Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa (MVR), 1 rufiyaa = 100 laari. US dollars widely acccepted in tourist areas.
Local custom: Most services, dining, and hotels include a 10% service charge. Tipping more is not expected, locals do not tip.
Curated tipping suggestions:
Airport Car Rental/Terminal Shuttle: None.
Airport Car Service/Transport: None. On boats, US$2-5 per person but optional.
All Inclusive Resorts: Gratuities are included in rate, some people tip bartenders, waitstaff, and beach staff a small amount daily (you can wait to the end but service seems better when tipped early).
Hair Salon (general): None.
Hotel (general): A 10% service charge is included in rate/bill. Many resorts/hotels have a hidden Tipping Box for the unseen staff, we recommend US$20-40 per week.
Hotel Housekeeping/Room Attendant: US$2 left on a pillow daily (staff changes), more for messy rooms or special requests.
Hotel Porter/Bellhop: US$1-2 per bag, max $5.
Massage Therapist: Optional. A 10% service charge is included/added. If not, 5-10% of price (about US$5 per service).
Restaurant (general): A 10% service charge is included in price/bill, round up or leave change for good service.
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling: 10% of dive price (about US$5 per tank). For packages or multi-day, one tip at the end for the whole staff to divide is easiest but you may wish to give a little extra to anyone who delivered extra services.
Spa: Optional. A 10% service charge is included/added, if not, 5-10% of price (about US$5 per service).
Tour – Guide or Driver: Guide (all day) = US$10.
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