Maldives – yes there is a paradise

September 13, 2009 at 7:34 am 4 comments

Maldives island in the Indian Ocean
Maldives island in the Indian Ocean

Only as I left the Maldives did I see the overall pictures of the over 1,190 islands that make up the Maldives.  Just south west of Sri Lanka (which itself is just south of India), the Maldives has about 200 inhabited islands, most of which are only a foot above sea level.  From the air, the islands look like big pus pimples in a deep blue ocean.

The islands are definitely the paradise that everyone raves about.  And they are as expensive as people say.  But idyllic.  Take the time to do your research on the over 80 tourist islands – they range from about 90$US a night to over $25,000 US but then you have the whole island to yourself.

In my 8 days there I stayed at two resorts.  They all have their own pluses and minuses and focus on different things.  Of course the Maldives is a haven for scuba diving and snorkelling.  The fish are so amazing.  We saw stingrays, parrot fish and so many other beautiful fish in a rainbow of colours.  The best part of it was snorkelling in a multi coloured swimsuit and having the same multi colour fish swim around you.  Very cool. 

Of course most of my time was spent working in the capital – Male.  A cross between Havana and Miami with a slice of narrow, cobble-stoned streets that maze around the island in no apparent pattern.  When I walked off the boat at 630pm it was Ramadan and all taxi drivers had disappeared off the streets to break their fast for the day.  I wandered the city for an hour looking for my hotel – with my backpack, my laptop and my purse.  Thank goodness I packed light!   Like New York, Male has built tall buildings to accommodate the population and take maximum advantage of being surrounded on all sides by blue, blue water.  Ironically, the beach in Male is an artificial one!

I certainly look forward to exploring the country a lot more.  Here are some pics of the islands and Male.

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  • 1. Nathalie VB  |  September 13, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Judy,

    Good to catch up with you, Maldives sound amazing of course – and fairly safe, considering the heavily laden walk about town! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Good for you with all the good news in Islamabad, enjoy the work extension.

    I`ve been busy since back from holiday getting the kids ready for school. After a year of fear and trepidation, J is happy and adjusting well in grade 7 in her arts school. She`s been placed in the advanced class due to her past grades. She complains about the homework, but she is still pleased to be there with her girlfriend.

    Our family trip to France went very well – Eiffel Tower – kids went bananas, spent as much time mulling over the souvenir trinkets than on sightseeing itself. Got portraits done in Montmartre, browsed the `bouquinistes` on the Seine and the university bookstores in the quartier latin, and tried many icecream spots. Then, with more oohing and aahhing from the kids, took the TGV to Grenoble, and spent two weeks in a village of 1600 people, where we reconnected with a lot of my cousins and their kids, went mountain hiking and many afternoons at the pool. Received many invitations to stay in other places, which we will follow up on in 2-3 years`time. Kids came back with great memories and great images and stories for the inevitable `what did you most enjoy this summer` writing exercise for school.

    I came back well-rested and with a readjusted perspective on life. I`m looking forward to implementing some changes over the next month. Work-life balance will finally be a real possibility.

    all the best, Nathalie.

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  • 2. Scheherzade Rana  |  September 21, 2009 at 2:56 am

    JJ. All of your chatter about Isbad made me very homesick. The Margala’s, the fantastic fruit and bakeries, restaurants…oo much fun. We used to summer in Nathia Gali as well. Have you made it out to the Islamabad Club yet? They would have some fun gig’s around the pool in the evenings. Good ridiing as well. Too funny that you mention the staring men That used to drive me insane. I would shout at them in Urdu and say things like “is that how you would want someone to look at your sister. shame on you” or “what are you looking at? have you never seen a woman before”. They would avert their eyes immediately then. Still of course you are a white woman so that is a whole other ballgame. All places have their pro’s and con’s – that is for sure. How long is the Maldves gig? Hopefully you’ll be able to skip the other weather extreme – Ottawa winters.
    Best,
    Sher

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  • 3. gaby  |  September 24, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    hi there,
    so nice to hear from you, and that you are—still—-having a good time—-sosososo—–far away from home. everything is fine here. had a week in manitoba for friend’s mom funeral, B loved the country side, both of us were 2 ft away from buffalos —-very neat. take good care, will talk soon again, L, gaby

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  • 4. maldives dive travel  |  September 28, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Maldives is indeed a paradise on earth! I’m glad that you enjoy your stay here. It is definitely one of the popular destination for scuba divers and honeymooners…

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