The spectacular blue of the sea. Riveting sunsets. Magnificent beaches. Hammocks swinging gently in the breeze. A slice of paradise? A slice of very expensive paradise you might think when you realize that this is the Maldives. But. But. What if someone told you that you could explore the beautiful beaches of the Maldives while being on a budget? Exciting, right? Well, now that you’re here, we will tell you how! A trip to the Maldives does not necessarily have to cost you a fortune. You can easily visit the heaven on earth that is the Maldives without burning a hole in your pocket.
The Maldives has some of the most picturesque beaches in the world and you can stand in awe of its turquoise lagoons, sandy beaches, vibrant colored coral reefs, diverse range of flora and fauna; and soak yourself in the sea, the sun, and the sand.
Until a few years ago, tourist resorts were the only means of accommodation for globetrotters. However, since 2011, the Maldives has been allowing its tourists to stay in local guesthouses situated at the inhabited islands. This means that a number of opportunities have opened up for those who love to experience the beauty of the Maldives without leaving a giant hole in their pockets. Do bear in mind though that budget travel in the Maldives is not the same as budget travel in Vietnam or Laos.
With the useful money-saving tips mentioned below, you can have the experience of a lifetime.
Book early and check for cheap carriers
Several people perceive the Maldives as an impossible dream because they hesitate to take the first step. We agree, the flights to the Maldives aren’t dirt cheap, but with changing times, they are not that expensive either!
Many airline companies have started offering affordable flights to Paradise. Compare the prices of these flights online and choose the one that suits you best. Outside of peak travel times in December and January, you can expect fares of around Rs 15,000 from cities such as Bangalore or Chennai.
Choose from guesthouses
With the restrictions on visitors in the Maldives melting away, people now have access to a plethora of inexpensive guesthouses. For surprisingly cheap rates, you can find several bed and breakfasts.
The local accommodations generally have clean and spacious rooms, free breakfasts, hot showers, snorkeling gear, proper Wi-Fi connection, and housekeeping services. There are a number of websites which show the prices of different hotels and guesthouses so that you can easily compare and decide.
Some of the more popular guesthouses include:
- Thundi Guest House (approx Rs 3,000 per night)
- Beach Heaven Maldives (approx. Rs 2,500 per night)
- Maldives Sunshine (approx. Rs 3,300 per night)
- Island Cottage Maldives (approx. Rs 2,900 per night)
Guesthouses Maldives offers great accommodation options.
Follow the local way of transport
Instead of investing in seaplanes and speedboats, travel in local ferries.
In addition to being affordable, these ferries bring a sense of calm and serenity. The gentle swaying of the ferries along with the pleasant breeze feels much better than the harsh wind hitting the face when you are on a moving speedboat.
A ferry to Malé leaves every 15 minutes, costs $1, and is about a 20-minute ride. There are many public ferries as well that cost around $3 to $20, depending on the distance.
Have local food
This tip is somewhat linked to finding inexpensive places to crash. If you choose a guest house that provides free breakfast, you are already winning!
However, if this isn’t the case, you can always satisfy your hunger in the local restaurants and coffee houses. In fact, why not consider buying some fish and grilling them? Alcohol is pricey as it the Maldives is a Muslim nation and is available only on the more expensive resorts.
Go for inexpensive excursions
What is the use of travelling to the Maldives if you do not plunge into its deep, clear blue water? Explore the numerous islands and swim in the open ocean; snorkel with whale sharks and Manta rays, and attend the beach parties.
Excursions at the Maldives are unforgettable! Many local dive shops and guesthouses arrange for these excursions, and you can find the one that benefits you the most. Choosing to go through local operators or through your guesthouse can result in considerable savings.
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