Maldives Travel Budget - Visit Maldives on a Budget or Travel in Style

How much does it cost to travel to the Maldives?

You should plan to spend around $299 (MVR4,623) per day on your vacation in the Maldives. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $78 (MVR1,205) on meals
  • $139 (MVR2,140) on local transportation
  • $234 (MVR3,621) on hotels

A one week trip to the Maldives for two people costs, on average, $4,189 (MVR64,719). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to the Maldives cost?

A one week trip to the Maldives usually costs around $2,094 (MVR32,360) for one person and $4,189 (MVR64,719) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to the Maldives on average costs around $4,189 (MVR64,719) for one person and $8,378 (MVR129,438) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in the Maldives will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to the Maldives on average costs around $8,976 (MVR138,684) for one person and $17,952 (MVR277,368) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

How much do package tours cost in the Maldives?

Organized tours are usually more expensive than independent travel, but offer convenience and peace of mind that your trip has been planned by a travel expert.

The average price for an organized tour package in the Maldives is $327 per day. While every tour varies by total price, length, number of destinations, and quality, this is the daily average price based on our analysis of available guided tours.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is the Maldives expensive to visit?

The Maldives is a moderately priced destination to visit. It's about average with most other countries for travel costs. The prices for food, accommodation, and transportation are all fairly reasonable.

Within Asia, the Maldives is very expensive compared to the other countries. It is in the top 10% of countries in Asia for its travel costs. There are only a few countries as expensive or more expensive than the Maldives in the region.

For more details, see Is the Maldives Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to the Maldives?

The average Maldives trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Maldives travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) MVR3,621 ($234)
Local Transportation 1 MVR2,140 ($139)
Food 2 MVR1,205 ($78)
Entertainment 1 MVR564 ($36)
Alcohol 2 MVR263 - 789 ($17 - 51)
Accommodation Budget in the Maldives
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in the Maldives is $117 (MVR1,811). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in the Maldives is $234 (MVR3,621). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in the Maldives

Looking for a hotel in the Maldives? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

Find the best hotel for your travel style.


Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in the Maldives based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $333. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Recommended Properties

Local Transportation Budget in the Maldives
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in the Maldives is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $139 (MVR2,140) per person, per day, on local transportation in the Maldives.

  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Recommended Services

Food Budget in the Maldives
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in the Maldives can vary, the average cost of food in the Maldives is $78 (MVR1,205) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in the Maldives should cost around $31 (MVR482) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in the Maldives is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in the Maldives
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in the Maldives typically cost an average of $36 (MVR564) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Recommended Activities

Alcohol Budget in the Maldives
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $34 (MVR526) on alcoholic beverages in the Maldives per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in the Maldives
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $0.61 (MVR9.38) on bottled water in the Maldives per day. The public water in the Maldives is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

The Maldives On a Budget
Maldives The Maldives
The Maldives is a tropical nation located in the Indian Ocean, consisting of ring-like coral islands or atolls. It is a popular destination for honeymooners, as well as for visitors interested in scuba diving or snorkeling explorations along the unique reef ecosystem.
At a Glance
The Maldives consist of 20 administrative atoll groups, only ten of which are open to tourism. The naming of these groups are complex as they have traditional names as well as code names that are easier to remember and used most often by tourists. The 10 that are open to tourism include Lhaviyani (Faadhihpolhu), Raa (Maalhosmadulu Uthuruburi), Baa (Maalhosmadulu Dhekunuburi), Kaafu (North and South Male Atoll), Alifu (Ari), Vaavu (Felidhu), Meemu (Mulak), Faafu (Nilandhe Atholhu Uthuruburi), Dhaalu (Nilandhe Atholhu Dhekunuburi), and Seenu (Addu). The code names, most used by the general public, are listed in bold. Of these ten, Kaafu is the most popular and most developed with tourism. It is home to the capital (Male), the airport island (Hulhule), and most Maldivian resorts. The second most popular group of atolls is Alifu, located just to the west of Kaafu. Here there are many additional resorts that can be reached by seaplane in 20-30 minutes, or speed boats, which take several hours. Seenu is the southernmost atoll group, which is home to Gan International Airport, and has a series of four islands connected by a causeway. The second largest city in the Maldives is also located here. The remaining atoll groups, which are not open to tourists, consist of Gaafu Alifu, Gaafu Dhaalu, Gnaviyani, Haa Alifu, Haa Dhaalu, Laamu, Nyavinani, Seenu, Shaviyani, and Thaa.

Many people flock to the Maldives to enjoy the serenity of their own personal water bungalow at one of the main resort destinations.

The next most popular activities are scuba diving and snorkeling. Since the islands are actually coral reefs, located far away from any mainland, the water is crystal clear and the underwater wildlife is abundant. Prices for diving excursions vary from resort to resort, but generally can range between $50-$100 USD, depending on whether or not you have your own gear, boat usage, guides, etc. Another option is to stay on a Liveaboard dive boat in the Maldives for several days. This way you can have all of your meals and sleep on the boat. Then, you just spend the entire time scuba diving whereever the boat takes you. For more information, check out this guide to the best liveaboards in the Maldives.

Surfing is another popular activity during a visit to the Maldives. The best period for surfing here is between March and October, with the biggest waves occurring in June, July, and August. The unique setting of the Maldives' turquoise waters has become a draw for surfers, divers, snorkelers, swimmers, sunbathers, and honeymooners alike.
Top Tourist Attractions
While Kaafu and Alifu are the most popular atolls for tourists seeking out a tranquil bungalow escape, there are several other locations throughout the tropical nation that are frequented for different reasons. Hanifaru Bay, for example, in the Baa atoll is one of the Maldives' most famous marine sites. Especially notable is one of the largest seasonal gatherings of manta rays in the world. Whale sharks are also seen seasonally, especially during monsoon when many species gather to feed on plankton that have washed into the lagoon. Another noteworthy site within Baa is the Blue Hole, which is very popular with snorkelers and scuba divers, who have the opportunity to experience a coral-lined underwater chimney that gradually narrows from 22 meters to seven meters. As a whole, the Baa atoll is an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, meaning its waters are protected, which has allowed for an abundance of more than 200 species of coral and over 1,000 species of reef fish.

Popular Foods
As far as the resorts go, breakfast is almost always included and visitors can opt to purchase package deals that can include lunch and/or dinner buffet. (Check out Dhigurah Island Beach and Diving Resort if you're looking for one of the nicer places to stay.) Typically the food here is European or Asian to meet the expectations of guests, but there are options outside of the resorts that will have a wider range of local offerings. Being an island nation, the Maldives mainly serves up cuisine that revolves around fish (mas), drawing heavily from Sri Lankan and south Indian traditions. Tuna (kandu mas), in particular, is widely used, and dishes are often hot and spicy, served with rice, and flavored with coconut. Curries (riha) are also popular and usually served with roshi (unleavened bread) and other local flatbreads. A few additional Maldivian specialties include:

mas huni: a common Maldivian breakfast that consists of shredded smoked fish with grated coconuts and onions

fihunu mas: barbequed fish, basted with chili

bambukeylu hiti: breadfruit curry (breadfruit is from a flowering South Pacific tree, potato-like in flavor)

hedhikaa: snacks that are usually fish-based and deep-fried

bajiya: a pastry stuffed with fish, coconut, and onions

gulha: pastry balls stuffed with smoked fish

keemia: deep-fried fish rolls

kulhi borkibaa: spicy fish cake

masroshi: mas huni (see above) wrapped in roshi bread and baked

theluli mas: fried fish cooked with chili and garlic

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

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