A Guide to the Maldives
Maldives Travel Guide
The Maldives is the perfect place for relaxation, unwinding, and honeymooners. If you are looking for big adventure, Maldives is not a place for you. Sure, the adventure can be found in the crystal-clear waters, but be willing to spend a boat load of money.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved my vacation in the Maldives. Every island is unparalleled in terms of beauty, nature and picturesque beaches. This place is PARADISE! I had a limited budget for six-months of travel, I concluded that the Maldives should have been a destination of its own. To give you an idea, I spent the same amount of money as a months-worth in Thailand, in 8 days in the Maldives… However, after reading multiple blog posts from various travel experts, I’ve learned that there are ways to save money in the Maldives.
How to get there?
Flights to Male are very expensive if you are flying from North America or Europe. Luckily for us, we were flying out of Indonesia. Flights from Asia are a lot more affordable from other parts of the world. We flew with Air Asia for approximately $300 per person. Once you arrive in Male, typically your resort/hotel arranges for you to be picked up and taken by boat or a small charter plane to your destination island.
Top things to do in the Maldives
- Sea Kayaking
- Island Hop
- Take a walking tour in Male (find out about our walking tour here)
- Relax and Unwind
- Beach Volleyball
- Scuba Diving
- Big Game Fishing
- Beach Reads
The currency used in the Maldives is USD. This is unfortunate for us Canadians with our current dollar value.
We booked a 4-star resort on an island far from the action which made it extremely difficult to visit surrounding islands and local towns. At our resort, a single boat trip would estimate $100-$200 USD. We only splurged one time and took a boat to a snorkeling hot-spot. This excursion cost us $80 USD per person and lasted roughly an hour. Coming from Indonesia, these prices were extremely high for us. However, in Male, prices were a lot lower. A meal would cost roughly $6 USD, whereas, at the resort, a meal would cost roughly $15 USD.
The best course of action? / Average Costs
- Be prepared to spend roughly $200+ USD / per person, per day.
- Make sure to get the all-inclusive packages at your resort
- There is no alcohol allowed in the country. However, resorts do carry alcohol. Be prepared to spend roughly $7 USD per beer.
- Water: $4 USD
- Snorkel Trips: $60-$100 USD
- Public Ferry from the Airport to Male: $3 USD
Overall, our trip was a lot of fun and relaxing. Any place that you stay in the Maldives will be stunning! Definitely make Maldives a destination of its own, and be ready to relax, unwind and enjoy the sun!
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