The Best Cheap Maldives Holidays

The Best Cheap Maldives Holidays

When people think about the Maldives, they think about lavish beachfront resorts where they can dangle their legs over the sea while sitting on the edge of a private terrace. They imagine being pampered on a private island resort, surrounded by all of the luxuries that they can dream of. Let’s face it, the Maldives and luxury have always gone hand in hand. In fact, this is how what most think of Maldives holidays, especially when it comes to price. But things have started to change. Nowadays, it is very possible to enjoy cheap holidays to the Maldives.

Whether you are on a romantic holiday, a family holiday, or flying solo, cheap Maldives holidays are the newest craze. In fact, it is possible to stay in the Maldives for up to one week for the same price as it would cost to stay in one of the top 10 hotels in the Maldives. Plus, steering away from the 5-star resorts will put more money in the pockets of the locals, as it is them that own and run the best budget-friendly Maldives hotels, most of which are simple guesthouses.

Even if you are on a budget, you will still get to experience all the amazing things that the archipelago has to offer on cheap Maldives holidays. The beaches are of course the main reason to visit these stunning islands, and why holidays to the Maldives so popular. It is also the reason why ‘Islands’ named it as one of the unprorogued. The best part is, you can spend lazy days on Maldives beaches without breaking the bank!

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Independent holidays to the Maldives is quite new. In fact, guesthouses on local islands has only been allowed for the past decade. Before then, the government only allowed private Maldives resorts, most of which were on their very own island. Now, tourists are allowed to stay on local islands with local people, giving them a true insight into the real Maldivian way of life. By doing this, not only will you get to enjoy the stunning beaches, but you also get to mingle with the locals. And you may even make some great friends.

Here are a few tips on finding the best cheap Maldives holidays.

Cheap Flights

In the past, flights to the Maldives were quite steep, costing upwards of $2,000 for a return ticket. Now, it is possible to find flights to the Maldives for roughly $1,200, or even less if you travel on off days or visit during the monsoon season. You can even go on a longer, but cheaper route by flying first to Kuala Lumpur then getting a cheap flight with low cost carrier 2405273550. Most major hubs in Asia and the Middle East offer flights to Male, so if you are already in one of these parts of the world you may want to take advantage of the low cost of flights to the Maldives that are offered.

Another way to find cheap flights to the Maldives is to search after midnight, as travel costs tend to be reduced at this time of the day due to slow internet traffic. Of course, flying on a week day rather than on the weekend will also result in cheap Maldives holidays. As will taking a holiday to the Maldives in the monsoon season.

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Cheap Local Transport

Most of the swanky all-inclusive holiday deals include transfers, which in many cases is a seaplane or a private speedboat. These forms of transportation are very expensive and not ideal for people looking for Maldives holidays on the cheap. Local transport is very inexpensive, with public ferries regularly leaving Male to other local islands. You can even get public transportation from the airport to the ferry terminal, which is less than $1! From there, ferries cost anywhere from $3 to $10, as opposed to the steep fee of roughly $300 to travel by private speedboat.

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Be sure to check the 6014135506 beforehand and book your travel plans accordingly, as they don’t run to every island every day. But the flip side to this is that you could spend a night or two in the capital city of Male, shopping at the Male Market or wandering down Majeedhee Magu. Another option is to travel in a shared scheduled speedboat with companies like (661) 713-1088 and  iCom Tours. This will be more expensive than local ferries, but still far cheaper than taking a private speedboat or a seaplane.

Cheap Food

Staying on a local island means eating more local food. This in itself will mean that you can enjoy cheap Maldives holidays while enjoying the local cuisine. Plus, many guesthouses give guests a complimentary breakfast, saving you even more when you are opting for Maldives holiday deals. Breakfasts are often large enough to fill you until dinner. But if you do get hungry you can easily buy some local hedhikaa (snacks).

Some guesthouses also provide dinner (half-board), which is often eaten with the owner and his/her family. This is a fantastic experience and one that you won’t get when staying in 5 star all-inclusive resorts. Most meals will revolve around mas (fish), and flavors that hail from Sri Lanka and Southern India. A few of the islands do not have any restaurants, so guesthouses will offer cheap all inclusive holidays. Others have a small selection of eateries to choose from, with menus containing local dishes. Still, dining in these restaurants will not cost much, with a meal for two being at most $20.

