Maldives cost of living for the 20-something


The common question before Filipino expats decide the big move to another country is whether their potential salary can afford them a comfortable life while still being able to save a generous amount to send home to their families.

Truth be told, Maldives has the highest cost of living among its South Asian neighbors.

Allow me to break it down for you.

These calculations are based on a single female working expat based in Male' City. This may vary if you stay in island resorts or you're with family.

First, let's start with the average income:

    • Salary                  : 600 - 1,200 USD (including service charge)
Given on top of the salary are:
    • Food allowance   : Free to 200 USD
    • Accommodation  : Free to 300 USD
Bank rate currency exchange as of this writing: 1 USD = 15.42 MVR

Now, let's break down the expenses:

🏠 ACCOMMODATION
While all resorts provide decent housing for their staff, this is not always the case for Male'-based employees.


Type
Rate
Notes
c/o Employer
-FREE-
Usually alone or sharing this with 1-3 workmates;
Employer typically pays for utilities or gives provision so occupants will pay for the balance
Bed space
3,000 - 5,000 MVR
Usually with 1-3 roommates; Includes utilities
One-bedroom shared accommodation
6,000 – 10,000 MVR
This is renting one bedroom in a multiple-bedroom apartment;
Includes utilities


🍲 FOOD
Just like housing, some companies offer their employees either free meals or meal subsidies. If you're in the latter group, check the average grocery prices in MVR below:


PRICE
Rice
:  18/kg
1L Milk Carton
:  22
Water (5L)
:  14
Biscuits
:  12
Cooking Oil (18L jerry can)
:  350
Eggs
:  2
Chicken (1 kg)
:  40
Beef (1 kg)
:  75
Fish (from local fish market)
:  15/pc
Whole wheat pasta (500g)
:  
Soft drinks (500 ml)
:  12
Basic lunch for 1 pax
(simple cafeteria)
:  80
Basic lunch for 1 pax
(top restaurants)
:  150
Loaf of White Bread
:  14
Assorted groceries for 1 week (for 1 pax)
:  150

🚕 TRANSPORTATION



RATE
Taxi (fixed fare) 6am-12mn
:  25
Taxi (fixed fare) 12mn-5am
:  30
Addition for luggage
:  5
Ferry to Hulhumale
:  6
Ferry to Villingili
:  3.25
Speed boat to Airport
:  25

👧 PERSONAL CARE



PRICE
Paracetamol (Panadol)
:  1
Sanitary Napkin 8’s
:  35
Shampoo (330ml)
:  60
Toilet Paper (1 roll)
:  10
Deodorant (50ml)
:  30
Toothpaste (100ml)
:  25
Bath Soap (85g)
:  7
Liquid Detergent (1L)
:  50

💆 SERVICES

RATE
Haircut (no shampoo)
:  100
Manicure
:  350
Pedicure
:  400
Massage
:  400
Facial
:  600
Medical Consultation
:  200

🎉ENTERTAINMENT



PRICE
Movie
:  100
Drinks in Hulhule
:  800
Expat Parties in Resort
:  1,000
Coffee
:  70
Gym Membership
:  1,500
Cigarettes
:  70
Mobile Data (4GB)
:  300

Whether Male' is an expensive city or not will totally depend on your lifestyle!





💗 Spend wisely! 💗




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