Hostels in Maldives Hostels in Maldives

You are looking for hostels in Maldives? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Maldives hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Maldives.

All Cities in Maldives

We list every single hostel in Maldives and the world. In total, we have 13 cities in Maldives for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Maldives hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Maldives. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Maldives

The Maldives is an archipelago located near the country of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean, just north of the Equator. The country features over 1,000 islands of varying shapes and sizes. The tropical climate, clear seas, white beaches, palm trees, and diving are some of the many attractions on the islands.

You might not have thought so, but a holiday in the Maldives is quite affordable if you stay in the right places. While the resorts are expensive, these are only to be found in and around the capital, Male. Hostels are available in most of the populated islands at very low prices.

The people running the hostels are friendly and welcoming. Many of them speak English, so staying at a hostel won’t include a language barrier. Look for hostels in Male if you can, as many of the tours and attractions can be found here.

You should also visit some of the local markets while staying in Maldives. The restaurants are affordable too, and the cuisine is spicy and you'll have a choice of local delicacies. Getting around is easy enough, as there are ferries running to and from the more populated islands. You can also rent a speedboat to organise your own trips.

Male is the capital city. It is home to many religious and historical sites. One of these is the Hukuru Miskiiy, or the Old Friday Mosque. Built in the 1600s, it is one of the oldest and largest mosques in the country. There are many other parts of Male to check out, such as the National Art Gallery, the National Stadium and the Sultan’s Park.

If you are someone who likes peace and quiet, you should skip a visit to the island of Maafushi. With its overcrowded beaches and expensive restaurants it is a haven for tourists, but is also noisy and can be a rather dampening experience.

However, the island of Mahibadhoo is a great place to visit. It is clean, colourful and full of life. Snorkeling is one of the activities you can engage in and you can take trips to the other, quieter islands around like Isdhoo and Dhanbidhoo.

Another fun activity for the marine explorer in you is to go diving at the Banana Reef. This protected marine site is full of diving and snorkeling activities with undersea caves, cliffs and overhangs. The coral reef is covered with species of fish and underwater plant life, a spectacular and world renowned place to stick your head below the surface.

While in the Maldives, you should make it a point to sample the local cuisine. Outdoor dining is the best way to experience the delights on offer. After a filling meal, you can take a fishing trip to one of the many reefs and fishing spots. Fishing is a fun, relaxing activity that can leave you feeling very fulfilled.

You can also take a spa day at one of the many spas on the islands. Prices can be on the expensive side, so be prepared. If you prefer to go exploring instead, visit the Fish Head, a world-renowned diving spot where you can swim with the sharks.

expert for Maldives hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Maldives hostels Jakob Lombardi

Travel Tips for Maldives - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Maldives. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Maldives. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Maldives

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Maldives?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Maldives here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Maldives safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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