If you've seen my Instagram stories while I was in the Maldives, you'll know how psyched I was about being in my dream country. Every corner you turn, you meet the beautiful ocean colours, the beach and luxury resorts. I'd been planning this trip for months, working with various Maldivian luxury brands. You have no idea how excited I was to be embarking on this trip for real, after a failed first trip because of the chickenpox I contracted during my original travel period.
So many people tell me I'm lucky, but I have to tell you this:
You can travel to the Maldives on a budget too, all without short changing yourself.
I recently concluded this 5-day trip to the Maldives, and I cannot wait to share this little slice of paradise on Earth with you, and just how you can plan a trip to the Maldives easily even if you're on a budget, as well as some essential tips to know before heading to the Maldives!
First, a breakdown of the individual cost in the Maldives:
Flights Singapore-Male return on TigerAir
Transport (local bus, local ferry)
Accommodation for 5 nights
Local Tours (half day, full day, water sports, diving)
Starts from SGD50
Disclaimer: The above breakdown is based on the prices on local islands, such as Maafushi and Male. If you're talking about wanting to do these activities at resorts, be prepared to multiply everything by 10 or even 100! More on resort visits in the coming posts.
Before I go into the detail of each category, I have to give you a brief idea of the geography of the Maldives.
When you first land in the Maldives, you will arrive at Hulhule, an island in Male. From there you can either take a 24-hour bus to the city of Hulhumale, or take a 10-minute local ferry to Male city.