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The Ultimate Maldives Honeymoon Guide 2021

When the word honeymoon comes to mind, there is one place perfect to spend your first days as lifelong partners – Maldives. With its overwater bungalows, blooming marine life, and pristine clear waters, a Maldives honeymoon is true paradise.



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Having been to the Maldives for our own honeymoon, and returning a couple of times after, we have learnt a fair bit about creating your very own Maldives honeymoon based on different budgets and styles. From luxurious private resort islands to hotels on the local island, Maafushi, our Maldives honeymoon experiences were simply unforgettable. Here’s us sharing our Ultimate Maldives Honeymoon Guide, and we hope all this research will help with your dream Maldives honeymoon plans!

This article was last updated on 24 March 2021.

The Ultimate Maldives Honeymoon Guide 2021

Table of Contents

  1. Top Maldives Honeymoon Resorts & Hotels 
  2. Unique Maldives Honeymoon Experiences
  3. Best Time to Travel to Maldives
  4. FAQ about Maldives honeymoon

Top Maldives Honeymoon Resorts & Hotels

5-Star Luxury Maldives Honeymoon Resorts (<$2,000/night)

1. Soneva Jani

maldives honeymoon soneva jani

Soneva Jani offers the ultimate privacy and laid-back luxury. Each beautifully designed water villa has its own private pool and a retractable roof to stargaze from the master bedroom. Check-in to the Water Retreat Villa with Slide to have a blast on the slide and marvel at the uninterrupted views of the lagoon.

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2. One&Only Reethi Rah

maldives honeymoon one & only reethi rah

A luxurious tropical getaway, One&Only Reethi Rah overlooks the Indian Ocean with a stunning infinity pool and a peaceful private beach. The elegant villas at One & Only Reethi Rah are either over the lagoon or by the beach, with both options providing magnificent ocean views.

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3. Waldorf Astoria Maldives 

maldives honeymoon waldorf astoria

Waldorf Astoria Maldives is located on a stretch of 3 private islands encircling a lagoon in the South Male Atoll; ideal for ultimate relaxation and tropical adventure. Each villa has a spacious outdoor living area with an infinity pool, a gazebo, and a daybed swing for maximum relaxation. 

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Mid-Range Maldives Honeymoon Resorts ($1,000 – $2,000/night)

1. Hurawalhi Island Resort

maldives honeymoon Hurawalhi Island Resort

Be in the moment at Hurawalhi Island Resort, Maldives. The perfect mix of serenity and excitement plus comfort and adventure. Splurge on the Romantic Ocean Villa on your Maldives honeymoon to enjoy the lavish views of the lagoon as you share some much-awaited alone time with your partner.

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2. Huvafen Fushi

maldives honeymoon Huvafen Fushi

A secret sanctuary on the North Male Atoll. Huvafen Fushi is a dream come true for couples, with choices from beachside bungalows to ocean pavilions with pool. Get yourselves the Ocean Bungalow with a pool for your own private deck, an oversized Jacuzzi, and a whole lot of intimate and romantic views of the Maldives. 

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3. Six Senses Laamu

maldives honeymoon Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu is your ideal Maldives honeymoon escape that is both luxurious and sustainable. Discover the beauty of connecting with nature at their Ocean Water Villa with Pool. We could totally lie in those daybeds and sun loungers and listen to the sea all day long!

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4. Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

maldives honeymoon Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is your barefoot luxury experience for a Maldives honeymoon getaway. Winner of the Maldives’ Leading Resort 2019 and 2018 by World Travel Awards, you can expect top-notch service here, with the azure colors of the lagoon and house reef just steps away from your own villa. 

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Budget Maldives Honeymoon Resorts (<$1,000/night)

1. Hard Rock Hotel Maldives

maldives honeymoon Hard Rock Hotel Maldives

Get on with the good life on your Maldives honeymoon at the Hard Rock Hotel Maldives. Located in Emboodhoo Lagoon, a stone’s throw from Male, reaching the resort will be fairly quick for couples who prefer to travel as little as possible. The hotel has direct access to The Marina @ CROSSROADS, so entertainment, shopping, and more activities are just right at your fingertips. Treat your partner to a Platinum Overwater Pool Villa that has an infinity pool, a private terrace, and direct lagoon access. 

