Best Maldives Tourist Sim Card And How To Buy A Sim Card in Maldives

Last updated on January 4th, 2021 at 02:30 am

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In this guide you will learn how to buy a sim card in Maldives and the best Maldives tourist sim card for your trip. Prices aren’t so affordable like other countries in Southeast Asia and Europe. And the connection was working very intermittent in local islands and luxury resorts too.

Most resorts, guesthouses and hotels around Maldives offers free wifi for its guests. Some resort islands might not have coverage and on inhabited islands. We had a few problems with internet connection during our stay in most of the hotels and guesthouses.

That’s why we recommend you to buy a Maldives tourist sim card if you need to be online while traveling in Maldives. We will tell you more details about the best sim card in Maldives, keep reading below!

Read here all the things to do in Dhiffushi IslandMaafushiGulhi IslandMaleHulhumale, Omadhoo Island and Thulusdhoo Island.

Read 40 things to know before visiting Maldives. And our review of Park Hyatt Hadahaa, the beautiful Kuramathi Island Resort and our Maldives itinerary

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SIM CARD IN MALDIVES AND BEST MALDIVES TOURIST SIM CARD

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First thing we have to say about internet and data connection in Maldives is working weak and intermittent in a few places. You will find in most of the local islands and luxury resorts 4G but only in a few places and not coverage the whole island.

Obviously the best thing you can do to connect online is getting a prepaid sim card in Maldives to connect anytime. We recommend you to get you to get in the airport since there is no big difference with prices and packages. But if you are staying in Male or Hulhumale you can check phone shops around.

It’s so useful to leave the airport with your prepaid sim card in Maldives. It can get so complicated to get a Maldives sim card in local islands or resorts. You will have to show your passport if you buy your Maldives sim card in the airport or even if you book online or in a local shop in the city.

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GETTING MALDIVES PREPAID SIM CARD IN THE AIRPORT

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You can purchase a Maldives tourist sim card right in Velana International Airport. If you are planning to stay 14 days in Maldives there are SIM cards for $30 USD and 17 GB. We bought this one when we arrived and we didn’t use so much since wifi worked good in Maldives just when moving around the islands.

And later we bought a local sim card for $2 USD and we were uploading load when we needed. 1 GB costs $5 USD but since wifi was working good enough we had with 1 GB for a week.

If you are planning to stay for 30 days in Maldives I would recommend you two things. Buying a package with so much data for 14 days and a prepaid Maldives sim card and top up for the other days. Or just buy two of them and turn on one by one 14 days each as you think that you will need internet.

Thulusdhoo, Gulhi, Dhiffushi and Maafushi had decent internet for us. But Omadhoo Island internet was terrible since it was raining most of the time.

WHERE TO GET MALDIVES TOURIST SIM CARD

Apart from the airport you can buy your Maldives sim card in the official shops in Male or Hulhumale near the airport just a few kilometers. You will find many of them everywhere. Just bring your passport they will explain their packages to get your prepaid Maldives sim card.

Obviously in luxury resorts everything is possible and staff can maybe purchase for you if you really need. There are usually daily speed boats or sea planes going from Male everyday.

BEST PREPAID SIM CARD IN MALDIVES

Maldives has two cell companies, Dhiraagu and Ooredoo are the two main phone operators in Maldives. And we bought both of them a package with Dhiraagu $30 USD valid for 14 days and 17 GB data and Ooredoo for $2 USD a Maldives prepaid sim card to top up $5 USD for 1 GB.

Dhiraagu in Maldives

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Dhiraagu in Maldives apart from the Maldives tourist sim card $30 USD and 17 GB valid for 14 days. You can also purchase a sim for $2 USD ($1 USD credit already) and top up. These are the prices of the packages and data connection in Maldives with Dhiraagu.

If you visit local islands like Maafushi or Thulusdhoo for sure you can top up in a phone shop. If you stay in a resort ask for help to the staff and they will do for you.

MORE PREPAID SIM CARD IN MALDIVES

Ooredoo in Maldives

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We didn’t buy Ooredoo package but prices are really similar. We decided to buy a sim card for $2 USD and top up when we didn’t have proper internet connection. Around $5 per 1 GB will be the price. You will see phone shops near the ports, airport and hotels in Male and Hulhumale.

If you visit local islands like Maafushi or Thulusdhoo for sure you can top up in a phone shop. If you stay in a resort ask for help to the staff and they will do for you.

