The Maldives on a Budget

A cheap holiday in the Maldives does not exist I hear most people say, Maldives on a budget is impossible, but that is not necessarily the case as more and more people are discovering.

First of all you need to find a cheap flight to Male (MLE), there are many options from London, Oman Air via Muscat and Turkish Airlines via Istanbul come in with fares below £500. Etihad via Abu Dhabi or Emirates via Dubai have more frequent, convenient connections and still great value for money, Sri Lankan Airlines offer flights via Colombo with the option of a free stop over, the perfect option for a twin centre holiday combining Sri Lanka and The Maldives.


The next concern is your onward transfer once you arrive in Male. Most of the luxury more remote islands offer sea plane transfers, this can bump up the price of your trip considerably, to keep costs down choose an island or resort that has speedboat transfers, or even better there is a ferry system around the islands on traditional "Dhoni", although very slow they are also very cheap and a great way of seeing up close and personal the Atolls. is a great resource offering all types of transfers. Finally your choice of accommodation plays the last part in organising that bargain break in The Maldives, with such outstanding natural beauty on your doorstep, pristine beaches and more ocean wildlife than you can shake a stick at, do you really need to spend £10k a night on a private villa with private beach and pool?

One option is the Island of Maafushi a hop skip and jump from the airport (17 miles by sea) one of the few inhabited islands with guest houses for tourists, here it is possible to get a real feel of local Maldivian culture whilst experiencing paradise at its best and if you like Tuna and Curry you will not be disappointed, with guest houses starting at £20 per room per night right on the beach and locals offering snorkelling, diving and fishing excursions and day trips to picnic islands you really can live the Maldives experience on a budget.

Our vlogger friends at recently spent 3 weeks in The Maldives on less than £300 staying on the island of Mathiveri and managed to tick all the boxes, swimming with manta rays, turtles, dolphins and even sharks – here's their vlog –

For more tips and how they did it read more [here]