Maldives from the sky
1. If you want to fly there cheap, look for flights well in advance and consider packaged trips.
It seems as though most airlines servicing the Maldives are not budget carriers. Air Asia, for instance, did have direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Male for a while but they no longer fly this route. Cebu Pacific Air now flies to Male from Manila via Singapore, but you never know how long this will continue. Don’t rely on taking budget airlines to the Maldives. Instead look into resort packages that include flights or shop early for flights and book your preferred hotel(s) online well in advance.
2. Be patient with meals on local islands.
Backpackers aren’t complaining about the fact that the Maldives has opened up “local guest house islands” to foreign tourists. Although the quality of the guesthouses are pretty good, don’t expect top quality restaurants on these islands. In most cases, guesthouses in the Maldives offer basic menus and they are in no rush to prepare their food. In some cases it may be a wise decision to pre-order your meal earlier in the day if you have plans after dinner. Be prepared for lots and lots of tuna in the Maldives!
3. Book your Hotel(s) online before you arrive.
Of all the places we have travelled, the Maldives could be the most ideal for booking your accommodation online before you arrive. The last thing that you want to do is to show up at a remote island only to find out that all the rooms are booked up. This, of course, raises the question: where is the best place to find hotels for the Maldives online? We two different sites: the largest hotel booking site in the world or the best hotel comparison site in the world. Either way you are guaranteed to have the best choices available at the lowest prices. Booking a hotel in the wrong region of the Maldives could cost you hundreds of dollars (sea plane/speedboat transfers), so it’s important to complete thorough research before you arrive.
4. Arrange your transport to your hotel/resort before you arrive.
Depending on whether or not you have purchased a packaged vacation to the Maldives, you might have to figure out how you are going to get to your hotel from Male. Even many packages to the Maldives do not include transit to resort islands. Sea planes, speedboats, and public ferries are all options, but since the Maldives spans a long way by sea be sure to consider the cost and duration to reach your island of choice.