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Money and costs

Currency
Rufiyaa (MVR)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated December 13, 2018 9:54AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
US$400
  • Budget resorts cost US$150–350 per night.
  • Guesthouses are cheaper at around US$60–100 per night.
  • Reach guesthouses cheaply by taking public ferries for US$5–10.
Midrange
US$400–850
  • Midrange resorts start from US$350 per night.
  • Full board or all-inclusive options can save money.
  • Speedboats to resorts cost around US$200–300.
Top end (more than)
US$850
  • Top-end rooms start at US$750.
  • Seaplane transfers generally cost anything from US$400 return.
  • Expect a meal in a top-end resort to cost a minimum US$150 per person.

Credit cards can be used in resorts and most guesthouses. ATMs can be found in Male and the bigger inhabited islands.

Tipping

  • General Tipping is something of a grey area in Maldives, where a 10% to 12.5% service tax is added to nearly everything.

  • Hotels It's good form to leave a tip for your room staff and in smarter resorts your thakuru (butler). Give any tips to the staff personally, not to the hotel cashier – US dollars, euros and local currency are equally acceptable.

  • Restaurants Tipping is not customary at independent restaurants or on local islands.