Cost of Living
If you stay at one of the resorts, you don't need to carry cash
at all since everything will be charged to your room and you can
settle up before you depart with travellers' cheques or credit cards
(American Express, Visa and MasterCard are best). It's best to carry
US dollars; however, British pounds, German marks and Italian lira
are all acceptable. You will not need Maldivian rufiya unless you
use local shops and services.
Tipping is officially discouraged in the Maldives. Unofficially,
if the service is good - and it usually is - it's customary to tip
waiters and room staff in your resort. US$10 per week is an appropriate
amount. Some resorts add a 10% charge, in which case
a tip is not necessary. Bargaining is only expected in tourist shops
in and around Singapore Bazaar in Male and at island village souvenir
shops where there are no fixed prices.