Did you know that Maldives doesn't have to be just for honeymoons and all inclusive resorts Read on for our way of experiencing the beauty of the Maldives without breaking the bank. 💰💰. First of, we went to the tourist island of Maafushi. This is relatively close to the airport and capital island of Male, being only about a 45-60min journey by speedboat. There is also a local ferry throughout the day that takes a while longer (about 90mins) but is considerably cheaper at around $3 whereas the speedboat is around $20.
The island of Maafushi is a little over 1km long, but has over 2000 full time residents packed on to it. However it still manages to keep that small deserted island feel, with the 'streets' being beaches and virtually no cars.
On the island there are plenty of guesthouses that can range from around $40 to over $100. We stayed at Narnia, which was about $50 a night and was more than enough since we didnt plan on just staying inside the whole time.
One thing to mention is that with the Maldives being a Muslim country and this being a 'living' island, compared with a 'resort' island it is important to adhere to their rules. It is not advised to walk around the island in a bikini and stick the the tourist beach for sunbathing. There is a tourist 'bikini' beach, complete with a wooden fence around the perimeter, but the beach is still gorgeous. There were a couple of all you can eat buffet BBQ places for dinner, we'd recommend Arean Beach which was excellent for the price of $12++. Again being a Muslim island there is no alcohol on the island. Although this might sound awful, it certainly helps with the budget. There is a 24hr booze boat a little way off shore but we didn't hear great revews about it.
For those of you like us that still would like to get a taste of the baller resorts you can book an all inclusive day trip pass to various different resorts all ranging in price. They usually offer something like free drinks, which were surprisingly strong, a buffet lunch, and snacks, as well as free snorkelling gear and speedboat transfers. We went to Anantara Resort, which we thought was excellent value for money at around $100 each.
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This was one of those moments when we were just like, "Daaaaaaaaamn, Rome." We were just wandering around at night and ran into this spot, where the Alter of the Fatherland is behind you on one side, and a beautiful domed church is behind you on another, and Trajan's Column is to your left, and the remnants of Caesar's Forum are in front of you, and and the gorgeous ruins of Trajan's Market are lit up off in the distance. The (other) tourists in Rome really overwhelmed me, but I'm so glad we visited just to have moments of awe like this.