How much does it cost to go to the Maldives?

The Maldives is the island paradise you’ve always dreamed of. From secluded sands to five-star pampering, you don’t have to look far to find complete and utter relaxation. So whether you’re jetting off as a family, as a couple, or as friends, you can all enjoy the Maldives on a budget that suits you.

Are holidays to the Maldives expensive?
How much does a Maldives holiday cost for one week?
How much does a Maldives holiday cost for two weeks?
How much does a family holiday to the Maldives cost?
How much does it cost to get married in the Maldives?
How much do flights to the Maldives cost?
How much does a meal cost in the Maldives?
Additional costs to think about

Are holidays to the Maldives expensive?

While people often think holidays in the Maldives are out of their budget, they might not be as unattainable as you imagine. White sands, crystal-clear waters, and ultimate relaxation are right at your fingertips.

Of course, holidays will always be as cheap or expensive as you make them and depend on all kinds of factors, from the airline to the board basis to the activities, and more. But there are plenty of bargains to be had if you do your research.

How much does a Maldives holiday cost for one week?

Spend a week in the sun, tanning on the sands, and swimming in the sea. A one-week Maldives holiday costs around £1,700 per person. This price includes accommodation, food, local transport, and sightseeing. Flights can add an extra £600+ to the final price and, of course, this all varies depending on where you stay, what you do, and when you book.

Star rating Peak season Off-peak season
4-star £4,500 £4,500
5-star £6,500 £5,000

*These prices are based on the average price of an All Inclusive holiday with flights for two adults.

How much does a Maldives holiday cost for two weeks?

Because of the long flights, most people like to jet off to paradise for two weeks rather than one. The average price of a two-week holiday to the Maldives is around £3,400 per person including accommodation, meals, local transport, and a bit of sightseeing. Flights tend to cost upwards of £600 return depending on where you fly from. But where you stay and when you book can change all of this massively.

Star rating Peak season Off-peak season
4-star £9,000 £7,000
5-star £15,000 £10,000

*These prices are based on the average price of an All Inclusive holiday with flights for two adults.

How much does a family holiday to the Maldives cost?

The Maldives isn’t just a honeymoon destination anymore. Families are flocking to this island escape to create once-in-a-lifetime memories and spend quality time together. More and more resorts are catering to children, with kids’ clubs, teens’ clubs, and family-friendly activities galore.

The price of a family holiday doesn’t just depend on the accommodation, flights, and dates you choose, but also how old you all are. Of course, if your family’s all grown up, it’s going to cost more than if you have little ones in tow. And the prices can even vary depending on the ages of your children.

Because of this, it’s hard to come up with an average price for families. So we’ve gathered some data on our most-loved family favourites: Siyam World, Kandima, and Hard Rock Hotel.

Holiday type Siyam World Kandima Maldives Hard Rock Hotel
One-week peak season £10,000 £7,000 £8,000
One-week off-peak season £7,500 £5,500 £8,000
Two-week peak season £14,000 £8,500 £15,000
Two-week off-peak season £13,000 £7,000 £15,000

*These prices are based on the average price of an All Inclusive holiday with flights for two adults and two children aged 5.

How much does it cost to get married in the Maldives?

While you can’t technically get legally married in the Maldives, there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying a ceremony on a private beach and the reception of a lifetime. You’ll just have to do all the legal documents at home.

Wedding packages can start as low as £500 for a budget ceremony and all the way up to £10,000+ for the perfect wedding with all the bells and whistles. It all depends on where you plan to get married and how extravagant an affair you want.

How much do flights to the Maldives cost?

The price of flights to the Maldives varies massively depending on a lot of factors. When you book, when you fly, which airline you fly with, how many stops you make, and more can affect how much you’re paying for your flights.

British Airways is currently the only airline that flies directly from the UK to Malé and a round trip costs around £900-1,100. But you can bring this price down if you opt for a stopping service, and there are a lot more airlines to choose from. You can often get round-trip flights for around £550-750 if you don’t mind a few stops along the way.

