Budget Travel To Maldives: Is It Possible?

Ukulhas Maldives - Picnic Island

If you ask people which beach destination they want to go to the most, there’s a good chance that you’ll hear “the Maldives” in the list of answers. Situated in the middle of the Arabian Sea, the Republic of Maldives is a small South Asian country most well-known for its white sand beaches, friendly locals, and stunning coral reefs.

How much is too much?

The only problem? Maldives is also one of the most expensive beach destinations in the whole world. Its unparalleled, top-of-the-line luxury that has brought thousands of tourists to it is also the same luxury that is turning away the average traveler.

On average, tourists can spend anywhere from $250-$500 per night for their Maldives vacation. You can get by for much cheaper if you’re willing to scrimp on your accommodation. But if you want to go for the full Maldivian experience of overwater cabins and overlooking-the-ocean views, prepare to spend a lot more.

For people who don’t — or can’t — have this much budgeted for their vacation, a trip to Maldives may seem rather bleak, if not completely out of the picture.

Let me tell you something that might blow your mind. A budget travel to Maldives is not only possible, it’s very easy to do, too.

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World-class but affordable?

How, you may ask? Well, welcome to Ukulhas Island!

Ukulhas Island is a small island located in the northern side of the Alif Alif Atoll. It has a population of just around 1,000 locals. Like the rest of the archipelago, Ukulhas is surrounded mainly by water, all except for one connecting tip where you can travel–cheaply, if we may add–by land.

While it may not yet be as popular as the other islands in Maldives, Ukulhas is quickly gaining attention within the tourism industry for its beautiful beaches, sparkling water, delicious food, and eco-friendly policies. In 2014, the island was given the “Green Leaf Award” for the locals’ extraordinary efforts in protecting and preserving the island.

Budget travel to Maldives: Possible?

Despite all this, Ukulhas Island has managed to keep its costs low, with the average accommodation on the island going for as low as $60 a night. Add your daily food and transportation budget in, and you can have a wonderful vacation on Ukulhas Island for just $150 a night.

It’s absolutely a steal, considering you’re on one of the most beautiful islands in the entire world. What was once a coveted luxury is now no longer just a dream– for a small price, it could be your own reality.

Budget-conscious individuals will also be happy to know that they also wouldn’t have to spend a fortune in order to enjoy the island itself. Many of the activities here, such as relaxing on the beach, snorkeling above the island’s breathtaking underwater world, and swimming with the dolphins and fishes, don’t cost much.

It’s only been a few years since Ukulhas Island was opened to the public, but it’s already proving itself worthy of the world-class title that comes with Maldives.

So is a budget travel to Maldives possible? Certainly, as long as you make sure that Ukulhas Island is at the top of your itinerary!