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Guide to Visit the Maldives on a Budget


The Maldives is a tropical paradise that has been attracting visitors for decades. It’s famous for its pristine beaches, crystal blue waters and luxury resorts that cater to every need. But if you’re planning on visiting this paradise, here are some tips for experiencing it on a budget:

Go during shoulder season.

If you’re looking to save money, shoulder season is the best time to visit. It’s the period between low and high seasons, which means that you can expect lower prices on flights and hotels. You’ll also have fewer crowds at local attractions and shops, so it will be easier to enjoy your vacation without feeling like you’re being pushed around by other tourists.

The weather during this time of year–the hottest months in Maldives are April through October–is still pleasant enough for swimming in warm waters without getting burned or dehydrated by sun exposure (though do remember sunscreen). And with fewer travelers around during shoulder season, there are fewer strikes or protests likely to disrupt travel plans as well!

Book an all-inclusive hotel

If you’re looking to save money on food and drink, all-inclusive hotels are a great option. In addition to the fact that they include meals in their rates, many of these hotels also have other amenities like pools and spas that you can use for free. If you don’t like what’s being served at your hotel or if there’s nothing else on offer besides burgers and fries at lunchtime (this has happened), then it’s easy enough just go out into town and find somewhere else where there are more options available–and no one will bat an eye!

Get a deal on airfare

  • Fly during off-peak times.
  • Look for deals on last minute flights.
  • Find flights with one or more stopovers, where you may be able to get an extra free night in a hotel or use your layover as a mini vacation in another country or city. You can also look for deals on flights with a layover, which allows you to explore the airport at your leisure and even grab dinner before continuing your journey!
  • Look for deals that include a stopover in an exotic location like Dubai or Kuala Lumpur (they’re both great).

Consider alternative airports.

If you’re budgeting for your trip, consider the airport where you fly into. If possible, try to fly into a smaller airport rather than one of the main international hubs like Male or Malappuram (the second largest city in the Maldives).

Domestic flights are also cheaper than international ones and some hotels will offer discounts on these types of trips. Finally, if there’s any chance at all that your final destination is closer to another country than it is to your home country (e.g., India), consider flying there instead–you’ll save even more money!

Use public transportation when possible.

When you’re traveling in the Maldives, public transportation is your friend. The ferry system between islands is very convenient and affordable, and it gives you the chance to check out some amazing scenery along the way.

The local bus system is also a great way to get around–you can take buses from Male City to any of its neighboring islands at very reasonable prices (about $2 USD). If you’re traveling with children or have mobility issues, this may be an especially good option for you because there are seats available on every bus that can accommodate wheelchairs.

If speedboats aren’t your thing but boats still appeal as a means of transportation, then consider taking one of Maldives’ many ferries instead! These vessels offer passengers views of beautiful coral reefs along with access points where divers can jump off board into deeper waters below them.

Plan ahead and avoid tourism hotspots.

Planning your trip to the Maldives is the best way to ensure you get the most out of your experience, and avoid feeling overwhelmed by the crowds. The Maldives is a popular destination year-round, but there are certain times when it’s more so than others.

If you’re looking for a budget vacation in paradise, avoid these major tourism hotspots:

  • Avoid big hotels and resorts–and any island that has them on it! These resorts tend to be expensive and offer few opportunities for interaction with locals or other travelers since they cater heavily towards tourists who are looking for luxury amenities like swimming pools and spas (and don’t mind paying top dollar).
  • Stay away from busy islands during high season if possible; these include Ari Atoll (Lhaviyani Atoll), Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll (North Male Atoll), Raa Atoll (South Male Atoll), Thaa Atoll (Kaafu)

Take a day trip to another island.

One of the best ways to experience the Maldives on a budget is by taking day trips to other islands. You’ll be able to explore different parts of the country and get a taste for its culture, while still staying within your budget.

  • If you’d like to explore another island, there are many options for doing so–but keep in mind that most day tours include transfers from Male airport (the capital) as well as lunch or dinner depending on what you choose. Most tours cost around $200 USD per person including all transfers and activities mentioned below:
  • Visit local beaches – There are plenty of pristine white-sand beaches around Maldives which are perfect for spending time relaxing in their natural beauty! Some popular ones include Hulhule Island Beach Park and Paradise Island Beach Park; however there are plenty more if those don’t suit your fancy!
  • Go snorkeling – If snorkeling is something you’re interested in then this would be worth checking out! The waters surrounding these islands contain some amazing marine life including turtles and other colorful fish species so exploring them could be quite interesting (and fun). Most tour operators will provide equipment such as masks/fins etc., but it’s always good practice when going somewhere new just make sure everything works before heading out into deeper waters where currents could potentially pull away any loose items such as flippers etc..

The Maldives are a beautiful destination, but they are not cheap!

The Maldives are a beautiful destination, but they are not cheap! You can still have a great experience without breaking the bank though. Here’s how:

  • Book your flights well in advance. Flights to Male, the capital of the Maldives and home to most resorts, are often sold out months before your trip. If you want to visit during high season (December through April), book now for next year. If not, keep an eye out for deals around low season (May through October). We found roundtrip flights from Bangkok for $600 each way when we were planning our trip last year; this was before all flights were canceled due to Cyclone Gaja–so it pays to watch for bargains!
  • Pack lightly and buy essentials when you arrive. There is no need to bring more than one pair of shorts/pants and one shirt per person plus underwear/socks since laundry service is easily available at most resorts–just ask before booking if laundry service is included or not so that there aren’t any surprises later down the road! Also remember all those little toiletries like sunscreen, bug repellent etcetera which add up quickly if purchased individually at home vs buying them locally once arrived at destination…and don’t forget batteries!!


If you want to experience the Maldives, you don’t have to break the bank. The country is beautiful and worth visiting, but there are ways to do so without spending a fortune on airfare or accommodation. You can save money by booking during shoulder season or going during off-peak times like Christmas Eve or New Year’s Day when prices are lower. Another option is an all-inclusive resort where everything from meals to drinks are included in one price so there’s no need for extra spending (though be aware that these places may be more crowded). If none of those options work out then consider alternative airports such as Male International Airport which operates flights from other countries like India or Sri Lanka; these routes might cost less than direct ones from Europe! Finally remember not only does having an itinerary help keep costs down but also plan ahead when possible since traffic jams happen often due to how congested traffic patterns become around popular attractions such as resorts or shopping centers


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