The charming bungalows located perfectly on the crystal clear waters, the aeroplane landing on the slim strip overlooking water on all sides, the huge boulders that mark your route as you hop onto a seaplane and embark on the many islands that make the Maldives as beautiful as it is.
This lovely little island is located south of Sri Lanka and is one of the most sought after destinations in recent years. From the luxurious resorts to the bustling fish market, the Maldives as so much to offer.
The fascinating part about this island is that every luxury resort is located on their private island, make them so much more reclusive and posh. There are no two resorts on one single island.
Here are some of the best possible tips about the Maldives to make your voyage to the Maldives even better than you can imagine:
It’s Not Just For The Elite
As you scroll through your Instagram, you will find it flooded with luxurious images of Maldives and its fancy resorts. Looking at them you might start to wonder that this exotic place is only for the rich and famous- in your defence, who can miss Priyanka Chopra lying on the sandy beach with her long flowing swimsuit looking as beautiful as the landscape behind her!
However, this myth is far from reality. The Maldives is not some far fetched dream on your bucket list which can never be achieved. On the contrary, Maldives is pretty affordable and you can easily fit it in your budget.
You can easily find affordable resorts or even villas which have great facilities and are in budget
You can also stay at guesthouses that will cost you around 3500 INR per night. While, this guest-houses won’t have some fancy water pools or water slides, but they are good enough for a comfortable stay.
There Is A Way To Enjoy A Posh Time
Another way to experience those beautiful resort towns that will make you gape for centuries is by booking a tour for a much lesser price. The day tours will allow you to dip into the azure swimming pools, enjoy breathtaking views of the turquoise sea, sample the delicious food and enjoy some lip trickling cocktails. The best part? You won’t be staying overnight so you won’t have to pay for the expensive room fee.
This is one of the best ways to enjoy some of the finest things in the Maldives while sticking to your budget.
If you choose to embark on these tours then make sure to visit islands like Maafushi, Fulidhoo and Male/Hulhumale.
There are several cheap sightseeing tours also on the local islands which will take you through the wilderness of Maldives and help you dive into the rich culture, traditions, and history of this place.
The Maldives Is For Everyone
While the alluring views and the isolated beaches might make you feel that the Maldives is just for the romantic couple who are on their lovely honeymoon tour, in reality, this is far from the truth.
The beauty of Maldives is that it is for everyone. From the loved up couple to the family with two kids, and even for the solo travellers. This beautiful place is filled with activities that have the charm to please all kinds of people, no matter what their age, sex, race or orientation is.
You will find plenty of senior citizens just chilling by the beach and drinking their pinãcoladas, along with girls with their best pals having the time of their lives.
There are so many hotels, restaurants, and spots that are family-friendly, and water sports are for everyone.
If you are alone, there are some great places that you can visit to make some new friends and learn more about different cultures.
The beauty and charm of the large palm trees, the clear blue skies, and the coconuts by the sandy beaches are for everyone!
There Are Hidden Costs
The Maldives has a mandatory tax and service charge that is levied on everything that you buy or pay for. From your resort to a towel you buy at the beach, you will find yourself being taxed 12%, and an additional 10% service charge on it.
So when you are budgeting make sure to take it on the higher end. You will be paying more than the price tag.
Alcohol Is Limited
One of the first imagery that you may have of Maldives is sitting by the beach, watching the sunset and drinking that fine wine. However, this might just not be possible on this little island. Being a Muslim country, alcohol is not allowed on all of the local islands of Maldives. You cannot even buy alcohol here.
Your only reprise is spending time on some lovely islands which have found a loophole in this rule. Like in Maafushi you can drink as much as you want as they have a complimentary boat service. This way you are drinking on water and not on land. There are also some resort islands which will serve you alcohol.
Owing to the Muslim traditions, you must also be aware of clothing restrictions. If you are on a local island, and not on one of those resort islands then make sure you cover yourself up. There are some bikini zones which are marked, and in these zones, you can flaunt your bikini or other swimsuits.
If you are staying at the resort islands then you can do as you please and all these restrictions disappear.
Where To Stay
The Maldives is brimming with exotic resorts to budget-friendly guesthouses, so accommodation should be the least of your worries.
There are several options for you to choose from depending on your budget.
If you are looking to travel like a queen and to stay at luxury resorts, then places like Kanuhura, Kandima, and Bandos, are the absolute best.
There are also amazing water bungalows which will make the sure heart soar. Their bungalows are situated right on top of the cool seawater, and wooden bridges are constructed for you to go back and forth from the shore.
If you are looking for middle-priced options, then you can head over to Dhiguveli Maldives, which will give you enchanting views of the ever beautiful seas. There are other hotels too which are great if you want to save up on accommodation.
If you want cheaper options and more budget-friendly then you can avail some lovely Airbnbs or guest houses that have good bed and breakfast facilities. Some of the guesthouses also have the option of kitchens, private bathrooms, and even private beaches. You can also rent scooters and bikes from these guest houses.
How to Get Here
The Maldives is well connected to all the major airports around the world. The beauty of the airport of Maldives lies in the location that it is located in. You will be landing on a thin runway surrounded with water all around it. From the very first glance, you will fall in love with this island town. The most convenient way to travel, if you are in Asia then you can avail Air Asia, which provides very affordable airfares.
Best time of the year for the Maldives
If you want to enjoy everything that the Maldives has to offer, then head over here during December and January. However, you may find everything more expensive, since it is the best time to visit the Maldives. The temperatures are lovely and the entire island is transformed into a wonderland.
If you want to stick to a budget then go to the Maldives during the off months- like May till September. The Maldives has monsoon season during this time, making everything cheaper. The allure of Maldives is even more heightened during this season and the combination of the lush green fields with the enchanting blue seas is a treat.