Male - Tiny Capital of the Maldives
Trip Start Nov 29, 2013
100Trip End Jun 11, 2014
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Although spread out over a huge area on the map, the Maldives are about 99.9% water and the small landmass is quite densely populated even though the country less than a half million residents. The Maldivian language is apparently related to Sinhalese spoken in Sri Lanka, but the culture is very influenced by traders from the Arabian Peninsula and incorporates many Arabic words
That doesn’t mean tourists can’t get alcohol in the Maldives. It’s available and expensive at tourist resorts and on tourist cruise boats, but made very difficult for Maldivians to obtain.
Our guide Bongo met us at the airport and walked us to our Dhoni named Gulfaan, which was docked right at the airport. A dhoni is a traditional Maldivian fishing boat, although I question how traditional our boat actually was. We cruised a short distance to a point in the harbor where we could anchor overnight since the other 6 passengers who were not coming from Sri Lanka were not arriving until the next day.
I had planned for a day in Male after the cruise ended before my flight back to Nepal, but Bongo took us for a short tour around Male
I then tried to find other ways to entertain myself through the day, such as eating. The Maldives are quite expensive, though, and food is no bargain. Of course, when one is really bored drinking usually provides some relief, but that’s not an option in dry Male. Rumor is that drinks are available to foreign passport holders at the expensive hotel on Huahule Island where the airport is located, but that was a ferry ride away and more effort than it was worth.