How much does a meal cost in the Maldives?

If you’re going all out on your holiday in paradise, you might be considering an All Inclusive package. By our calculations, that means that meals are free. While they’re technically not (they’re paid for in the overall cost of your holiday), it sure feels like it.

On the inhabited islands, a three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant comes in at around £25, while a meal in a cheaper restaurant can sometimes cost as little as £5. But if it’s street food you’re after, you can make some even bigger savings on roti, fried yams, gulha, and more.

You might have to pay extra for some of the resort restaurants, but the price of these can vary. As can the star rating, cuisine, and atmosphere. The underwater restaurants and bars are normally some of the most expensive, but they’re a must-try if there’s one at your resort. These tend to cost around £200-350 per person for multiple courses and paired drinks.

Where are the underwater restaurants?

🐠 Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
🐠 H2O, You & Me Maldives
🐠 Sea Underwater Restaurant, Anantara Kihavah
🐠 Subsix, Niyama Private Islands
🐠 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, Hurawalhi Island Resort Maldives
🐠 M6M Restaurant, Ozen Life Maadhoo
🐠 Only Blu Under Ocean Restaurant, Oblu Select Lobigili
🐠 IMMERSE… Latitude 4°, Huvafen Fushi

Additional costs to think about

Holidays to the Maldives cost more than just accommodation, flights, and food. There are a few extras you need to consider in your budget that you might not consider straight away. Most of these are optional, but all of them are recommended.

Activities and experiences

You can sit back and relax on the beach all week if you want, but there’s so much more out there to see and do. Whether you’re a sucker for scuba diving, fancy yourself a fishing pro, or just after a way to while away the days, the Maldives has you covered.

Some All Inclusive packages include days out and various activities, but some come with added costs. Some of our favourite activities are:

🤿 Snorkelling tours – £100-200
🚢 Sunset cruise – £50-100
📸 Malé walking tours – £50-100
🥂 Private picnics – £150-300
🎣 Fishing charters – £50-100
🏝️ Island-hopping tours – £200-400
💆 Spa treatments – £50+

Transfers and travelling

You’re not going to be travelling around much on your Maldives holiday, but you will need to get to your resort from the airport. There are a couple of different ways you can do this, and the prices will vary depending on where you’re staying, which airport you fly into, and which mode of transport you take.

The cheapest option to get between Maldives islands is by ferry, but this is also the slowest option. Seaplanes are a popular choice when it comes to transfers too so you can watch the islands pass you by on the way to paradise. But whizzing around on a luxury speedboat takes top spot, despite the additional costs.

Travel insurance

Sometimes things don’t quite go to plan, even in the Maldives. So for extra peace of mind, it’s always worth taking out travel insurance, even if you don’t think you need it.

All travel insurance policies are different, but they tend to cover you for:

  • Cancelling or cutting short your trip for reasons beyond your control
  • Missed transport or delayed departure for reasons beyond your control
  • Medical and other emergencies
  • Personal injury and death
  • Lost, stolen or damaged items, including baggage, passports and money
  • Accidental damage or injury caused by you

Make sure to check what your travel insurance covers, as you might need to pay extra to be covered for all the watersports you’re going to be doing.

SIM Cards and eSIMs

Ever been hit by extortionate data roaming prices? Pick up a pre-paid SIM card before you go. You can normally get them at the airport for great prices, or you can buy and top up in most shops on the local islands.

An eSIM is the new way to get mobile data while you’re away at affordable prices. It does the same job as a SIM card, without the hassle of taking your phone apart to use it. Just pick how much data you want to use, how long you need it for, and you’re ready to go with no hidden costs. It’s all paid for upfront. And now, you can get 10% off eSIMs with the code TravelRepublic10.


You’ll have to say goodbye to the Maldives eventually, but not before you pick up some souvenirs to take back for your friends and family to remind them what a great time you had while they were stuck at home.