The Maldives is an exotic, paradisiacal holiday destination, where you will live unique moments and experiences that you will keep in your mind and soul forever. When you think of the Maldives, you think of long white sand beaches, palm trees, and turquoise water, the perfect honeymoon destination. But the Maldives are not only about lying on the beach, this destination is about the spirit of nature, underwater life, and the joy of being in a place that is so much like Paradise.
The Maldives archipelago is located on both sides of the Equator in the southwest of the Republic of Sri Lanka. The archipelago consists of 26 coral atolls, made of a total of 1192 islands, of which 202 are inhabited and only 80 are turned into tourist resorts.
How much does it cost a trip to the Maldives?
If you are dreaming about traveling to the Maldives, you should be prepared to spend around $235 per day. According to past travelers, the meal expenses are around $65 per day, and the local transportation cost is about $115. Also, the cost of a hotel room for a couple is $190 per night. So, expect to spend around $3,400 for a one-week trip to the Maldives when going as a couple.
A single person would spend around $1,690 for a one-week vacation to the Maldives, while two people will need almost $6,750 for two weeks in the Maldives.
In general, the costs per person will get lower if you are traveling as a family of three or four people because the hotel rooms can be shared and the kids’ tickets are cheaper. Also, you can reduce the costs if you are traveling slower, over a longer period of time. For instance, the cost per month for a vacation to the Maldives would be around $7,200 for a person, while a couple would need almost $14,400 for one month vacation to the Maldives.
In order to get a better idea about the costs, we have divided them into several categories, as you can see below.
The cost of a hotel or hostel room for one person in the Maldives is around $100 per night, while the price of a typical double-occupancy room is around $190 per night.
As with any other destination, the price of a taxi ride in the Maldives is higher than the cost of public transportation. A person will spend around $120 per day for public transportation.
When talking about the intercity transportation costs in the Maldives, these depend on the date, type of transportation used, and length of the route. Though, you should budget around $200 to travel between cities in the Maldives.
Flight Tickets Costs
The price of a flight ticket to the Maldives will depend on the date, the company you buy it from, and the airport you are departing from. For example, a round-trip flight ticket from New York JFK airport to Male, Maldives cost around $1,400.
The meal prices in the Maldives will vary from one restaurant to another. But you should be prepared to spend around $70 per day for meals. In general, breakfast is cheaper than lunch or dinner and the prices charged by sit-down restaurants are higher than street food or fast-food prices.
Be prepared to spend around $0.50 per day for bottled water in the Maldives. Though, it is considered safe to drink public water.
A single person will spend around $30 per day on alcohol in the Maldives. Of course, you can spend much more if you want.
Plan on spending around $35 per day for various sightseeing experiences, admission tickets to attractions and museums, and day tours.
What to visit in the Maldives?
Any holiday in the Maldives should start with a visit to the National Museum in Male, which is the perfect place to catch your breath and escape the heat outside. At the same time, the stay can mean a wealth of information about the sublime past of this area. The building itself was built to honor the artifacts discovered. All the exhibits were arranged on 2 floors, with enough space between them to be studied in detail by the curious.
The Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve comprises a total of 75 islands, of which 13 are inhabited and 10 are holiday resorts. Here, the water depth varies between 30 and 80 meters, with the opening right into the Indian Ocean.
The old Friday Mosque is the oldest in the country, dating back to 1665 and being representative of the culture and civilization. It was carved in coral stone, and non-Muslims who wish to visit the interior of the mosque must obtain permission from an official of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.
Where to eat in the Maldives?
Atmosphere Kanifushi Resort is the first fully vegetarian resort in the Maldives. If you think vegetarian food is unpleasant, then the experience here will completely change your mind. You will be able to taste a lot of surprising experimental flavor combinations, combined with the cuisine of the Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, or Indian Ocean regions.
Thila is the award-winning restaurant at Kurumba Resort on Vihamanaafushi Island in North Male Atoll. This place has incredible versatility, where you can taste a continental breakfast or traditional Maldivian grills and delicious desserts.
As its name suggests, Botanica focuses on creating creative dishes from the freshest possible ingredients that are grown in the resort’s vegetable garden or sourced from local producers.
Beautiful beaches in the Maldives
Located in the South Malé Atoll, Cocoa Island is probably one of the most sought-after by couples who decide to come to the Maldives on holiday. The vegetation consists of banana trees, coconut trees, mango groves, and more. The multitude of bungalows wink at you and can convince you that it is worth staying in such a place. The 33 water villas, the fine sand, and the blue lagoon await you to relax at the highest possible level.
The artificial beach in the Maldives is one of the attractions that you cannot miss when you choose to visit the island. Popular with tourists and locals alike, the beach is located in the capital Male, and conquers you with the relaxed state you enter once you step into the area. The artificial white sand beach can provide more sources of entertainment for tourists and is also perfect for those who want to practice all kinds of sports in the ocean waters.
Important things to consider
The best time to visit the Maldives is between December and March when the conditions are excellent for a holiday.
Alcohol is prohibited in the Maldives, and this is due to the fact that it is a Muslim state. Thus, the consumption of alcohol is prohibited in places other than hotel restaurants.
In the Maldives, the end of the week starts on Friday; Friday and Saturday being considered weekend days.
The official language spoken on the island is Dhivehi, and the currency is the Maldivian rupee.
It is advisable to have cash (preferably in US dollars) with you, as ATMs are few and far apart, and unforeseen situations may arise.