How to do the Maldives on a budget
You might think it’s a total impossibility to head for a holiday to the Maldives and not practically bankrupt yourself in the process, but you might be surprised to find there are a few sneaky ways you can explore this beautiful and very natural part of the world, without paying off the bill for years afterwards. I was quite shocked to find out there are ways to see this stunning archipelago on a budget, and was quick to find out more!
Yes, those picture perfect bungalows over the sea are somewhere we would all love to stay one day, I know I certainly would, but those come with a very heavy price tag, and unless you’re dedicated to saving up, you might have to go about it the budget way instead, just like me.
Avoid the package deal
A package deal to the Maldives is always going to cost you more than if you do it DIY yourself, possibly even throwing a little caution to the wind. Avoid the packages, and instead get creative.
Cheap flights are possible!
I wouldn’t bother looking at direct flight, unless you think there might be a small miracle bargain in there somewhere, and instead I’d be checking indirect/domestic flights from nearby countries. You will easily find a cheap flight from possibly Kuala Lumpur over to the Maldives, and it’s possible to pick up cheap flights for the major part of your journey if you shop around or go further indirect. You might have to travel further, but it’s worth it for the end result in my opinion.
Explore as much as possible yourself
Check restrictions for this, as there are a few in place where you may need licences to enter certain parts of the area, but if you can experience as much of your island as possible on foot, you’re cutting excursion costs. Of course, island hopping is a good way to see more too, and the ferry system is quite comprehensive. If you want to book excursions, then haggle them down as much as possible.
Avoid large hotel chains
If you want to stay in big hotels then you’re going to pay the price, so instead I’d be looking for a smaller, family run establishment. This is a great way to learn more about authentic life too, because the family will no doubt be keen to show you their traditions and customs.
As you can see, heading to the Maldives on a budget is more about research and going a little out of your way than anything else, but in my opinion, that’s more than acceptable when you’re seeing areas of the world as beautiful and cultural as this. This Maldives are about more than beaches, and glimpsing past the tourism shield will show you exactly why.
Photo Credit: Mac Qin
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