Almost everything besides fish is imported in the Maldives, and as a result this is an expensive country. There is little cheap accommodation or transport. If staying on a resort island, budget as much as you can for meals, drinks, tips, and trips—at least $100 per person per day if possible. You can minimize the shock in many resorts by choosing an all-inclusive package, in which almost everything (except perhaps cocktails) is pre-paid. Credit cards are accepted on all the resort islands, and to a lesser extent in Malé.
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