Maldives on a budget: Why Ukulhas Island is your ideal destination

Maldives on a budget: Why Ukulhas Island is your ideal destination

If you’re looking to explore the Maldives on a budget then you might have done a bit of research and started to sweat. Lonely Planet says a low-end resort could cost up to US$350 per day, which is well out the price range of most thrifty travelers. But doing the Maldives on a budget is very possible. Ukulhas Island is the perfect stop for an explorer without the budget of an oil tycoon. Let’s take a look at why Ukulhas Island is the ideal location for those looking to do Maldives on a budget.

Free things to do on Ukulhas Island

Ukulhas Island is backpacker’s paradise where long stretches of white sand meets crystal-clear waters teeming with exotic wildlife. Some of the top activities on Ukulhas are completely free, making them perfect for the person looking to explore the Maldives on a budget.

Here are three free things to do during you stay:

Snorkeling Ukulhas


Ukulhas Island’s surrounding waters play home to a colorful array of tropical sea life including magnificent manta rays and terrific turtles. Visibility can be about as good as it gets, so spotting the local wildlife is not too difficult. You should be able to pick up some equipment from your local hotel but, if you want to keep things really cheap, bring some along with you.


Year-round temperatures in the Ukulhas are consistently beautiful. Visitors can expect temperatures of around 84°F (29°C) no matter what time of year you go. That means you will undoubtedly want to cool off with a dip in the sea. The island is well-known for its commitment to cleanliness with systematic cleaning taking place on a very regular basis. That leaves the waters crystal clear and the perfect place to splash around.


If you’re just looking to lie down with a great book and the sun hanging overhead, then Ukulhas Island is the place to do it. The tropical paradise offers tourists a 600 metre-long bikini beach to relax and build up their tan.

Budget guesthouses on Ukulhas Island

Those looking to explore the Maldives on a budget will definitely need a cheap place to stay the night.

Luckily, Ukulhas Island has a number of pocket-friendly accommodations to try. Here are two of our favourites.

Olhumathi Inn

olhumathi inn

Olhumathi Inn offers the best budget rooms in Ukulhas displaying a mix of Maldivian décor and modern conveniences. All the rooms are en-suite with free Wi-Fi connection, towels, air-conditioning and cable TV. As an added bonus, Olhumathi has a restaurant with one of the best seafood dining experiences on Ukulhas.

Nala Veli Villa

nala veli villa room

Budget travelers looking for a taste of luxury at a reasonable price can try the family-owned Nala Veli Villa. The boutique guest house features all the modern comforts you would expect from a high-end hotel but at a fraction of the cost.

Cheap travel to Ukulhas

Cheap travel to Ukulhas

If you’re looking to do the Maldives on a budget then you will need to hunt for some cheap travel options. A public ferry across the glistening ocean takes you from the Maldivian capital of Malé to Ukulhas for under US$5. Admittedly the journey takes around 4.5 hours, but when the views are that beautiful, why would you want to rush it?

Maldives on a budget: Why Ukulhas is your perfect stop

So there you have it, if you want Maldives on a budget then Ukulhas Island should be the first stop on your list. Budget hostels such as Olhumathi Inn can dramatically reduce the cost of your stay while exciting and relaxing activities come at next to nothing or free. It’s paradise for pennies.