I am sure a lot of travel enthusiast would have this island country on their bucket list and it tops the list for honeymoon as well. However, it becomes out of reach of many due to exhorbitant cost at resorts. However, the wish to enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, white sand beaches can still be enjoyed on budget.
Maldives started allowing locals to host tourists in their guesthouse or run hotels in bigger islands. Due to this change it is now possible to have a budget Maldives vacation. Also Airbnb is quite active in Maldives.
So, we booked a vacation home on Thodoo island for 2 nights with halfboard meals. You can choose any inhabited island where they offer guesthouse/ hotels. These hotels will cost anywhere from 400 to 700 dollars for 2 nights for a couple, with most of them including meals
How to reach these islands:
There are frequent flights from Mumbai to Male. From male you need to take the ferry to reach island. Take a taxi from airport to ferry station. The guesthouse person would have booked a speedboat to the island. Check the timings with the guesthouse/airbnb contact person as they don't run everyday and try to reach Male early in the day as the speedboats and local ferry stops by sunset time.
Then you will be stranded on male and will have to look for accommodation for the night.
Speedboats costs are very reasonable and doesn't dent your pocket. If you still want a cheaper option local ferry are extremely economical but slow and have their own timetable.
We reached the island in the ferry. The ferry journey time depends on the island and its distance from male.
Buggy was waiting to pick us up from the island port to the guesthouse. If you choose a small island, the hotel will be right there or walking distance.