Maldives: 7 Days Holiday package for R21 850pp including Flights and Hotel
Because travel is our number one passion here at Melek Lifestyle, we decided to create a couple of holiday packages due to the number of emails we get from our readers asking us for more information on our travel topics. So, for those that don’t have a clue how to plan for a December getaway and find cheap flights and accommodation, we’ve got you covered.
Our first holiday destination is Maldives Islands.
Maybe you have never heard of Maldives? That’s fine, many haven’t but you won’t forget it after reading this. The Maldives are a long connection of 26 atolls – over 1,190 islands total – in the Indian Ocean/ Arabian Sea area. There are countless reasons to visit this amazing collection of islands featuring clear blue waters, great reefs, idyllic white sand beaches and much more.
What we love the most about this destination is that the temperature is consistently sunny all year long and that in itself is a good enough reason to go!
Firstly let's start with explaining our Itinerary
Basically, there are two types of islands here: private and public. The public islands, also called “local islands”, are those inhabited, meaning there are locals living there. This also means that there are establishments available to everyone such as grocery stores, tour agencies, shops, etc. The private islands are usually occupied by luxury resorts, most of which are open only to their guests and staff. Some of these private islands are open to non-guests who are staying elsewhere but on a day tour.
If you’re after luxury and privacy and you don’t mind spending much on this trip, you might want to consider staying at an exclusive resort. This is a good option for honeymooners and those on romantic getaways.
Exclusive resorts come in all forms, too. Some charge thousands of dollars per night. But those in the lower end of the spectrum are slightly more affordable. Most exclusive resorts have two major types of accommodations: beach/land rooms and overwater bungalows (water villas). Of course, staying at a water bungalow looks tempting, but they are usually the priciest rooms. Those on the beach are much cheaper.
HOW TO GET TO THE MALDIVES
Malé International Airport (formally known as Ibrahim Nasir International Airport) on Hulhulé Island is the primary gateway to the Maldives. It is connected to a number of airports by several commercial airlines.
Prices: R14000 pp
Dates: Between the 10 December 2017 and 2nd January
Departure: 12:30pm (JNB) - Arrives 10:45pm (MLE)
Return: 12:10am (MLE) - Arrives 6:40am (JNB)
(This Itenary is for 7 Days, please contact us if you looking to buy for more than 7 days or want to go after the December rush)
HOW TO GET TO YOUR RESORT OR HOTEL FROM MALE AIRPORT
- Airport to Private Resort. If you’re staying at a private island resort, We book airport transfers with them. If not, you can find cheaper alternatives especially if you will be staying at a local beach first.
- Airport to Hulhumale. You may travel by bus, which runs all day and all night except on Fridays and Saturdays 12:00-13:00. Fare is 20 MVR (R20).
- Airport to Male. Go to the dock near the domestic terminal. There’s a ferry going to Male every 10-15 minutes. Fare is around 10 MVR (R10)
- Airport to Maafushi. Make your way to Male (see instructions above). From the Male Port you may choose to take another ferry (Fare 3.25 MVR) or take a taxi (25 MVR) to Vilingili Port. From Vilingili, board the ferry to Maafushi (22 MVR) which leaves at 3pm daily (except Friday). There’s another ferry that operates on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday and leaves Male at 10am. (53 MVR, R40).
- Airport to Thulusdhoo. Go to Male (see instructions above) then take a taxi to MarryBrown Restaurant. Opposite the restaurant, you will find Tharika-2, a ferry that will take you straight to Thulusdhoo Island (32 MVR). The ferry leaves Male at 3:30pm on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Thursday; 2pm on Tuesday; and 10pm on Friday.
For more information about bus and ferry schedules, visit the MTCC site.
SAMPLE ITINERARIES + BUDGET BREAKDOWN
We have prepared simple sample itineraries below, for a cheap stay at an exclusive resort. These are sample itineraries only, feel free to contact us if you wish to make changes.
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN THE MALDIVES
Arrival at Male Airport
Transfer to Newtown Inn in Hulhumale (20 MVR, R20)
Accommodation Cost: R850 per night for 2
DAY 2 – OFF TO OLHUVELI ISLAND
Transfer to Airport (20 MVR, R20)
Find the Olhuveli counter (22) at the airport
Board the speedboat to Olhuveli (210 USD roundtrip)
Check in at The Vinorva Maldives R7000 for 6 nights for 2 people
DAY 3-4 – OLHUVELI ISLAND
Swimming and lazing on the beach
DAY 5 – SNORKELING TOUR
Half-day Snorkeling Tour (R1000 pp)
DAY 7 – DEPARTURE
Back to the airport
If you’re a party of two, this itinerary would cost you R7,850 for 7 nights 2 people excluding flights. With Flights it's R21,850 per person or R35,850 for 2 people.
That still sounds too steep, but trust us, with other luxury resorts charging R13000 per night, that’s actually pretty low already. This is ideal if you’re on a honeymoon or on a romantic getaway.
(Breakfast, dinner, activities and transport cost are not part of the deal)
TIPS FOR THE WISE TRAVELER
Some other things you need to consider when visiting the Maldives.
- Visa-on-arrival is available for all nationalities. Free. There is no additional step if you’re going through Immigration; it’s practically visa-free.
- There’s wi-fi at the airport but it will be sending your mobile number a PIN that you have to enter. Make sure your roaming (call/text) is on.
- Get a local SIM card for only r45 if you must be online every time. You can top it up with 1GB+ of data for a little less than 25 USD. But most guesthouses, lodges, and resorts have free wi-fi. Internet coverage and speed in the Maldives are actually pretty impressive.
- The Maldives is an Islamic nation and they prohibit or restrict certain items. Here are things you cannot bring into the country: religious idols, materials offensive to Islam, pornographic materials, pigs and pork products, narcotics, and psychotropic substances. Alcohol and spirits are restricted. Bikinis are not allowed in local islands. You can wear those in private islands.
- US Dollar (USD) is widely accepted. If you’re staying at a private resort, you wouldn’t even feel the need for the Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR). But if you’re staying in a local island, it’s best to have some local currency.
- Do NOT lose the receipt when exchanging money or withdrawing from the ATMs. If you lose the receipt, you will not be able to convert them back. Receipts are a requirement when selling Rufiyaa.
- Water bungalows are the most expensive accommodations in exclusive resorts. If you’re not too keen on staying in one but would love to experience luxury holiday, just book a beach room.
This travel guide is a work in progress. If you have something to add, spot something that needs correcting, or want to ask a question, hit the comments section below.
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