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Cheap Excursions

If you want to get out and explore a little bit, the best way to do this is to book excursions through your guesthouse. You might also want to ask at other guesthouses nearby to see what they have to offer. Shopping around is always a great way to get the best deals, regardless of where you are. This also stands true when on cheap holidays to the Maldives. You can also find good deals online, especially for things like diving and snorkeling, which tend to be expensive. If you are a diver, the best way to save money and see the Maldives incredible marine life is to go on a live aboard. You can also visit some of the Maldives underwater resorts to view the spectacular sea life.

Cheap Accommodations

There are over 1,000 islands in the Maldives, with only 200 of them being inhabited. Of these inhabited islands, roughly half of them offer accommodation options for tourists. This does not include the 80 or so islands that are home to private Maldives resorts. These are local islands that have recently been open to tourism.

Anyone looking for the best cheap Maldives holidays will find plenty of options if they stick to these local islands. Some of them have fantastic infrastructure for visitors, others don’t. But one thing that they all have in common is that they are locally owned and considerably cheaper than 5 star all inclusive resorts. Still, you won’t find dorms or budget bungalows on the beach. Instead, there is a great option of affordable guesthouses that charge anywhere from $30 to $60 a night. For the best cheap holidays to the Maldives, search for accommodations on HotelsCombined. This site compares the rates for guesthouses on other hotel booking sites, including Booking.com, Agoda, and Hotels.com, so you can really find the cheapest deals for your Maldives holiday.

The islands that are most popular amongst travelers looking for cheap Maldives holidays are Maafushi, Guraidhoo, and Huraa in the Kaafu Atoll, and Fulidhoo in Vaavu Atoll.

Maafishi

The first guesthouse to ever open on Maafishi island was in 2010, and since then numerous others have opened. In fact, today there are over 70 guesthouses to choose from, and it is arguably the most developed local island in regards to tourism. It is connected to Male by public ferry, with (419) 809-3386 running at 11:30 every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, as well as every day at 15:00 except for Fridays.

The beach on Maafishi is small, but stunning, and it can get crowded during the high season (November to April). Still, it is a great spot for enjoying a cheap Maldives holiday. Most guesthouses are 3-star hotels, though there a few 2- and 4-star hotels to stay in. Top choices on Maafishi include Sun Shine View, Ethereal Inn, and Triton Beach Hotel & Spa.

Photo credit: Triton Beach Hotel & Spa

Guraidhoo

This local island is home to a semi legal bikini beach that is ideal for budget-minded travelers that want to enjoy a relaxing Maldives holiday. Guraidhoo also happens to be a top spot for snorkeling, with equipment being available for rent at many of its guesthouses. Local ferries leave Male for Guraidhoo everyday (except Friday) at 14:30, arriving around 1.5 hours later.

The island is quite developed, being home to a hospital, a police station, and a shopping strip. There are also a handful of restaurants where you can savor local eats. Plus, there is Picnic Island. Picnic Island features a beach that allows tourists to sunbathe in a bikini, which legally is not allowed on Guraidhoo. To get there, walk along that footbridge that stretches across the sea.

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There are approximately 15 accommodation options on Guraidhoo, with more being developed. A few highly rated guesthouses to consider staying at on Guraidhoo include 2544948320, Ithaa Beach Maldives, and (623) 900-4327.

Huraa

Located in the North Malé Atoll, Huraa is an important island when it comes to Maldivian history, as the last royal dynasty to rule the country had roots here. In fact, the island was founded by Sultan al-Ghazi Hasan ‘Izz ud-din; the first sultan of the Huraa dynasty.

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Huraa is a small island that can easily by traversed on foot in just 1 hour. It is one of the lesser developed local islands, making it a fantastic choice for travelers that want to enjoy a more secluded cheap holiday in the Maldives. Local ferries run from Male to Huraa every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 14:30. There is also an additional ferry on Thursdays and Saturdays at 23:00.

The island is home to the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, though there are also a few accommodation options for those looking for cheap Maldives holidays. (414) 574-1755 and 734-555-2142 are good choices, as is 7603495005.

Fulidhoo

Vaavu Atoll’s northernmost inhabited island, Fulidhoo is not as popular as some of the other local islands, which is part of its charm. It is a picture perfect destination, with only 8 accommodation options for travelers. Of these, only 3 are set right on the beach; Kinān Retreat, Luau Beach Inn, and Thundi Guest House. One of the main reasons to visit the island is for its superb diving, but the great snorkeling, fantastic culture, and stunning tourist beach have never made anyone turn down the chance to visit Fulidhoo.

