Maldives on a Budget


Experience Maldives on the Cheap

Maldives on a Budget

Experience Maldives on the Cheap


August, 2019

Budget travellers choose Maldives as their destination of choice thanks to the variety of affordable stays available, which range from budget guesthouses to backpacker-friendly hotels – there are all accomodation available for under USD 50 a night! The Maldives is a fascinating country to travel to independently, not least because it’s only been possible to do so for the past decade.

Undoubtedly, Maldives is'nt getting more cheaper every year, but it’s equally true that the gorgeous islands offer something for everyone – backpackers and budget-conscious travellers included! Here’s our dedicated section that guides you through everything you need to know about enjoying Maldives on the cheap. We’ve also included a section with useful tips on enjoying Maldives on a shoestring, and another which shows you all the free, and almost free, things you can enjoy for your cheap holiday in Maldives. Here for you the ultimate guide to enjoying Maldives on a budget.

Top 10 Maldives for Budget Holidays

Most Popular Islands for Budget Holiday in Maldives

How to Travel on a Budget

The Maldives is a destination fast being added to many traveller's holiday bucket list. But how to enjoy a 5-star luxury Maldives vacation on a Budget? Would you believe me if I told you that

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Most Popular Islands for Budget Holiday in Maldives

Top 10 Budget Islands in Maldives

The 10 best Budget Islands give you the chance to get cheap everything what Maldives has to offer. These inhabited corners of the island nation certainly appeal to all those who prefer to spend

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10 Best Maldives Guest Houses

10 Best Maldives Guest Houses

Our list of the 10 best guest houses in the Maldives will certainly please all those who would like to spend a comfy budget holiday in this beautiful honeymoon destination without spending too much

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Top 10 Maafushi Hotels

Top 10 Maafushi Hotels

Maldives is known all over the world for its first-class beaches and luxury resorts, and only a few have considered this paradise as one of the inexpensive premium destinations. Today this stereotype has

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Top 10 Best Ukulhas Hotels

Top 10 Best Ukulhas Hotels

Ukulhas is a unique fishing island in the Northern Ari Atoll, Maldives. The best hotels, warm turquoise waters and a rich sea life are the main attractions of Ari Atoll and today, a budget holiday in Ukulhas

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Top 10 Best Thoddoo Hotels

Top 10 Best Thoddoo Hotels

With white beaches, the greatest house reef and a good selection of new hotels, Thoddoo is the all-time favorite budget island in North Ari Atoll in the Maldives. Located 67 km from Velana (Male) airport

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Top 10 Best Guraidhoo Hotel

Top 10 Best Guraidhoo Hotels

The Maldives is blessed with the most beautiful beaches in the world, crystal clear turquoise lagoons and spectacular underwater life. Located in South Malé Atoll, away from boat and plane traffic

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Top 10 Best Thulusdhoo Hotels

Top 10 Best Thulusdhoo Hotels

The surf spots "Chicken" and "Cokes" will not be enough to describe Thulusdhoo, a pristine sands of this topical paradise with turquoise waters in the Maldives. Known as one of the best budget destinations

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Top 10 Rasdu Hotels

Top 10 Rasdu Hotels

Rasdhoo or Rasdu island is an ultimate diving heaven in the Maldives. Located a few miles off North Ari Atoll, Rasdhoo is the only inhabited island of a small natural atoll also known Ross Atoll

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110 Best Maldives Cheap Resorts

10 Best Maldives Cheap Resorts

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Top 10 Best Male City Hotels

Top 10 Best Male City Hotels

Male City is the capital and main city in the Maldives located on the island of the same name in North Male Atoll. Despite its tiny size, the island resembles Manhattan in the middle of turquoise waters, filled with

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10 Guest Houses with Private Beach in maldives

10 Guest Houses with Private Beach

These guest houses with their own beach in Maldives are pretty much the tropical escape idyll. Mostly isolated, they each have a strip of sand which they do

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most popular activities in Ukulhas

10 Best Things to Do in Ukulhas

Discover the best things to do in Ukulhas. Known as one of the best islands for budget trip in Maldives due to white sand beaches, clear waters and incredible marine life, Ukulhas is stunningly beautiful and

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most popular restaurants on Ukulhas island

10 Best Ukulhas Restaurants

Ukulhas is all about crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, house reef snorkeling and amazing water adventures. One of the best destinations for budget holidays in the Maldives, this beautiful island

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most popular restaurants on Maafushi island

10 Best Maafushi Restaurants

The capital of the budget Maldives, Maafushi is a beautiful island with white beaches and turquoise waters in 30 minutes by speedboat from Male airport. Surprisingly, there are many great places

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10 Best Islands for Snorkeling

10 Best Islands for Snorkeling

Want to snorkel with manta rays, whale sharks and sea turtles or maybe above scenic house reef on your next budget trip in the Maldives? The Maldives is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world

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Top 10 Best Huilhumale Hotels

Top 10 Best Hulhumale Hotels

Home for Velanа (MLE) International Airport, Hulhumale is an artificial island in North Male Atoll. Linked to the airport (Hulhule island) by dam and roadway, Hulhumale also connected

