The Maldives are often on many travellers bucket-list and is known all around the world for being a luxurious destination. Whilst it’s a popular option for weddings and honeymoons, travelling to the Maldives is perfect for any occasion. However it’s all fun and games until you realise how much the stunning over-the-water bungalows cost – but we’re here to help. Holiday Genie has provided their tips and tricks to help you get a cheap holiday to the Maldives.
Cheapest Island in Maldives
The Maldives are made up of 1200 islands with many being home to tourist attractions or locals. The Islands that have been utilised for tourism will be the most expensive ones so we recommend heading to the local islands.
Some of the islands to look for if you are travelling to the Maldives on a budget are: Fulidhoo on Vaavu Atoll or Ukulhas.
Affordable Resorts in Maldives
Of course if you are desperate to stay in one of the gorgeous over-the-water bungalows, make sure you travel in off-peak season as this is when the prices won’t be as expensive. Just make sure you use tips for saving for your holiday. Click here for recommendations on water-villa resorts that are cheap off-season.
But there are plenty of cheaper alternatives on tourist islands that are just as good, so the over-water-bungalows don’t have to be a key part in your upcoming trip the Maldives.
If you’re not too fussed, you can find many 3*/4* hotels on the locals islands which are excellent for a budget option. They are still great quality and off-the-beaten-path so you can really explore the Maldives away from the touristy areas.
Remember the Maldives is a Muslim country
If you are looking to stay on the localised islands, you must remember that the Maldives are a Muslim country and therefore alcohol and pork are not allowed to be brought in or consumed while on the islands and women must cover up. If you are looking at drinking wine in your bikini whilst relaxing in the Maldives, you will need to go to one of the tourist islands.
Cheapest time to go to Maldives
As with any destination, the cheapest time to travel to the Maldives is off-season which is May –November and is considered the wet season because stronger winds and rain. However, the rain doesn’t last long and is very refreshing. You can also expect warm weather all-year round which is excellent for those who want to catch up on their tan and try their hand at water-sports.
What to do on a budget
Because the Maldives is 99% and 1% land, it is expected that many attractions and things to do will be water-sports. Majority of the affordable resorts in Maldives offer excursions including water-sports or transfers to other nearby islands where you could end up having the whole beach to yourself. Bring some food and you have yourself a picnic!
Budget dining options
If you are staying on an island with one resort, you are limited to finding a cheaper alternative which is why all-inclusive packages are recommended. Although you will be paying more initially, it means you’ll keep the cost of spending low so be sure to choose your hotel carefully when looking at variety of dining options.
Travelling to the Maldives on a budget is absolutely possible but there are many important things to consider before choosing the cheapest option. Although it can result in it being an expensive trip, it is also worth adding that it’s worth every penny.