This hasn’t meant South Africans have wholesale given up on international travel.
In a sense, the rand’s weakness has led South Africans to be even more adventurous travellers.
Our guest houses on islands close to our capital, Malé, like Hulhumale, Maafushi and Thulusdhoo now provide accommodation that suits all pockets.
These islands also offer the same white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters the Maldives are famed for along with facilities like dive schools, restaurants, and spa treatments.”The development of budget travel options is not the only reason behind the increase in South Africans travelling to the Maldives.
When to go: The best time to visit is between November and March, because the rest of the year will see virtually guaranteed rain.
However, surfing season runs from March until October – while you’ll see some rain, resorts will be at their cheapest.
In the dry season the sea is calmer and the sun shines more often, which means visibility can be over 30m.
Also take note of when Ramadaan is, as this will affect where and what time you can eat in populated centres.
Food to try: Coconuts and tuna are the islands’ most popular dishes, usually served along with a starch.
With our go-to destinations proving heavy on our pockets, we’ve seen an increase in travel to new, cheaper destinations. Even more recently, South Africans have been "discovering’’ the Maldives as a holiday destination that, as its motto says, promises visitors “the sunny side of life.” Made up of 1 192 islands and 26 geographic atolls, the Maldives has an island for virtually every purpose.
South-East nations like Thailand and Malaysia have particularly benefited from this shift. From newlyweds to business conferences, the Maldives can cater for everyone.