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Guest Houses in North Malé Atoll

North Malé, also known as Northern Kaafu is the main atoll and a birthplace of tourism in the Maldives. The capital of Male City and Velana International Airport (VIA) are also located in the North Male Atoll. The atoll is home to several inhabited islands where you will find guest houses and other budget accommodation at reasonable prices. The proximity of the islands to the airport gives travelers the opportunity to quickly and easily reach destinations by speedboats and ferries. The highlights: beach life, world-class diving and surfing.

most popular activities in Himmafushi

Himmafushi

The famous surf spot and diving site, Himmafushi is the local island in North Malé Atoll (Kaafu Atoll) and a perfect place to discover Maldivian island life experience. Located halfway to Diffush

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surfing  in Thulusdhoo

Thulusdhoo

You do not need to be a surfer to open Thulusdhoo, a beautiful island located in North Male Atoll in 30 minutes by speedboat from Male. The clear turquoise waters, white sandy beach, big waves

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Dhiffushi budget trip

Dhiffushi

Dhiffushi is one of the inhabited islands of North Malé (Kaafu) Atoll. With gorgeous crystal blue waters and white sands, Dhiffushi is a great option for budget holiday in the Maldives, is accessible by

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Guest Houses in South Malé Atoll

Beautiful beaches, blue lagoons with crystal clear waters and one of the best diving in the Maldives - all about South Male Atoll. Also known as South Kaafu It's a group of islands which lies directly to the south of Malé airport and is separated from the northern neighbor by the deep channel of Vaadhoo Kandu. The inhabited islands are linked to the capital of Maldives by public ferries and speedboats. The atoll's highlights: beach life, world-class diving, snorkeling and surfing.

most popular activities in Maafushi

Maafushi

Located in the vicinity of Male City in Kaafu atoll, Maafushi is the capital of budget tourism in Maldives. With healthy reefs, fascinating dive sites, white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, luxury

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surfing in Guraidhoo

Guraidhoo

A budget traveller's haven, Guraidhoo island is locates in South Malé Atoll in the Maldives. Accessible by ferry or speed boat from the capital of Malé, Guraidhoo will give a chance to dive into traditional

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Gulhi maldives budget trip

Gulhi

Gulhi is an inhabited island located 21 kilometers from Velana International Airport in the South Male Atoll in the Maldives. Gulhi was one of the few local islands where budget tourism

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Guest Houses in Ari Atoll

Ari Atoll, also known as Alif or Alifu Atoll is one of the natural wonders of the Maldives. As one of the largest atolls in the country it lies in the western part of the Maldives archipelago, 30 minutes by seaplane from Malé airport. Known for its beautiful beaches, abundant marine life, world-class diving and a large concentration of whale sharks - the atoll can offer unforgettable beach holidays for couples and families. Ari has a wide selection of guest houses and economy hotels. Transfers to the islands: ferries, speedboats, domestic flights and seaplanes. The atoll's highlights: beach life, world-class diving, snorkeling, fishing, and swimming with whale sharks and mantas.

Ukulhas

Ukulhas

With unique features for the Maldives, Ukulhas is an inhabited island of Alif Alif Atoll that easy opens for budget tourism with a handful of guest houses and mini-hotels. Known for good ecology,

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Rasdhoo diving school

Rasdhoo (Rasdu)

An ultimate diving paradise, Rasdhoo is an inhabited island in the Maldives. Spectacular marine life, vibrant reefs, warm waters and big fish encounters make Rasdhoo island a diving destination

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Thoddoo vacation

Thoddoo

The emerald in the setting of golden sand, Thoddoo is one of the populated islands of North Ari atoll in the Maldives. Located 67 km from Male airport and 20 km north of Thulusdhoo Island, Thoddoo

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Bodufolhudhoo Islands

Bodufolhudhoo

A great option for a a fun-filled budget holiday in the Maldives, Bodufolhudhoo is a small island in the North Ari Atol. The beautiful island is well known for its spectacular marine life with a house reef

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Mathiveri aerial

Mathiveri

Mathiveri is an inhabited island of Alif Alif Atoll in the Maldives. A great option for budget travellers, the island of Mathiveri is located on the North Ari Atoll, which is about a 30-minute seaplane ride

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Omadhoo Hotels

Omadhoo

Great place for an authentic beach experience, Omadhoo is an inhabited island in the Maldives. An ideal site for swimming and house reef snorkelling, Omadhoo is perfect for budget travelers

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Maamigili whale shark snorkeling

Maamigili

Maamigili, also known as 'Whale Shark Island' is an inhabited island and the only airport in South Ari (Alif Dhaal) Atoll. There are a few guesthouses, and it's a popular budget base for divers, who especially love

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Dhigurah dive with whale shark tour

Dhigurah

The famous whale shark area in South Ari Atoll, Dhigurah is a long Maldivian island with stretch of white sandy beach. Heaven for fans of underwater adventures, Dhigurah island is 20-minutes by domestic

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Dhangethi vacation

Dhangethi

Located is in the heart of South Ari Atoll, Dhangethi is home to enigmatic Mantas and gentle whale sharks, the most sought after sea creatures among divers and snorkeling fans.

