I have finally managed to sort out the millions of photos we took on honeymoon in the Maldives (I might have to do this in 2 posts so I hope you enjoy looking at azure blue water and pale white beaches??) It’s difficult for me to articulate just how beautiful and special the Maldives really is but I will try my best to explain it. After a 10+ hour flight from London, the scenery starts to change from the arid desserts of the Middle East to the clear blue water of the Indian Ocean, with hundreds of islands dotted around as far as the eye can see - it’s probably one of the most breath-taking sights I have ever seen. After a rather hairy landing in the manic, hot, crazy capital city of Male - the smallest capital in the world (it’s only 6 km2 or 2 sq mi), we took a 30 min speedboat to our resort island. We spent the week eating the most delicious fresh fish and curries, exploring the diverse coral reefs and generally soaking up the hot equatorial sun. Each island is as self-sufficient as they can be with their own desalination plants and electricity run from generators. As much food as possible is cooked on the island (our hotel had it’s own bakery which was AMAZING) and that which can’t be produced is imported from neighbouring India or Sri Lanka – this means that the Maldives is a fairly expensive destination but understandably so.
I am already missing the lazy afternoons spent lounging around on the beach, watching the rays and sharks and listening to the eerie afternoon call to prayer over the water…. pure bliss!
All images via Wishful Thinking