How to Travel Maldives on a Budget

Maldives is one of the smallest countries in the world known for its beaches, Crystal clear water, white sand stretch, multiple water activities, fresh seafood and luxury resorts. Maldives is no doubt one of the most popular destinations in the world for holidays. Yearly, millions of tourists visit Maldives. If you’re planning Trip to the Maldives better to consider about how to travel Maldives with budget.

Transport on budget

Maldives is a collection of beautiful islands. So in the Maldives, nothing is accessible without taking a ferry or additional domestic flight. If you are travelling by your own boat, we are pretty sure you will be lost. Always travel on a local boat with a local person riding it. Once you arrived to the airport you can find a ferry right near the airport exit and can’t be missed. Airport to male (Main island) rides costs you about 1$ and it’s about a 20-minute ride. The ferry to Male leaves every 10 minutes at all times of the day. Once you arrived to to the Male island if you want to hire a boat for your transportation, ask a local for a boat and they will assist you in either renting or buying one. Usually a small boat costs around 200$ per day to rent or take a taxi to the main ferry station to access the other islands. That will cost you around $5 for the Taxi.

Male Maldives
Male City, Maldives – Photo Credits:

Where to go?

Once you arrived to the island of Male, here are some best places to visit in Male. As we’ve mentioned earlier go to the to the main ferry station to access the other islands.


You should find a place to stay for the night. Luxury resorts in Maldives can cost you about 1000$ for a day. If you’re looking to experience the Maldives, get to know the locals, and save money. Always try to find a small a guest house to spend the night. Staying at one of these small guest houses could save a lot of money that will allow you to experience the beauty and wonder of this stunning part of the world without paying resort prices. Staying at a small guest house costs you around 50-100 US$ per night. Most of these guest hoses have air-conditioning, hot water, and WiFi.


Most local guest houses provides meals at a reasonable rate. If your guest house doesn’t provide meals. Don’t worry there a plenty of restaurants around the island serve coffee from early morning until late at night for around $1.50. For eating they also offer snacks, sandwiches, and noodles for closer to $3.


Getting online isn’t difficult.  Most guest houses have WiFi. But when you’re outside you’re gonna have to use your own mobile data. 2GB data plan costs you about 15$. As we have noticed booths at the airport only sell expensive tourist packages. You can buy a sim card one you arrived to the Male island.


The official currency of the Maldives is the Rufiyaa. You can withdraw from ATMs at the airport or Male. Most other local islands don’t have ATMs.


The language of the Maldives is Dhivehi, but English is widely spoken.

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Photo Credits: Asad Photography

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