Maldives on a Budget

Welcome to the breathtaking paradise of the Maldives, an archipelago nestled in the sparkling azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Known for its pristine white-sand beaches, crystal-clear lagoons, and vibrant coral reefs, a holiday in the Maldives promises an unforgettable tropical getaway. With its luxurious resorts offering world-class amenities, indulgent spa treatments, and a wide array of thrilling water sports activities, visitors can immerse themselves in ultimate relaxation and adventure. Whether you’re seeking a romantic retreat, a family vacation, or a thrilling diving experience, the Maldives caters to every traveler’s desires, making it an idyllic destination that captures the essence of tropical bliss. – ChatGPT.

The introduction definitely will indicate an expensive getaway. Did you know that you can go visit on a budget? We spent just a little over NZD$500 per person for company of 5. Check out some of suggestion on how you can make it happen.

Cheap Flights

Search for cheap flights months in advanced. The airfare will probably be the most expensive in the vacation bill. There are heaps of flights going to Malé, the capital of Maldives. We took the return flight from Singapore on a budget airline Tigerair. Keep looking for the lowest possible flight you can grab.

Airborne in Maldives

Changi Airport


Instead of ripping your budget on an overwater bungalow, why not try the guest houses in a local island town as an accomodation. These are far way cheaper alternative to the overwater bungalows. The guest house accomodation comes with breakfast. We booked Arena Lodge in K. Maafushi Island. It comes with free breakfast.

Transporting the luggages to the guest house in Maafushi

The overwater bungalows are found in private resorts and a hefty price that comes with luxury. Book a day trip to visit a private resort and enjoy the amenities as an alternative. We visited Fihaalhohi Resort for the Island Buffet Lunch. The speedboat is included in the package. Snorkel here and there. Frolicking everywhere. Have a massage in the spa.

Overwater Bungalows in Fihaalhohi Resort
Reef beside the water bungalow


There is a separate restaurant by the beach in Maafushi island. From Maldivian to Western cuisine are served. An average cost of NZD18. Or cheaper depending on your appetite.

Grilled fish
Arena Restaurant Dinner Buffet
My Island Boat, a boat restaurant in the Atoll Explorer at the middle of the sea near Maafushi.

Transfer from Male to the Islands

Go for the private transfer if you like to reach your island destination quickly. Alternatively, the ferryboat will give you the same experience on the water plus the stops at different island towns. It takes 1.5 hours from Male to K. Maafushi. The private transfer will only take 30 minutes. The ferryboat is 10 times cheaper than the private transfer.

Ferry Ticket
Ferry Terminal in Malé

Activities and Excursions

There are heaps of activities in Maldives. It will be weather dependent most of the time. Desert islands, Sand Banks visit, Resorts transfer, boat excursion, night or day fishing, snorkeling, barbecue and dolphin watching are some of the activities offered. These activities will dictate how much will be added in your budget.

Frolicking at the Desert Sand
Fihalhohi Island Resort Beach
Corals at one of the atolls
Desert Sand

Payment Mode

Credit cards are acceptable all through the atoll nation. No need to carry heaps of cash.

It takes a long planning to save as much as you can to cater your budget and activities. Consider traveling during off peak season to avoid influx of tourists and costs lower as well.

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