Updated: Oct 28, 2018
What are the first words which spring to mind when you hear of the Maldives?
The list of all the criteria you do not come under?
What if I was to tell you that travelling to the Maldives is as affordable now than ever before, a destination which could equal the expense of a trip to another popular hotspot, like Bali, or the Philippines but for an experience which is incomparable.
What are the Maldives and where are they?
The Maldives is a country which comprises of 1,190 paradise islands, grouped within 26 atolls (states), lying South-West of neighbours’ Sri-Lanka, and India, in the Indian Ocean.
After gaining independence from the United Kingdom in 1965, the country has become world-known for the exclusive luxury resorts which have been created by foreign investors over the past 50 years.
The Maldives has relied upon tourism, fisheries, and construction as their main income generators, with these sectors inclining steadily year on year since 1995.
For example, the average GDP per capita (average annual income per person) in 1995 was of 4600 USD, where today the average GDP per capita is estimated to be of 8980 USD in 2017.
This considerable rise in the economy has meant the availability of cash resources, and disposable income is now as distributed as ever.
So,What are Guest-houses?
The rising wealth has seen for the a flurish in new entrepreneurial youngsters who have begun to create new self-sufficient means of income away from the traditional sectors; with guest-houses becoming a popular choice amongst them.
The guest-houses provide all of the necessary facilities you would expect in a hotel, all be it with fewer rooms. A typical guest house, for example, would be the size of a regular house, with around 5-6 rooms.
Situated around the 1,190 islands that the Maldives boasts, the guest-houses along with their more than comfortable accommodation, provide in-demand activities as well including:
- Swimming with whale sharks,
- Swimming with manta rays and turtles
- Visiting neighbouring islands
- Local tours
All at more than affordable prices which would not break your bank account.
A typical night in a double room for example would cost 80 USD. Which in comparison to the 40,000 USD a night resort prices is laughable, considering the service which you would be receiving would be comparable.
Bar the private swimming pool, an example of this would be outside of the guest-house I stayed in (Kirulhiya Maldives), we had our own private beach which we were served breakfast on each morning, and received a romantic dinner on in the evenings. I would personally prefer a private beach and a warming genuine host over a private pool any day.
The island had its own pier, which you see on all the luxury resorts, and 4 restaurants with the average meal (which I loved the chicken noodles) costing 40 Maldivian Rufiyaa, which equates to 2.59 USD.
We even played a football match on three evenings with the locals who we became very friendly with. I am sure you cannot experience this on a luxury resort.
In the past, countries such as Thailand, Bali, the Philippines, and recently Sri Lanka have become popular tourist destinations, where people travel to enjoy the beauty of what Asia/Indonesia has to offer.
However, the Maldives is for sure a place which provides a destination like no other of its kind.
Locations which you would only believe exist on a post-card, or on a screen saver, which you would think could only have been edited on some super-sonic photo editing programme. But you would be wrong. The country is clean, the people are incredibly welcoming, and what’s best is that it is still predominantly untouched.
Reports have recently surfaced, stating that due to rising sea levels, the Maldives may not be here in 30 years time.
My advice would be to visit now, before the tourist industry really does boom, because when it does, the country will slowly lose some of their culture, which has sadly been seen to be the case in countries such as Bali, and now the Philippines.
So, what are you waiting for? CLICK THE LINK BELOW AND BOOK NOW WHILE YOU STILL CAN!
Where to look
I stayed on Omadhoo Island, in a guest house called Kirulhiya Maldives.
You can visit their website for bookings at:
http://www.kiruliyamaldives.com/ or follow them on Instagram @kirulhiyamaldives.