​The Smart Honeymooners' Guide to the Maldives


The Maldives, an island country is located on the Indian Ocean, is famous for its beautiful beaches and underwater views. Not surprisingly, this place has become the honeymoon destination for celebrities such as like Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, also Katy Perry and Russel Brand – when they were still together.

If you and your partner are planning on a honeymoon trip to Maldives, check out these helpful tips about travelling to the Maldives, the smallest Asian country.

Currency and Visa Requirements

Maldives’ currency is Rufiyaa; 1 Rufiyaa equals to Rp 949 per September 2015. Some places accept credit cards, although it is better to be ready with enough cash at hand.

No visa is required for Indonesian tourists who wish to stay for less than 30 days.

Plane Tickets

A round-trip plane ticket from Jakarta to Male, Maldives’ capital city, is around Rp 5 million with a budget airline like Tiger Air, or around Rp 13 million with Singapore Airlines. Usually, flights from Jakarta will require 1-2 stopovers in either Singapore or Sri Lanka so travel time can be between 7 and 12 hours flight in total, depending on your stopover duration.

Tip: Budget airlines often offer promotional tickets which could save you Rp 1 million-Rp 3 million, departing from Singapore. You can save money by buying a promo ticket for two-way trip Jakarta-Singapore. Just make sure that your flight schedule isn’t too tight; try to have a spare minimum of 4 hours transit to avoid missing your flight.


Transportation

1. Going to inhabited islands

Inhabited islands in the Maldives are Male, Hulhumale, Maafushi, Villingilli, Thilafushi. Public ferry boats, which depart every hour, is a common way to travel between the islands. The fare is about 3-11 rufiyaa per trip for about 10-30 minutes.

The official religion in The Maldives is Islam. Thus, ferries do not operate during prayer time at Friday noon.

Taxis operate on a flat fare, charging 25 rufiyaa within the island. There is also public bus that goes around island for 3 rufiyaa.

2. Going to resorts

Resorts are only accessible via the resorts' own transportation service (speedboat or private jet). The cost of a speedboat from the airport to the nearest resort, Kurumba, is USD 80 per person a two-way trip lasting about 5-10 minutes.

If you prefer to use seaplane, the lowest fare back and forth to the resort could cost around USD 350 per person for about 15 minutes travel.

Accommodations

There is a wide variety of options at the Maldives from a modest guest house to a luxurious resort.

  • Guesthouses

Low-cost housings is easily available at local islands Male, Hulhumale, and Maafushi. Backpackers usually stay on these islands. A one night stay starts from Rp 300,000. You need to pay attention to the local rules if you want to stay in the islands as there are restrictions on wearing bikinis or revealing clothes and alcohol consumption.

  • Hotels

If you don’t want to stay in low-cost housing, but also cannot afford resort accommodations, hotels can be an option. In Male and Hulhumale, there are a lot of hotels that cost between Rp 500,000 and Rp 1.5 million a night. Hotels also provide shuttle services from airport at USD 10 per person a trip.

  • Resorts

A private resort will cost you at least USD 200 per night. If you want an overwater villa, then be prepared to pay at least USD 350 per night. When booking, make sure to check if the rate already includes food and beverages, because dining in resort can be very expensive. It is better to choose full board charge which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Tip: It is better to book the lower fare room online. Then, if you want to upgrade your room into overwater villa, for example, do it when you check-in the resort. This can save you a few hundred dollars.

Food and Beverages

As it is located between Sri Lanka and India, local cuisine at the Maldives is very close to Indian food with lots of spices like curry. If you stay in the inhibited island, food can cost USD 10-USD 30 per person per day. However, if you stay at a resort and do not choose full board or all-inclusive service, allocate between USD 50-USD 100 a day for foods and drinks.

Activites to do in Maldives

Popular activities to do during your stay in this tropical country:

  • Snorkeling. Cost from USD 25 per person. Free when staying at a resort.
  • Island Hoping. Cost from USD 45 per person
  • Sunset Cruise. Cost from USD 26 per person
  • Parasailing. Cost from USD 85 per person
  • Seaplane photo flight. Cost from USD150 per person.
  • Scuba diving. Cost from USD 60 per person – tank and weights only
  • Sunset/night fishing. Cost fromUSD45 per person.
  • Dolphin safari. Cost from USD 45 per person
  • Visit local island. Cost from USD 30 per person
  • Submarine tour. Cost from USD 170 per person


Travel Insurance

You can buy travel insurance from the airline. However, it is limited to aircraft accidents, lost luggage, and flight delays. If you want a full protection which includes hospitalization costs, you could buy travel guard insurance starting from USD 5 per person for a 4-day trip.

Read also: Holiday in Nepal for Under Rp 7 Million

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