Maldives on a Budget?!

Hello guys! Hope you have all had a wonderful weekend. We are back in Scotland after the most incredible overseas adventure and we are so excited to be reunited with Ellie for some van life adventures but first, we wanted to share some of our Maldives trip with you. Before we went, we believed that the Maldives would be a very expensive country to visit.

However, it actually doesn’t need to be!

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Our first stop in the Maldives was to a beautiful island called Thulusdhoo which is a local island in the Maldives. From the capital city of Male where you will fly into, you can get a public ferry out to Thulusdhoo that takes around 2.5 hours and costs $3/pp. Alternatively, you can take a 30 minute speed boat for $30/pp.

Thulusdhoo is quite a small island but the accommodations pick you up and drop you off at the ferry port. We stayed in 2 accommodations whilst we were there, Batuta Maldives Surf View and Akiri Surf Retreat, both brilliant accommodations in close proximity to the beach! Accommodation prices varied around £50-60/night and some accommodations will provide packages which include going out on boat trips to sandbars and snorkel spots which will save you purchasing these trips separately if you want to do them.

We can highly recommend going out on these trips if you do visit the Maldives, as the marine life in the Maldives is like nowhere else we have ever been! We swam with turtles, sharks, sting rays and so many colourful fish!

harbour, our next stop was the perfect place to rest up after the previous days partying.

This island is perfect for a relaxing getaway and has a lot more to it than meets the eye, you just need to get a scooter (or spend a LOT of money on taxis) to get around. We highly recommend checking out the amazing work they do at the Lanta Animal Welfare sanctuary, as well as a date night at the outdoor cinema.

If you are looking for a bit of luxury on your Maldives trip, we booked a stay at the Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort and it really was a trip of a lifetime that we couldn’t recommend enough! They have beach villas and overwater villas at the resort with lots of great activities to choose from too. We decided to take a bit of a holiday here to celebrate our 10 year anniversary but my goodness we would love to go back to much already!

What’s next?!

We’re back in Scotland now, getting back into work and preparing Ellie for our next adventure.. van life in Europe pending !! 🙂

Have a great week friends


Gemma and Campbell x

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