Discover the native lives, beaches and more!
First thing that pops up in your mind about Maldives is its expensive luxury resorts, right? The thought of tones of money to explore this island paradise is not aright one! There are perfect ways to explore the Maldives even on a budget. The white sandy beaches and turquoise waters are to be experienced in much adventurous and cheaper ways. With all the hustle and bustle it is still possible to ‘do’ Maldives on a budget!
TRAVEL OUT OF SEASON
The high season in the Maldives lasts from November through April, where tourists from all over the world flood into the island nation. Due to the prime weather, Christmas and new year holidays. The prices in the high season flies above the reach of budget travelers and backpackers.
The best time to visit the Maldives is during the mid-year. The weather will still be amazing and the accommodations has around 20% occupancy, meaning that the privacy and services are better.
STAY AT THE LOCAL ISLANDS
Since the early 2000’s the local tourism has been growing in the Maldives. Local guest houses with affordable prizes and beautiful rooms are becoming the ideal stay for budget travelers. Much closer view into the native lives of the Maldivians and their culture can be experienced. Your image of Maldives will take twists as you witness the Maldivian traditional foods and activities. More importantly, the prices at these local guesthouses are affordable throughout the year for budget travelers.
Most popular islands to stay at includes, Thulusdhoo, Maafushi, Dhiffushi, Huraa, Himmafushi and Hulhumale (airport Island), with Thulusdhoo being the best pick for beaches and accommodation options.
LOCAL TRANSPORT IS A MAJOR FACTOR
When it comes to planning your flight, plan accordingly to meet local transportation to the local islands. You don’t want to get stuck. Once at the Velana International Airport you need to take the short ferry to the Male’ main island as all the ferry routes to the local islands are connected to the capital. Most of the islands are accessible by ferry.
Your stay should also be decided according to local transport accessibility. Most islands, as I said before are accessed by ferries and speed boats and the coast doesn’t exceed $200 mostly. Or local seaplane can be used which has tickets starting from as low as $400.
BOOK IN ADVANCE
The prices rises as dates get closer, so it’s smart to book your stay in time. This also prevents missing out your spot as sometimes properties get fully booked. You don’t want to get into the rush, do you? Also the prices as I said would be better if you book in advance.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
As a traveler it is very important to know where you are going. It’s easier if you do a little bit of research about the country and the islands you plan to go. If you plan to travel through the country within your stay its important to figure out the local ferry routes.
The local islands has a very little information about them in Wikipedia so a little bit of your time would only make your stay better. No loss there. If you want to know what you would see when you get there it’s better to search in Instagram, I always use this trick and it never failed to meet my expectations.
It’s always a great factor in travelling. Know what your accommodation offers and what you need to bring and pack accordingly. Though most of the local guest houses offer you gears such as snorkels, fins etc for rent. It’s better to bring your own since you are on a budget. The Maldives as you know has a high humidity and has a sunny weather almost all year. It’s better to bring sunscreen, mosquito repellent and other necessities with you as you might find the prices a bight higher in the local islands.
If you are planning to travel a lot through the country, you should pack all your belongings in a backpack as it would be easier for you to carry around.
A DAY TRIP TO A RESORT
This might blow your budget a little but after travelling all the way to the Maldives it is unfair for yourself not to experience the luxury that the nation is famous for. Isn’t it? Most resorts offer travelers like these affordable costs for day trips. The offers include access to sporting facilities and many more.
Enjoy a day at one of the luxurious resorts in the Maldives. Dine and wine in the resorts choices. Just enjoy the Maldives the way it’s famous.
Cheers! After all it is possible to the sunny side of life even on a budget. Enjoy the famous white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and the underwater beauties all on affordable costs. Just with your backpack and a few thousand dollars.
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