Maldives Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by globetrott
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by globetrott
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by globetrott

Maldives Off The Beaten Path

  • Avoid Carrying local currency

    There are two things in maldives one can expect in the maldives1. Its easier to find a Dollar in Maldives than anywhere else in the world2. Donot expect free drinking water anywhere in the MaldivesAll resots prefer USD, Euro or Plastics, even all local shops on the local islands would prefer to deal in USD, If you convert to local currency you...

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  • All Inclusive is not All Inclusive

    Many People take tha all inclusive package to enjoy alcohol drinks, at some resorts the all inclusive package would allow you to have selected brands, at times water and soft drinks are not covered in the all Inclusive package

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  • Male, the capital of Maldives

    The Capital of Maldives, Male, is a small island that lies in the North-Male-Atoll.In the year 1900, the city had 2000 inhabitants, but now, 75000 people live here.The architecture of the city is modern and the beautiful buildings are visible far over the sea.The island is shared into four districts: Henveiru, Maafannu, Galohu, and...

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  • NO PLACE TO GO

    Officially the Maldives has no such place as off the beaten path. You would just fall into the ocean and be carried away by the tide. Get back on that sunlounger and get a beer now! You are not going anywhere for a week or two. It's the law - of nature. Click on the picture, 5 great views of the islands!

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  • BIOT (Sailors meeting point)

    In theory you need permission to get to the Chagos archipelago, composed by 65 atolls, either by USA or British military authorities, However, you will not be allowed to visit Diego Garcia atoll, in the Chagos archipelago, because of the US military base, the greatest base outside USA, with over 4000 soldiers (it is expected that Chago people, the...

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  • The city is progressing and up grading

    You could walk every section in Male and watch construction and upgrading in progress. In coming years this city will be high tech and more to come..!!

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  • Discovering local animals

    As already said, Velidhu island is small, but it has a very rich flora and fauna. Just enter the vegetation bushes and approach the luxuriant mangroves: if you pay attention, you'll discover a little universe of animals, such as the big lizard of the photo (sorry, I don't know its scientific name). Other animals you may encounter are for example...

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  • Sealife Watching

    One of the great things about the Maldives is how brave the sealife creatures are. If you just stand on one of the jettys and peer into the water, especially in the evening time. You will see a vast array of creatures from all different varieties of fish, reef sharks, and rays. I found the best place to view these were on the Water Bungalows of the...

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  • Beach Walking

    While probably not much of a suprise. You will find that one of the best activities is just walking down the beaches. You can walk around the whole of sun Island in maybe an hour. Don't worry about finding it all too 'samey'...The beaches atround Sun Island are so varied, with one side being all secluded, quiet, and corally waters, with the other...

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  • Crab Race

    In Maldives, there is this very popular activity call crab race. I have read other review posted from other resort so I suppose is common in Maldives.Is actually nothing much except that they caught the crab which is abundant everywhere in Maldives. I saw alot crawling around tress at the resort. They are found on land. I do not know if they are...

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  • Maldivian Picture

    I particularly like the picture paint in Maldivian style. Found 3 very nice picture that they hung on the wall of the main restaurant. I always felt happier seeing the picture. I am a very sentimental person. A picture tells you alot of the country.

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  • Native Life

    From our resort, they offered a chance to go to an island that was not a resort,, but was where a lot of the indigenous islanders lived. It was very intersting and informative. At the resort, you barely got to speak to anyone who was an actual islander. I dont know if that was resort policy or not.To actually meet with people who lived there all...

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  • Sea life

    One of the great things about this island is the freedom to snorkel whenever you feel like it. Snorkelling around the house reef can reveal some breath-taking fish (and perhaps the odd baby shark - which are harmless[!]). Excursions are organised + may be part of inclusive package for snorkelling and Manta Ray (depending on season).

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  • gardens

    the gardens were kept looking very good , the palm trees and all the flowwers must keep them very busy,

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  • Sunsets

    It doesn't matter where you are i the maldives... sunsets are always to die for. And every night they are differnt - significantly different. sometimes they are mostly orange and gold, other times the sky turns red like blood, and some more times you can see the whole palette of colours - from yellow to black - with orange, red and blue thrown in.

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  • Trip to nearby islands

    Even if you are alone and staying in Maale island , i would recommend you day trips to nearby islands like Villingili or Giravaru etc. It would be fun for sure, trust me !!

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  • have a rest

    around the swimming pool and face to the beach. you could lie on it after dinner, enjoy the smooth breeze and nice sound of waves.

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  • Palm Tree

    There are a lot of palm tree in Shanghai since last year, don't know where did they get them, seems fake.... :( I love real palm tree!!! :)))

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  • nice guy

    He is a nice guy from Sri Lanka. I felt a bit guilty that I could not remember his name. We lived on the other side of the island. But he kindly let me get in the empty house above the water... which is much more expensive than our room :) That's why I could take the pic below ;) Thanks him and I will remember his nice smile forever...

