You’ve most like seen the pictures on the internet😁, and yes it’s as beautiful as it looks in the pictures😉. It’s also one of the countries you can visit visa free with your Nigerian passport, if you can look past the cost of flight from Nigeria which is about N500,000😳🤔.
FLIGHT COST: From N500,000 to as high as you can pay till your pocket start to pinch you 🙄. Turkish airline and Emirates are the cheapest (I don’t understand why Etihad is 800k plus). To make the best use of you money combine 2 destinations e.g. Dubai and Maldives on Emirates or Turkey and Maldives on Turkish airline. The cost stays almost the same if combine a short stop over of 3-5 days in the stop over country. I opted for fly dubai airline from Dubai to Maldives.
ACCOMMODATION: You can find rooms from as low as 22usd (on Airbnb) to private islands as high as 10,000usd per night. (Your bank account will help you make the right decision 😅). Pro tip: When booking a hotel use a card that has no funds in it, it’s always better to pay when you get to your destination, also make sure you call to reconfirm your booking.
TIP: If you are on a budget book a hotel in the capital city (Male) and if you will like to visit a resort book a day trip to a resort to explore. Day trips to resort start from 50usd. You can ask the receptionist at your hotel.
For other expenses (feeding, tours etc) budget 50-100usd per day. If you decide to stay in a resort don’t forget to visit a local island.
THINGS TO DO
1. Explore the capital city. You can do this within one hour, it’s a small city. Visit the fish market, fruit market, the mosque.
2. Take a day trip to a luxury resort.
3. Take a day trip to a local island.
4. If at any point “money fall on you ” take a 15 minutes sea plane ride. (Cost: 1000usd for 15 minutes)
5. Book a ride on the whale submarine. (Cost: 75usd for 45 minutes)
6. Under water scooter excursion. (Cost: 90usd for 45minutes)
7. Admire the ocean 🙄, it’s not everyday you see water that is fine😅.
HELPFUL WEBSITES TO HELP YOU PLAN.
www.travelbeta.com (flight and hotel)
www.wakanow.com (flight and hotel)
WHERE I STAYED.
Hotel Jen by shangri la, you can find the website here.
W Maldives: I spent 2 nights here, the experience was amazing. The staffs were polite and put in the effort to pronounce my name correctly. I stayed in an over water bungalow with a private pool. You can book your stay here. Check out my pictures below.
I ate mostly pasta throughout my stay. I was not so keen on experimenting with food because of how expensive the food was.