How to do a Male, Maldives layover on the cheap

Posted on August 28, 2015 by in TOP Travel Destinations


So I heard other blogs are spreading false rumors about Mighty Travels being too cheap – I want to refute this silly argument once and for all!

A good example is my latest layover where I visited in one day the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island and the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa – NOT. No I did not go out to the hotels at all.

Instead I continued to explore the ‘other side’ of the Maldives as I did before with Maldives on a budget of under $100/day and Things to do in Male, Maldives.

I arrived at 2.30 PM with Etihad into Male airport after a gorgeous approach over the islands (I always feel flying gives you the best views in the Maldives anyways).

I did not get any Maldivian rufiyaa – I marked ‘TRANSIT’ on my immigration card and walked to the bag storage at the international terminal information desk. It’s $5 per bag and 5 minutes later I was on the ferry for the main island which you can pay for with 1 USD note. This way you overpay by 50% but it saves you money exchange commission for these small amounts.

Male City has an artificial beach that is usually only frequented by the locals. It’s considered the worst beach on the islands. But I headed straight for it (10 minutes walk from the ferry arrival point).

The beach would still win awards in many places – it’s white sand, with blue water and a decent surf (broken by a sea wall). Yes it’s not as clear as in other places but it’s warm and somewhat clean.




I bought a water at one of the beach bars for $1 – changed into my bathing suit and floated for 30 minutes in the gorgeous water – pretty much all by myself on a Sunday afternoon. Some things money can’t buy…

After this treat I decided to go my favorite coffee shop on the island that used to be called Cafe’ier but has been renamed to Solo Coffee Shop. But it is still the same coffee 🙂 The place accepts coffee shop for the (cheap) shot of quality caffeine.

Since it started to rain my next stop was the nearby Seahouse cafe – it’s right on top of the ferry building and has gorgeous view of the runway, the Male city harbor and the waterways.




It also has awesome food and service. It just does not have alcohol sadly.

My favorite dish is the Chicken tikka tandoori – this time I had two of those for a grand total of $13.71 incl. drinks.

Seahouse is also one of the few places on the island with a rather speedy Internet connection. Good for doing some work while watching the sunset.

After taking the ferry boat back to the airport I was ready for my check-in and the airport lounge (the same lounge serves all premium passengers of any airline) which suddenly has very fast Internet.

This 8 hour layover cost me $25 and I had a blast. So now you must be convinced I’m not cheap, are you?

About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]

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