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2. Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives

Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives

For a sunny and tropical paradise in the South Male Atoll without breaking the bank, Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives should be one of your top picks. Named after the abundant Kandoo tree that gives the island its lush and verdant feel, the resort will give you a relaxed feeling just by the views of the Maldivian sea from your beach or garden villas. If you and your partner love diving and surfing, you’re in luck! The resort is surrounded by world-class diving and surfing sites.

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3. Kandima Maldives

kandima maldives resort

The Kandima Maldives is a place with soul and is deeply rooted in community and culture. A Maldives honeymoon located in the largest island in Dhaalu Atoll has everything you need, from having the longest outdoor swimming pool in the Maldives to a marine biology centre, an art studio, and even cooking classes. Book your stay in a Honeymoon Aqua Pool Villa for romantic sunset views, a huge infinity pool and a private overwater deck. 

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Budget Maldives Hotels

For those seeking to visit Maldives on a budget, we highly recommend staying on the local island of Maafushi. From there, you can go on resort day excursions to experience the resort life for a fraction of the price!

1. Velana Beach Maldives

Velana Beach Maldives

A beachfront property set in Maafushi, Velana Beach Maldives is perfect for a budget Maldives honeymoon. Their rooms have elegant designs with crisp whites and blue colours that gives off an intimate feeling. We personally stayed there for a couple of nights, and it was a pretty great gateway for day trips to the nearby resorts.

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2. Kaani Grand Seaview

Kaani Grand Seaview budget maldives honeymoon

One of Maafushi’s finest hotels, Kaani Grand Seaview is located right in front of Bikini Beach. Combining splendid service and quality accommodation, get yourselves the Honeymoon Room with Balcony and Seaview for a private and secluded romantic environment.

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3. Crystal Sands

Crystal Sands

Crystal Sands is a modern yet cozy hotel that is decorated with a modern eclectic design that gives off a positive vibe. Its cozy rooms are perfect for your Maldives honeymoon with views of the setting sun and beautiful Maldivian waters.

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Unique Maldives Honeymoon Experiences

1. Swim with the gentle giants of the sea on your Maldives honeymoon

maldives whale sharks
Photo via Travel Libro

Is “swimming with whale sharks” on your bucket list? If the answer is yes, then head on to the South Atoll to see these magical creatures all year-round. Swimming with the largest fish in the sea is an incredible experience, and we highly recommend it! 

Here are the best hotels to stay in and to swim with the whale sharks of the Maldives.

Where to Stay:

LUX* South Ari Atoll

maldives honeymoon LUX South Ari Atoll

LUX* South Ari Atoll Maldives is located at the South Ari Atoll, famous for its marine diversity, especially for its whale sharks. Divers can find these giant but gentle creatures all year round. The resort is the ideal base to dive at some of the most famous sites in the world. One of the most famous sites is the Kuda Rah Thila, the first nationally protected site in the Maldives, while the Maamigili Outside is a whale shark magnet! Stay in the Romantic Pool Water Villa with a love nest where you can catch the spectacular Maldivian sunsets.

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Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa

Included in the Ultimate All-Inclusive Package of the Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa is the whale shark boat trip wherein you may be able to catch a glimpse of dolphins and whale sharks hanging around the atoll. Check-in at an Ocean Water Villa for the perfect honeymoon hideaway.

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Sun Island Resort & Spa

Sun Island Resort & Spa

The Sun Island Resort & Spa is the closest resort to the most popular whale shark point in the Maldives. Along the reef you will be able to catch a glimpse of sharks at the bottom or roaming about, while you may also spot some stingrays as well. Stay at one of the Water Bungalows for that secluded hideaway vibe.

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2. Walk on a seabed full of stars

maldives seabed full of stars

Just when you think that only the stars in the sky light up the night in the Maldives, we discovered that at Vaadhoo Island and Mudhdhoo Island, the phytoplanktons/ostracod crustaceans light up the seas when they react to the tension caused by the waves. Going for a stroll at night will be extra dreamy walking through the stars both in the skies and on land.

Where to Stay:

Dusit Thani Maldives

Dusit Thani Maldives

Dusit Thani Maldives is located on the Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll. It is the first and only UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in Maldives. The resort has a private beachfront and is surrounded by spectacular coral reefs and a turquoise lagoon.

