The underwater seascape in the Maldives is just as spectacularly colourful as the famous ocean vistas above albeit with a bit of a broader palette. Here is the latest collection of fish soup of the day pictures of these aquatic tapestries…
Every day in the Maldives is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius (and a whale-sized bit of Pisces too), though if you fall under a different sign, you can still find just the right holiday experience on the zodiac constellation at Mirihi. The Island Chief reports:
- “Air Experience (Aquarius, Gemini, Libra) – Zodiac Attributes: Air signs tend to be fun loving, free-spirits who are intrigued and fascinated by the world around them. Guests who book the ‘Air’ package will be invited to enjoy a private, beach movie night under the twinkling stars. Islanders will have a selection of iconic films to choose from, whilst they relax, toes in sand, on scattered cushions and beanbags. Those booking this experience will also delight in a planet-gazing lesson, where an expert member of staff will be on hand to teach guests how to use Mirihi’s very own high-strength telescope, whilst explaining the unique constellations in the night sky. Air package starts from $4,700 per couple for seven nights in a Water Villa on a half board basis including seaplane transfers.”
Not sure why Aquarius isn’t included in the “Water Experience”.
The latest surf-faring air transfer in the Maldives with a distinctly piscatorial picture scheme is FlyMe’s “yellow tuna” inspired seaplane…
- FlyMe is bringing four Twin Otter 300 series planes and plan to begin their operations by October. The colourful and newly designed Flyme’s seaplane livery is inspired by the yellowfin tuna, the most widely-caught, and possible the most well-known, tuna species in the Maldives.”
The flying fish in the Maldives are the biggest in the world…
International Surfing Day today. Maldives continues to be one of the top surf destinations in the world making for some of the best action photoshoots from there blending the graceful motion of the water and the wave riders.
- Flavia Natalini (Italy)
- Eden Gershon (Costa Rica) – Cokes Beach
- Mimi Albero (Spain) – Anantara Dhigu
- Monika Takaki (Brazil) – Chicken Surf Spot
- Marina Werneck (Brazil) – Thulusdhoo
- Ludovica Robaudo (Italy) – Paradise Island
- Kehau (Australia – USA) – Kanuhura
- Mari Stepanets (Russia)
- Sylvia (Spain)
- Melania Suárez (Spain)
- Josie Prendergast (USA) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
- Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
- Bianca Jade (South Africa)
- Kristie Murray (Australia) – Vadoo
- Lindsay Steinriede (United Kingdom) – Vadoo
- Erin Edwards and Crystal Jean deSilva (USA) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
- Eve Riviere (France) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
When we think of coral reefs, we often think of the hard corals whose calcium carbonate exoskeletons are the stuff that this destination is made out of. But just as dazzling to the undersea adventurer are the colourful soft corals that line walls and often caves on the reefs. And the best dive spot for soft corals seems to be Becky’s Caves according to a number of experts I’ve conferred with. It is a site for Advanced divers as the sub-aquatic display, described as “lots of soft corals all coming out like grapes” starts at 22 metres deep. The nearest resort, JA Manafaru’s “Sun Diving School” describes it as
- “This reef is the north side of Madulu Island. The top reef starts from 7 meters and drops down until 20-25 meters depth, showing all its beauty. It is a real wall reef, where you can meet napoleon fishes, red snappers and morays, lion fishes and different kind of nudibranches in the small overhangs. At the depth of 20 meters, one huge recess of the reef shows on one side a wall completely covered of soft corals of different colors; from yellow, pink, white to orange, a real universe of colors! Bring with you your torch and your camera: one fantastic dive for everybody but one rare show to see!”
I guess if the fashionista models won’t get out of bed for less than a certain amount, you can’t blame them for getting tired on their photoshoots and lying down on the job though it would seem that the ubiquitous jetty would be a tad uncomfortable. It does allow you to frame the shot with the natural colours and textures of the rough-hewn decking with the dazzling ocean blues adjacent, I guess.
- Eliza Budu (funkografik) [ABOVE]
- Sophie Choudry (India) – Naladhu
- Marinella Bezer (Romania) – Kurumba
- Carolina Santy (Mexico) – W Maldives
- Marie Gorokhova (Russia) – Paradise Island
- Monika Asenovaa (Ukraine) – Sun Island
- Roxana (Russia) – Plumeria
- Kate Onyshchenko (Russia) – Sun Island
- Sananas (France) – Hurawalhi
- Julia Bondarchuk (Russia) – Kandima
- Josefine Forsberg (Sweden) – Hideaway Beach
- Inna Nech (Russia) – Holiday Island
- Malia Murphey (USA) – W Maldives
- Martina Medau (Italy) – Vilu Reef
- Boriana Dimitrova (Bulgaria) – Anantara Dhigu
- Leila Joy (Australia) – Eriyadu
- Sukki Singapora (Singpore) – Finolhu
- Fã Clube Joana Costa (Brazil) – Anantara Kihavah
- Alana Kay (USA) – Anantara Dhigu
- Aleona Lynx (Russia) – AaaVeee
- An Nguy (Vietnam)
- Ednyr Marie (iCanada) – AaaVeee
- Karolina Wozniak (Poland) – AaaVeee
- Ksenia Tsaritsina (Russia) – Conrad Rangali
- Liliana Montoya (USA) – AaaVeee
- Lily Marie (USA) – AaaVeee
- Maggi Apa Bhavilai (Thailand) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
- Marianna Nagl (Ukraine) – Kurumba
- Olga Storozhuk (Ukraine) – AaaVeee
- Janie Tienphosuwan(Thailand) – Anantara Dhigu
When we were first considering going to the Maldives two decades ago, our friends described their trip and how they were on their resort island and saw another even smaller island across the water. They waded out a bit further to get a better look and before long they hade waded all the way across the lagoon to it (Rihiveli Beach). This one anecdote stuck in my mind more than others and seemed to capture the plot-of-sand-in-the-middle-of-the-ocean vibe more than any other illustration of the Maldives.
Since, then I’ve been on the constant lookout for miniscule islands as a part of the distinctive Maldivian aesthetic. With this post, I’ve even introduced a tag for it, “Mini Island”. The latest is this little sandbank with a touch of greenery and a small thatched cabana at The Residence Dhigurah. With the jetty passing so near, it might just be the closest of the detached mini-isles (thanks Francisco – long time fan of the original “mini island” at Rihiveli).
With the help of MIT, the Maldives are looking for some “homegrown” islands themselves. A study taking place at Taj Exotica, is investigating ways for islands to build themselves: “MIT’s bold plan to save the Maldives–and the world”. Ocean currents notoriously strip shorelines and sandbars taking their material away. The “Growing Islands” Self-Assembly Lab is looking at ways to turn that ocean force to advantage, but instead to get it to deposit sands onto the islands to build them up.
People often ask about the most authentic Maldivian island. A number of resorts are inspired by Maldivian tradition and local aesthetic, but by and large the resorts are enclaves of landlubber creature comforts shipped in. In fact, even the famous water villas were a concept imported from Bali. But “Nature’s Paradise” resort, AaaVeee, is really the ultimate “Maldives paradise” for sheer indigenous authenticity. Most everything on the island was made on the island, by islanders from materials from the islands.
For example, the stools in the bar are carved from a single coconut tree trunk (see photo above). And I have already written about their distinctly traditional Maldivian “koari” throughout the island (see photo below) and even its tradition breaking local snorkel guide.