Just a quick question about relative noise and traffic levels in the various atolls.
How bad is the noise for resorts close to the Male airport? Are the international planes that much louder and disruptive compared to the seaplanes travelling to and from more distant atolls?
Some people who have stayed near the domestic airports reported not being affected by the noise at all compared to the seaplanes (in the atolls too far for seaplane transfers), so I was just wondering how the larger jet planes at the Male airport compared.
I'm guessing speedboats would be the least noisiest, but those that are accessible by speedboats are often the ones closest to Male. The density of resorts in the Male atoll also means a much greater number of speedboats in the water at all times.
Am I correct in assuming that the resorts with the least amount of disturbance are located in the northermost/southermost atolls? These islands are usually located within speedboat distance of a domestic airport, but I imagine the domestic planes wouldn't be as disruptive as the seaplanes due to them flying at a much higher altitude .
My understanding is that seaplanes land and take-off right at the resort islands, and they also have more flights scheduled throughout the day. Even if there is only one or two arrivals and departures for a particular resort per day, there may be other seaplanes flying past the island en route to other islands. Some people even report having more noise in the Ari atoll than the Male atoll due to the number of seaplanes flying here. I read a report where someone experienced much more noise at Mirihi (South Ari atoll) versus Angsana Ihuru (North Male atoll) due to seaplanes alone.