How to Visit the Maldives Without Spending a Lot of Money

If you are looking to visit the Maldives, odds are good one of your first concerns will be with regards to the price. There is no way around it, the Maldives is an expensive destination.

But while this country is among the more expensive places we've ever visited, we were pleasantly surprised to learn that you can still visit this one somewhat cheaply. But unlike other destinations, if you want to visit the Maldives without spending a lot of money, you will need to make some concessions based on what your experience will be like, and it may not be in ways you expect. 

In this article, we're going to discuss the minimum spending you'll likely see when visiting the Maldives within the topics of accommodations, food, transportation, and attractions.

At the end of each section, we're also going to provide rough total estimates for an example scenario of 10 nights at local islands (for two) and a second option for replacing three of those with a budget-friendly resort to highlight some of the pricing variations you may likely see in the country. 

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How We Got a $17,900 Maldives Vacation for Just $6,500

When you close your eyes and think of the Maldives, odds are good you're picturing overwater bungalows, crystal clear waters, white-sand beaches, and, if you've ever researched the destination, a big bill at the end.

We're getting into a trend of going to remote island destinations with points as we've found we can get a pretty good trip value and minimizing our spending. The Maldives was (mostly) no different.

So, what did it cost us? Our total Maldives spending was 665,000 Hilton points, 170,000 United points, and just about $6,500. This got us 14 nights in the Maldives including two resorts, one local island, and one overnight in Male at the end before an early morning flight.

In this one, we want to break down that spending a bit more.

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Discovering What it Means to be Human by Nature in Kerala, India

When you visit a destination, what memories do you walk away with? Are they about the landscape? The food? The people? Or a combination of it all?

During our visit to Kerala in southern India, it was most certainly a mix of everything. But in thinking about it, the human element that tied everything together was a prominent feature in every destination we visited.

When Kerala Tourism reached out and asked if we wanted to be a part of their Human by Nature campaign, to share our experiences with the human side of visiting Kerala’s natural wonders, we were in. In thinking back on it, the human element was truly a big part of our trip to the state!

In this one, we wanted to share how the Human by Nature theme played a big part in a few of the destinations we visited.

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Hilton Reviews – Recapping Our Hotel Stays With the Brand

We're no strangers to staying in nice hotels when we travel, and more often than not when we need a really luxurious hotel stay we find ourselves checking out the Hilton hotel property chain as Angie amasses close to 1,000,000 points a year on the hotel chain for her day job travels (not to mention, that highly coveted Diamond status).

In this one, we wanted to compile a database of the Hilton reviews we've published over the years, and give a quick snapshot of each property we've stayed in to-date. Suffice it to say, we've stayed in a few gems (and a few misses, too). 

We will also be sharing status perks we received at each of the Hilton hotels as well as part of our gold and/or diamond status (depending on visit dates). Some of these may be as simple as a room upgrade or a free cocktail, others are a bit more unusual like spa access, free bikes or water sports, special breakfasts, and more. It is worth noting that perks often change and are only a reflection of the things we received during our visit.

Disclosure: We are not partners with Hilton in any capacity. We have paid for every hotel featured in this guide on points or weekend certificates received from credit cards (although we do pay for all of our meals and incidentals). We received Gold status through a credit card and later Diamond status through Angie's work travels to more conventional properties- those hotels are not featured herein. Outbound links are to our affiliate account on; however, if you are booking as a status guest we do recommend you book directly with Hilton for the best chances of upgrades and other perks.

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