving courses. Led by our experienced instructors, these courses cover how to use basic scuba gear, diving techniques, and staying safe in the water.


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World-Class Conference Facilities

Your symposium, conference will be on a flowering jewel among the Maldives island resorts. Cruise along the stunning sapphire lagoons by jet-skii, canoe or catamaran.

Explore the spectacular local scenery and unique culture with excursions to neighboring islands or, simply let the ocean breeze caress you to sleep as you sway gently in your beach hammock.

From invigorating activities to precious tranquility, our Maldivian resort will captivate the heart with extraordinary experiences and unforgettable memories.

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Seaplane Accidents Maldives

Seaplane Accidents - Maldives

Before we begin it’s worth pointing out that travelling by seaplane in the Maldives is safe. They have a great track record and accidents are rare.

Reports going back to 1994 indicate zero fatalities, and only one case involving serious injury.

Over this same period of time millions of people have travelled safely on seaplanes in the Maldives.

All aviation accidents and incidents are investigated by the AICC of the Maldives and we summarise all published reporting below. Whilst this may seem like a significant amount of material at a glance, keep in mind this covers 30 years of aviation!


  • Accident vs Incident
  • Statistics
  • List of Seaplane Accidents & Incidents
  • Summary of Investigation Reports
  • 2023
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2004
  • 2001
  • 1994-2000
Accident vs Incident

In aviation accidents are not the same as incidents, but both are reported and investigated to maintain high standards of safety.

Accidents involves at least one of the following: aircraft damage or structural failure, complete loss of the aircraft, or in exceptional cases serious injury or fatality.

Nearly all seaplane accidents in the Maldives receive this classification on the basis of aircraft damage rather than injury. None have involved a fatality.

Incidents are any events which affect or could affect the safety of operation. Serious incidents are those that had a high chance of leading to an accident.


Over the period January 1994 to November 2023:

  • Total Accidents: 16
  • Total Serious Incidents: 3
  • Total Fatalities: 0
  • Total Serious Injuries: 3
  • Total Minor Injuries: 8


In 30 years of seaplane flights there have only been 11 injuries in the Maldives, of which 7 were crew.

In terms of tourists and passengers there have been just 4 injuries in 30 years, of which 3 were minor and 1 was serious.

Of the 16 accidents recorded 11 received this classified on the basis of aircraft damage rather than injury.

List of Seaplane Accidents & Incidents
25 Oct 20238Q-RALIncident (P)
16 May 20238Q-TAQAccident (P)
13 Nov 20218Q-MBCIncident
14 Feb 20218Q-RAEAccident1 Minor
22 Oct 20208Q-TMRIncident
05 Oct 20208Q-TMFAccident2 Minor
24 Feb 20208Q-MVCAccident3 Minor
16 Nov 20178Q-IAGAccident
04 Oct 20178Q-ISBAccident
27th May 20178Q-TMVAccident
2nd Jul 20158Q-MANAccident
2nd Aug 20138Q-TMKAccident
9th Jul 20128Q-TMTAccident
9th Feb 20128Q-MATAccident
10th Mar 20108Q-TMKAccident
2nd Jun 20098Q-MAGAccident2 Minor
14th Jul 20088Q-MASAccident
17th May 20048Q-TMCAccident3 Serious, 1 Minor
19th Feb 20018Q-TMAAccident

(P) – Preliminary Report


Summary of Investigation Reports

A complete overview of all investigation reports from the Maldives Accident Investigation Coordinating Committee involving commercial seaplane flights is presented below.

The first seaplane flights in the Maldives were in 1993 and proved to be significantly safter than the preceding helicopter flights which suffered much more serious consequences in accidents. By 1999 helicopter flights were practically eliminated as seaplane travel took over.

During this period there were very few seaplanes operating compared to today and only a limited number of flights. It’s not that accidents have become more common, there’s simply tens of thousands of flights more per year today.

The Maldives has made significant advances in safety and procedures over it’s 30 year history of seaplane flight. They now boast the largest seaplane fleet and arguably the most experienced seaplane pilots in the world.


25th October 2023: 8Q-RAL

Serious Incident, no injuries.

Based on preliminary report.

Aircraft lost power in its right engine on approach to Malé at 350 feet, causing a sudden right turn and difficulty controlling the aircraft. Pilots were able to land safely on the water with a small bounce, and shortly after shut down the engines. Assisted by a rescue boat the aircraft taxied to a platform for passenger and crew to disembark.


16th May 2023: 8Q-TAQ

Accident, no injuries.

Based on preliminary report.

