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Maldives is home to 1190 islands of those only 202 island are inhabited. The capital city of Maldives is Male.
It is one of the world’s most famous travel spots. It is known for its sandy white beaches, lush vegetation, pristine lagoons and enchanting scenery. For many people, it is a dream that is waiting to come true.
In this guide, we will we help you plan your trip, from choosing the best Maldives resorts to must do excursions and essential money saving tips.
Basically the Maldives islands are for everyone.
The Kuredu Island Resort
For many people the very idea of a Maldives vacation might sound expensive, but actually it’s not. If you want, you can easily spend a week or two here at a very low and reasonable budget or if you want you can go all haywire. This guide will show you both sides of Maldives, be it the luxury style of living or just an affordable vacation.
Getting to the Maldives islands used to cost a great amount of time and money, with flights upwards of $1000 and lots of layovers. But now anymore, now they are cheap and few are non-stop flight.
Now a days more and more local airlines are offering very cheap and reasonable flights to the Maldives. For example, Emirates Airline from Dubai to Malé costs as low as $300 USD. Low-cost airline such as AirAsia just introduced a route from their hub in Kuala Lumpur with fares as low as $130. Other flights from India, Singapore, Malaysia also cost around the $300 mark. There are many other airlines that fly to Maldives from all parts of the world.
If you are flying anywhere from the North America, South America, Europe or Australia, your international airfare can get a bit pricey. It would cost you something around $1000 USD round-trip, which is pretty normal for anyone traveling half the globe.
Now that you have reached Maldives, your next step will be to find a place to stay. Maldives is known for its luxurious style of living. Luxury means money, but since 2009 it has become cheaper to stay at Maldives. Once you arrive at the Maldives, you don't have to worry about your stay. Maldives provides you with a range of accommodations. You will find guest houses, liveaboards, hotels and resorts.
Since 2009, the Maldivian government has allowed local home owners to rent out their homes to others. So, now you could live at the Maldives for as low as $50 USD per night.
Want to stay at a Resort? If you are looking for lavish style of living (most of us travel to Maldives for this reason), you will not be disappointed. Maldives offers many 5 star resorts with breathtaking views.
While there are many resorts, our favorite is the Paradise Island Resort & Spa.
Paradise Island Resort & Spa
Best part about the Paradise Island Resorts are that they are affordable. It would cost you around $200 USD per night. Another great part of this resort is its location. It is located only 10 KM away from the Velana International airport.
Another way of living on Maldives is on a Liveaboards. Liveaboards are best for tourist who came to Maldives to explore the underwater life.
To get around in the Maldives, you must take a ferry or take a domestic flight. The ferries from the airport to Malé departs every 15 minutes, and it costs around $1 USD. It takes around 25 minutes for the ferry to reach from the airport to Malé.
Another way to travel is to either rent a speedboat, or a sea plane to reach other islands in Maldives.
The cheapest way to travel from one island to another will be by taking a public ferry. It would cost anywhere from $5 to $20 USD. If you want to visit an island that is very far from Malé then you need to do island hopping. Ferries usually don’t run every day of the week, so others ways to travel would be to take a domestic flight which could cost around $150 USD or you could rent a speedboat for $250 USD a day.
The Maldives islands are only 1% land and the rest is covered with water, it is not surprising that fish is Maldivians favorite meal.
The food at Maldives are mostly influenced by a mix of Indian, Arabian and Sri Lankan cuisine. Almost all the resorts on the Maldives islands offer diverse international menus as well as conventional Maldivian dishes. Eating in the city of Malé gives tourists the best opportunity to try real, local food.
Fihunu Mas is one of the most popular dishes in Maldives.
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