Here’s a guide to Maldives on a budget!
Before I begin, the cost of living on local islands depends on a few factors:1. The distance between island and Male (capital of Maldives). 2. The infrastructure of the island. 3. Competition among guest houses & hotels.
Some of the most popular islands are Maafushi, Guraidhoo or Dharavandhoo. I visited Eydhafushi which is a part of Baa Atoll near Dharavandhoo.Here are all the right reasons to imagine yourself on a Maldivian beach!
The other reason why Maldives has been notoriously known to be expensive is because of internal transportation & transfers. All of Maldives consists of 1200 islands, off which only about 200 are inhabited. To get to one island from another or to even get to Male (capital of Maldives), you had to either take a seaplane or book a speedboat from the resort. Depending on how far you stayed, this would cost anywhere between 100$ to 1000$ per person.
The good news is that it is now possible to go to almost any island using a local ferry. The cost is about 2-20$ (Rs 139 - Rs 1382) per person, however, the travel time is from 30 minutes to 14 hours.Please note: So it will either cost you money or time to get to there!
Well having said all of this, I can’t dismiss the fact that the joy of living in a luxurious resort in Maldives. You may have to compromise on a few things, but remember that you gain a lot, experience & local flavor included!
And through out the trip, keep reminding yourself that there are certainly few things that money can't buy (lol).Please see: I have also done a video on - Maldives On A Budget, which is expected to be released soon! Keep watching this space for more. Until then, follow my travels on instagram.