Maldives happens to be a place for me for the happy couple luxurious honeymoon or models photo shoot. I believe a lot of people thinks the same. I was mesmerized by the clean blue water of Maldives, watching hundreds of videos again and again.
Finally I decided to tour Maldives. Many could think that you need to count thousand of dollars in order to enjoy on of the paradise of the world. Today I will share how can you enjoy and see the most of Maldives in just under 500$.
Things you need to prepare :
Every trip is a special trip for you. So we do not want to mess up. However since Maldives is a place of water and sands you need to be extra careful deciding how to prepare for the trip. It is a good idea if you can waterproof almost every valuable belongings. Remember that the most of the breathtaking views will be under water so why not get an action cam, most preferably a go pro or go pro session would be perfect.
Since your are a budget traveler , we do not want you to get stress on budgeting all the time. A little around $500 cash will be enough to sustain for 5 days. But I would suggest you to keep an extra $50 in case of emergency.
During the trip I have taken over 5k pictures. The breathtaking views just does not stop you from taking pictures more and more. It is extraordinary and whole amount of peace. Make sure when you are traveling Maldives, you carry a camera to bigger memory cards or buy external.
Here are list of the items I believe you should prepare.
- Mobile phone to larger memory cards
- Action Cam (Go Pro or GoPro Session)
- Mobile waterproof bag.
- Waterproof carrying bag
- Speedos , Bikini
- UV sunglasses
- Small water pot
- Sun Block (50+)
- Cash in USD
I will remind you the rest of the things later in this blog if I have forgotten now.
The Best flight to Catch :
There are numbers of flights that you can catch to go to Maldives. I bought using AirAsia from Kuala Lumpur while there was a Sale going on. My return ticket costs only $170. AirAsia flights are not comfortable but for a budget traveler this could be a best option.
You can also take airlines like Srilankan Airlines, Emirates, Mega Air, Tiger Airways, Jet Airways, Spice Jets, ETC.
Most of the Flights arrival is in Ibrahim Naser Airport which is $1 ferry away from Male City the capital.
The Actual Costs :
I know all of you bumped into this posts wondering how I managed to see the most of Maldives in just under $500. I will split up the costs for you below
1. Ferry Transport – $2
2. 2 Nights at Male City – $50
3. Breakfast and Lunch at Male City – $10
4. 2 Snorkeling Trip + Dolphin Lookout points – $50
5. Visit 5 Star Luxurious Paradise Resort and Spa + Buffet Lunch- $100
6. Visit 5 Star Luxurious Cinnamon Resort + Buffet Lunch- $100
7. 2 Nights Full Board stay at Huraa Island – $100
8. Speed Boat Transfer to different places – $25