Maldives prepaid sim card guide
- The Maldives is probably one of the most expensive destinations to visit. Switching to a local sim card will help you to save money on calls and data. Beware that most resorts overcharge guests for internet connectivity as high as $20 per day in some hotels. Purchasing your sim card and having your data plans will save you over $100 while in the Maldives.
- Currently, the Maldives has only two network operators:
- Both Dhiraagu and Ooredoo have relatively good networks but Dhiraagu has the widest coverage and the largest market share.
- To purchase a sim card you must fill out a purchase form and present your passport to the vendor.
- Both providers have kiosks at the arrivals area of Male international airport. Turn right as you exit luggage claim on your way to the ferry booth. Their kiosks are next to each other, it allows visitors to compare which provider has packages that don't them best. Both shops are open every day from 7 am to midnight. On Fridays, the shops close from 11 am to 2 pm.
Note: In the Maldives, there's a compulsory 6% goods and services tax included on sim card purchases and top-ups. If the sim card or top-up is made in a tourist facility the goods and services tax is 12%. Quoted prices are usually not inclusive of this tax and you'll add the extra tax amount while making payment.
Dhiraagu Sim cards
- Dhiraagu has 100% coverage in all inhabited islands. 5G has also started in Male.
- Dhiraagu's prepaid sim card costs MVR 30 and comes with MVR 20 worth of airtime. You cannot top-up your sim card online using international credit cards, you have to buy top-up vouchers which are way overpriced in tourist areas because of the extra 12% tax. To avoid this buy a tourist sim card with prepaid packages that'll be enough for the period you'll be in the Maldives.
- Dhiraagu has 2 tourist sim card options, both are valid for 2 weeks:
USD 30 tourist sim card. This comes with 17GB, 150 minutes, USD 6 worth of airtime, and 150 SMS.
USD 50 tourist sim card. This comes with 30 GB, USD 10 worth of credit, 300 minutes, and 300 SMS.
Dhiraagu has several Wi-Fi hotspots especially in public areas in Male, Maafushi, and other major inhabited islands. Wi-Fi is charged, charges are deducted from your mobile account. Charges start from MVR 10 for 30 minutes to MVR 95 for unlimited 24-hour access. You need a login to access Wi-fi in hotspot zones. You'll get the login by sending an SMS to 414.
Ooredoo ( Previously Wataniya)
- Ooredoo does not have complete network coverage in all inhabited islands, see network coverage here.
Oredoo's prepaid sim cards cost MVR 30 and also come with MVR 20 worth of airtime valid for 60 days.
- Oredoo's data-sharing packs are the best budget options for families or groups. They have two packages:
- 10 GB for MVR 699 shared by 3 people.
- 25 GB for MVR 1300 shared by 5 people.