Tipping in the Maldives can be very confusing though. A service charge is included in almost everything and the local government says that tipping is not encouraged and shouldn’t be done. However, everywhere you go you are expected to tip on top of the service charge. Don’t let tipping spoil your holiday though, A trip to the Maldives is a once in a life time experience! It is a place everyone that loves the water should visit. Use our tipping guide below to see how you should tip on your trip to the Maldives.
Taxis: You don’t have to tip the taxi drivers unless they go above and beyond or handle your bags. Then a few dollars is appropriate.
Hotels: You should tip the bellboy $1-5 per bag and the room boy $10-20 per week.
Restaurants: You should tip your waiter $10-20 per week. You will usually have the same waiter for your whole stay. You should ask before hand though.
Bars: Tip the bar staff about $10-20 per week.
Other: You should tip the boat staff about $5-10 per trip and the spa staff $5-10 per visit. This should be shared among the staff, assuming its not a very large group. If diving then you should tip each crew member. Be prepared to tip in the Maldives and you will greatly enjoy your stay!