Maldives vacation prices in 2022. How much money to take?
It’s time to tell you about prices in the Maldives – 2022 . How much does it cost to vacation on the world’s swankiest beaches? How much money should you take with you? Let’s discuss Maldives tour prices, airfare, hotels, food, tours, insurance and more.
The Maldives are 1192 islands in the Indian Ocean, of which 200 are inhabited. The total area is 300 square kilometers, of which 90% is water. The time differs from Moscow by +2 hours.
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Maldives – a model country for beach holidays, lovers of quiet and fashionable now “social distance. The sand here is amazingly white. It is rare where you can see such a shallow and snow-white coating of beaches. In addition, the Maldives – it is beautiful nature, blue lagoons, high-level hotels, first-class service. There are almost never waves, because the hotels are protected by coral reefs.
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Currency and money
The local currency in the Maldives is the Maldivian rufiya, known as MVR. One rufiya is equal to 100 lari. Exchange rate for 2022: 1 MVR = 4.02 rubles. You can pay in dollars at resorts and hotels; you even don’t need to change currency.
Of the Russian bank cards only UnionPay is accepted, and not always. International cards Visa and Mastercard, which are issued NOT in Russia, work.
When to go to the Maldives
Maldives is a year-round destination . The climate is subequatorial or tropical monsoon. All year round, the air temperature is +25 + 31 ° C, the water in the Indian Ocean is +27 + 29 ° C. So you can swim in the Maldives all year round. Even during the peak season in the country is not unbearably hot, always from the sea blows a light sea breeze, which helps to better tolerate high temperatures.
- The high season is when the northeast monsoon blows from November to April. During this time, the weather is dry, sunny and not a cloud in the sky. You can go to any atoll. Precipitation is possible, but it is brief. This is the time that travel agents recommend for holidays in the Maldives.
- From May to October, prevails southwest monsoon, the weather is less predictable, high humidity, cloudy days, rains (are in the afternoon or at night, after 1-1.5 hours, everything dries up and the sun shines again). The greatest probability of rainfall is from June to September. During this time, the best weather is on the southern atolls (there is less rainfall): Addu atoll (Sihinu), Laamu, Daalu, Djaafu. At this time, hotels provide good discounts, offer upgrades food, discounts on transfers and spa services.
Tours to the Maldives
The Maldives is one of the best exotic destinations for tourism. That is why all major Russian tour operators sell package tours here. A special “chip” of hotels in the Maldives – the principle of “one hotel = one island”. Where you can rent villas on the water.
But you can also stay on local islands – where the locals live. If you see a tour to the Maldives in 2-3 * hotels or hostels, they are 100% on local islands. Vacation there is different from the resort islands. Hence, there are 2 types of prices for tours to the Maldives:
- Relatively budget – hotels on local islands (otherwise known as island-villages). If you see the names Maafushi, Rasdu, Toddu, Ukulas, Mativeri, Diffushi, etc., then it is accommodation on an island with locals. Examples of hotels on local islands: Coconut Tree Hulhuvilla Beach, Kaani Village & Spa 3*, Kaani Grand Seaview 3*. Prices start from 114,000 rubles for two adults.
- From expensive to obscenely expensive – island-hotels. For example: Biyadhoo Island Resort 3*, Kurumba Maldives 5*, SAii Lagoon Maldives Curio Collection by Hilton 4*. Prices for accommodation on island-hotels are at least 2 times higher than on local islands. The cost of tours for 2 adults from 223.000 rub.
All tours to the Maldives start with a flight to Whelan airport, the only international airport which is located on a separate island across a bridge from Male’. Travel time from Moscow is 8 hours 45 minutes. Tourists then travel to the islands. To get to them, the Maldives offer 3 types of transfers: seaplane, domestic flight, speedboat.
- If you arrive before 3 pm, you can choose a seaplane transfer. Each seaplane takes only one standard amount of luggage (20 kg + 5 kg hand luggage included), for excess weight you pay 6 $ per kg. A big plus is that seaplanes fly low, you can see all the beauty of nature. Many people see this transfer as a separate tour. A significant disadvantage – the high cost (400-700 $) and work only during daylight hours from 06.00 to 16.00.
- There are tours with domestic flight, which lasts no more than 1 hour. After that you will take a speedboat to the hotel-islands. On domestic flights also a limit of 20 kg baggage, overweight paid at $ 5 per kg.
- At any time of the day or night a speedboat transfer is available, but only to the nearest atolls. The boats do not take tourists to the outer atolls.
