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Flying a Seaplane in the Maldives

Flying a Seaplane in the Maldives (VIDEO)

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The Maldives are some of the most beautiful and remote islands in the world, but if you are lucky enough to visit, you will most likely have to take a seaplane to your island hotel once you land at the Male International Airport. As the Maldives are comprised of nearly 1,200 islands and spread out over a vast distance, only a few resorts are close enough to Male to have speed boats which can bring guests to and from the airport. For all the rest there is Trans Maldivian Airways, the largest fleet of seaplanes in the world who fly over 400 flights per day around the Maldives picking up and dropping off guests at the various luxury private islands resorts the Maldives are famous for.

Landing in Male you will immediately see the TMA counter and shuttles which carry passengers and their luggage to the other side of the island, a short 5 minute drive, to the TMA “airport”, a small dock with prepped with planes to take you on to your final destination. TMA has an amazingly comfortable terminal with special VIP lounges for almost all of the different luxury resorts guests. Most flights are between 20-45 minutes, and depending on your final stop, you can get off the plane in Male and be at the door of your hotel in only an hour or so.

In addition to transporting passengers around the islands, Trans Maldivian Airways also offers scenic tours around the islands. We jumped aboard one of the their flights and tagged along with them as they dropped off and picked up guests at a couple islands and what an amazing journey it was!

Once you get up high you really see how vast the nothingness is surrounding the Maldives and out of the deep blue sea can pop up the most tropical island you have ever seen with the whitest sandy beaches and turquoise waters. A trip to the Maldives might seem like a total fantasy but with a little planning and help from Trans Maldivian Airways you can have those dreams come true and be sitting on the beach, sipping a cocktail in no time at all.

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.H . jeffjohnsheadshotJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to remember them all. A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh. Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at hello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!

Wish List 2014- Sailing the Peloponnese in Greece_01

Wish List 2014: Sailing the Peloponnese in Greece

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With 2014 almost a week old now, it is only natural that we are starting to plan and plot out our dream destinations and activities for the year. While we probably won’t get to Antarctica again this year (arghh!) and will most certainly not find an anonymous wealthy backer to fund a trip to the World Cup in Brazil, there is still a whole lot of world out there, and tons to look forward to, even if we are only dreaming.

I suppose we should post some sort of a bucket list for the year, but with it always evolving and most of the time not thinking to add something to the list until AFTER we have done it, we’ll just leave it in our minds for now.

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There are huge areas of Europe that really deserve to be explored all by themselves and not part of a whirlwind tour. While we will write about them all over the next few months, we are particularly excited about the idea of Sailing the Peloponnese in Greece. There is just something about Greece, that seems to set it apart from a lot of Europe in many peoples minds, for me I think it is all about the history classes I had growing up I was way to in to. (Yes, I was Thor for Halloween in 1993).

The Peloponnese region is far in the South of Greece and hold a lot of historical and cultural significance in Greece. There is nothing better than disappearing into a deeply cultural area of a country, exploring the unknown and finding yourself making new friends, trying new foods and having experiences you didn’t even know you were missing.

So, looking forward to 2014, we might not get to Greece during the first half of the year, but we’ll continue to keep our fingers crossed we end up on a sail boat somewhere before 2015, I can only hope it is somewhere as beautiful as Greece.

Where do you want to go this year? Do you want to play with tigers in Thailand, run a marathon on the Great Wall of China, finally visit Machu Picchu? Let us know in the comments and we hope to see you along the road in 2014!

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jeffjohnsheadshotJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to remember them all.

A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh.

Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at hello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!


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