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Maldives on a budget

Travel Itinerary -
Days: 6
Season: All
Travel budget: $1500
Country: Maldives
Travel Interests: Beaches,Honeymoon,Romantic,Sport and extreme activities,Tours and Sightseeing
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Created by Maayan Ashkenazi
Last modified 06/10/2018
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Day 1

Maldives - Thulusdhoo

Day 2

Thulusdhoo Island - Maldives

Day 3

Thulusdhoo Island - Male - Maafushi

Day 4

Maafushi Island - Maldives

Day 5

Maafushi Island - Maldives

Day 6

Maafushi Island to Male - Maldives

My best travel tips
Communication
If it is imperative that you have internet access whilst on holiday in the Maldives, there are a few options available to you. A lot of resorts will offer free WiFi in public areas, but not all offer blanket coverage of the island or in the hotel rooms/villas. If you know you need guaranteed access to the web, I recommend purchasing a sim card from one of the two mobile network shops at the airport in Male. (Turn right out of arrivals and the shops are on your right as you walk towards the domestic terminal)
Local costum
The Maldives is a Muslim country and as such: Women must wear clothes that cover their shoulders and knees Women can’t wear swimwear unless they are on a designated ‘bikini’ beach – on other beaches, shorts and t-shirts will be required (even when swimming), No alcohol is available
Packing list
In order to enter the Maldives, all passports should be machine readable and have no less than 6 months of time prior to expiration. No pre-arranged visa is required, with all Nationalities being awarded a visa on arrival (VOA) for a period of 30 day. It is however recommended that you carry proof of your resort reservation and return flight details when passing through immigration
Sleeping
With changes to the law allowing locals to open guesthouses on private islands, there are now plenty of options for the budget backpacker. It’s possible to spend $100 to $200 a day per couple including; deluxe room; full board meals; snorkeling and other excursions. Obviously, that’s a lot compared to SE Asia, but the term ‘budget’ is relative depending on where you’re traveling!
Tours and attractions
The Maldives is made up of 1,192 islands, of which 192 are inhabited by a population of just 328,536. Many of these islands have been developed by the 4 and 5-star resorts for which the country is most famous. However, local residential islands like Hulhumale and Thulusdoo are seeing an increase in guesthouses offering deals for between $100 to $200 a night. For budget trip in Maldives you can chose Thulusdoo island – it’s only 1 hour and 30 mins from the Capital (Male) by ferry and is home to two of the most famous surfing spots in the whole Maldives – Cokes Surf Point and Chicken Surf Point. The island is a perfect base camp for snorkeling, fishing, diving and of course surfing
Scuba Diving Small-Group in Thulusdhoo Maldives: www.partner.viator.com
Transportation
When choosing a guesthouse, check that they have a public ferry used by the residents. You'l pay just $2 each way from Male to Thulusdoo. Also, check the timings of the ferries as some only go once a day like 3 PM from Male and at 8 AM from Thulusdoo to Male. If you’re not careful with your flight times, you could accidentally lose a day of your trip!
Cheap flights from the USA to Male are as low as $1,150USD return and fly out of major international hubs such as Boston, New York, Las Vegas, Washington & LA rising the $1,500USD return from Chicago, San Fransisco and Atlanta. For deals Check search.jetradar.com
Domestic flights are operated by FlyMe and Maldivian Air and are often arranged through your resort. They are a great option when your resort is not accessible by speedboat and you don’t want the expense of a SeaPlane. They are also able to fly after sunset (last departures around 11.30pm) so if your international flight arrives late in the evening, you can still get to resort the same day. Prices range from $110-300USD per person dependent on distance to travel. If arriving by domestic flight, a short speedboat transfer to your resort will be required, and this in often included in the transfer fee.
A speedboat is the traditional way of getting to resort, but is only available for those located relatively close to Male International Airport. These resorts are an attractive option for those that just want to get to to their island paradise hotel room after a long journey, with transfer times as low as 15 minutes in some cases! The jetty is located just a short 5 minute stroll from the International arrivals hall, are able to operate 24 hours a day and transfers are priced between $25-80USD per person dependent on the distance to be traveled.
Weather
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE MALDIVES: with a practically constant 29-31 Degrees Celsius (80F) all year round – any month is a good month to visit the Maldives! However the price of the resorts does fluctuate with the seasons. The dry season – November to April – is more expensive than the wet season of May to October and the most expensive months fall between December and March. However don’t be put off by the ‘wet’ season – it really isn’t all that wet! At the least you may experience short showers that last less than an hour – or at most – a full blown day/night long storm (which is pretty cool to watch).
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