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Accommodation in the Maldives is different from the usual Turkey and Egypt. For example, in Maldivian hotels there are no guides like in other countries. Excursions are organized by hotels, and can be booked there. But all hotels have Russian-speaking representatives.
- Kandima Maldives 5* is a luxury hotel in the Maldives in Daalu Atoll in the southern part of the country. The hotel is new, opened in 2017. Suitable for guests of all ages. On one of the longest islands – 3 km. There are buggies going around the island. You can rent a bike, or walk on foot. There is an interesting infrastructure – 5 restaurants (buffet, a la carte), 3 bars, 2 cafes. Often make an upgrade to full board + soft drinks. There is a “premium all inclusive” system for gourmands. There is also one of the longest infinity pools in the Maldives, a sports pool, DJs, an art studio for drawing, a large children’s club with a program of activities and Russian-speaking tutor, a water club, a diving school, a spa, a fitness club with yoga and group classes. Prices for tours for 2 adults with flights from Moscow from 331946 rubles. Children under 12 years stay and eat free as parents.
- Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon 4* – located near Male in Ari Atoll. A boat transfer from the airport takes 1 hour and 15 minutes. The hotel operates on all dining options from breakfast to “premium all inclusive”. The hotel is renovated every year. The hotel has its own beach and a gorgeous house reef, even the neighboring hotels bring tourists to the reef. Prices for 2 adults with flight from Moscow from 228079 rubles.
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If you come to the Maldives on your own, you should have your hotel reservation. They are all levels here, from hostels to “luhari”. Almost all international hotel chains have opened at least 1 hotel in the Maldives. And every year they build new hotels on the islands. You can book 3* hostels at Hotellook for $30-50, 4* for $35-70 for a solo trip. The luxury hotels of the world’s networks cost from $200 a day.
Airfare to Maldives
The national carrier Aeroflot flies to the Maldives. Ticket prices from 41.000 rub. Find tickets to Maldives ⇒
You can also get to the Maldives on connecting flights . All well-known foreign carriers including “Emirates”, “Turkish Airlines”, “Qatar” and others fly here. You can check your luggage up to the final destination, bring it to Russia, and receive it in Male. You get it in Malé. You spend 5 hours + 4 hours on the flight. For some tourists, this is even a plus, because it is hard to spend 9 hours in flight. Find tickets to Maldives ⇒
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Insurance to Maldives.
You need travel insurance to visit the Maldives . And due to a fancy illness, you also need “covida” treatment coverage. On the Cherehapa website, all insurances cover “covid” and on Tripinsurance you can buy a premium policy with the best service.
Prices for insurance on Cherehapa from 118 rubles/day, on Tripinsurance from 287 rubles/day. Tripinsurance covers 1 million dollars and costs 631 roubles per day. The price includes $500 compensation for delayed flights, early return home, and legal assistance.
Prices for transport
The main mode of transport in the Maldives is of course water transport. Although in Male, you can catch a cab. The cost is surprisingly low – 65-100 MVR ($2-3) for a ride from the airport on Hulule Island to Male. Although, the ferry will cost even cheaper – 10 MVR. But now it is not so relevant, because they built a bridge from the airport to Male.
Also you can get to the islands by state ferries, the fare on which is 1-10 dollars. To some islands the ferry runs only 1-2 times a week, so you have to adjust to the schedule.
It is faster to get to the islands by speedboat, but prices start at $25. For example, a speedboat to Toddou costs $35-50, to Maafushi $25-35, to Ukoulas $40-50, to Mativeri $80. When buying a speedboat ticket, you can haggle. Some tourists can knock down the price by 20-30%.
Food Prices in the Maldives
In Maldives, the cuisine is Arabic and Indian. The basis of dishes are rice, beans, fruits, seafood, spices. The main drink is tea with milk and sugar, costs 1 to 3 $. Also you may distinguish several national dishes: rihaakura- tuna paste, bajia fish pie, babukheilu chithi – soup from breadfruit pulp with curry, garudhi – tuna broth, bondi – sticks from coconut pulp.
Due to the fact that the state is an island, food delivery is expensive, so food prices are higher than in neighboring countries. Cafes are only on local islands, and the only option for tourists on island-hotels is to eat there as well. Food prices are often listed in dollars, you do not even need to change the currency. For example, rice with curry costs $ 5-10, vegetable salads $ 4-6, seafood salads $ 7-9, soups $ 4-6. Lunch for two will cost $15-20 at the most common restaurant. If you want to order seafood, lobster, then 50-100 $.