MALDIVES POCKET WIFI

If you prefer Maldives Pocket Wifi a Hotspot can be the best option. You will avoid changing sim card and just landing in Maldives you will start getting data connection. Read here our full review of Tep Wireless Hotspot with all the details, prices, coverage and how it works.

You will get wifi when traveling and it includes truly unlimited internet, which is never cut off, regardless how much you use with unlimited wifi and can connect up to 5 devices. If you use more than 1GB in a day your connection speed will get slowed to 256kbs.

The connection speed will return to normal the next day. Click here, to buy your Tep Wireless Hotspot now. If you add the promo code GAMINTRAVELER you will get 10% discount!

If you prefer click here to get a discount Mladives Pocket Wifi with Klook!

SIM CARD IN MALDIVES CONCLUSION

If you ask me for a Sim Card Maldives Conclusion. Both of them Ooredoo and Dhiraagu have similar packages and prices. About coverage also it was quite similar and we didn’t find so much difference.

My best recommendation buy two different sim cards if you really need to work and top up if you don’t have proper wifi connection. I have to say since 2019 the connection is much better in Maldives than years before.

BEST TIME TO VISIT MALDIVES

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The best time to visit the Maldives is May to November. You’ll experience some rain during at this time, you’ll have the least company and the prices of the resorts are a little cheaper. 

December to April is the high season, which encounters the drier northeast monsoon and when most resorts rates rises. Click here to know when is the best time to visit Maldives!

Click here to know more about the weather in Maldives!

CASH AND ATM IN MALDIVES

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After you arrive at the airport in Maldives, there are ATM machines that you can use, but it is not advisable. It will give you Maldivian rufiyaa which is the currency in Maldives $1 USD is 15 MVR. But US dollars is a more famous and better way of paying especially if you’re a foreigner or a tourist.

Most resorts and other stores prefer US dollars for payment, but be sure to bring smaller bills like $1, $5 or $10. Use it to local transportation and small shops too.

Click here to know the exact exchange rate before you visit.

FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN MALDIVES

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Prices of Maldives food were on a budget and very affordable in local places but not in luxury resorts. You can get snacks for 2-3 MVR ($1=15.4 MVR). It´s very common for locals have tea with these snacks. You can have rice with fish curry for 25 MVR where they will give you a kind of chips for free, perfect for sharing the food.

Most of the dishes have fish and curry but you can also find chicken here A bottle of water costs 10 MVR while cookies and small snacks go for 5-10 MVR. Ice cream can be bought when the summer gets too hot at 20-25 MVR each. Foreigners’ meals cost $7-10 usd in local islands. It’s mostly just pizza and pasta, though. There is also Chinese food for around $5-6 USD per dish.

But a meal in a luxury resort can cost $50 USD and a bottle of beer $8-10 USD. So when visiting Maldives and book your package make sure what it’s included with food and transportation.

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN MALDIVES

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We stayed in a few places luxury resorts and local islands in Maldives. You can read here our thoughts: luxury resorts Vs local islands in Maldives. There are cheap hotels in Maldives starting from $30-50 USD depending on the season to luxury resorts starting from $200-300 USD. You also need to check how to get there since it can be extra cost for the speed boat or seaplane.

Most of them included breakfast so take advantage of that freebie. You can also use AirBnb; just click here to get $30 USD of your first booking with AirBnB. Or an even better choice for your budget is Couchsurfing, one of the many ways to sleep for free with locals.

Click here to find the best hotel deals in Maldives with Agoda.

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LOCAL TRANSPORTATION IN MALDIVES

Aside from inland vehicles such as buses, Maldives is composed of other smaller islands which means a boat or any water vehicle should be a must. There are ferries and speed boats prices can go from $3 USD a local ferry to $30 USD a speed boat.

You can go to Hulhumale via bus from the airport for 10-15 minutes. The ride only costs $1 USD or ride a speedboat to Thulusdhoo costs $30 USD and lasts 30 minutes.

Read here Speed boat Vs Slow boat in Maldives!

TOURS/ ENTRANCE FEES IN MALDIVES

There are many different tours in Maldives and the activities start from $15-50 USD depending on the duration. For $15, USD you can have a half-day trip with snorkeling and visiting a sandbar. 

For $30-50 USD, you can enjoy diving, watching sharks, dolphins, manta rays, and spending the day island hopping with lunch included.

Click here to find the best deals for booking your accommodation in Maldives with Agoda!

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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