. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 750 kilometers (470 miles; 400 nautical miles) from the Asian continent’s mainland.
Comprising a territory spanning roughly 90,000 square kilometres (35,000 sq mi) including the sea, land area of all the islands comprises 298 square kilometres (115 sq mi), Maldives is one of the world’s most geographically dispersed sovereign states and the smallest Asian country. Male is the capital and the most populated city, traditionally called the “King’s Island”
How much does it cost to travel within the Maldives?
To move around from one island to another in the Maldives, the options may vary according to the islands visited. Among the options are:
- National flights
Ferry is the Maldives public transport and, therefore, the most economical way to move around, however not all islands are accessible via ferry and due to the time it takes to reach some places, it may not be worth it. The price of the ferry boat can cost from US$0.65 to US$5 a trip per person, but it depends on the distance between the islands. You can find the exact cost of each route on the MTCC website.
The speedboats are usually offered by private islands’ resorts, or by private companies. Again, the cost depends on the distances between islands. A round trip by private speedboat can cost up to US$1,000. There are also speedboats on routes similar to those offered by ferries, with the capacity to transport up to 30 people, but completing the journey in a much shorter time. A trip from Male to Maafushi, for instance, costs around US$30 per person, to Rasdhoo or Dhigurah it’s around US$35.
The third option to move around in the Maldives, normally used when the resorts are too far from Male, is the seaplane. As in all other cases, prices vary by route, but we’ve already mentioned that you’ll probably pay something around $500 for this trip.
If your idea is to save as much as possible in the Maldives, the tip is choosing islands closer to the capital Male and using a ferry or speedboat. For more information readout Pritish Kumar article below:
What’s the price of a night in a hotel or resort in the Maldives?
In the past, tourism in the Maldives meant only resorts on private islands. But since 2009, the country has given the opportunity for its local islands (where the natives live) to offer options such as guest houses and, since then, they’ve started to receive a greater diversity of travelers.
At a simpler guest house, like Seven Corals in Maafushi, you can find rates starting at $50 (taxes included). Of course, this cost rises depending on the level of sophistication and comfort. White Sand Dhigurah on Dhigurah Island, which is a more upscale hotel, for instance, offers fares starting at $120 (taxes included), and on Dhangethi IEndheri Sunsets land has rooms with a beautiful view to the sea for $130 (taxes included).
If you feel like staying in a resort, just know that you can find rates from $170 (including breakfast) and all-inclusive options from $230 at Biyadhoo Island Resort, and bungalows over the clear waters of the Maldives from $500 at Centara Ras Fushi. For those who are adept of conscious luxury, it’s worth checking out the accommodation options offered by the SONEVA group, which has 2 resorts in the Maldives: Soneva Fushi, and Soneva Jani, with room rates from $1,950 to $38,000.
What’s the estimated cost of food in the Maldives?
Breakfast is usually included in the hotel rates. Resort restaurant prices, as well as accommodations, vary according to the level of sophistication. At some resorts, you can have a meal for 30 dollars. At more expensive resorts, the price per person exceeds 60 dollars.
The cheapest options are on the local islands, where you can pay between 10 and 20 dollars for a meal. For those who are planning to save as much as possible, you can always stop by the supermarket though.
What are the prices of attractions in the Maldives?
There are loads of interesting attractions in Maldives, such as snorkeling, picnics on the sandbanks, dolphin watching, seeing bioluminescent plankton, diving with whale sharks and manta rays and so on. Even though resorts and local agencies offer similar options, their prices can vary a lot! Besides, the type of tour and its duration also impact the costs.
The cheapest attractions start in the range of 25 dollars per person. Scuba dives typically run around $100, and a resort’s day use can cost up to $200, depending on the resort.
There are still other expenses that should be considered, such as taxes, fees and travel insurance:
Taxes and fees in the Maldives
Watch out! Taxes and fees are often not included in the initial prices for accommodations, attractions, packages, etc. To give you a better idea, the accommodations charge the three rates mentioned below:
10% Hotel Service + 12% GST (Goods and Services Tax) + USD 3 Green Tax per person, per night.
If you use a credit card, many establishments charge an additional fee of 3.5% to 5%. All this without even mentioning your bank foreign transaction fees.
Traveling without insurance is one of the biggest mistakes a traveler can make, especially when it comes to international destinations. We did a brief price analysis so you don’t forget to consider this item, and here’s the result:
Considering a trip to Asia of 8 days, we found costs starting at US$69 at World Nomads, a travel insurance company which we have very good references. Be sure to check the details of each coverage option to make sure you’re getting exactly what you need.
Maldives Tourist Places
Male City, COMO Cocoa Island, Addu Atoll, Maafushi, Addu City, Artificial Beach, Malé Atoll, Fulhadhoo Island, The Muraka – Conrad, Sun Island, Banana Reef and many more
Nestled away from the hassles of city life lies the exotic Maldives with a thriving culture, enthralling watersports, and places that will please every kind of traveller. From exploring the Maldivian culture to diving deep into the marine life wonders, there are hundreds of unique activities to do in the Maldives.
There are a plethora of places to visit in Maldives. You can take part in enthralling watersports at different atolls. There is a huge variety of watersports available like parasailing, surfing, kite surfing, and much more. Or, you can head to the local markets for shopping handicrafts, souvenirs, sarongs, clothing, etc. Also, if you are an architecture enthusiast, you can visit some archaeological sites, the President Palace, National Museum, Utheemu Ganduvaru, and whatnot. Moreover, you can go island-hopping via ferry, yachts, and seaplane ride.
If you are planning to visit Maldives, then the best time would be between November to April. This time will be perfect for taking part in watersports, cultural tours, and hundreds of exciting things to do in the Maldives.