Maldives

6 Stunning Local Islands For Paradise on a Budget- Maldives

During my year living and working in Maldives I learnt that budget-travel here definitely is possible. More and more islands are opening up guest houses and dive clubs- the local people are now benefiting from tourism more than ever before. While resorts are wonderfully luxurious, visitors often…




I miss you, Maldives

I can’t quite believe it’s March already. The last 2 months since leaving Maldives have jumbled along, and although there’s been some wonderful moments (such as the much-overdue and longed for reunion of Mr Italy and I), it’s been a little uneventful and well, cold….




Amilla Fushi Resort, Maldives. My Beautiful Island Home

Wow, wow… WOW! Amilla Fushi… my island home. It certainly was! One of the highlights of living and working in Maldives this year has got to be my amazing two-night (FREE) stay at the most incredible resort I’ll ever see in my life. Located in…




Maldives, Laamu Atoll. Gan: a local island with history & luxury

Link to a map of the atoll in Maldives: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d6/Laamu_Atoll.png Laamu Atoll (otherwise known as Haddhummati) is located in the South of Maldives, easily reached by a 35 minute domestic flight from the capital. Laamu is unique for it’s remaining Buddhist archaeological sites– monasteries and…




A Trip to Thulusdhoo- the perfect local island in Maldives

Oh Thulusdhoo! Thulusdhoo is wonderful local island in Maldives which bursts colour and life. It’s in Kaafu Atoll, which means it’s very close to the capital city, Male – less than 18 miles, which was about 40 minutes via private speedboat transfer, or an hour…




A Weekend in Addu with The Naseem’s. (And a history lesson)

Following on from my thoughts on guest houses and homestays in Maldives, I’m excited to tell you about my very local trip to the southernmost atoll of Maldives: Addu atoll, which is made up of a collection of islands both inhabited and uninhabited. The inhabited…




Guest houses and homestays in Maldives – my thoughts

Last month I was invited to stay in the private home of an incredibly welcoming Maldivian family, The Naseem’s. They live on a local island called Hithadhoo, one of 5 districts in Addu City- a city in Maldives in the southernmost atoll of the archipelago….




Exploring local islands in Maldives: A short stay in Huraa

Ok. First, I need to clear up a few things: This is my personal blog about my experiences living and working abroad, hence “expat” in the title. Sometimes I will promote expat rates of resorts, guest houses and dive clubs, even souvenir shops– but I…




Ditch the resorts: Stay on local islands (Maldives)

When I mention to anyone that I live in Maldives, they get very excited and a little jealous, assuming I must live in the absolute definition of luxury (i,e, on a resort). Maybe they imagine me drinking pina colada’s out of fresh pineapples on my balcony that…




1 of 900 (give or take) Uninhabited Islands of Maldives

Back in October while I had the pleasure of staying in Maafushi, (probably the most charming island I’ve seen here), I spent a glorious afternoon on one of Maldives eminent uninhabited islands. Here I really did nothing much except take a wander around the island (before…