Final day in Maldives. We planned to make it memorable by going island hopping, so we could visit as many islands as possible. Fortunately our flight home was at night, so time wasn’t an issue. Just that we had to pack up early before heading off so that the resort wouldn’t charge us any late check out penalty.
Island #1: Himmafushi Island
The wonderful thing about Himmafushi Island is that it is home to the locals, not a resort island. So I could see normal people living ordinary lives, doing daily routines. There were lots of nice little shops selling souvenirs and local handicrafts. Stuffs there were much cheaper than any other places that I had been to in Maldives.
Welcome to Himmafushi!
Rows of trees by the beach.
Colorful shops. Too many to choose from, I only dropped by a few.
A local kid on his bicycle.
A handicraft shop owner offered me a visit to his workshop, where I saw some of the locally produced items that were still in progress.
A shark can easily snap my head off in one bite!
Island #2: Paradise Island
Another popular resort island. What attracted my attention the most was its beautiful beach and abundance of colorful fishes swimming along its shallow shores. Also saw several foot-long white sharks. Lucky for those who stayed there, they didn’t have to go far out to the middle of the sea to see those gorgeous marine creatures.
Welcome to Paradise Island!
The resort’s signature long jetty...
...with pretty fishes swimming underneath.
My first time seeing live squids! So excited!
In red circle: Shark! There were many of them actually. And those people swam ridiculously near to them, no fear whatsoever.
Who’s hotter now?
Island #3: Picnic Island
A very tiny island, just as big as a football field. As the name suggests, it’s only purpose is for people to have picnic. Our island hopping package included lunch there. Due to shallow waters surrounding it, our big boat couldn’t go too near. So they prepared a small boat to bring us from the big boat to the island in two trips.
The small boat on its way to pick us up.
Arrived for our lunch picnic.
That’s the entire island. All it has is a dining hut, several beach chairs and that small white building at the back is the washroom.
The lunch might not look appetizing but taste-wise it was really yummy! I went for a second serving!
The dining hut from the inside...
...and from the outside.
Time for siesta.
Pretty white birds along the shore.
Island #4: Bandos Island
This island is actually very near to Thulhagiri (where we stayed), thus we went there on our way back. Nothing much, just another resort island. Naseer’s (our boatman) cousin has a painting shop there. Coincidentally, Eila had been looking to buy a painting to bring home, so it was great that we got the chance to go there.
Welcome to Bandos!
While Eila got a painting, I got myself a Maldives map.
Enjoying mocktails before heading back to Thulhagiri.