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Feridhoo Islands

Feridhoo

Embraced with powdery soft sands and turquoise waters, Feridhoo is an idyllic inhabited island for unforgettable beach experience in the Maldives. With a handful of guest houses, the island offers

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Mathiveri aerial

Mathiveri

Mathiveri is an inhabited island of Alif Alif Atoll in the Maldives. A great option for budget travellers, the island of Mathiveri is located on the North Ari Atoll, which is about a 30-minute seaplane ride

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Hangnaameedhoo

Hangnaameedhoo

Hangnaameedhoo is one of the inhabited islands of Ari Atoll (Alif Dhaal Atoll) for a great budget holiday in the Maldives. Swimming in crystal clear waters, snorkeling and diving and relaxing

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Guest Houses in Baa Atoll

Baa Atoll is one of the best pearls in the necklace of coral atolls of the Maldives. The atoll is located 120 km northwest of the capital Male and is home to the only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives. Soft white beaches, unspoiled sea life and a good choice of budget accommodation make Baa Atoll one of the best options for budget travel, especially for those who love snorkeling with Manta Rays and Whale Sharks in Hanifaru Bay. You can get to the inhabited islands of Baa Atoll from Male, either by domestic flights + speedboat, or by seaplane. The atoll's highlights: beach life, world-class diving, snorkeling with whale sharks and mantas.

Dharavandhoo' mantas

Dharavandhoo

Offering an ultimate Maldives experience on budget prices, Dharavandho is a populated island of Baa Atoll with world-class diving sites where the clean waters of 'Hanifaru Bay' and 'Dharavandhoo Thila' are

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Maalhos diving school

Maalhos

Maalhos is one of the inhabited islands of Baa Atoll in the Maldives. Home to Madi Finolhu Guest House, Maalhos is located in the only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and it's just a couple of minutes away

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Kamadhoo vacation

Kamadhoo

Kamadhoo is a great local island, sleepy & quiet. Bikini beach was great as well as snorkling access from the beach. We saw a huge school of fish eating with jaws wide open. Snorkling gear from

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Fehendhoo Islands

Fehendhoo

Fehendhoo is a populated island located between the islands of Goidhoo and Fulhadhoo in the Maldives. If you love snorkeling and diving, beach life, sea fishing and water sports away from crowds

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Fulhadhoo aerial

Fulhadhoo

Fulhadhoo is one of the inhabited islands of Baa atoll in the Maldives. If a serene and quiet vacation is what you need - a clean white sands without crowds, turquoise water, beautiful marine life and healthy

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Goidhoo Hotels

Goidhoo

Goidhoo is an inhabited island of Baa atoll that will pleasantly surprise you with beautiful beaches, good snorkeling, and an excellent value for money and offered quality. Sometimes called

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Guest Houses in Vaavu Atoll

An incredible find for anglers and divers, Vaavu Atoll is located between the South Male Atoll and the Meemu Atoll. Vaavu has 5 inhabited islands and can be reached by ferry or speed boat. On the local islands you will find privacy, romance, warm hospitality and unforgettable adventures.

most popular activities in Fulidhoo

Fulidhoo

A very special place, Fulidhoo is one of the inhabited islands of the Vaavu Atoll in the Maldives. In recent years, Fulidhoo has seen an inflow of tourists in search of its Maldivian, budget paradise, with

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Keyodhoo island

Keyodhoo

A tiny fishing village, Keyodhoo is one of the inhabited islands of Vaavu Atoll in the Maldives. Here the locals live by fishing and crafts, and the settlement itself occupying 90% of the island

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Plumeria Maldives, Thinadhoo

Plumeria Maldives, Thinadhoo

Home for Plumeria Maldives, Thinadhoo is one of the populated islands of Vaavu atoll in Maldives. Surrounded by dazzling sandy beaches and turquoise waters with a great house reef snorkeling

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Other Great Islands for Budget Trip

Kelaa Island beach

Kelaa Island

Famous for the most beautiful beaches, Kelaa Island is a inhabited island in the Haa Alifu atoll in the Maldives. Opening for budget tourism in 2015, Kelaa is the authentic experience of the Maldives

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Hanimaadhoo island

Hanimaadhoo

Hanimaadhoo offers to budget travellers it's miles of white sand beaches, turquoise lagoon, luxuriant vegetation and privacy in the unspoiled north of the Maldives. Home to Hanimaadho Intnl Airport

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Fuvahmulah island

Fuvahmulah

Fuvahmulah is an island-atoll in the Maldives. Located on the equator between the two southern atolls of Addu and Huvadhu, Fuvahmulah is the unique and most beautiful island in the country

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HithadhooIsland beach

Hithadhoo

Hithadhoo is the beautiful island, that offers a perfect retreat to relax and enjoy a wonderful budget holiday in Addu Atoll, Maldives. Located in the atoll's north edge the island seaside giving a breathtaking

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