GalleryFamous for its honeymooners, over water villas, crystal clear waters & over a thousand coral islands, I was fortunate enough to sample life on some of the remote island communities on earth in The Dhaalu Atoll, in The South of the Maldives.
The vast expanse of islands covering 90,000 square kilometers is best (or rather quickest) tracked by Sea Plane, these 12 seaters planes not only give you the most scenic ride of your life, but defy everything modern day aviation conjures. Instead of the sterile airport experience, you get to smell of fuel, loud pounding of propellers and can sit within touching distance of barefooted aviator clad pilots. The only way to travel!
The local islands themselves still pride themselves on fishing and many inhabitants are working in the tourism sector. I wandered around the small island as the sun was setting, I was delighted to find a football match for local kids in progress & managed to get some candid shots of some local kids, this included two twins who were camera shy clinging to their mother for safety and a little girl who posed like any natural model, Maldivian future Kate Moss! I also found a cheeky young girl posing with her pet parrot, not something I’ve ever seen before.
As with many of the places I’ve be lucky enough to visit off the beaten track, the highlight was being invited into a local home for tea and tasty tuna snacks. This island was the true Maldives for me. Paradise.