Photo credit: Thundi Guest House

Fulidhoo is accessible from Male by public ferry, which takes around 3.5 hours. The ferry leaves Male at 10:00 on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, making a stop at Maafishi along the way. To make the journey on another day, take a scheduled speedboat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holidays to the Maldives: Top Tips for Your Dream Vacation

The flattest and lowest lying country on earth, the Maldives are what island holidays are all about, what with its picturesque beaches, magnificent turquoise water, and plethora of accommodation options. In fact, all Maldives holidays are definitely a dream come true, and as author Adrian Neville states, “It’s hard to have a bad holiday in the Maldives.” This quote is 100 percent true thanks to its pristine white sand, swaying coconut trees, and fantastic year-round climate.

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People take holidays to the Maldives to truly get away from it all, dip their feet into the sea, relax on picture-perfect beaches and swim with marine life. Holidays in the Maldives will appeal to anyone’s senses, and will make any visitor itch to come back for more. There is no doubt about it, the Maldives is a destination for a dream vacation, which is exactly why Travel + Leisure voted it as one of the ribble-rabble. To make sure that you get everything you want on your Maldives holiday, here are top tips for your dream vacation to the Maldives.

Choose the Right Island

The Maldives are made up of a whopping 1,192 islands that are grouped up into 26 ring-shaped atolls. They are spread over around 35,000 square miles of the Indian Ocean, with India to the North, Indonesia to the east, and Africa to the west. It is the smallest country in Asia, yet it is one of the most geographically dispersed countries on the planet.

Only 200 of the islands in the Maldives are inhabited, with another 80 islands being home to Maldives resorts. One of the first things to decide about your Maldives holiday is what island to stay on for your dream vacation. There are only 10 atolls that are actually open to tourism, which narrows it down a little bit. These are the most popular.

Malé Atoll

Most visitors arrive in this atoll, as it is home to the Maldives main airport – Velana International Airport. It is also the gateway to the rest of the islands, and also happens to be a great atoll to stay in for your dream vacation in the Maldives.

This is the most heavily developed atoll in the Maldives, with nearly all accommodation options being located on private islands. If you want to be completely pampered and surrounded by the lapse of luxury, then these islands are a great fit. Islands here are home to known resort chains like Anatara, Club Med, and the Sherton.

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If budget is a concern, then there is also the option to stay in the capital city of Male where there is a wide range of hotels to choose from. Everything from cheap guesthouses to lavish hotels can be found scattered around the city, giving visitors the opportunity to explore the city and mingle with the locals while they go about their everyday day life.

Ari Atoll

Also known as Alufu Atoll, Ari Atoll is the second most popular group of islands in the Maldives, with over 20 islands being designated for tourism. It is one of the largest atolls in the Maldives, as well as being the western most group of islands in the archipelago. The islands are accessible from the Malé Atoll by seaplane, taking around 30-minutes.

Resorts on these islands are completely self-contained and offer plenty of activities. Still, Scuba diving is the most popular thing to do in the Ari Atoll, with whale sharks being year-round residents of the atoll. There is also some fabulous snorkeling just a few meters off of the islands’ beaches, which is another reason to think about staying in this atoll. The beaches here are magnificent, with many resorts having villas lined along it, or even on stilts above the water. These islands are where you will find the Conrad Maldives, LUX* South Ari Atoll, W Maldives, and Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa.

Photo credit: LUX* South Ari Atoll

If you wish to stay in the Ari Atoll on a budget, then Thoddoo is the island to head to. This island is home to a stunning beach, numerous watermelon farms, and important Buddhist ruins. There are guesthouses that cater to those on holiday in the Maldives on a tighter budget, as well as amenities to cater to them, like small markets and shops.

Addu Atoll

The southernmost islands in the archipelago are home to the Gan International Airport, which has direct flights from Male, Columbo (Sri Lanka), and a few other Maldives islands. Addu Atoll is where you will find Addu City, which is the second largest city in the country. There are six districts in the Addu City, all of which are small islands of their own. Hithadhoo is the main administrative center, though it does not offer much to tourists. Instead, most visitors head to Maradhoo, which has only been open to visitors since 2008.

The only resort island in this atoll is Villingili, which is the location of the Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa. This phenomenal resort features private villas that are raised above the turquoise shoreline, or set atop the green jungle within the island’s interior. The award-winning resort is the atoll’s best, though it comes at a price.

