According to me backpacking is not really feasible in Maldives (in a cheap cheap way I mean). However, budget holidays in Maldives iaew still possible. With a group of friends we traveled to Maldives on Feb 15 with no plans or itinerary at all. We checked some resorts but we couldn’t find anything, (too expensive!!). We stayed the first night in Hulumale guest house and we met great Maldivian people who told us about guest houses on local islands and cruise (safari boats they call them). As we wanted to discover as many places as possible and enjoy different snorkeling places we contacted a cruise company. we hired a private boat for the 4 of us for 4 days. We paid USD 130 per day and per person with food included, private boat, our own private cabin, all excursions included. We had an AMAZING time! We traveled for 4 days, went to local islands, sandbanks, Robinson Crusoe islands, fishing, snorkeling, grilled fish and seafood barbequed on the beach and one of our friend managed to surf. It was just great, crew was so friendly and we saw real Maldivian way of life, fantastic underwater life and beautiful islands and beaches. For 520 USD per day for 4 people (a little bit more cause we had alcohol on board and it was chargeable:-) we had the time of our life and it was only for the 4 of us . We decided to go back next year but for a longer period . So try using cruise companies. It might help more people interested in real Maldives and not the 5 stars luxury resorts. There are also more and more guests houses opening on the local islands but the main issue is the limited transportation and the fact that you will be stuck few days on a tiny island with not so much activities. Just try Maldives, it is a definitely a MUST SEE!

Posted by Soliman, 28th April 2015
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