Maldives for backpackers

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Maldives for backpackers

I always dreamt about going to Maldives! Who doesn’t if you see those photos in the net!

However, everyone told me that, Maldives is for people having thick wallet, it’s a place where only rich people can afford. So, I told myself that – “Well, you are gonna rich someday, may be in 100 years, so don’t think about this place for now and revive the plan after 102 years” and went back to work.

During the middle of 2015, I opened a map and was drawing where can I go? I looked into India primarily and thought about checking my eyes(which are in pretty bad condition) in Chennai. Chennai have some top class eye hospitals – Shankara Netralaya was my shortlisted one. Suddenly an idea popped into my mind. If I go to Chennai, why not I take a trip to Sri Lanka? It’s so near! To my surprise, I found some extremely good deal for going to Sri Lanka from Chennai. I kept looking into the map, and my never ending greediness hit me hard.

I can see Maldives from Sri Lanka! May be I can swim there from Sri Lanka! May be I can take a boat! May be I can sleep on the beach if the accommodation is too much expensive! May be I can eat only biscuits if the foods are expensive!

Then, I found the second good deal for the day, it was indeed inexpensive to go to Maldives from Sri Lanka.  Sri Lankan airlines gave me a nice route of  Bangalore -> Colombo -> Male -> Colombo -> Delhi at only US$ 400!

Then, I started researching about Maldives. Combining with my research and my visit there during December, I found the following:

  1. Maldives can be done on budget, however, you can’t stay in luxurious resorts for that. You cost will go up several times if you decide to stay in a resort.
  2. The best bet for staying is in Hulhumale island – it is near the airport(Hulhule) and have a beach.
  3. From Hulhumale, you can take ferry to the capital of Maldives, Male. It’s only a 10 minutes ride.
  4. You can go to several other islands from Hulhumale using ferry. The reason I am suggesting ferry is, that’s the public transport in Maldives and is very cheap.
  5. From any point of Hulhumale to the ferry terminal, you don’t need to take any taxi, you can just walk once the map will be in your head.
  6. There is a public bus from the airport to Hulhumale. You need to go to left after going out from the airport.
  7. There are many cheap restaurants(having no signboard) in both Hulhumale and Male. Foods are great in those restaurant and the price you will pay is cheaper than most of the places in this world.
  8. Your hotel can arrange day trip to some nice islands which are otherwise expensive to stay.
  9. Try to avoid Friday if you visit to Maldives. This is their holiday and ferry runs infrequently on that day. Besides most of the shops are closed on that day.
  10. Maldives can be extremely hot during the daytime, keep it in your mind before visiting.

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Male from Ferry

Do you know, how much did I spend in Maldives for 2 nights? It was a staggering US$ 80 including accommodation, transportation and food.

I stayed in DeMal Orchid in Hulhumale which was below US$ 60 when I booked. It was a clean hotel from about 50 meters from the beach. The price I paid was including delicious breakfast, an air conditioned room and great support stuffs.

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Beach in Hulmumale

The rest of the amount was utilised in food and public transportation of Maldives.

And, I walked a lot in Male, I will tell that story on some other day!

 

 

Fuad Omar

Fuad Omar

1 Comment

  • Darlynne

    Thanks for the tips. We’re planning on backpacking Maldives with our toddler. It’s great to know there are many other options available now instead of big resorts and villas for us vagabonds 🙂

    June 29, 2017 at 7:45 pm
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