The Maldives is a place of dreams, a destination on near enough everyone’s travel bucket list and a location which exudes luxury. All things considered, visiting The Maldives can be an expensive holiday to take. However, doing The Maldives on a budget can be achieved. I never thought I would be able to visit these magical islands until I was at least 40 or won the lottery but turns out with enough research and timing, they’re a lot more accessible than once thought. And I’ve done that research for you, read on to discover more.
Visit in October
The high season to visit The Maldives is between December and April, this is when the rains have cleared and the sun shines, however this makes prices surge and it’s generally a lot busier. Mid to late October gives glorious sunshine and temperatures between 27 and 32 on average, plus the prices are at some of their lowest as it’s not peak tourist season. What’s more, the flights are quite reasonably priced as well as accommodation.
We visited The Maldives after a week in Sri Lanka and return flights from Manchester (UK) for all destinations were £490.
Stay at Malahini Kuda Bandos
Only a 10 minute boat transfer from Male airport, this tiny island is the perfect resort to relax, restore and refresh. The boat transfer only costs $80 per person, unlike some islands where you have to catch a seaplane to and cost upwards of $300 before you even land on the shores. Their all inclusive options allows you to drink at the choice of two bars plus the main restaurant, where the food is simply divine. I’m talking fresh naan breads and omelettes daily, plus the most fantastic array of western, Asian fusion food that was varied every day.
Watersports are also included in your AI package, meaning unlimited daily snorkelling, paddle boarding, pedalos and kayaks, to see the delights the island has to offer above and below water. Finally the most amazingly, perfect sunset view, right in front of the main bar, sipping a gin sour and watching the sun go down every night, will always remain as a holiday highlight.
For seven nights all inclusive in a Garden Room it was £640 each. Get an extra 10% off your stay here on Booking.com.
Go All Inclusive
If you can, this can really help when it comes to the money you spend. Restaurants on private islands are notoriously expensive and quite the rip off, not to mention alcohol. Going all inclusive means you can eat what you want when you want and not be worried about huge bar bills.
Things to Be Aware Of
- Local islands such as Maafushi, Rasdhoo, Hulhumale and Dhiffushi are much cheaper to stay on over the private islands, however they are more built up and don’t have the remote island atmosphere. Also, alcohol is prohibited on these islands, so if you like a cheeky drink or 10 like me, you would be disappointed if you found yourself here.
- Local islands are also mainly inhabited by Muslims, so be respectful and cover up folks. There are some ‘bikini beaches’ on local islands, where you can wear just swimwear, however these are few and far between.
- Don’t book a hotel before checking the transfer cost and time to the resort. We nearly made this very costly mistake. I found quite a good deal on an island, booked it (thankfully a refundable deal) only to find out the transfer cost per person was $350! Also, check your flight times to and from Male if your hotel does require you to fly into it, rather than a boat transfer. The seaplanes only operate between and so if you have a flight landing or departing outside of these times, you may need to find a place to stay on the island of – where the airport is.
- It’s illegal to fly into The Maldives with alcohol in your possession so make sure you don’t have any cheeky bottles on gin stashed away.
- The local currency is the Maldivian Rufiyaa, however all resort islands accept dollars as standard and many others accept all currencies and credit/debit cards.
- Why not make it a twin centre holiday, The Maldives is just over an hours flight from Sri Lanka. It’s what we did. A week in both destinations is the perfect way to relax in after a full on holiday or touring around ancient Sri Lanka.
Let me know if you have any Maldive travel questions, I’d love to help you answer them!