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05 Things to do Anywhere in the Maldives

05 things you can do anywhere in the Maldives, whether its at a resort or a local island (for relatively at no cost too!).

Every island in the Maldives has something in common; swaying coconut palm trees and surrounding beautiful waters. Hence, there are certain things you can practically enjoy anywhere in the Maldives.

While the island nation is known for its luxury resorts, travellers can visit local islands in the tropical holiday destination for much cheaper actually. Depending on which resort or island you visit, there are always certain things you can’t enjoy in one place.

But, worry not! We hand-picked 05 of the things you can do anywhere in the Maldives (relatively at no cost too!).

01. Fishing

You can find fishing excursions almost anywhere in the Maldives. Better yet, you can actually fish from the island you’re in. Remember to verify the proper guidelines before going to fish whether you’re at a local island or resort.

Most resorts offer fishing excursions at additional costs. Alternatively, you can also find operators running different types of fishing excursions.

02. Snorkelling

The Maldives is the best place to go for a snorkel in the Indian Ocean. As I said, every island in the Maldives is surrounded by beautiful turquoise waters. Most resorts and local islands popular with tourists will have a beautiful house reef. Just like fishing, you can book snorkelling liveaboard trips as well.

03. A Coconut Drink

Here’s a fun fact: Maldivians love coconuts. If you’re going to try some Maldivian cuisine (and we tell you, you should), expect some delicious coconut dishes. As for your coconut drink, you can get a fresh coconut drink just about anywhere in the Maldives!

04. Sunbathing

Well, the Maldives is called the ‘Sunny Side of Life’ for a reason. You can expect sunshine and warm weather all year round. In fact, it rains so less in the Maldives, this resort is actually willing to give you a free night if it rains for longer than 4 hours.

So, sunbathing shouldn’t be a problem. While tourists are not allowed to wear bikinis at public beaches (resorts are an exception), islands like Maafushi, Rasdhoo, and Gaafaru have dedicated bikini beaches for tourists.

05. Beach

Things to do Anywhere in Maldives
Image: Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

No matter where you are in the Maldives, you can always find snow-white sandy beaches. Like we mentioned before, wearing bikinis at public beaches in local islands is against the law. However, you can wear your bikinis and get your Instagram-worthy shot at any resort in the Maldives.

What’re you going to do the next time you visit the Maldives? Remember there’s much more to the Maldives than the sun, sand and sea. So remember to enjoy every minute of your vacation to the fullest (unless you’re simply going to grab and drink and relax; which is totally fine too).

Feature image by Kanuhura Maldives
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Maldives on a Budget: Affordable Resorts and Tips for Cost-Effective Travel

Dreaming of a Maldivian escape but worried about the cost? Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a lavish budget to experience the stunning beauty of the Maldives. With pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and vibrant marine life, the Maldives can be an affordable destination if you know where to look and how to plan. This guide will unveil the best budget-friendly resorts, practical travel tips, and insider secrets to help you enjoy a cost-effective yet unforgettable trip to this tropical paradise. Discover how to maximize your experience while keeping your wallet happy with our comprehensive tips for budget travel in the Maldives.

Booking Affordable Stays in the Maldives

One of the biggest cost-effective travel tips for the Maldives is booking a budget-friendly stay. This does not always mean you have to book stays in islands, you can always book a budget-friendly resort as well. However, if you’re really on the lookout for cost-effective travel, here are some resort-like islands in the Maldives you can visit.

  • Thoddoo: Known for its agricultural bounty, especially watermelons, Thoddoo offers budget-friendly guesthouses and an authentic local experience. The white sandy beaches and turquoise waters are a major draw.
  • Maafushi: One of the most popular budget islands. Maafushi has a variety of guesthouses and budget hotels. It’s known for its “bikini beach” and offers many affordable dining options and water activities.
  • Thulusdhoo: Famous for its surf breaks and local art scene. Thulusdhoo offers affordable guesthouses and a vibrant cultural vibe. It’s a great option for budget travellers looking for a unique Maldivian experience.
  • Fulidhoo: A tranquil island in Vaavu Atoll. Fulidhoo provides affordable accommodations and an authentic Maldivian experience with its pristine beaches and clear waters.
  • Rasdhoo: Known for its vibrant marine life. Rasdhoo is a budget-friendly option in North Ari Atoll with several guesthouses and opportunities for diving and snorkeling.

Tips for Cost-Effective Travel in the Maldives

We all want to book trips to the Maldives but oftentimes miss out on these amazing cost-effective travel tips. With these tips, you can get a really good deal on your resort stay, whether it’s a local island or a Maldives resort.

  • Booking in Advance: If you’re an avid traveller, you already know the benefits of booking in advance. When you’re coming to the Maldives, the same tip applies. Book your hotels, and resorts as well as your flight to the Maldives in advance.
  • Stay Close to the Airport: Islands like Maafushi, Thulusdhoo, and Dhiffushi are close to Malé, reducing transportation costs. Staying near the airport also means cheaper and more frequent transfer options.
  • Day Passes to Maldives Resorts: If you do a budget trip, and still want to explore resorts, look into day trips. Destinations like CROSSROADS Maldives feature day trips, where you can explore the luxury resort side of the Maldives. In addition to dining, you can shop for souvenirs, and have a pool or a beach day.
  • Booking the Maldives off-Season: Rainy season and vacation might sound scary. But when it comes to the Maldives, you’ll still get lots of sunshine during the off-season. You will, however, get a more cost-effective trip!
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