Grocery stores are also only on local islands. In Male tourists visit “Islanders Maldives”, the most popular supermarket. There you can buy chicken for 3-4 $, rice for 1-2 $, milk for 2-3 $, eggs for 2 $, water for 1 $ per liter. The choice of fruit in the Maldives is not great, but in Male, there is even a separate fruit market. There you can buy apples for $3-4, oranges for $3-4, bananas for $2-3, coconuts for $3-5.
Buying something in the Maldives, you should be prepared that the souvenirs will often not be local, and from China, Singapore or Sri Lanka.
Souvenirs can be bought in Male in Chaandani Magu, Orchid Magu, Faridhi Magu streets, there are the most stalls. Or on the local islands of Himafushi, Maafushi, Huura, Rasdu, Mahibadhu, Tageti, but the choice is less, but prices are higher. There are stores on the island-hotels, too, but the prices are touristy. If you want to bring something to remember from the Maldives, the magnets are 1-2 $, natural soap $ 1-2 $, wood products (figurines, jewelry boxes) 15-30 $.
Girls buy colored sarongs and national dresses with embroidery, they cost from 10-20 $. At Laviani buy jewelry made of pearls from $ 15, and on Kadholhudhu – jewelry from 25 $. Also in the Maldives, sell everything related to coconuts: coconut oil from $ 5, cosmetics with coconut extracts from $ 10, decorative plates of coconut for 15-30 $, coconut sausage (like candy bar “bounty”) for $ 30 per kg.
Brought from the Maldives and handmade products. The most famous are: tudu-kuna – rugs of palm fiber (from $ 10), dhoni – decorative miniature traditional boats Maldives (from $ 5).
Excursions in the Maldives
The Maldives is not an excursion vacation, but primarily a beach vacation. It is worth to understand this before the trip. But a few places you can still visit.
From the historical sites can be allocated the capital Male on the atoll of the same name. It is one of the smallest capitals in the world. The name translates as “beads. In Male, you can see the Great Friday Mosque, Sultan Park, Independence Square, National Museum, souvenir stores, fish and fruit market. There is also the Presidential Palace, but tourists are not allowed inside, you can only see the outside.
Maldives is one of the best places in the world for diving. There is a unique underwater world, there are turtles, sharks, rays, manta rays and many colorful fish. Most hotels have a house reef, where you can do snorkeling and free diving. Or if there is no reef, they can arrange a transfer to the nearest one. Rental of equipment is in each hotel (10-30 $). Diving in the Maldives is best done from January to April, at this time the best visibility in the water, calm sea. Prices for diving $50-100 $, snorkeling $ 70, swimming with manta rays $ 75.
Another activity in the Maldives is surfing . On the atolls of North Male and South Male atoll work school surfing world competitions. Rental equipment costs $ 20, an hour of training $ 45. Hotels also organize tours to get acquainted with the life of the locals – $ 50-100, watching dolphins – $ 80-100, fishing – $ 50-75 (best to go from September to May).
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How much money to take to the Maldives
Let’s summarize how much money you need in the Maldives in 2022 for a complete vacation. Initial data: 2 adults, 11 nights. We don’t take into consideration the tours or the flight and accommodation, only the expenses in the country.
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Total for 2 adults need $ 610-1500. The minimum amount of $ 610 is enough to visit local cafes, visit 1-2 islands, go on 1 tour and buy a few memory magnets. If you want to relax to the maximum, to see more beautiful places, then count on 1500 $.
Tips for recreation
- Russian bank cards are disabled. Take more cash to the Maldives in the form of dollars.
- In the Maldives, you can vacation with children. Almost every hotel has a children’s club, conduct master classes, a very rich entertainment program.
- All hotels have spa centers.
- Maldives is one of the most popular directions for newly-married couples. Popular are wedding ceremonies. Original ceremonies are carried out in the underwater restaurant.
- Maldives is the country of Moslem. It is strictly forbidden to bring alcohol, including from duty free (it is given back on the return flight). The hotels have alcohol, including the system “all inclusive”.
- The hostels are located on local islands, where the locals live. You can swim only in designated areas called “bikini beach” . You can swim on municipal beaches only with clothes on.
Now you know what the prices in the Maldives in 2022, how much money to take on vacation. The advantages of this exotic destination – direct flight from Russia, the ability to book a villa, to rest on the island-hotel with its own infrastructure, to observe the unique underwater world. It is hard to find someone who would not want to vacation in the Maldives, and if you have the opportunity, why not yes. Read also about the complete rules of entry to the Maldives in 2022.
