Maldives is one of the top beach destinations in the world. The island country is known for its pristine waters, picturesque beaches, bright sunshine, lush greenery, vibrant underwater wildlife and adventure water sports. Here are some tips to help you enjoy a good vacation without straining your finances.
Flights & Arrivals
You can find a good deal on air tickets to Malé, the capital of Maldives, if you book from Asia. Travellers can buy tickets at cheap rates particularly from Sri Lanka, Malaysia and India. Visitors travelling directly from the US, UK and European countries can also find reasonable deals on flights if they are flexible with dates, times and departure points.
For budget travellers, it is important to ensure arrival in the mornings or afternoons. No ferries leave from Malé to other islands after a particular time in the afternoon. So, arriving early will allow you to continue your trip without interruption, as late afternoon or evening landings would mean being stuck in Malé for 24 hours.
Maldives is made up of hundreds of small islands. Some of these are expensive private resort islands, while there are local islands too. These are inhabited by the local Maldivian people and are quite cheap. So, budget travellers should definitely consider hotels in the locally-inhabited islands. However, there is limited choice for budget hotels and locally-owned guest houses.
Also, many locals in the Maldives offer to share their apartments with tourists and this option can get you some really cheap deals. Use Couchsurfing and Airbnb to get good accommodation options at reasonable prices.
Getting around the islands on a budget is a bit tricky. The best and cheapest option will be to exclusively use ferries for island hopping. However, this will need time and careful planning from your part. Missed or cancelled ferries are common. Do check online for various ferry timetables.
Shared speedboats or exclusive private speedboats are also reasonable for island hopping, with the latter being more expensive. However, travellers will have more convenience and flexibility with these.
For budget travellers, the last option for changing islands should be the seaplanes as they are quite costly.
Travellers can also save a lot by choosing to eat at local food joints rather than at restaurants or hotels. Local eateries and food stalls also sell delicious local cuisine and seafood at lower prices.
A Maldivian holiday would definitely include adventure sports such as scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing, hiking, trekking, canoeing and much more. Try these excursions at the more reasonable centres of the regular inhabited islands. Also, a vacation in the Maldives during the off-season will do its bit to help you grab good deals on activities and excursions.