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6 Tips to travel the Maldives on the cheap - Exploring a paradise on a budget!

Being a tropical paradise that is home to azure waters and pristine beaches, Maldives is one of the most popular island retreats in the world. Though it is not a budget travel destination, here are few travel tips that would help you save a considerable amount of money during your time here.


Look out for cheap flights

Most of the times the airfares to the Maldives are expensive but during certain times of the year, the ticket cost reduces drastically. To get a cheap flight to the Maldives, be on the lookout at all times with your baggage ready and as soon as you see that the prices have been reduced, book your flight immediately. You could also get to the Maldives from countries that offer cheap flights, for example, the tiger air flies from Singapore to Male which is considerably cheaper than other airline ticket prices. Flights from Sri Lanka to the Maldives is also fairly cheap.


Be on the lookout for hotel offers

Being a destination that is filled with resort properties, the hotels occasionally post unbeatable offers on their websites. For example, Maldives honeymoon resorts the likes of Dhigali Maldives, have carefully curated offers for honeymooners that features free room upgrades, free spa treatments, complimentary meals and much more. booking your stay under such all-inclusive offers could save you a lot of money which on scenarios you will be spending them on each add on. There are also other types of special offers such as early bird offers which usually have discounts for early bookings, there are also discounts for extended stays.


Use local transport

When you are in the Maldives you will have to travel between its island to reach your accommodation and to explore the archipelago. Though Chartering a boat, a speed boat or travelling by seaplane is a faster mode of transport, they are very expensive. If you wish to save money then you should ideally travel between the islands by ferries. Ferries in the Maldives operate round the clock and they are convenient as well.


Stay in a local island

If extravagance is not what you are looking for and are seeking an authentic and inspiring Maldives travel experience, you should stay at a local island. This is an ideal way to discover how life goes in a remote and beautiful region that is surrounded by tranquil environs.


Stay in an Airbnb or a guest house

If you are travelling on a constrained budget to the Maldives the best way you could save up some money is by planning to stay at an Air BnB or a guest house. These accommodation options aren't that luxurious and sometimes they could be not ideal for an extended stay. So before booking your stay, read through the reviews. Though this is a good option to save money, the best travel experience to the Maldives can be enjoyed only if you plan your stay at an island resort which comes with exclusive benefits and amazing leisure activities.