Archive for December, 2010

The Maldives

Turquoise sea, white sands, amazing food, spectacular snorkling – no we haven’t gone to heaven – yet. This is the Maldives. A ten hour flight from London and a small aeroplane trip from Male and you are, what most people would consider, in heaven.

Accommodation is in small wooden villas with outside bath, shower, his/her basins, and a double size day bed. Frequently the (night) bed is decorated with rose petals. The views, interrupted only by the odd palm tree are of turquoise sea changing to dark blue further out into the Indian Ocean. This is the place to relax; read, have a spa or massage, play backgammon, table tennis, tennis, golf or simply eat and drink. The eating and drinking on the Maldives is taken quite seriously. You may have endeavoured hard to lose weight for your holiday, but the generous portions will, I’m afraid, completely ensure that you will need the gym on your return. Menus change daily and a couple of times a week, the entire restaurant is recreated on the beach for a huge b-b-q. Spectacular.

When you’ve had enough of being on land, you can snorkel or dive. We snorkled amongst many different types of vibrant coloured fish and surprisingly graceful sea turtles. The biggest fish we swam with were the baby reef sharks who seemed very comfortable swimming with us. Boat trips are also available for those who want to photograph the sunset across the sea, armed with the inevitable sun-downer cocktail.

The Maldives are experiencing visible climate change effects and suffer from encroaching sea levels resulting in land loss from these islands. It is probably best to visit now before these beautiful ‘in heaven’ islands of the Indian Ocean are lost forever.

This was a personal holiday of the author.

Images and text:  Lucy Elliott  wwwlucyelliottphotography.com