Maldives on a budget
Maldives is on many bucket lists but people are often put off by the price tag. You don’t have to stay in a fancy resort to experience the Maldives. There any many local islands with lovely accommodation for a pinch of the cost. In this guide I will break down the cost of EVERYTHING and prove that Maldives is definitely affordable.
Flights from the UK to Maldives can cost anything from £800 to £1500. That cost alone could be someones total holiday budget. To keep the flight cost low book a flight to a neighbouring country and then onwards to Maldives it is SO much cheaper. I booked a one way flight to Sri Lanka and then I looked on Sky Scanner to see which country would be the cheapest country to fly to next. I was shocked to see it was the maldives. It wasnt planned but I had to book it for how good the price was.
Return flights to Sri Lanka can start from £400 per person so already that dream holiday to the Maldives seems more achievable, right?
One way flight to Sri Lanka- £491
One way flight to Maldives- £75
Total spent per person- £566
This is where you can save the most money- your hotel. By staying on a local island you get to experience the Maldives culture and still chill on some stunning white sand beaches with crystal clear water. You can even take a day trip to one of the resorts for roughly £100 if you fancied a little luxury.
Here are some luxury resort prices just to compare:
* prices based on a 1 week stay in January 2019
Soneva Jani water villa with slide- £52,000
Four seasons ocean bungalow villa with pool- £24,000
Furaveri beach villa with private pool- £5,000
It would be amazing to stay in a luxury resort for 1 week but not everyone can afford those prices. You may be lucky to find cheaper resorts with water villas but the cheapest I came across when looking was £250 a night for a standard one. Not something a backpacker on a budget can afford.
3 nights in Thulusdhoo at Batuta Sea View with breakfast included- £105 per person.
4 nights in Maafushi at Kaani Beach Hotel with breakfast included- £150per person.
Total spent per person- £255
Though the cost of food and activities can be quite pricey you can definitely keep the cost down by budgeting. In our week in the maldives we went on 3 snorkelling trips, used the speed boat for our island transfers and ate at a range of restaurants for food.
Here are the costs:
Snorkelling including sandback from Thulusdhoo- $20 (£15.71) per person.
Kaani excursions snorkelling with nurse sharks, shipwreck and sandbank inc lunch- $60 (£47.20) per person.
Kaani excursions snorkel with turtles inc lunch- $25 (£19.60) per person.
Total spent per person- £82.47
Getting from island to island is fairly easy. There is a choice of transport which are public ferry, speed boat or if you want amazing views, there’s the sea plane. Public ferry is the cheapest option under $10 each. We would have chose the ferry but motion sickness got the better of us in Sri Lanka so that was a no no. We opted for the quickest option which was by speed boat. I really wanted to experience the sea plane but the price was $150 plus.
Male to Thulusdhoo- $30 (£23) per person.
Male to Maafushi- $20 (£15.70) per person.
Total spent on transfers per person- £78.50
On the local islands there are only a few restaurants. Thulusdhoo only had two that we could find and our hotel was over priced when it came to food. Maafushi had a lot more choice and a range of budget to upper class restaurants.
Average meal costs- $9
1 week of eating out- £129.50 per person
Daily average – £18.50 per person
Can Maldives be done on a budget?
Absolutely! At first I thought we were spending too much money by comparing it to three weeks in Sri Lanka where we spent under £1000 between us. On a backpackers budget, £500 each for one week is a lot of money but there are more affordable accommodations available as well as food budgets. We decided to stay at nicer hotels for a little extra and we still managed to keep the cost of the entire trip down.
So, how much does a 1 week trip to The Maldives cost?
A 1 week trip to the incredible Maldives cost us a total of £1,111 each. That’s including EVERYTHING! The flights, all our transport, activities, hotels and food.
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