Aircraft encountered issues upon initial touchdown on water. The aircraft hit a swell during landing, causing a bounce, a drop of the left wing, and subsequent contact with the water. Once stationary, the crew assessed and confirmed damage to the left wing. The aircraft then taxied to a platform, shut down the engines, and passengers disembarked via the main door.


13th November 2021: 8Q-MBC

Serious Incident, no injuries.

Based on preliminary report.

Take-off was aborted due to unexpected aircraft behaviour. Unable to stop, the aircraft shut down its engines and drifted into two water bungalows, sustaining damage but causing no injuries. The aircraft was then towed to a platform where passengers and crew disembarked safely.

14th February 2021: 8Q-RAE

Accident, 1 minor injury to cabin crew.

Flight from Maalifushi to Velana International Airport had an accident upon touchdown. The aircraft touched down on the right-hand float, dug into the water, and turned steeply right before coming to a stop inverted. Although the aircraft was substantially damaged, all six passengers and two pilots evacuated without injury; one cabin crew member sustained minor injuries.


A rise in accidents coincided with global emergence from COVID restrictions. Planes and pilots had been grounded around the world without regular flying. This was not unique to the Maldives.

22nd October 2020: 8Q-TMR

Serious Incident, no injuries.

After a normal touchdown at Sun Siyam IruFushi, an aircraft experienced an uncontrolled left turn during reverse thrust, leading the left wing and propeller to contact an anchored vessel. The incident caused damage to the aircraft’s left wing and propeller blades, as well as to the vessel, but no one was on board the vessel at the time. The Pilot in Command regained control and taxied to a platform, with all passengers and crew disembarking safely without injuries.

5th October 2020: 8Q-TMF

Accident, 2 minor injuries.

During an approach with a left crosswind of about 20 knots at Velana International Airport, an aircraft landing on the ‘North Right’ area rapidly rolled to the right after touchdown, with the right wing dipping into the water. It swerved but settled upright on both floats. The aircraft was taxied to the dock with assistance from a rescue vessel and personnel onshore. All passengers and crew disembarked safely. Minor injuries were reported among the flight and cabin crew, but no passengers were injured.

24th February 2020: 8Q-MBC

Accident, 3 minor injuries including 1 passenger.

An aircraft landing on an unmarked water runway bounced upon touchdown, banked left, and then the right wing dropped, causing the nose to dig into the water. The Pilot in Command’s attempt to go around was unsuccessful. The fuselage, wings, engines, and propellers were substantially damaged, but the floats remained intact, and the aircraft was upright post-accident. It taxied to the mooring with left engine power and dinghy assistance. All occupants evacuated safely, with minor injuries to two crew members and one passenger.


16th November 2017: 8Q-IAG

Accident, no injuries.

Aircraft encountered an accident during take-off from DOR water aerodrome. The aircraft hit a series of sea swells during acceleration, which resulted in both floats detaching and the nose plunging into the water. The engines were shut down by the PIC after the second impact. The detached floats, trapped under the wings, kept the aircraft afloat despite water entering the fuselage. All 12 passengers and 3 crew evacuated without injury.

4th October 2017: 8Q-ISB

Accident, no injuries.

The first officer was flying when the aircraft bounced during landing in a crosswind at Velana International Airport. The captain’s go-around attempt failed, causing the aircraft to flip and crash, landing upside down in shallow water. Despite substantial damage to the aircraft, all passengers and crew escaped without serious injuries.

27th May 2017: 8Q-TMV

Accident, no injuries.

During a landing on the North Right Water Runway, the aircraft bounced off the left float and then, after a second bounce, banked right causing the right wing tip to dip into the water. This led to an abrupt right veer and crash. All passengers and crew evacuated uninjured before the aircraft submerged.


2nd July 2015: 8Q-MAN

Accident, no injuries.

During final approach to land at KUR, at about 400 feet with flaps fully down, the aircraft pitched up and vibrated uncontrollably as the stall warning activated. The PIC’s recovery manoeuvres initially failed, but some control was regained after retracting the flaps. Despite this, the aircraft continued a right turn, lost height, and hit the sea. All 11 passengers and three crew members evacuate uninjured before the aircraft sank.


2nd August 2013: 8Q-TMK

Accident, no injuries.

During a westbound landing approach approved due to westerly winds, the aircraft banked left, losing control and touching down on the left float first. Control was transferred from the co-pilot to the Captain, who noted the aircraft’s significant left turn and wing damage. All passengers disembarked without injuries. The cause of the incident was identified as an unexplained left bank on approach despite facing a headwind.


9th July 2012: 8Q-TMT

Accident, no injuries.

Upon landing, the crew struggled to dock at a fixed platform due to the tailwind and swells. After aborting the first docking attempt, the second attempt led to a collision with the platform when the aircraft moved forward despite full reverse and rudder inputs. The left float and propeller were damaged, and the aircraft eventually became fully submerged. All aboard evacuated safely.