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  • Desert Island.

    A must is to go on the dhoni trip to the deserted Island.If your lucky like us then you will only get a few other people going and the island is absolutely beautiful.The snorkelling is great and we saw lots of small reef sharks.

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  • Explore the Island

    Meeru is one of the larger Maldivian resort islands. It takes about forty minutes to walk round it (and about two hours to snorkell round!). At any one time there might be more than 500 holiday makers on the island, but because of its size it never feels crowded. You can always find a stretch of beach that you can call your very own.The island...

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  • Do lots of walking !

    Just strolling round the Island in your bare feet with the hot sun beating on you is lovely.Walking round the Island takes about an hour and you can just stop off at the bar for a cold drink or a quick swim in the shallow lagoon.Afternoons are so relaxing on Sun Island !

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  • snorkelled

    I snorkelled nearly 30 hours, identified over 100 species of fish and swam with sharks, turtles and rays.

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  • Scuba Diving

    I discovered a beautiful resort, lovely local people and an underwater paradise that exceeded our every expectation.

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  • Island hoping is the thing to...

    Island hoping is the thing to do at the Maldives!Don't stay 2 weeks on one island. It might get boring after a while.Stay 3-4 days on one island and than hop to another!

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  • There is a nice park behind...

    There is a nice park behind the big mosque. It's really nice to go for a walk and you can meet gentle people there ;-)

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  • Go walk along the waterline...

    Go walk along the waterline about 10 minutes before sunset (about 6 every evening). I saw little sharks patrolling the coast, a rog swum by and all the crabs came out of their hiding places when the beaches were deserted. I went every day and it's beautiful to see the animals in their natural enviorment. Also look for bats during the day, they are...

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  • VERY HARD TO WANDER TOO FAR ON...

    VERY HARD TO WANDER TOO FAR ON THIS ISLAND AS YOU CAN WALK ROUND THE WHOLE THING IN LESS THAN TEN MINUTES. LOOK OUT FOR GIANT BATS HANGING FROM THE BRANCHES OF TREES DURING THE DAY, ALSO LARGE COLLECTION OF LIZARDS, AND LOADS OF HERMIT CRABS RUNNING AROUND LOOKING FOR LARGER OR NEW HOMES AT SUNDOWN

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  • Himmafushi: Local people are...

    Himmafushi: Local people are waiting for you to buy some things. Very poor island (I think all of them are the same). Anyway You must see it, just to know the real true behind life in Maldives.Included in Island hopping program on Paradise Island.

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  • SUNSETSSunsets in Maldives...

    SUNSETSSunsets in Maldives are breathtaking. You just sit in fron of the hut, staring at the horizon, and see the sun sink while those little fishes jump in front of you and birds sing in the trees... Oh, I'm getting too romantic now!!

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  • SHOPPINGIf you gotta do some...

    SHOPPINGIf you gotta do some shopping, hotels use to be quite expensive. Wait till you visit Male, the capital, and buy all those things in one day here

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  • Notice the difference in the...

    Notice the difference in the stones. The pointed ones are for men and the round for women. Also note the sizes are different, the taller the stone the older the person.

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  • A trip to the capital of Male...

    A trip to the capital of Male is worth the visit. The tour takes you to the grand Mosque an old gravesite a park and the fruit market. The rest I will let you find out for yourself.

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  • Dhiffushi relies on fishing...

    Dhiffushi relies on fishing and the neighbouring tourist islands for it's economy. Although 'poor' by our standards, most islands provide all of the basic needs for their inhabitants, food, accomodation, health care and education. Each island is a village unto itself ranging in size from 700 to 9000 inhabitants, though in the case of the capital,...

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  • When you are on your resort...

    When you are on your resort island, surrounded by luxury and in the company of your fellow guests, it's easy to forget that outside of this mini-paradise Malidives is to all intents a third world country. They do not suffer with starvation, homelessness, disease and social unrest in the way that many third world countries do, which is to be...

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  • Visit some of the local...

    Visit some of the local islands if you can. Your resort will organise 'island hopping' tours (by boat). At Meeru there is a neighbouring inhabited island Dhiffushi only 200m away off the southern tip. A Dhoaini boat will take you there (the 4 boys at the front of the boat are 'navigating' it through the narrow coral channels, giving signals to the...

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  • I think it is always nice to...

    I think it is always nice to visit an inhabited island and see and feelthe life of an islander.Watching them catch tuna for instance or weaving a basket can be very nice.Its lovely to taste the local cuisinetoo which is largely fish(tuna) based.

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  • Try to visit other islands if...

    Try to visit other islands if possible. Both to learn about the locals and to compare your resort. (photo - me in Paradise Island)

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