Are there any places in the Maldives in which we can legally camp?

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    Been investigating the Maldives recently. My understanding is it's basically all atolls, with private resorts on them. Camping isn't really a thing there. Also it's crazy expensive :/
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 12:53
  • @MarkMayo They've actually liberalised lately and it's now possible to visit the regular non-resort islands and stay in homestays etc. No idea about camping though. Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 12:59
  • @MarkMayo any idea about other islands in the world ? Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 13:07
  • @jpatokal any idea about other islands in the world ? Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 13:08
  • @jpatokal yeah, I've read some TT forums about home-stays
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 13:14

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It is possible but not formally allowed. You have to ask for permission as a favor and then maybe you are allowed

Check: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g293953-c198707/Maldives:Backpacking.In.The.Maldives.Different.html

Camping Approval: Camping is possible, but not formally allowed, only as a favor with no guarantee, depends on how many people, days, and how you ask - best to go and negotiate directly with the Island Chief."

You should search and talk with this "Island Chief" but I dont know how and if at the end will be allowed. Anyways I will expect that it is not alowed due to the amount of tourism. Good Luck!


Yes. Although the government loves tourists who spend money, and most of the land is either owned by the government or people, you can go to Hulehule island and camp all you want.

Ziad EL Shurafa


You must provide a proof of accommodation/reservation to immigration upon arrival in the Maldives. If you do not have they might forbid you to enter the country.

The resorts will not allow you allow you to enter their island without having a room booked.

The local islands (where locals live ) might allow you to plant your tent but you will first need the authorization from the island chief.

  • And how can we contact an ISLAND-Chef ? Commented Jun 18, 2018 at 14:30

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