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Eight Weeks Cruising the Maldives

Our time cruising the Maldives is over! We entered the country on March 27th, 2019 and left May 22, 2019, for a total of 56 days cruising from north to south. Snorkeling & Diving With the exception of the megafauna (whale sharks and manta rays), the underwater life in the Maldives was very disappointing. There…

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Dhigurah: My Dream Maldives Vacation

After eight weeks in the Maldives, I can easily say Dhigurah Island in the southern part of Ari Atoll was my favorite stop.  What made it so wonderful?  It’s a little bit of all the best in the Maldives. Tourism in the Maldives is HUGE, but much of it is private island resorts.  There are…

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Swimming with Whale Sharks in the Maldives

Despite trying to swim with whale sharks in Ningaloo, and actively looking for them while sailing up Southeast Asia, I never managed to get a swim in with these amazing animals.  While, yes, technically I did swim with one in the Maldives, it wasn’t quite the experience I was hoping for. In Ari Atoll, whale sharks…

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Medical Care at Dhangethi Health Center

It all started with a little congestion in my ear. I first noticed it while snorkeling off Rasfari Island with our friends on Slow Flight.  We were looking for the manta ray cleaning station that was supposedly in this area.  I didn’t feel the pain until I tried to dive down and discovered my ear…

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Exploring the Abandoned Zitahli Resorts on Dholhiyadhoo

A small atoll in the Maldives named Dholhiyadhoo was set to be the home of a new, luxury resort in the Maldives from the same company that built the Zitahli Kuda-Funafaru Maldives.  The project was slated to be finished with a grand opening in 2011.  However, someone defaulted on the loan, and this year the property was finally…

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Utheemu Island, Maldives

Most of the tourism in the Maldives is all-inclusive resorts or liveaboard dive boats.  There are definitely some benefits of the tourism industry here, such as the government requiring resorts to employ a certain percentage of locals or the tourism industry boosting the economy.  The Maldives went from being one of the twenty poorest countries…

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Uligamu: Formalities and our First Taste of the Maldives

We arrived in the Maldives from Trincomalee, Sri Lanka after five days at sea with spectacular sunsets and a dolphin escort.  We were dropping anchor on March 27th, our anniversary!  Already, we were stunned by the beauty of these atolls, and excited to be spending 6-8 weeks in the Maldives. Anchoring in Uligamu Anchoring in…