Happy August everyone! How on earth are we on our last month of summer already? Following on from my Sri Lanka diaries, here is a little photo diary feature of our trip to the Maldives.
Our island was Ukulhas, a one hour and twenty minute boat ride out from Male, the capital. Honestly the boat part was awful, I get very bad seasickness and the waves were extra choppy!
It was so worth it to arrive on such a stunning island! Ukulhas is known for being one of the cleanest and environmentally friendly local islands and we were given the warmest welcome and service during our three days. A few other European tourists were also staying on the isle!
Once luggage had been unloaded and transported, we were shown to a beach clearing where we rested off the journey and adjusted to life on the ground again aka wondered if I was alive.
The climate felt amazing, so hot, with a gentle, warm breeze. After sipping from island coconuts and resting with lovely cold flannels came the chance to find our rooms and explore around.
The beach itself was literally a few meters from our inn, it was amazing! The isle had strong Muslim customs so I took care to cover up when not at the beach, even though it was really relaxed, with 'Friendship day' on Sundays. Everyone went for BBQs and volleyball on the beach!
A pretty shell I found! I later returned it to the sea for other sea creatures to find and live in. Drying off in the evening, we listened to sundown prayers being broadcast over the island. There was a large selection of different foods, especially seafood dishes, and the sweet chilli chicken was so good. Pork is forbidden in the Maldives, but the fruit was so sweet and fresh.
The sea was just like a heated swimming pool, so nice and warm and turquoise blue. I wore shoes while swimming just in case - didn't want to step on anything in the sand haha! - but I didn't go right out to the reef. You could look through the water and see pieces of coral on the sand.
The white sands were filled with adorable critters like this li'l shell creature coming to say hello. He was very nervous but was overcome by curiosity once I'd left my camera still for a while. Tiny white crabs like little balls of fluff skirted around our feet in the sand and the bigger ones came out of their holes in the evening, they were huge! I loved watching them dig their homes.
We enjoyed a little excursion I got seasick again out to snorkel around one of the other isles not far away. Sadly I couldn't take my camera as it was a water trip but I was soon glad as everything - me, my cossie, the towels, my t shirt etc - got soaked! We stopped off at a site where the water was really calm and reached up to my neck and it was glorious, floating and swimming around.
I'm not a water baby at heart (Leo kitten) and actually hate putting my head under, so this was perfect for me as I didn't feel out of my depth. I splattered back on to the boat and found sand everywhere; I ended up doing the walk of shame back to the inn in my towel. We came up close to another isle, with the little huts stretched out in to the sea, like in the Pinterest photos.
Thank you so much for your kindness and thoughtful comments!! I'll be doing a lot of replies and visiting back over the weekend, it's lovely to meet you. I hope you enjoyed my Maldives journal as much as the Sri Lanka diaries. Near or far, where do you love to travel?♡