The Highly Questionable Dhiffushi Lobster Expedition

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34 Responses

  1. Claire says:

    How fun! I am dying to go to the Maldives, it looks absolutely amazing!

  2. Barry says:

    I had a great time reading through your story. Sounds like you had such an enchanting experience. I grew up canoeing so would love this type of trip.

  3. Ann says:

    Looks like a fun trip .. I’m going to put it on my bucket list .. thanks for sharing!

    • Teja says:

      The Maldives certainly deserves to be on anyone’s bucket list :) But I certainly recommend to do it the slow, local travel way.

  4. Fairuz says:

    Such a beautiful place and a unique experience you had. I love canoeing! I should as this on my bucket list!

  5. Eric Gamble says:

    What a great adventure to see all the sea life of the Maldives. Darcee is dying to explore the islands of the Maldive and I would love to take an expedition for the lobster. How amazing that you saw reef sharks, stingrays, and lobsters…what a blast that must have been!

    • Teja says:

      :) This story is pretty special for me, precisely because it’s the kind of thing that only happens with slow travel. You can’t book an ‘expedition’ like this – and even if you could, it’s totally a different dynamic. It has to happen on its own – and different stories happen for different people. This is why I recommend people to take time and travel slow whenever you can.

  6. you.theworld.wandering says:

    I absolutely love this and the way you have told your story. I live in the Maldives part time on the closest inhabited island to Dhiffushi, Thulusdhoo. I was right with you reading your adventure, just imagining the canoe in the current! What a memorable travel experience. Connecting with Maldivian locals is just the best. Ps. Thank god for ice-cream!
    Kristie – you.theworld.wandering

    • Teja says:

      It is – I came back within 3 months (to Dhigurah, though, not Dhiffushi). I don’t think I’ve ever done that for any other destination! It was embarrassing how winded I was playing beach football, so quickly, and the kids were still going strong!

  7. neha says:

    You had such a unique experience. I always find interaction with the locals so very interesting. They truly make the core of the new travel experience that we get.

  8. Sandy N Vyjay says:

    Definitely a fresh perspective and a fresh post. Travel should always be an immersive experience. An opportunity to take in new experiences, and beyond just ticking places of a list. Loved reading about your experiences.

  9. Eemma says:

    Loved your story! It is so great to read the occasional blog that isn’t all tips and guides. I have found that all my best adventures come unexpected. :)

    • Teja says:

      Right? :)

      It’s hard for me to be redundant – there’s already so many good guide blogs, I feel like there’s no point adding to it unless there isn’t one for the place, like my ‘walkthrough’ for the Melaka megaliths. I just want to tell stories that help people think about travel in a personalised sense – after they go through the tips.

  10. Jacky says:

    Haha this sounds like you had fun even though it was a rather unusual experience. You just never know when you find yourself on an adventure! Love your post :)


    • Teja says:

      :) I do enjoy innocent daft things. They don’t seem to happen as often anymore in our very adult world. I worry we may forget the value of children’s play when they are free to do it, like they were on Dhiffushi.

  11. Damn, I wish there were more storytellers like you on the blogosphere! Totally enjoyed the narrative! And I love your sense of humor and the curious child in you!

    • Teja says:

      LOL share it! I know people like stories, but don’t have time to find them in the massive internet. I haven’t figured out yet how to solve that problem.

  12. Angelica says:

    Cool experience, I’ve never done this before and I love water activities. I need to research this so that I can look for lobster on my next trip!

    • Teja says:

      LOL I’m not sure it’s researchable… just let it happen Angelica. Or something else might happen that’ll be your story :) it’s the teja philosophy ;)

  13. Jamie says:

    Wonderful story telling…great adventure! Yes, ice creams usually makes everything better!

    • Teja says:

      It was, even though it was only a small, innocent adventure! :) They were so sweet, and confident. When I said we should get ice cream, they did not assume I was buying. They said they couldn’t, because they hadn’t the money – but smiling. I bought everyone ice cream, of course, but I love that spontaneous dignity.

  14. Aneesha Rai says:

    I really love your style of writing, you have a very unique take on things that reminds me a bit of archaic literature; but in a good way of course! It reminds me of an author I’m very fond of, but the name currently escapes me!

  15. Sheila says:

    Nice of you for being such a good sport. I know myself, and I don’t know if I would have stayed until they gave up. I probably would have said “but I don’t even like lobsters!” and walked away hahaha

    • Teja says:

      LOL I guess I was curious that day! And, I remembered the story my friend had told me. It was something he would have done. So I gave it a try. And now it’s become something I would do, too.

  16. This looks such a cool thing to do, shame you didn’t catch any lobsters though. That would have made a great photo, but you have beautiful photos of the gorgeous sea anyway.

    • Teja says:

      Nah, the kids weren’t intending to catch any, just wanted to show them to me :) It was their way of showing me their treasures.

  17. Kris says:

    What a cool experience. I love stumbling across random adventures like that.

  18. BonBon says:

    Wow… what an experience!!! The best there is …. when you spend it with the locals:) If you find out what are those sumps for; let me know:) hehehe I love your writing by the way… keep it coming:)

    • Teja says:

      :) thanks! i’m going back to the Maldives to visit a friend who’s gone to work there as a field co-ordinator for the whale shark program. I’ll make a point of finding out this time!