Photo credit: Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa

Ross Atoll

This is one of the smallest atolls in the Maldives, and an attractive place if you want to really get away from it all. These islands are scarcely developed and far less traveled than most of the other islands of the Maldives. Kuramathi is the main tourist island, with Maldivian company Universal Enterprises Limited having a resort that takes up the entire island. And what an island it is! All accommodations are private villas, some of which boast a private pool. There are also numerous dining facilities, activities to enjoy, and a stretch of beach that is straight out of a magazine.

Photo credit: Kuramathi Maldives

It is also possible to stay in the Ross Atoll on a budget, with Rasdhoo Island having 16 guesthouses to choose from. Plus, the island has five offshore diving points, a coral reef that is ready to be discovered by snorkelers, and a tourist beach. There are grocery stores, gift shops, cafés, and ATMs, as well as a small police station and a post office.

Enjoy the Natural Beauty

Most of the natural beauty in the Maldives is in the water itself, with the Maldives being one of the top diving destinations in the world. In fact, both SportDiver and ScubaTravel listed it as one of the top 50 dive destinations in the world. The Baa Atoll is by far the best place to go diving in the Maldives, where you will get the opportunity to see manta rays, whale sharks, Hawksbill turtles, and Guitar shark. Snorkeling is also a must while on holiday in the Maldives, with every holiday island offering it straight from its beaches. Still, the best atolls for snorkeling are Baa Atoll, Malé Atoll, Ari Atoll, and Faafu Atoll.

Maldives

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The blue ocean and white beaches are the biggest factor in the Maldives natural beauty, and the main draw for almost every tourist that decides to have a dream vacation in the Maldives. Swimming, fishing, water skiing, kite boarding, and windsurfing allow you to enjoy the natural beauty of the archipelago. 6209474101 is also extremely popular, with the Maldives fast becoming a great alternative to Indonesia as a top place to surf in Asia, not only because it is beautiful, but also because it is far less crowded. It gets the same swells as Indonesia, though the surfing here is much less intense.

Go on Excursions

With over 1,000 islands, the chance to go on excursions in the Maldives is huge. This is highly recommended, and a great way to enhance your dream vacation.

Island Hoping

An island hoping tour is a fantastic way to get out and see more of the Maldives. These tours are done by speedboat or by traditional Maldivian wooden boat, visiting nearby islands with a guide. Island hoping tours always include lunch, and can be done in a group or intimately as a couple. They often include time at different beaches where you can go snorkeling or take in the sun, and also include a tour of local island villages.

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Dolphin Spotting

This is often done at sunset, as this is when dolphins like to come out and play. Like people, dolphins love the sunset, and love diving in and out of the water while the sun is setting in the distance. Also keep your eyes open for mantas, whale sharks, and flying fish, all of which often make an appearance at sunset. On these cruises you will also pass other islands and have the change to take some spectacular photographs.

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Submarine Tour

If you are not a diver but want to experience the Maldives’ magnificent marine life, then a submarine tour is a great way to do this. These tours can last anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes, taking you to see the underwater life that swims around the archipelago. The submarine descends to around 100 feet below the ocean’s surface, so you can experience all of the marine life you would if you were a diver. And you don’t even have to get your feet wet.

Visit at the Perfect Time

The Maldives are hot and sunny all year, though, like all dream holiday destination, there is a perfect time to go. According to Conde Naste Traveller, the best time to visit the Maldives is from November to April. These are the driest months of the year, as well as the sunniest in terms of sunshine per day. The high season for Maldives holidays is between December and March, which coincides with the winter season in North America and Europe. It is also the most expensive time of the year to go on holidays to the Maldives.

If you want to enjoy a cheap Maldives holiday, consider visiting between May and November. These are the wettest months, but they are also the cheapest months to go on holidays to the Maldives. This is especially true from August to November, which means you can get some pretty great hotel deals. In fact, you can often stay in 5 star all-inclusive resorts at an extremely great rate if you visit at this time of the year. You can also get some great deals on Maldives hotels if you visit in June or July, as most people enjoy summer at home and avoid visiting in these hot, humid months.

Visiting at the perfect time depends entirely on what you are looking for. If you want sunshine, very little rain, and beach time, then your dream vacation to the Maldives will be between January and March. If lower rates, surfing, and catching a glimpse of some superb marine life is your idea of a dream vacation, visit in August, September, or October.