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Asia » Maldives » Ari Atoll March 5th 2018

When I walked into the lounge after dinner the bar tender tipped me a wink and slid a White Russian over to me… she didn’t seem to mind… (pause for laughter… yep, comedy gold!). Alongside the barman’s recollection of my drinking habits pretty much everything about Huvahendoo Island is stunning, including the price. My wife and I take pleasure in finding our inexpensive breaks, but we do treat ourselves and splash out every couple of years. The prices for holidays anywhere fluctuate seemingly randomly and this place weighs in at around the £500 a night give or take a hundred quid for even the cheapest beach apartments which we stayed in. So, is it worth it? It’s hard to describe heaven in an interesting fashion but no matter how many boxes you have ... read more
Sunset at the Aquabar
Blogger and large stone

Asia » Maldives » Ari Atoll November 23rd 2016

Dad and I decided Kyle shouldn't be having all the fun on this island adventure. He is going diving everyday, coming back with wild stories and photos of exotic looking sea creatures. If you know us at all, you know that we are not about to put our faces in the water, let alone go under water. So, we found a water adventure that was a little more our speed. We hopped aboard a submarine and followed the coral reef of our island underwater, but in an air-conditioned, private cabin. It was actually a lot of fun and we saw a large variety of fish--more fish than we could identify. They were all different colors and sizes and, in a way, almost looked fake they were so vibrant. We took some photos of some of them ... read more
School of Fish
In the Submarine
Large School of Fish

Asia » Maldives » Ari Atoll November 22nd 2016

Earlier in the month Kyle was focused on his bucket list item of running the NYC Marathon, but now he is focused on his dream SCUBA diving trip in the Maldives! When we originally thought about traveling to India, the goal was just to find a good place for Kyle SCUBA dive, but after further research we realized it would not be too much extra effort to get him to a top notch diving destination by adding the Maldives to the end of the trip. And once we heard that Kyle had it on his bucket list, we could not resist! So we showed up at Lily Beach in the Maldives with one goal: great SCUBA diving for Kyle. Kyle showed with an even more narrow goal: swim with whale sharks. (This is not to be ... read more
By the Dive Boat
Kyle's Night Dive
Swimming with Kyle

Asia » Maldives » Ari Atoll November 21st 2016

We visited the small fishing village of Mahibadhoo which was about a 45 minute boat ride from our island. It is home to 2,000 people who are mostly muslim. The island is so small, you can stand on main street and see the ocean to the north, the ocean to the south, the ocean to the west and the ocean to the east. The primary industry for the people of the island is fishing. The village, colorful and quaint, is untouched by tourism. It was a quiet and down-to-earth visit in contrast to the luxury of our island resort.... read more
Waiting for the Boat
Wall Art
On the Streets

Asia » Maldives » Ari Atoll November 21st 2016

It wasn't a short or easy trip, but we have landed in the Maldives. We left India on a little prop plane and landed in the capital city, Male. There we got a sea plane transfer which dropped us in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Luckily a boat was waiting for us and took us to the island of Huvahendhoo. Needless to say, it was worth the hassle. Here we are, in paradise. The noise, grit and crowds of India seem like a million miles away as we are surrounded by nothing but palm trees and clear blue ocean waters. Having a husband who loves to SCUBA diving has it's advantages. It is a sport that typically involves tropical locals, the dive centers usually partner up with a grand resort and there is no expectation ... read more
Aerial View
From Our Sea Plane
Beach Side Bungalow

Asia » Maldives » Ari Atoll November 18th 2016

There is no question one of the things we love the most about aa overseas trip is the opportunity to slow things down and observe the world. When we travel, we have the chance to sit back, breathe and actually savor moments like meals or coffee breaks. We are able to set the pace so that we can drop everything for high tea or just plop down at a cafe to chat and soak in the surroundings. If doesn't take an expert in human behavior to deduce that we really like to enjoy our meals. Yes, we like food. We like the process. We like the novelty of new foods. We like the comfort of good food. We like the culture of meal times. And, yes, we like the consumption! Kyle likes to joke that dad ... read more
Camp Bliss
Coffee at the Train Station
Orange County Coffee

Asia » Maldives » Ari Atoll October 26th 2014

After my Greece and Turkey trip this August, I didn't think I would go anywhere else until the rest of the year. I was wrong. I could not resist the temptation of joining my friends to go for a seven night live aboard in Maldives. How could I say no to a 45 meter, four deck yacht? After a great difficulty in getting clearance from work, I flew to the capital city of Maldives, Male, on October 4th evening and met 16 other divers who came from Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. Once landed at the airport, we were introduced to each other and transported by a dhoni, local wooden boat, to Maldives Princess, was a beauty! It was spacious enough for the 17 of us with a proper living room, a bar, a dining room ... read more
Seeing Manta from the surface
Can't get enough of sunset and sunrise
Beautiful coral and reef

Asia » Maldives » Ari Atoll July 30th 2014

After an incredibly relaxing first day on the island, where we had loaded up on breakfast, snacked on granola bars for lunch, and eagerly awaited dinner, we were ready for some fun. For dinner, we each wore a dress and had a happy hour fruity drink. Then we walked to the pier to take some photos and just love the idea we were in this incredible place. Dinner the second night was not as good as the first, but it was still good enough. It had rained intermittently during the afternoon, but we were still so happy with the weather - we had been told that it would rain and thunder every day. That night, however, the sound of rain against our roof woke us all up - it was absolutely insanely loud! I, of course, ... read more
Fun night
Swimming in Paradise
Off to see the dolphins

Asia » Maldives » Ari Atoll July 29th 2014

For the Eid holiday, my friends and I decided to make a quick trip somewhere. The Maldives was chosen finally after much deliberation and we were able to get a good deal for three nights and four days at the Holiday Island Resort. I had no idea where this was. I tried to look it up and there really is very little information out there about the Maldives, even though almost everyone who goes loves it. I guess not as many people have been fortunate to experience this island paradise, and so I encourage you to try it before the rising seas have washed them away. (Despite your beliefs in man-made vs nature, the sea level IS rising, regardless of the reason). Jamie and Joevet were coming from Abu Dhabi on Qatar Airways. They met me ... read more
From Male to another island
Entrance to our resort
Amazing sunset the first night!

Asia » Maldives » Ari Atoll March 14th 2014

Hello everyone... By the time I publish this blog I will be back ‘chilling’ in the UK… So as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean I am starting to write my final blog (for now) from Maafushivaru as the snow-capped Alpine peaks of Switzerland are calling me once more so it’s farewell to paradise in less than 24hours… There is such a fantastic atmosphere here on Maaf – I really will be sad to leave and I will miss everyone so much, especially Marie & Ron, Sara & Marco, Aude & Per, Jenny and Abdullah – thanks guys for the party last night... Massive and heartfelt thanks to everyone in resort who made me so welcome and whom I really will be sorry to say goodbye to. I imagine the Dhoni ... read more
Snorkelling Buddies - Sara, me & Jenny
Lagoon on Maaf
Sunset - Goodbye Maaf




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