Maamigili Budget Itinerary: A Maldives Trip For The Cheap

When Visited?

August

Price Point?

Budget

Travel Size?

Solo

Duration?

4 Nights

How I Got To Maamigili?

One-Way Flight

Price: $205
Flight Path

Chiang Mai, Thailand → Male International Airport (Air Asia)

Rating:

★★★★★

Note:

There are several islands that make up the Maldive so after arriving at the airport in Male, you might have to catch another flight or boat to the island where your lodging is located. In my case it was to Maamigili.

Details & Review

Review: The flight to the Maldives was quick and comfortable. I had a six-hour layover in Kuala Lumpur, which was just enough time to go explore the city.

It’s important to note that there are several islands that make up the Maldives. Therefore after landing at the international airport in Male, you’d have to catch another flight or boat to the island where your lodging is located. Most hotels will arrange your transportation for a fee. My guest house arranged a roundtrip flight on FlyMe for $200 USD.

How I Got Around The City?

Mode: Walking
Price: FREE
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Review: Maamigili is a very small island, and therefore has very few cars. Most people travel by motorcycle, scooter, bicycle, or foot. The guest house provided complimentary bicycles, but I chose to walk, as everything is close by.

Where I Stayed?

Guest House

La Cabana Maldives

Breakfast Incl.: Yes
Room Type: Superior Deluxe Room
Price: $40/night
Rating: ★★★★★

Details & Review

1 Guests | 4 Nights
Review: I’m so glad I decided to stay at La Cabana Maldives. It was hands down one of THE best lodging experiences I’ve had yet! The staff was so nice, it felt like I was just at home hanging out with friends.

Not only were they nice to hang out with, but they also arranged all my activities for me. I got to spend an afternoon snorkeling at a private Island, visited a resort for a day (which I regretted and couldn’t wait to leave), played with some stingrays and turtles, and best of all, almost peed my pants (or in this case, bathing suit) while swimming next to a massive whale shark.

I had no expectations for my time at La Cabana Maldives, and was pleasantly surprised.

What I Did?

Activities

Maamigili Maldives Activities

Private Island (Ariyadhoo)

Price: $30
Rating: ★★★★★
Note: Arranged by the guest house.

Review

Review: It took about five minutes to get to Ariyadhoo on a small speedboat, and I ended up spending much of the day there.

From the turquoise-blue water, to the white sand, and the palm trees calmly swaying in the wind, this island was everything one would imagine paradise to look like. And the best part was that aside from the birds and marine life, there was nothing and no one else around.

The guest house provided some water and fruits for refreshment, and snorkel gear to explore the beautiful coral reef just beyond the shore.

Resort Day Pass

Price: $30
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Review

Review: The only reason I did this was to check out the over-water bungalows. But after about an hour, I was ready to leave. It was a beautiful location to get some stereotypical pictures of the Maldives, but everything felt too artificial. I wouldn’t do it again.

Swimming With A Whale Shark

Price: $65
Rating: ★★★★☆
Note: Arranged by the guest house.

Review

Review: I ended up taking this trip twice, because we didn’t spot any whale sharks the first time. When I spotted one on second trip, however, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was so… big and majestic! The only down side to this was that there were several tour groups in the same location, so I got kicked in the head a few times while trying to get a picture.

Playing W/ Stingrays, Sleeper Sharks & Turtles

Price: FREE
Rating: ★★★★★
Note: Arranged by the guest house.

Review

Review: This was an impromptu activity. It was hot out, there was nothing to do, and I was told there’s a place where sharks, sting rays, and turtles hang out, so I went to see for myself. I loved it! The animals come up to you because they often get fed by humans, but being that it was unplanned, I didn’t have any dead fish to feed them. It was a fun experience, nonetheless..

Where I Ate?

Restaurants

La Cabana Maldives

Price Point: $
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Review: Breakfast was included in my stay. I ate all other meals at the guesthouse as well. They have an extensive menu with a mixture of Maldivian and western dishes. All meals during my four-day stay came up to a total of $25 USD (about $6.25/day)

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Falon is a Ghanaian-Nigerian woman with a slight addiction to self-exploration. She has somehow mastered the ins and outs of solo travel, and has currently visited 24 countries across 5 continents. When she's not teaching, Falon spends the majority of her time traveling, cooking, or researching budget travel. Her ultimate goal for promoting travel is to help others realize that they can still explore the world with a "regular" job, and a "regular" bank account.