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4 Aug 2016

Travelling the Maldives

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? 

34 comments:

  1. Nice pictures, have a good day

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  2. Hello Elizabeth! ^^ what a beautiful scene! I am craving for a vacation now! lovely island. thank you for sharing this! Have a wonderful weekend! ♡

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    1. Hi Ryu, thank you so much! I wish I could go back haha, especially on a rainy morning like today's was :D awww have a wonderful one too! ♡

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  3. Wow, such beautiful pictures!

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  4. I'm so jealous, it looks like you've visited paradise!

    x Envy
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    1. Awww so sweet, thank you so much Envy!! ♡

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  6. Stunning photographs, looks like the most gorgeous place to visit! Lots of love from Mollie xxx | http://wwwtheperksofmolliequirk.blogspot.com

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    1. Wow thank you so much Mollie, so kind!! ♡

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  7. Wow gorgeous photos, i wish to go here its beautiful
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    1. Awww thank you so much Kerona! ♡

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    1. Thank you so much Teresa, that means so much! Of course! :D ♡

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  9. Lovely photos! Looks like paradise!
    I'm a near type a person, I prefer to travel within Europe.
    Hope you'll have a great weekend.
    Much love,
    Mona

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    1. Thanks so much Mona, so sweet! I'd love to see more of Europe, I've been to France and Spain but that's about it :D ♡

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  10. Wow, I hope to visit a place as beautiful as the Maldives one day! It looks so white and clean and pretty :D These photos do look like Pinterest photos haha, thanks for sharing them!
    I've never travelled outside of Europe, but the place I would always go back to is Italy - I'm pretty sure there are dreamy beaches just as this one there as well, I will find them one day :D

    Julia xx
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    1. Wow thanks so much Julia!! I'm so glad you like them, I've never visited Italy but it is my dream to :D Japan, Italy and to go back to Barbados... and Hawaii because it looks heavenly haha! ♡

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  11. Wow the Maldives looks so breathtakingly gorgeous-definitely very jealous,the place looks amazing!

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    1. Wow thank you so much Daisy, so kind! ♡

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  12. These photos are seriously gorgeous. The Maldives looks like an absolute paradise. I hope you had fun and enjoyed yourself.

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  13. Wow, this looks just wonderful, absolutely in love with these photos!

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  14. Nice blogpost dear! Have a happy weekend ««««

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  15. Wow, that sounds like literal paradise! I think I will need to put this on my list of places I must visit now!

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  16. You visited such a beautiful place! I love your photography, Lily xx

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  17. You have a very beautiful place, and i love your share

    Donya

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  18. I really want to visit the Maldives because of the amazing marine life and beautiful ocean. Your photos make it look like a dreamscape, I want to step into them!

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  19. Your photos are stunning, I have serious wanderlust now!!
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  20. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous. Love your look by the way! Very girly, yet retro. Great combo! xx

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  21. Love your pictures! Maldives is my dream destination, hopefully I will spend my honeymoon there!

    Yiota
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  22. These photos are beautiful! How fortunate you got to experience this paradise!

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