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3. Best Spa Experiences for your Maldives honeymoon

maldives spa
Photo via Maldives Exclusive

Where to Stay:

Lime Spa at Huvafen Fushi Resort

Lime Spa at the Huvafen Fushi Resort

For something more unique for your honeymoon, head to LIME Spa at Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi for an indoor underwater spa. See everything from clownfish and blacktip reef sharks to eels while getting pampered, with interior decorations including furnishings and fabrics mimicking the corals and sponges lurking underwater. The Huvafen Fushi Resort has 43 underwater luxurious cottages where you can unwind with either a splash or a rejuvenating spa in a sea-walled room.

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The Spa by Thalgo at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi

The Spa by Thalgo at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi

Voted the Best Luxury Spa in the Maldives and the Indian Ocean continent at 2017’s World Luxury Spa Awards, The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi’s spa experience is really one-of-a-kind. Having stayed at the resort in 2019, we personally got to experience The Spa by Thalgo and its wide variety of treatments. Boasting over 20 treatments rooms with many different types of speciality massage therapy, coupled with hydrotherapy pools, steam rooms to saunas, it was probably one of the best spas that we have been to. If you are a spa lover, we highly, highly recommend this resort.

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CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa

CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa

Located in Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, CHI, The Spa offers a luxurious spa escapade. The spa offers individual treatment villas for ultimate privacy, and treatments focusing on Ayurvedic and Asian services. Its signature therapies include the Jet Lag Rescue treatment, which promotes deep sleep, energy restoration, and skin hydration.

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4. Go Resort Hopping for your Maldives Honeymoon

holiday inn kandooma maldives
Photo via Holiday Inn Kandooma
Adaaran Prestige Vadoo maldives
Photo via Adaaran Prestige Vadoo

The Maldives houses some of the best resorts in the world, and there is no reason to stay in one place when you can visit multiple resorts.

Park yourself on a local island such as Maafushi and discover a new resort every day. You get to experience the resort life starting from US$80/day as compared to staying at resorts from US$1,000/day! The best part about resort hopping is that you spend the entire day just enjoying the resort facilities and amenities, and then you get to experience a brand new resort the next day. Get your GoPro ready!

If you’re a huge fan of the sea, opt for a cruise that will have you visiting different islands and atolls – we recommend checking out the Four Seasons Maldives Explorer.

5. Go underwater treasure hunting in the Maldives

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa 

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa 

The Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is a well-established favourite for serious divers. With its dive centres run by the professionals from Euro Divers, they guarantee high standards of instructors and guides. There are over 40 sites to explore, including the Vilamendhoo Caves and the Khudarah Thila that has vibrant soft corals. June to October is known to be good for manta ray diving. Be sure not to miss the night ‘fluo’ dives! We recommend to stay at one of the Jacuzzi Villas, where you can relax after a day of diving. It’s really tiring!

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Medhufushi Island Resort

Medhufushi Island Resort

An ideal spot for beginners is Medhufushi Island Resort. There are only two tourist islands in Meermu Island, so you may have the dive sites all to yourselves. Be sure to visit the Manta & More and Shark’s Tongue sites. Operated by the Werner Lau group and its Maldivian liveaboard, the itineraries start on the island so it is perfect to combine this diving experience with your Maldives honeymoon.

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Kuredu Island Resort & Spa

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa is one of the first resorts in the Lhaviyana Atoll area and has been popular with divers for over 20 years. An amazing diving experience awaits you with a shipyard site that has 2 diveable wrecks to explore. The resort is all-inclusive and the diving is run by the award-winning Prodivers. 

Opt for the ‘O’ Beach Villas for a serene abode. These villas are rated the most tranquil and stylish, while the romantic backdrop of the beach adds allure to your Maldives honeymoon. 

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6. Sleep and dine with the brimming Maldives marine life

Underwater Suite in Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort underwater suite

Conrad Rangali grants you and your partner an experience like no other. Dine 16 feet (4.9metres) below sea level and have 180-degree views of the reef and marine life. Make friends with stingrays, fish and even sharks!

What more, stay in the Muraka Undersea Suite for another level of experience. Boasting a 180-degree panoramic view of under the sea, the suite also comes with a personal chef that is on your beck and call 24 hours a day! Definitely top of our bucket list.

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Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas SEA restaurant

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas offers a spectacular underwater wine and dine experience at the SEA restaurant, where the ocean becomes your walls. We definitely highly recommend this incredible experience with your loved one. 

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You & Me Maldives

You & Me Maldives

A designer restaurant located at the bottom of the island’s lagoon, H20 by LAGO has a seating capacity of 20 and treats diners to the breathtaking marine environment of the Maldives while indulging in a specialized menu that is unrivalled in the country. Definitely a unique Maldives honeymoon experience!

