I paused in the dim light, still seated on the floor where I was praying. The room was near-darkness, in the hour before sunrise. My room-mate Belle had sleepily asked...
My wanderings in the Maldives took me to two local islands.
I travelled to Dhigurah twice: the first time was for the MWSRP whale shark volunteering project, and then again to visit a fellow volunteer-turned-friend who ended up working for that very same project. It says something: I rarely travel to the same place twice, let alone within months of each other!
Dhigurah was the place I learned how to relax into independent travel, and feel accepted into the society of others likewise exploring new things in the world. It was where I began to re-learn how to be in a sisterhood.
I also went to Dhiffushi to spend some layover days. This was when I began taking time and courage to ask questions around travel and sustainability – as a regular traveller.
Both times yielded memorable lifetime encounters with marine wildlife, incredible paradise atoll vistas, and the beginning of a new belief in myself as a traveller in the world.
Here are the stories from the time I spent in the beautiful archipelago of the Maldives. Enjoy!
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When I decided to volunteer for a whale shark conservation project in the Maldives, I faced a hesitation that probably only other females would guess. And that was: Would I...
I hadn’t even arrived in Dhigurah yet. My flight to Maamigili, where I would transfer by boat to the atoll island of Dhigurah was late that night. But Day 0...
My birthday was not at all turning out as I expected. It was supposed to be good that year, as I was in the Maldives volunteering for a whale shark...