Are you looking to take a luxurious vacation but don’t want to break the bank? Look no further than the beautiful Maldives! Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, an adventure-packed escape, or a relaxing beach retreat or a budget trip, Maldives has something to offer every kind of traveler. Here are some tips for planning a budget trip to the Maldives
Choose the right time
The Peak season in Maldives runs from November to April and is the most expensive time to travel. To save on costs, consider visiting during the low season, which runs from May to October. Not only will you find lower prices on accommodation, but there will be fewer crowds to contend with as well. In the peak season the weather is dry and mild. However, this is also when prices for everything from flights to accommodation skyrocket. You can save a lot by traveling during the off-season, from May to October, when prices are substantially lower, and the weather is not too shabby.
You can save a lot of money on flights and accommodation by booking early. The earlier you book, the more options you will have on travel dates and lodging, which means you will also be able to take advantage of early bird discounts. Look out for deals on flights and accommodation through travel agencies or online booking sites.
Stay on a Guest House
Many visitors believe that the only way to experience the Maldives is by staying at an expensive resort. However, there are many local islands that offer budget-friendly guesthouses and hotels. These islands are a great way to experience the local culture of the Maldives and can be much cheaper than staying in a resort. If overwater bungalows are not on the list, you can save a significant amount of money by staying in guesthouses or local island accommodation. The Maldivian government encourages developing the tourism industry in local islands, which resulted in several guesthouses and budget hotels. These properties provide comfortable accommodation while allowing travelers to immerse themselves in the local culture.
Choose Budget friendly Activities
While Maldives is known for its luxury water sports experiences, there are also plenty of budget-friendly activities that you can enjoy on the islands. You can rent a bike and explore the local islands, go snorkeling on a group tour, or take a sunset cruise to see the stunning scenery at a lower price.
Most of the Maldives’ luxury resorts have a full-board or half-board meal plan, which typically includes daily buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, if you want to save a little extra, choose accommodations that come equipped with a kitchenette or eat local. Small local cafes are scattered throughout the islands and serve fresh and delicious meals at a much lower cost.