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OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo – A Luxury All-Inclusive Resort 

OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo maldives underwater restaurant

The underwater fine dining restaurant at OZEN is the crown jewel of fine dining experiences. The M6m is an exclusive underwater restaurant that serves exceptional modern seafood cuisine and showcases the beautiful underwater Maldives view. 

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7. Surround yourself with beautiful manta rays

manta rays maldives honeymoon
Photo via Travel Centre Maldives

Make the most out of the underwater wonders as you witness breathtaking manta rays glide swiftly under the sea. As per its name, Manta Point is a haven for manta rays which peaks from May to November. When we say peak, it’s not just one or two mantas, but way more than your fingers can count.

Where to Stay:

Baros Maldives

Baros Maldives

At Baros Maldives, the incredible marine life is just a short swim from your villa. The diving centre at the resort is operated by Divers Baros Maldives; one of the original dive centres in the country. Swim with different species of marine life including manta rays and marvel at one of the most unspoilt underwater habitats in the world.

Get yourselves one of the Water Pool Villas for a villa serving as your private cocoon over the Maldivian waters.

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8. Meet schools of dolphins

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Photo via Alterra
maldives dolhpins
Photo via Wonder Sand Tourism

Everyone knows that dolphins are the friendliest and smartest creatures of the ocean. Watch them glide playfully in the waters on a sunset dolphin cruise. Though you can’t swim with dolphins in the Maldives, you will be taken by the huge school of dolphins that swim past you in the oceans. Most resorts have dolphin watching tours.

9. Have romantic dinners under the stars for the perfect Maldives honeymoon

maldives honeymoon dinner experience
Photo via Kuredo

The Maldives is one of the most romantic places in the world for a honeymoon. Here, you can dine under a starlit sky, have a candlelight dinner on the beach, or enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on a Dhoni. In the Maldives, the sky’s the limit.

Muraka at Mirihi Island Resort

Muraka at Mirihi Island Resort

Muraka is an over-water decked terrace offering a romantic dinner with a glorious sunset while listening to the waves of the ocean. Definitely an experience worth trying on your Maldives honeymoon. The restaurant’s specialities include the Maldivian lobster and Angus beef paired with selected international wines. 

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Borderless Dining at Dusit Thani Maldives

Borderless Dining at Dusit Thani Maldives

The concept of borderless dining is a true feast for the senses. At Dusit Thani Maldives, you can expect sumptuous food from their lavish menu, unique cocktails, and sensational settings across the island. 

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Fresh in the Garden at Soneva Fushi

Fresh in the Garden at Soneva Fushi

Opting for a different view aside from the wonderful deep blues of the Maldivian Seas? Fresh in the Garden at Soneva Fushi is an open-air restaurant perched on wooden stilts on top of the resort’s vegetable garden where they serve a healthy seasonal menu of Mediterranean dishes. Having been to Soneva Fushi, we highly recommend this resort for those who appreciate the finest barefoot luxury and health-conscious dieting.

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Wedding Coral Terrace Dinner at W Maldives

Wedding Coral Terrace Dinner at W Maldives

Have the chance to have a romantic dinner for two on a private coral terrace over the water as newlyweds at W Maldives. Romance will be in the air as you enjoy the sunset and the deep blue ocean along with your dinner.

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10. Watch baby turtles hatch right in front of your eyes

baby turtles maldives
Photo via Invite To Paradise

Maldives is also home to many eco and marine life conservation projects. One of which is Kuredu, they pave the way for the little wonders of nature to make it to sea. Often, baby turtles do not successfully make it out to sea, but with the help of the resort staff and tourists, they are guided to the waters! During your Maldives honeymoon, opt to be part of the program at Kuredu, or at Landaa Giraavaru Rehabilitation Centre. Other resorts are also host to a variety of conservation programs, such as coral reef seeding. If you are interested, email the resort to check in before heading down. 

Where to stay: 

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa 

maldives baby turtles conservation

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa is home to sea turtles and is a hotspot for sightings with over 180 green sea turtles around the island. The resort has a resident sea turtle biologist from the Olive Ridley Project to make sure that the sea turtle population is doing great. 

