Okay so we went all out this October break. Normally, when we travel it is backpacker, budget style, but this trip we decided to opt for 5 star luxury. Ironically, when talking to colleagues about our accommodations, they informed me that we were doing the “backpacker trip of the Maldives”. In short, a trip to the Maldives is all about the luxury. There is no limit to the indulgences that can be sought out here. Even though we were apparently on the cheapest trip available there, our Mastercard got a workout and we felt like royalty. Here is a summary of our trip through photos.
You simply can’t beat the colours of the water and the sand.
This is where the posh people on our resort island stayed.
We wanted to get the incredibly cheesy drink called “enter the paradise” for this photo, which was a three tiered pineapple with copious amounts of drink umbrellas and flowers, but the waiter told us “No one actually orders that!”
We ending the evening with a walk along the beach. It would have been incredibly romantic if Shaun would have quit “crossing the line” with his jokes.
One of the resort night activities was crab racing. You had the chance to buy a hermit crab and race it for the chance to win fabulous prizes. Unfortunately, “Crabalicious” didn’t even move. For a moment I thought he was dead, but he was just really lazy.
We were the only non-Chinese tourists on our “island hopping” excursion. It was a totally new experience for us. Especially having the tours in Mandarin.
The Maldives are a Muslim country and the local towns and cities are very different from the resorts. This picture was taking on an inhabited island where the main industry is fishing.
It’s funny to see the different ways outside influences permeate a culture.
This girl couldn’t help by stare at all the crowd of tourists suddenly walking down her street.
Okay, this picture is just funny. I had to share it.
Shaun seems to be struggling to get the mask over his giant head. “It’s like an orange on a toothpick”. I have the same problem.
After watching and judging all the other tourists for their staged photo shoots on the beach. We decided to get into the act. Here I am seductively perched on a tree.
This is how the pros execute a dive.
This was our last of dive of the trip. We saw so many incredible things that it is hard to describe. Highlights were schools of angel fish, a giant sleeping turtle, stingrays, octopus, reef sharks and mooray eels.
Fellow Canadians and VSO volunteers, Bill and Wendy joined us on the trip. They were our diving gurus. You should have seen the time Bill piledrived a shark about to nip Shaun’s heels.
Here we are enjoying a lovely seafood dinner after watching the unethical feeding of the reef sharks.
This is where the majority of our time was spent when we weren’t under the sea. The view is from our back porch.
This is the beach bar complete with its own parrot bartender.
Our last moments in paradise.