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5 things you can do to explore Maldives on a budget – Go easy on your wallet

A lot of people think that the Maldives is a luxury destination. This is not exactly true. Can you go on a vacation to the Maldives on a budget? Yes, it is possible, but you need a plan and know how to do it. You can begin by finding accommodation and air tickets within your budget. In this article, we talk about how to explore Maldives on a budget.


How to find accommodation on a budget in the Maldives?

Lately, there has been an influx of guest house-type, inexpensive accommodations in the Maldives. You can go for this choice or still enjoy Maldives luxury hotels with all-inclusive packages and bask in luxury within your means. Contact hotels like the Adaaran Club Rannalhi to find out if they offer packages or deals for early booking. Alternatively, you can book a resort during the off-season. This is between May and November. The weather is still going to be warm and on rainy days you can have plenty of indoor pampering and lazy, luxurious fun.


How can you save money on airfare to Maldives?

The Maldives is an archipelago and the only way to get there is to fly. Admittedly, plane tickets have been expensive ever since the post pandemic economy hit all of us. But, you can still look for cheap tickets with budget airlines. You can even look at the possibility of reduced ticket prices with a couple of stopovers to the journey. You can avoid expensive flight tickets if you book tickets early.


How to dive on a budget in the Maldives?

Diving and snorkelling are the two most sublime activities you can enjoy in the Maldives. If you love diving to look for marine life, look for diving packages as part of your accommodation. Ask resorts if they offer discounts on diving for advance booking. Most resorts do this as it affords them plenty of time to manage the diving schedule. Look for a resort with access to a reef with a thriving marine ecosystem.


How to get around cheaply in the Maldives?

You can travel around cheaply in the Maldives if you use public ferry rides. The schedules tend to be a bit erratic, but it costs less than 4 USD. Ferries however don't go to resort islands. You can go to Small Island on the ferry and ask a fisherman to drop you off at the resort. This will cost you less than a speedboat ride. Local dhoni rides are cheap but can be a tad uncomfortable. But, if you go up to the roof, you can distract yourself with dolphin spotting. Once you get to the resort, there is hardly any reason to leave it until it is time to head back home. Seaplane flights are the most expensive means of travel in the Maldives with speedboats coming up next.


Tips to save money while travelling the Maldives

Roaming charges tend to be considerable. You could purchase a local SIM at the airport. Expect to spend only about 10 USD on the SIM and data plan which can last the duration of your trip (a couple of weeks). If you run out of data, top up at any atoll. You can also save money if you take your own snorkelling gear.

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