Malé, Maldives


March 8, 2010

The Maldives are an archipelago of coral atolls.  An aerial view looks like a bunch of large islands that have been broken up into small pieces.  The island group is named after it’s capital, Malé: the name means “Islands of Malé”.  As you can see from the photos, Malé looks like many other cities in the world.  The difference is that you can easily walk around the perimeter of the island.  

There is much going on here.  There is a very busy airport, which accommodates both sea planes and large jets; the runway is manmade land.  The dock area is very busy also, with many water taxis, plus cruise ship tenders and fishing boats.

We passed a small beach that was covered with rocks and coral; at one point we saw large numbers of crabs.

Based on the number of schools we saw, education is very important here.  While we were trying to find our way around the city we stopped to rest a bit and talked to two very nice gentlemen.  The people here were both friendly and polite.

The Maldives is an Islamic country, and tourists are allowed only on Malé and a few resort islands.  The country does not want its people exposed to too much outside influence.  This is one of the few places we’ve visited that there has been no McDonald’s or KFC (at least we did not see any, nor did we see advertisements for them).

The waters here are beautiful shades of blue.  The lighter color is where there are shallow reefs.  There are many small, flat islands visible.  Most that we could see from the ship did not have room for more than a few houses.  For those of us who are used to having a lot of land around us, the idea of living on an island as small as Malé is hard to grasp.

The ‘we’ in this post is Susan and our friend Ron Burton.  Harry went SCUBA diving.  He saw a sea turtle and a lobster, both firsts for him while SCUBA diving.  There was also a moray eel and lots of brightly colored fish.  Other friends went to one of the resort islands and told us that the snorkeling was great.

This is still a very tropical area and the heat and humidity took their toll on us.  But it is a nice place to visit.

There are a few additional photos in the album.

                                                                 The airport

© Susan L. Stone 2015