How much does it cost to vacation in the Maldives
How many suitcases of money should you take to the Maldives? Let’s find out! We’ll cover the prices of tours, tickets and more in 2022 and then calculate the cost of a trip for two for a week and 10 days. Find out how much you’ll need and if you’ll have to rob the bank.
Check out: How to go to the Maldives now – there you’ll find up-to-date travel reviews, pandemic entry conditions, and tour prices. See also the list of open countries.
How much do tours to Maldives cost
The cost of tours from Moscow for two adults for 2022 is indicated.
130,000 ₽ is the cheapest tour to the Maldives during the pandemic. This is the price for a trip for two people for 7 nights at Kaani Beach Hotel 4* or similar. These tours are sold to the local islands of Hulhumale and Maafushi. Be warned, these are not tourist resorts from advertisements. Hulhumale is an artificial island near the airport and the capital, there is no relaxed beach atmosphere and a break from civilization. And Maafushi is more like beach Thailand in atmosphere – a lot of young backpackers from Europe vacation there. Learn about the disadvantages of a budget holiday in the Maldives. By the way, during the pandemic, prices for tours to the Maldives jumped by 50%, but have now returned to their previous values.
250,000 ₽ – that’s how much the most inexpensive all-inclusive tour to the five-star island-hotel in the Maldives costs now. At this price you can go on vacation at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu 5*. Tourists consider this place paradise and share the most rave reviews about rest there. Especially impressive is the half-hour transfer flight by hydroplane, which is included in the price of the trip. And for 20 thousand cheaper you can buy a trip to the island-resort Malahini Kuda Bandos 4 *. The cost of such trips before the pandemic was about the same.
1,000,000 ₽ – that’s how much a week’s stay in the Maldives at the luxurious Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa 5* costs.
2,400,000 ₽ is the most expensive tour to the Maldives that we could find right now. For that money, two people can enjoy 11 days of life in a luxurious 210m² waterfront villa at the Grand Park Kodhipparu Hotel 5*.
Warning. Prices during the pandemic are extremely unstable – they change quickly and dramatically. We have checked all prices before publication, but tomorrow they may be completely different: rise sharply or, conversely, fall. This is especially true for the cost of packages. Double-check the prices according to the given links, in order to know the actual prices.
Where to buy a tour? We advise to search and buy tours on reliable and convenient services Travelata and Level.Travel – they cleverly look for the best deals among different tour operators. We buy tours only there, and we don’t go to travel agency offices for almost ten years. After all, it’s the XXI century! Also find out 7 ways to buy a better tour.
From December to April the cost of recreation is higher in the Maldives. From May to November, especially in July and August – lower. Read more about the seasons of holidays in the Maldives.
Ukulas is one of the islands where we vacationed in the Maldives.
How much are the tickets to the Maldives.
40,000 ₽ – that’s how much airfare for a direct Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Male and back in 2022. Before the pandemic, such tickets cost the same. But after the events of February-March 2022 direct flights were suspended.
That’s ₽60,000 for a flight to the Maldives on less convenient flights with a connection in Abu Dhabi or Doha. You are advised to check with airlines about the possibility of connecting during the pandemic and the conditions of the flight. Before the pandemic, such tickets cost from ₽28,000, with promotions even cheaper.
Look for cheap tickets on the Aviasales search engine – it compares prices of all airlines. See also 15 rules for buying cheap tickets.
This is me vacationing in the Maldives (Toddoo Island).
How much do hotels cost
The room rates listed are per night for two adults, and we’ve chosen hotels with high ratings and great reviews as examples.
$27 is a room in a shabby hotel in Male.
$45 is the minimum price for a double room in a decent, highly rated hotel on Maafushi and the local islands. During our vacation on Toddu, Rasdu and Ukulas islands we paid $45-60 per night for a double room.
$130 – an inexpensive room with breakfasts on a classic Maldivian island-hotel of 20-30 square meters, but not by the water. For example, Fun Island Resort & Spa 3*.
350 $ – better villa 110 m² by the sea with a whirlpool and other joys. For example, Bandos Maldives 4*.
470 – a win-win combo: 5 stars + “all inclusive” + villa on the water (the most favorite option for tourists to stay in the Maldives). For example, Sun Island Resort & Spa 5 *.
2 300 $ – a luxurious villa 150 sq.m. on the water in One&Only Reethi Rah 5 *, one of the most expensive and best hotels in the Maldives.
$48,000 is the most expensive we could find in the Maldives on Bookings. It’s a 1,400 m² waterfront villa at Soneva Jani 5* with four bedrooms, a water slide, a pool and full board. Perfect for a self-contained family getaway.
