Destination: Maldives

With the May 1 holiday last week in China, I took the opportunity to head to the Maldives with my friend S. For those that don’t know, the Maldives is a series of atolls southwest of India/Sri Lanka on the Indian Ocean. Made up of over 1,000 islands, around which 200 of which are populated, the Maldives has become a famous destination for divers and honeymooners with crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and amazing ocean vistas. Its also famous for being in danger of disappearing due to climate change issues, as the majority of the country sits only 1.5 meters above sea level.

This is at the Male airport. We took a twin engined prop plane to our resort.

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This is the view out the back of our over water room

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The same view at Sunset

Sunset dramaticus.

View of our water villas

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Out the back porch

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Not much was done these five days. Sun. Water. A little bit of diving. Eating (although the resort food got repetitive) Reading (Cloud Atlas which was very good, and Pacific Rims which was amazing). Much to S.’s chagrin, I played a lot of Candy Crush Saga. Sleep.

I am slowly uploading and editing the photos here.

Alas, I’m back in Shanghai and back to work tomorrow. More to come though – we spent a few hours in Male (the capital city) on the way out!

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2 Responses to Destination: Maldives

  1. WoAi says:

    Looks like paradise. I always assumed most people who visit are on their honeymoon. How’s the diving there? It always looks like the water is so clear you don’t need to dive as you can see everything from the surface!

    And excuse my ignorance – is Maldives anywhere close to where Somali pirates kidnap people? Is there any risk? When I read an English couple were kidnapped a while back, I just thought “you are complete idiots, why would you go sailing in waters you knew were dangerous”.

  2. Terence says:

    @WoAi – before it was a romantic destination, it was a diving destination. However, they got hit with El Nino about 6-7 years ago which killed/bleached all the coral and they are only now starting to recover, but I understand it’s a pretty serious diving destination. I went on one dive when I was there – but it was a simple off shore dive and not off a boat.

    It’s just southwest of Sri Lanka/India, so not that near Somalia/Africa. The native Maldivians are very close in culture and ethnicity to South Asians.

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