For a complete guide on how to maximize your budget and importantly, make it work in the Maldives, do have a look at the points detailed out below.
In the aftermath of the government introducing a policy that did away with the need to be based at a resort on a private island, travellers to the Maldives can now anticipate spending time within a comfy homestay or guesthouse. This way, prices are far more cheaper which means that one can spread out one’s budget evenly across accommodation, food, and leisure.
Depending on how your itinerary appears, you will have to pocket out anything between USD 300 – 500 on either speedboat or seaplane transfers which are the common means of transport to resort isles where properties such as VARU by Atmosphere which has its own Maldives villas that you can stay at. However, if you wish to call by a local resort, making queries from locals will hold you in good stead as you will only have to pay a tenth of the cost mentioned above.
The golden rule that ought to be followed is staying flexible and this applies to food too. Although cheap, food in the Maldives and that too on the smaller islands can be limited. Thus, since almost every accommodation facility will offer free breakfast, it will be wise to eat as much as you can and then skip lunch. With local restaurants charging nothing more than USD 10 for dinner, you will be better served and will have plenty of room to spend on elements such as leisure and wellness.