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11. Ride a seaplane for the first time on your Maldives honeymoon

maldives seaplane maldivian airways
Photo via Maldivian Airways

Some resorts are reached faster via a seaplane, and here you hover over the many islands with a stunning bird’s eye view. We absolutely loved our first seaplane experience! You can also opt for SeaPlane excursions by Fly Me in South Ari Atoll for around 20 minutes. Savor this azure paradise from the skies! 

12. Go deep-sea fishing at night

deep sea fishing maldives
Photo via Vakarufalhi Island Resort

Most resorts have fishing trips out at sea. For any wannabe Hemingway, this is a great experience! Head out during the day for tuna and sailfish, or at night to catch grouper, snapper, squirrelfish or barracuda. End off the day with a barbecue feast of your day’s catch.

Best time to travel to the Maldives

November would be your best bet.

Though Maldives experiences mostly good weather all year round and rain does not last long, the best weather is experienced between November and April. Note that peak season begins from December to March, and the monsoon season runs from May to October. You should be outdoors for most of your Maldives honeymoon experiences, so it might be worth paying slightly higher prices to stick to the dry season, as rainy days often leave you with nothing much to do but to relax in your resort room, which isn’t all that bad either.

Frequently Asked Questions About a Maldives Honeymoon

1. Do you need a visa to visit the Maldives?

No, Visa-free travel is available for ALL nationalities and you will receive a 30-day tourist visa when you present your passport at immigration.

Exceptions to this are Indian nationals and Bruneian nationals and residents as they get 90 days and 15 days visa free entry respectively.

2. How many islands make up the Maldives?

There are exactly 1,192 islands in the Maldives and are grouped into 26 atolls that have 122 resort islands. The country has two types of islands: the private resort islands and the local islands. In the past until 2009, tourists were only allowed to stay in private resort islands, but now they can also stay in local islands.

We’ve tried both types of islands; stayed 4 nights in Maafushi the local island, and explored The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives and Soneva Fushi. All the experiences were incredible, and it all depends on your budget and style.

3. Are alcoholic beverages allowed in the Maldives?

A strict Muslim country, the Maldives has an alcohol ban in place but alcoholic drinks are available on resort islands. Do not purchase duty-free alcohol as the scanners in the airport will pick them up and will be taken away upon entering the country.

Most Maldives resorts offer all-inclusive packages that include alcohol, so you don’t have to worry about your booze.

4. Is there a dress code in the Maldives?

In the local islands of the Maldives, it is prohibited to wear bikinis and skimpy clothing. These islands may have a designated place on the beach where you can wear bikinis, but please keep in mind to respect the local culture and cover yourself up when visiting Male or the local islands.

We also suggest wearing pants and cover the shoulders before or when arriving at the Male airport.

5. What is the significance of the day, Friday, to Maldivians?

For Muslims, Friday is a holy day as this is when the most important prayer of the week occurs. During this day, operations are run slightly different than normal. The most noticeable thing is that lunch will be a little later than normal.

6. Is bacon served at restaurants and resorts?

As the Maldives is a strict Muslim country, pork is not allowed on local islands. However, it is allowed on private resort islands and most of the restaurants serve pork and chicken sausages.

7. How many days should I stay in the Maldives?

The thing about the Maldives is when you get there, there is a chance that you’d want to stay forever because of all the country has to offer. With its 1,192 islands to explore, every island is different from the other. Depending on what you want to do, consider going on your Maldives honeymoon for a few weeks to really immerse yourself in the culture and different parts of the country. If you are limited by budget, we highly recommend a minimum of 5 nights to fully enjoy your Maldives honeymoon.

8. What is the currency in the Maldives?

The currency in the Maldives is the Maldivian Rufiyaa, 1 SGD is approximately 11.29 Maldivian Rufiyaa (as of 10/18/2019). 

For couples on honeymoon, you don’t necessarily need cash when staying at your respective resorts as the charges will be charged to your room and credit card on file. For tipping the local staff, it is best to tip using Maldivian Rufiyaa, USD, Euro, or GBP.

ATMs are only found on the mainland, Male and at the airports. There is a local bank at the airport where you can exchange your foreign currency, but most resorts also do change your foreign currency to Maldivian Rufiyaa.

We suggest having Maldivian Rufiyaa cash on hand when visiting the local islands or Male.

 

We hope this Ultimate Maldives Honeymoon Guide has helped you in your Maldives honeymoon planning, and best of luck making that dream a reality! If this has helped you in any way, please do share the love with your friends. Feel free to drop us a note too if you have any questions or concerns! Enjoy!

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