The Non-Honeymoon Maldives Introduction

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  1. ELTEC says:

    What is the cheapest time to go to the Maldives?

    • Teja says:

      Hi! I’m not too sure about that. If you opt for a local island, I don’t think there’s much difference. But there again, with Maldives just opening up inhabited islands for more guesthouse style vacations, it’s probably still quite dynamic. I don’t know about the luxury resorts, as that’s not really my travel style.

  2. JourneyCook says:

    Thanks for this wonderful post. I really enjoyed reading your article.

    Keep sharing

  3. Marya says:

    i’m particularly interested in how you mentioned that you find lack of advertising and fashion there, and coming from Indonesia, i feel like getting tired of them and i find it amusing to find a place like it. the maldives is one of the visa-free countries for indonesian passport holders, but i heard that it’s quite expensive but anyway, it’s refreshing to read something about the maldives that is not all about stunning beaches and fancy huts. Thank you for sharing! :)

    • Teja says:

      It’s definitely more expensive than anywhere in our region, but if you visit the local islands (basically stay at guesthouses within the villages) it is much more affordable.

  4. Ami Bhat says:

    It is not very common to hear of the culture of Maldives – what they eat or what they dress like. This post of yours was a good read on that count. I found some useful tips too through the read like the three modes of transport in Maldives. I suppose if you have time on hand Ferries seem to be a reasonable option

    • Teja says:

      Yeah, I didn’t know about the ferries until the guesthouse in Dhiffushi told me. And then I was like, duh! of course! Otherwise how would *local* people get around!

  5. C-Ludik says:

    I enjoyed reading your article. This post definitively shows another side of Maldives different from “the romantic destination” ! The rubbish is an issue for sure. Tourists have to eat as the locals do. Of course, we tend to bring with us plastic water bottles, packets of crisps or chocolate bars, so without thinking, we are adding to the rubbish problem and the local people are picking up on this !

    • Teja says:

      Absolutely! In Dhiffushi I dared to ask to drink the same water the guesthouse people do instead of bottled water. The dive master there was like, ‘You see?’ So it definitely is worth doing, as a guest, to signal you prefer sustainable options. Because you never know who may have tried to advocate locally, and you would validate their effort. Like the dive master who clearly had advocated it to the guesthouse owner.

  6. Varsha says:

    You have shared a very elaborate article. There are almost all the possible points. The cuisine you described seemed to be similar to Indian. We also eat raw coconut a lot. The Maldives is on my bucket list. Will have t plan soon.

  7. Nives says:

    These days I’m just planning my trip there! Thanks for such an inspiring post, it’s really helpful in these situations! :)

  8. Alexander Popkov says:

    Oh thanks! With so much content about tourist stuff to do, not many actually explore local life and traditions in the Maldives. Got to know a lot from your post.

  9. pierre says:

    Now ,this article shows another side of Maldives! Not the usual romantic stuff! I hope the next time you visit Maldives it would be your turn to stare at a solo traveler with your partner!

  10. Claire says:

    I am dying to go there! The colour of the water is just dreamy! Very interesting post!

  11. Liz Gen says:

    Maldives is indeed a romantic place but I think it is not solely for the honeymooners only. Couples or not can still enjoy the islands. Thanks for sharing your experience. I am actually looking forward to visit Maldives one day.

  12. Ella says:

    This article shows a sign to the Maldives that you don’t normally see. I normally associate it with nothing but 5* hotels but looks like there’s so much more to the islands :) I’d love to visit one day

  13. Marvi says:

    Good to know you didn’t pass up the chance to visit Maldives! (I know I definitely wouldn’t if it were me!. LOL).. I love how your post is filled with interesting facts about Maldives.. Definitely gave me an idea about the island life as I have grown accustomed to associating Maldives to the beautiful resorts only.. I’ve always wanted to visit (with my husband of course. I mean I know he wouldn’t want to miss it too. LOL) so this is a great place to be introduced to this gorgeous place! :)

    • Teja says:

      I know right? TBH it never really occurred to me to think about actual normal life in the Maldives, until I had to figure out where to stay for the layover days! Their 5-star honeymoon branding is that good! LOL

      Not that the beautiful resorts aren’t worth it themselves, of course (I’m assuming. I’ve never been haha)

  14. Maggie says:

    This article is so interesting! I’m glad the country has really tried to stay somewhat sustainable, even so much that they discourage people from standing on the reef (that always drives me crazy). I feel like I have such a better understanding of the Maldives now.

  15. Denny George says:

    I’m glad that I got to have an insight into Maldives beyond the resorts through your blog. It was great to experience the place through your words. I particularly enjoyed your description of local life.

  16. Samantha says:

    Very interesting read! It’s great to see the other side of these romanticized destinations

  17. Carmelatte says:

    Ohh but this is a great honey moon location xx

  18. Cassie says:

    Interesting read and answers to questions I would defo want to have if i were going to go. Thanks for writing this. I loved realising they have their own script.

  19. Cherene Saradar says:

    So cool you got to do this. Also thank you for this because I had some of the same qualms about going and being the only single person. It looks like a dream.

  20. Finally a blogpost in this perspective! :D I enjoyed reading this one and i learned a lot!

  21. Great read, I didn’t know they had their own language :) We spent about 10 days in Maafushi a few years back and it was definitely the experience of a lifetime, especially the coral reefs. But I was, too, stunned by the pollution, couldn’t believe how anyone could litter this pristine paradise. I even started to collect some of the trash, it was too much for me.

    • Teja says:

      It happens, when you don’t have a good waste collection and disposal system, I’m afraid. It has become more noticeable in the past decade because waste composition shifted to being much more plastic-centric. Unlike materials previous to its invention, every single piece of plastic ever manufactured is STILL HERE ON EARTH. Not returned into the natural cycles of the earth – because it isn’t natural to the cycles of the earth.

      Also, plastic washes onto beaches from other countries, which is rather unfair but goes to show that environmental issues are global. You can tell sometimes, when the brands washing to shore are from somewhere else and not sold in that country at all.

  22. Rohan says:

    Really interesting read. We recently stayed on Dhiffushi too and had a lot of similar questions! Great article for a different audience!

    • Teja says:

      The lagoons around Dhiffushi are very beautiful, aren’t they? Being curious and having these questions come up, is an important Stage 1 of becoming a sustainable traveller.

      I encourage you to start asking them when they come up – you can learn interesting stuff, and it also makes the tourism provider feel like you care about these things that he/she may have opinions about (or triggers the questions to them, if it had never occurred to them before). As a species, we are more likely to take positive action, if we feel comfortable that we’re not the only ones who see something.

  23. neha says:

    thank God someone wrote about Maldives beyond the “honeymoon paradise” label. I mean, I am so over the honeymoon period, and when I happen to visit here for the beauty of the place, that also with my family, I will know what to expect, what all I can enjoy here. Thanks for the other tips as well.

  24. Gina says:

    I think it’s hilarious when people pity me for going to concerts and eating out alone. I LOVE doing things alone because I can do whatever I want and make new friends. When you said the Maldives was a pirate found flourishing city, is it weird I thought of Tortuga from Pirates of the Caribbean? lol

  25. Lydia Smith says:

    cities which boasts of honeymoon’ing’ feelings. But it’s good to read and see from your posts that there’s the normal side of Maldives; small yet wonderful. Good to read again that you’re all for sustainable travel. And thanks for the tips/guide to Male

  26. Kalyan Panja says:

    It was nice reading about your experiences in Maldives. Lovely photos too.