As a break away from any gloomy weather I thought I’d share a few photos I have from just one of the 1,190 coral islands that make up the heavenly Maldives.
Comprising 26 atolls spread across more than 90,000 kilometres of Indian Ocean, each Maldivian island is the crest of an ancient volcanic range that pokes tantalising through the waves.
But only just – the highest point on any of the islands is just eight feet and, with sea levels rising, the country’s future looks perilous. So much so that in the next 40-50 years it’s likely that many of its 200 inhabited islands will need to be abandoned.
For now, its remains many people’s idea of paradise – all white sands, swaying palms, sunset walks and overwater bungalows beloved of honeymooners. Not to mention some of the world’s very best diving and snorkelling – shimmering shoals of fish, manta rays, turtles and an enormous array of other marine life can be seen among the colourful reefs that fringe the islands, often within just a few metres of the soft sand.
From the island capital, Malé, it’s a short trip on a boat taxi or seaplane to the resort islands. The plane is especially memorable, with swirling patterns of islands, reefs and sandbars below as you come in to land on the water.
Once at your resort there’s little to do but relax. A hammock within earshot of the lapping sea would be my recommendation. As I said, a heavenly hideaway.