How to Choose an Island for Your Maldives Holiday
This is a confusing matter for many new tourists. Honestly, why can’t it be not? There are 1192 coral islands in the Maldives and you are planning to pick one for your vacation. Is not this the perfect example of having too many choices giving confusion? Some people say they are good on homework before taking off. But, could you honestly read reviews for 1192 islands, just to choose the best that fits you? It won’t be easy at all, if not impossible for an average person. After all, is it work spending all your time for that? Don’t you have better things to do?
May be you don’t have to check all the 1192 islands. Because 800 of those islands are still uninhabited, they are reserved for future tourism and other purpose. There are 120 resorts and local population lives on another 200 islands where guesthouse tourism is booming. So, there are 320 islands you need to study before booking your holiday destination. Even 320 is a large number, you will have to spend weeks or months to really study every island. Or, just blindly pick one island and wish for the best.
You don’t have to take all those risks and do hard work. Because I am going to share some facts and techniques to help you select a good island or hotel.
First of all, you have to know where is Maldives located and how much it costs to get there. Maldives is in South Asia near India and Sri Lanka. The main airport is Velana International Airport. If you can afford the flight ticket check your daily budget for accommodation.
Maldives is sunny all seasons of the year. But, winter is high season in Maldives and summer is low season. In winter many Europeans want to visit Maldives to enjoy the sunshine and relax on pristine white beaches. Increased demand makes prices to go high. What you get in low season may double up the price in high season. June and July are the periods for budget guests if you want to enjoy cheapest pricing.
Let’s assume you want to travel to the Maldives in low season. What is your budget per night? If you have less than US$500 per night do not attempt to book a 5 star resort. Even in low season the five star resorts start around US$700 per night. Keep in mind you will also need budget for food. Five star resorts means meals would cost over a hundred dollars a day for 2 persons, sometimes over $200.
You can get a good 4 star resort in low season for $400 a night. Guesthouses are the cheapest mode of holiday accommodation for tourists. The low season prices are around US$50 – US$90 including taxes. All these prices are per room, rather than per person. So, keep that in mind.
All the islands and resorts in the Maldives require transfer from airport to island. This is usually arranged by resort with a separate charge. If you stay on an island close to airport the transfer timing is short, so the transfer costs are cheaper as well. Most islands use speedboats to travel between islands near by the airport. If far, you will need seaplane or domestic flights which is expensive but offer great experience as it flies low over the beautiful islands of paradise.
So, how do you find an island close to airport. Easy, just to open Google Maps and find “Velana International Airport” and check out the islands nearby. Then you can google by the island or resort name to get prices, even ask agents to give you the prices for a particular island.
However, the easiest way is to approach a local travel agent and tell them your budget per night. They know the average prices in different islands and could easily pick few resorts matching your budget. Now you can do little research and read reviews before booking one.