10 things to do in the Maldives on a Backpacker Budget

For a long time the Maldives has not been considered a destination suitable for back packers, yet alone affordable. But with the introduction of local island guesthouses and budget airlines flying from Asia, the Maldives is beginning to find itself on the backpacker map.

So how do you enjoy the Maldives without breaking the bank? Here are our top ten budget ideas to enjoying the Maldives the local way.

1. Jump aboard the ferry

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With daily ferries from Male to many nearby local islands travelling by public ferry is a cheap and fun way to discover the Maldives. Sit up top and enjoy the view or sit inside and chat with the locals.

2. Explore the capital

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We don’t just mean the cosmopolitan world of Male, where modern technology sits beside tradition and culture. Travel to the quieter side of city life and explore the suburbs on the islands of Hulhumale and Vilingili.

3. Discover the underwater world

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Got your own snorkel and mask then head to the east beach in Vilingili. Wanting to venture a little further afield Secret Paradise offer daily snorkelling trips from $40 to close by coral reefs.

4. Join the coffee culture

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If the Maldives had a national drink it would be coffee! Join the locals in one of the many coffee shops and watch the world go by.

5. Ride the waves

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The surf break on the eastern side of Male is a popular spot with the locals. The break known as Towns is accessible from the shore and is one of the few spots in the Maldives that you don’t need a boat to get to.

6. Hang out at the beach

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In Male head to Artificial Beach or the local beaches on Hulhumale and Vilingili. At weekends and also late afternoon the beach is a popular destination for locals to enjoy an evening walk, swim or relax with friends and family.

7. Contribute to the environment

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There are plenty of ways in which you can volunteer for Save the Beach.You can choose when and how to volunteer. Come and clean the beach any day, or volunteer to assist with any of their projects. Whether you want to get your hands dirty or be part of different projects, the degree of involvement is totally up to you.

8. Count your lucky stars

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With minimal light pollution and the many days of clear skies, the Maldives are a great venue for star gazing. Just lie back and watch for shooting stars,

9. Watch the sun go down

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Sit back and enjoy a magical sunset. Top locations in Male to sit back and watch the sun go down include West Park Café and Salt Café.

10. Check out a local band

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With no clubs or bars in the capital you have to be a little more savvy about seeking out musical vibes. Check out Facebook pages for local cafes and restaurants and for our favourite local group Hiyani.

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Since 2012 Secret Paradise has been at the forefront of the Maldives local island tourism industry, promoting and supporting guesthouses, dive centres and activity operators based on locally inhabited islands throughout the Maldives archipelago. Secret Paradise tours are designed to allow guests to engage with local people and experience the best from a paradise generally known as a luxury resort destination. The basis of our tours has always been to allow guests to learn about the Maldives, its culture, beliefs, and traditions and what better way to do this than to see the country through the eyes of a local. Travel with a local, island hop by public ferry, stay on a local island, share breakfast with a family in their home, exchange stories, relax with a coffee in a local café and immerse yourself in daily life.

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