9th February 2012: 8Q-MAT

Accident, no injuries.

On final approach to MLE the co-pilot made a hard landing on the north right water runway due to easterly winds, causing the aircraft to bounce and the right float to dig into the water. The PIC then took over and steadied the aircraft, but the right float detached and became stuck under the fuselage, preventing sinking, while the left float also detached. All aboard evacuated without injury.


10th March 2010: 8Q-TMK

Accident, no injuries.

We were unable to retrieve report 2010-01, (“De Havilland, DHC-6-300, 8Q-TMK, Right wing struck on water at Cocoa Palm/Dhunikolhu Island Resort (Baa Atoll)”), at the time of writing.


2nd June 2009: 8Q-MAG

Accident, 2 minor injuries including 1 passenger.

The aircraft took off from Halaveli for a 40-minute photo flight with good weather conditions. After take-off, the co-pilot gave his seat to a passenger and moved to the cabin.

Whilst CAR Part 15.11 does allow a special exemption for a passenger to take the right hand seat during professional photography flights, both pilots must be at the controls during take-offs and landing.

Once the shots were complete, the PIC began descending in a right bank, keeping the passenger in the first officer’s seat in order to provide further photography opportunities.

Before the PIC could complete the turn, the aircraft struck the water with its right wing/float. The crash broke both wings and detached the left float, while the right float jammed, blocking the co-pilot’s exit and twisting the empennage. All passengers and crew escaped without fatalities from the shallow wreckage.

The investigation attributed the accident to the PIC’s low flying, a passenger in the co-pilot’s seat, and the operator’s inadequate communication of procedural updates.


14th July 2008: 8Q-MAS

Accident, no injuries.

The 8Q-MAS aircraft, with 17 people onboard, departed from Male to Adaaran Club Bathala. Encountering rough seas and strong westerly winds, it struck a swell on landing, veered left, and collided with a moored speed boat, losing its right float and engine. The aircraft sank in shallow water, but all on board safely escaped without fatalities.


17th May 2004: 8Q-TMC

Accident, 3 serious injuries including a passenger, and 1 minor injury.

The most serious seaplane accident in the Maldives and one of the first, there were still no fatalities.

Departing from Male’ International Airport to Velaavaru Resort with 14 passengers, the aircraft experienced a longer-than-normal take-off, struggling to gain height. Nearing a seawall, the captain’s abrupt control pull to avoid the obstacle induced a stall, causing the left float to shear off upon impact with the seawall. This led to the left wing folding upwards and detaching, with the left propeller slicing through the cockpit ceiling. The aircraft then skidded across the ground, losing the right float and propeller, before halting on the mainland runway. The accident resulted in serious injuries to both pilots and one passenger, minor injuries to another passenger, while the rest were unharmed.



19th February 2001: 8Q-TMA

Accident, no injuries.

The aircraft was manoeuvring on the water near the Floating Platform, after landing in the lagoon near Sun Island resort, when it struck another Twin
Otter that was parked against the floating platform. There were no passengers on either aircraft, and no injuries to any of the crew were reported.


There are no accidents involving seaplanes recorded in the Maldives CAA historical archives.



[1] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. Preliminary Incident Report 8Q-RAL, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[8] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. Final report on accident to Viking air DHC-6-200, 8Q-IAG aircraft at Dhoores Floating Platform, Maldives, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[10] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. Final report on the accident to Viking Air DHC-6-300, 8Q-TMV at Velana International Airport, Maldives, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[11] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. Final Report on the accident to Viking Air DHC-6-300, 8Q-MAN near Kuredu Resort, Maldives, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[12] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. Twin Otter, 8Q-TMK, at Ibrahim Nasir international Airport, Water Runway, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[13] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. De Havilland, DHC-6-300, 8Q-TMT, Collision with the fixed platform at Condrad(Rangali) South Ari Atoll, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[14] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. Twin Otter, 8Q-MAT, at Ibrahim Nasir international Airport, Water Runway, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[15] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. De Haviland DHC-6-200, 8Q-MAG, Crash at the reef of Halaveli Resort Lagoon, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[16] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. De Haviland DHC-6-300, 8Q-MAS, Collision with a Speedboat at Adaaran Club Bathala, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[17] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. De Havilland DHC-6-300, 8Q-TMC, Collision with Seawall at Male’ International Airport, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[18] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. De Havilland DHC-6-100, 8Q-TMA, Collision with 8Q-TMH at Sun Island, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[19] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. Aircraft Accident History, retrieved Nov 06, 2023


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