The good news for those on a budget is that there are ways to keep your budget in check while enjoying the "bright side of life" in the Maldives. If luxury resorts or a water villa are not a lifelong option for you, do not fret! You can still visit them for a daily rate of $ 100 or more, depending on the conditions. In this way, you do not have to pay for the accomodation, but you can still enjoy the pool, the bars and the breathtaking views.
Expect an additional charge of 22% on the total bill for taxes and service charges you pay for. You do not have to leave a tip because you are already paying a service fee. You must take change in the local currency, the Maldives Rufiyaa (MVR), if you are staying on a local island, but USD is standard in all resorts.
If you are already in Asia, the flights are a real bargain as they can be very cheap from neighboring Sri Lanka, Malaysia or Singapore. Look for offers and special offers when flying from Europe or North America.
Travel in groups for shared accommodation and tours. And you can make great deals in the low season (April to September), as prices are two to three times lower. However, this depends on whether the monsoon rain is not too hindering.