Plan the perfect Maldives vacation with options for every budget!
The fabled Maldives is tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean, a nation composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than a thousand coral islands.
It’s known for its gorgeous beaches, romantic blue lagoons and extensive reefs, and the people are famously friendly. The capital, Malé, has a busy fish market, restaurants and shops on the main road, Majeedhee Magu, and 17th-century Hukuru Miskiy (also known as Friday Mosque) made of carved white coral and beautiful to see.
And while many think that the price of visiting is out of their range, its actually more affordable than you think!
FLIGHTS – book your flights well in advanced. Flights to Maldives can be more expensive than the price of your entire stay, so lock those dates early (let’s face it, who doesn’t want to commit to a trip to paradise?!) If you’re prepared for a short stop- over in Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Dubai or Singapore instead of flying direct, you can also save big.
ACCOMMODATION – Be an early bird and help stretch your budget even further. Try booking well ahead of the current season and booking direct through a guesthouse website is also advisable.
RESORT PASSES – Stay at a local island and purchase a resort day pass to experience a resort’s facilities without the expensive accommodation price tag.
SPEEDBOATS – Organize speedboats in advance, through the resort or guesthouse you are staying.
EAT LOCAL – Try eating Maldivian foods at local island cafes to gain both an insight into culture and to help your bank account.
TAKE CASH – Paying in local currency is cheaper than paying in US Dollars. Paying in cash makes your money go a little further. Some guesthouse islands do not have ATM’s. Be sure to stock up on the local currency at the airport before departing to your guesthouse island. Also some resorts only accept US Dollars or credit cards.