Where to look for hotels . It is most convenient to choose and book hotels on Ostrovok.ru. However, do not be lazy to check prices on the service Hotelluk – it can find better deals on other sites.
Note: taxes are added to the cost of housing – look at the small print under the price on the Bookings. Above we have listed examples of prices with the tax already included.
Tip: If you decide to have a luxury holiday in the Maldives, it is better to take an all-inclusive package rather than paying for drinks and food in restaurants separately.
Villas on the water in the Maldives. Photo: birdeye / unsplash.com. Our hotel room on Rasdu Island for $45 a night. Clean, tidy, modern room, with everything you need for a comfortable stay. Almost all budget hotels in the Maldives will be decent and comfortable, there are almost no trashy options. Photo: booking.com.
How much does food cost
1 $ – 1.5 grams of water in the supermarket.
5 $ – coconut.
1. $5 – a meal at a local cafe.
5. $10 – a meal at a cafe for tourists on local islands.
$10 – dinner per person at the hostels.
15. $60 – main course at resorts island restaurants.
$100 – dinner for two without drinks at the island-resort restaurant.
$800 – dinner for two at the famous Ithaa Undersea Restaurant.
Our dinner at the hotel on Toddou looked like this: grilled tuna and reef fish, rice, vegetables and a drink – $20 for two.
How much for transportation.
$0.7 – ferry from airport to Male.
$2 – ferry between the nearest inhabited islands.
$10 – legendary overnight fruit ferry from Male to Toddoo.
$50 – speedboat from airport to nearby islands.
$400 – half-hour flight (≈80 km) by seaplane from airport to island resort and back for one person. The cost of the transfer may be higher or lower depending on the distance.
So, in the Maldives between the islands can be moved both by public (slow, cheap and not always daily) transport, as well as speedboats and seaplanes (expensive and fast). Airport transfers are usually included when you buy your trip, but it’s best to check. Check the schedule and book your transfer at atolltransfer.com.
Sail across the Indian Ocean on a ferry from one island to another.
Excursions and activities.
$0 – swim, snorkel and admire tropical fish in Maldivian azure waters right off the shore.
10 $ – Rent a mask and snorkel for the day.
$70 – local island diving.
$70 – romantic dinner on the beach.
$90 – a trip to a tiny uninhabited picnic island.
$150 – swimming with mantas for two for 90 minutes.
Tip . If you want inexpensive excursions to local islands, look for local fishermen and make arrangements with them. At the hotels, the entertainment is three times more expensive.
Where to have an inexpensive vacation in the Maldives:
Scuba diving in crystal clear water is free (Photo: unsplash.com / @sotti)
How much will it cost to vacation in the Maldives in 2022
Let’s find out how much a Maldives vacation for two will cost! Let’s calculate the cost of a budget trip to the local islands and the cost of a beautiful vacation in resorts. Also give the prices of related expenses.
$ 0 – visa to the Maldives for Russians.
10 $ – fee to withdraw money from the card at local ATMs.
30 $ – a local SIM card with 17 GB of Internet.
700 $ – the cost of our vacation and a trip to the Maldives. That’s the amount for two people for 10 days. Counted everything except for airfare, because we flew from Sri Lanka and then went to Bali. It turned out very cheap compared to vacationing in resorts – on average, one or two nights there cost that much. We saw paradise beaches with white sand and azure water, admired the underwater world and its inhabitants, visited three different islands and saw the capital. It was interesting and pleasant! I have told in detail about how to rest cheaply in the Maldives. Read also how not to spoil your vacation in the Maldives.
2000 $ – that much will cost a similar holiday in the Maldives for two people for a week, but including airfare and a few excursions. This is cheaper than a tour, but will require a lot of time to organize the trip. Many people prefer to overpay and take a trip.
4000 $ – the cost to go to a week for two in the Maldives on an inexpensive island resort 3-4 * including expenses in restaurants, buying a few excursions and airfare.
5000 $ – the cost of a week of beautiful and carefree vacation for two in a nice villa on the water in a five-star hotel-resort with all-inclusive meals, excursions and airfare.
The list could go on and on, but I think you’ve got the picture and now you have a good idea of how much money you need for a holiday in the Maldives. Choose your format and budget trip. We wish you a great holiday!
The uninhabited islands of Madivaru, 1 km from Rasdu. Here you can come on an excursion. From one island to the other you can walk right on the ocean (500 meters). We did not get to the island, but we flew there by drone.