Best of the Maldives: Skydiving – Shangri-La Vilingili

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Look! In the sunny cerulean sky! It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s super Best Of! “Super” because skydiving in the Maldives is perhaps one of the most eagerly anticipated Best of the Maldives activity to date. It was featured in the very first “Haven’t Seen Yet” post nearly a decade ago. Since then, I have been teased regularly by a number of announcements that skydiving was coming to the destination. A number of initiatives never seemed to get off the ground (quite literally). Even the company who eventually pulled it off, Sky Diving Maldives, posted about it months before details actually were forthcoming. Until finally they teamed up with Shangri-La Villingili for a landmark jump. The plane takes off from neighbouring Gan airport and you land on Villingili island. Guests were able to sail through the blue sky towards the blue water in a tandem jump for $699.

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Tweet Seats

Elise Faust (Germany) - Sun Siyam Irufushi

Not quite the #TenYearChallenge, but another example of how things have so dramatically changed and expanded in the Maldives over the past decade. Back in 2012, I came across the first “birds nest” chair at Lily Beach. Now, they are standard equipment for fashion photoshoots. Here is a dozen eggs-cellent fahionistas in their nests…

  1. Elise Faust (Germany) – Coco Prive [ABOVE]
  2. MonNy Sirilak (Thailand) – Halaveli
    MonNy Sirilak (Thailand) - Halaveli
  3. Ekaterina (Russia) – Holiday Island
    Ekaterina (Russia) - Holiday Island
  4. Arinka Nazarova (Russia) – Holiday Island
    Arinka Nazarova (Russia) – Holiday Island
  5. Olga ST (Russia) – JA Manafaru
    Olga ST (Russia) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
  6. Atina Ivanova (Bulgaria) – Anantara Dhigu
    Atina Ivanova (Bulgaria) - Anantara Dhigu
  7. Natalia I (Italy) – Coco Prive
    Natalia I (Italy) - Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
  8. Melnik Katya (Russia) – Kandima
    Melnik Katya (Russia) - Kandima
  9. Carolina Miková (Slovakia) – Meeru
    Carolina Miková (Slovakia) - Meeru
  10. Natalia LaLonde (Philippines) – Velaa
    Natalia LaLonde (Philippines) - Coco Bodu Hithi
  11. Patricia Panigoro (Indonesia) – Velaa
    Patricia Panigoro (Indonesia) – Velaa – Prestige Asia
  12. Belinda Young (Taiwan) – Velaa
    Belinda Young (Taiwan) – Velaa