Traveling to the Maldives should be on the list of every person who would like to visit all the most beautiful places on planet Earth. But many are stopped by the well-established myth “The Maldives is very expensive!” Not true. You can go to one of the paradise islands of this archipelago on a real budget, as we did.
Background of the trip
We chose February for travel, as it is one of the best months to visit this country – there is a season there! Of course, initially we decided to get acquainted with the proposals of tour operators, explore the country, choose an island, and so on. The offers of tour operators did not inspire optimism – from 200,000 rubles for 6 nights on the island of Male. If you want to see the Maldives “fairy tale of paradise” then I do not recommend staying in Male. The capital of the state is very dirty, unsuitable for a high-quality beach holiday (and you wondered why they fly to the Maldives?). Therefore, we immediately gave up the idea of looking for tickets through which agencies and decided to plan our visit on our own.
When you start exploring the topic of travel to the Maldives, you will be dizzy with the number of islands you can go to. But do not panic – I will help with the choice.
There is an opinion that the northern Maldives (if measured from Male) is better than the southern ones. Therefore, we began to storm the top of the map from Male and read reviews of travelers. Reviews are different, but the most important thing that stopped us in the end was the price of moving to another island. After all, only seaplanes fly to distant islands, and this is really expensive. Those that are closer can be reached by speedboat (a kind of minibus) or by a cargo ship, where there is a deck for passengers (by the way, this is such a public transport in the Maldives). Naturally, a cargo ship is cheaper, but it takes a very long time.
Based on all this, we opted for the Toddoo Island. This island is 60 kilometers away from Male and the price of a one-way ticket on a high-speed boat (about 1-1.5 hours) is 35 dollars.
Naturally, we booked the hotel on Booking, but if we could find the direct website of our hotel, we would book directly. As a result, we chose the four-star Relax Residence hotel. Now he has a website relaxresidencemaldives.com, where you can book accommodation for the dates you need and discuss all the details with the hotel owner in the chat. And all this without any commissions and intimidation by canceling the booking on the Booking.
The hotel is the best on the island! It has everything: clean rooms, air conditioning, fast Wi-Fi, delicious food (especially fish), daily cleaning, compliments from the hotel – everything you need on your holiday in this heavenly place.
Naturally, initially we looked at all the tickets on the “SkyScanner” and “Aviasales”. To fly without unnecessary delays, we were looking for only a direct flight. We found a lucrative offer from Aeroflot (only they fly there directly) and immediately bought it. Round-trip tickets for 1 person cost us 35,000 rubles, and this is in season for this resort. It is very profitable.
Handling all the nuances of arriving in the Maldives
Everything seems to be there: hotel reservations, plane tickets, an approximate representation of the way to the island and the hotel. But this frightening gap between arrival and transition to the boat kept us awake. But in the end we contacted the owner of the hotel, he gave us a boat schedule (by the way, our high-speed boat is specially for tourists arriving by Aeroflot) and we realized that everything would be fine. As a result, upon arrival at the place, we explained in broken English to the guys at the counters where we need to get and some 30 minutes of waiting, after which we were loaded onto a high-speed boat and we rushed to our hotel.
The description of the rest and all the pros and cons of our trip is a completely different story. Look for the second part on the Internet.