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Maldives with 1,190 islands, is world renown for its natural beauty and tranquility. The Indian Ocean and the atolls provide breathtaking view from above. I was fortunate to spend 4 days there which are too short, to soak in the stunning beauty of the island. It took 4 hours and 10 minutes flight from KLIA to Male International Airport, Maldives by Malaysia Airline. We arrived at night and I was struck by the shimmering crystal clear sea at the ferry terminal. We were transported to our hotel in Male by boat, an exciting venture.
Our tour started the next day with island hop to Himmafushi and Villingilis islands. Male is a small island city, congested with people and thousands of motorbikes. The city is bustling with colourful flag war, ready for the election on 7 September 2013. Since it was just after the celebration of Eid Al Mubarak for the Muslims, the fish market was not as active as any other normal days. 95% of Maldives popultion is Muslim and I like it as we could find halal food anywhere.

Awesome lagoon in the Indian ocean at Maldives

Awesome lagoon in the Indian ocean at Maldives

Fantastic calm coulour of a lagoon in the Indian Ocean.

Fantastic calm coulour of a lagoon in the Indian Ocean.

Loss of words to describe the beauty of Maldives

Loss of words to describe the beauty of Maldives

Resort in beautiful Maldives island

Resort in beautiful Maldives island

Spectaculay resort from the air 120813

Spectaculay resort from the air 120813

Male from the air

Male from the air

Sea planes for air sight seeing in Maldives

Sea planes for air sight seeing in Maldives

Sea planes ready to take tourists for a spin to see God's creation

Sea planes ready to take tourists for a spin to see God's creation

Stunning resort at one of the atolls i Maldives

Stunning resort at one of the atolls i Maldives

Stunning seafront of Male

Stunning seafront of Male

Waiting for the sea plane flight to see aerial view of stunning Maldives

Waiting for the sea plane flight to see aerial view of stunning Maldives

Masjid Annarah at Himmafushi island, Maldives

Masjid Annarah at Himmafushi island, Maldives

With Ramlah at Himmafushi Island, Maldives

With Ramlah at Himmafushi Island, Maldives

Villingilis island beach

Villingilis island beach

Himmafushi Island 110813 (26)

Himmafushi Island 110813 (26)

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Island hop on boat passing Santara Resort Island 110813 (1)

Island hop on boat passing Santara Resort Island 110813 (1)

Island hop on boat passing Santara Resort Island 110813 (21)

Island hop on boat passing Santara Resort Island 110813 (21)

A lone coconut tree on a tiny island in the Indian Ocean

A lone coconut tree on a tiny island in the Indian Ocean

The island hop cost us US$30 for 2 islands and I loved these visits. We had fresh coconut water which of course similar to the ones we have in Malaysia to quench our thirst. Converting it to Malaysian Ringgit, one young coconut costs 3 times more here. The Annarah mosque is small but so clean and attractive. All the coconut trees at the beach leaned towards the ocean, maybe because of the winds. We were not able to see the big fish market here because it was late in the day already and everyone has packed up and the market was closed. You need to go there early in the morning to see the fishermen load the fish to the market and trading takes place.
Villingili island is so pretty, clean with gorgeous colourtful sea.Aminah, the Malysian trained Hospital Administrator in Villingilis Island, Maldives

Aminah, the Malysian trained Hospital Administrator in Villingilis Island, Maldives

Villingilis beach overlooking Male island

Villingilis beach overlooking Male island

I met Aminah, the manager of the Health Centre who was kind enough to let us use the washrooms. She did her master's degree in nursing management in University Hospital in Kuala Lumpur and is quite familiar with Malaysians and Malaysia. The day was really hot but the humidity is not as high as in Malaysia.
Very attractive unassuming President's Residence in Male, Maldives. 110813

Very attractive unassuming President's Residence in Male, Maldives. 110813

Maldives National Museum

Maldives National Museum

The walking tour of Male was interesting. At the beautufl carved coral stone wall of Hukuru Miskiiy Mosque in Male

At the beautufl carved coral stone wall of Hukuru Miskiiy Mosque in Male

Hukuru Miskiiy mosque with the long water scoops.

Hukuru Miskiiy mosque with the long water scoops.

The big tombstones at Hukuru Miskiiy mosque yard

The big tombstones at Hukuru Miskiiy mosque yard

The old mineret of Hukuru Miskiiy Mosque

The old mineret of Hukuru Miskiiy Mosque

I particularly like the Hakuru Miskiiy Mosque or Old Friday Mosque which is 350 years old built in 1656 by Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar. The interior and exterior wall are intricately carved from coral stones. Door and window frames are made of teak, red sandalwood and redwood. It's a magnificent old architecture. The compound of the mosque is clean and you can see an old well with its long handle water scoops for ablution. The yard accommodates an old graveyard with big tombstones for the royal families. Suggestion was made to put this mosque as a World Heritage. I hope they do.
May Allah bless you Maldives and pray you stay gorgeous forever.

This featured blog entry was written by zuraidaharahman from the blog It's Never too Late.
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By zuraidaharahman

Posted Tue, Aug 20, 2013 | Comments